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While investing may seem male-dominated, we’ve many kickass black female investors doing excellently well. Here we’ll introduce you to seven black women investors making their mark in the financial world.

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Arlan Hamilton

Born in 1980, Arlan Hamilton is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital fund with a mission to support under-appreciated founders

Before she founded Backstage Capital in 2015, she had nothing. But before 2018, the venture had raised over $120 and invested in over 150 startup companies led by underestimated founders.

To share her knowledge with others, she has written a book available on Amazon.

Lisa Lake

A Harvard graduate, Lisa Lake is a Jamaican-born investor and entrepreneur. Lisa was a senior analyst at NERA Economic Consulting, CEO of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship-Caribbean, director of Brand Extensions at Sandals Resorts, and many more. 

She came from a well-to-do family. The father is a successful businessman, while her stepmother is a former government minister. All of those contributed to her success.

Marla Dukharan

Known for thorough analysis and data-based assessment and insight, Marla Dukharan is an economist from Trinidad and Tobago. She has been actively engaged in analyzing economic trends, providing insights, and advocating for economic reform in the Caribbean region.

Marla Dukharan has been recognized for her in-depth economic analyses, mainly focusing on the economies of Caribbean nations. With a background in banking and finance, Dukharan has brought her industry experience to her economic analyses. She has provided commentary on banking systems, monetary policy, and financial stability.

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Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson is President of a renowned Chicago-based mutual fund company called Ariel Capital Management, LLC. She’s an investor, financial educator, and businesswoman born into poverty but made it a goal to be successful and help others manage their funds. 

This goal inspired her to give herself wholly to school and education. Hard Work, passion, and good grades eventually helped Mellody Hobson to escape poverty and become one of the most successful female investors the world has ever seen.   

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Monique Woodard

Born in Nov 1980, Monique Woodard is the Founding Partner and Managing Director of Cake Ventures. Woodard is a venture capitalist who has invested in both startup ecosystems in the U.S. and internationally since 2016.

Before establishing Cake Venture, Monique Woodard was a Venture Partner at 500 Startups. In that place, she invested in early-stage companies in Africa and the United States. 

Rebecca Enonchong


Born on 14 July 1967, Rebecca Enonchong FREng is a Cameroonian technology entrepreneur. She’s the founder and CEO of AppsTech and also co-founder of I/O Spaces. Rebecca Enonchong has served as Board Chair of Afrilabs, a Pan-African network of more than 300 innovation centers in 50 African countries.

Tokunboh Ishmael

Known for her work in private equity and impact investing across Africa, Tokunboh Ishmael is a Nigerian investment professional. She co-founded Alitheia Capital, a private equity firm that focuses on investing in busineswithhave a positive social impact while generating financial returns.

Tokunboh is a global voice for building wealth and achieving shared success by unlocking the potential of businesses offering access to essential products in underserved markets. She also provides financing and mentoring to help entrepreneurs to grow and scale their businesses. 

These seven kickass black female investors are setting new standards. Their determination, expertise, and unwavering commitment to the world of finance are reshaping the industry. You can buy books on Amazon to learn more about other African Investors.

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Uchenna Agwu
Uchenna Agwu
Hi there! I’m Uchenna Agwu, and I love to write. When I’m not writing, you can usually find me reading books or watching documentaries (I’m a bit of a nerd). But I also like to get out and explore – whether that means going on hikes or checking out new restaurants.

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