Reginald F. Lewis, a Baltimore native, was the first African-American to build a billion dollar company.
If you travel to Baltimore, you can find a museum with his name that sits proudly in the heart of the city.
In the early 1980s, Lewis purchased a company that was failing and later resold it for $65 million. He later purchased Beatrice Foods, and turned it into Beatrice International Foods helping it make the Forbes 500 list. At the time, the company was one of the largest black-owned businesses in the world.