David L Steward is an American billionaire entrepreneur and a business magnate. As of 2020, he is estimated to have a net worth of $3.9 billion, according to Bloomberg. Another site, Forbes reported his fortune to be $3.5 billion.
With his massive wealth, he is among the only five black billionaires out of 607 billionaires in America. Moreover, he is also among the 13 blacks billionaires of more than 2 thousand billionaires across the world.
Who Is David Steward?
David Steward is the founder and chairman of technology solutions World Wide Technology.
Back in 1990, Steward started a technology service provider World Wide Technology with the motive of implementing enterprise-wide, telecommunication networks, and conversion services.
He started the company with a shoestring budget and seven employees. And, now, the firm is one of the largest private companies having a yearly revenue of $12 billion, managing around 6,500 employees.
WWT grew up to be a billion-dollar company back in 2003 and crossed it’s $3 billion dollar revenue milestone in 2010.
Besides, WWT started in Missouri operates 20 offices across the globe having over 40 Fortune 100 companies as customers, including renowned Cisco solutions.
Did You Know? World Wide Technology was listed on the Fortunes; list of 100 Best Place to Work for five consecutive years.
What Took Him To Take The Right Step?
After he graduated from Central Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in business, he joined Wagner Electric in 1974.
He left the company in 1975. He started serving as a sales representative at the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company. In 1979, he went to Federal Express and was named salesman of the year in 1981.
During the time, he received an ice bucket with his initials engraved on it. In an interview, he said, “that bucket helped me to be what I am Now.”
He recalled the moment and stated, “This was a defining moment. I asked myself, Is this what I want out of life?”
In 1984, David Steward left FedEx.
…Other African-American Billionaires
Indeed, it is not easy to become a billionaire. And, as Celebrity Net Worth reported, the unfortunate fact is that it is even harder to become one if you’re black.
According to the tabloids, the median fortune of black families has not grown since 1992. While the median wealth of white families has multiplied by $50 thousand, it is just another example of the wide gap between the two races; black and white.
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David Stewart is the second richest black man in America after Robert F. Smith. He is the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Vista Equity Partners LLC. He is estimated to have a net worth of $4.5 billion, and his company owns assets worth more than $30 billion.
Stewart is followed by American billionaires like Oprah Winfrey ($2.7 billion), Michael Jordan ($1.9 billion), and Jay-Z ($1 billion), who are black.
13 Blacks Billionaires Of The World
- Aliko Dangote: $10.6 billion
- Mike Adenuga: $9.1 billion
- Mohammed Al-Amoudi: $8.4 billion
- Robert Smith: $5 billion
- David Steward: $3.9 billion
- Oprah Winfrey: $2.7 billion
- Strive Masiyiwa: $2.4 billion
- Patrice Motsepe: $2.3 billion
- Isabel Dos Santos: $2.3 billion
- Michael Jordan: $1.9 billion
- Michael Lee-Chin: $1.9 billion
- Abdul Samad Rabiu: $1.6 billion
- Folorunsho Alakija: $1.1 billion