According to census data, Blasians are one of the fastest growing groups of biracial people. As the US becomes more and more a minority majority country, and as Asians and Blacks have increasingly more interaction shaking off old stereotypes and myths long held by each group, Asian and Black couples are producing an exciting new group of people, the Blasians. Often considered very exotic and beautiful, Blasians combine the best qualities of both Asians and Blacks. Blasians are still a relatively young population in the US and in the 2010 census, over 50% of all US Blasians were under the age of 19 and over 80% of all Blasians were under the age of 40. Despite the relative youth of Blasians and the many obstacles that trail-blazing Blasians have faced, Blasians are making huge strides quickly as evidenced by the impressive list of the world’s richest Blasians below. Also for a look at one potential source of future Blasians who may join this list, check out the post on Top 10 Worldwide Richest Blasian Couples.
As with any net worth list, these are estimates only based on information pulled from many public sources which may be more or less accurate. Also circumstances change constantly and people will move up and down this list over time. As always, we welcome our readers feedback in the comments. Also feel free to discuss your thoughts on this blog post at the Asian Black Couples Forums at this link.
The Top 10 Worldwide Richest Blasians
10. Tyga aka Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, Worth $8M, Jamaican and Vietnamese.
Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, known by his stage name Tyga (an acronym for Thank You God Always), is an American rapper. In 2011, Tyga signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records (formerly Universal Republic Records). Tyga was born in Compton, California to a Jamaican father and Vietnamese mother.
9. Denyce Lawton, Worth $11M, African American and Korean.
Denise-Marie Lawton (Korean: 데니스 마리 러튼) is a Korean-born American actress known as Denyce Lawton. Lawton is best known for her four seasons as a series regular on the #1 Cable Comedy Series & 6 time NAACP Best Comedy Series Winner, “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”. Lawton has also recently completed nine films, three of which she co-produced. She was born in Seoul, South Korea to an African American military father and a Korean mother. She lived a military life with her family abroad in South Korea, Japan and Germany and in various military cities across the United States.
8. David Alaba, Worth $20M, Nigerian and Filipino.
David Alaba is an Austrian footballer who plays for the German club, Bayern Munich, and the Austrian national football team. He holds Austria’s record as the youngest player to play for their senior national team, debuting for them in 2009 as a 17-year-old. He has played in a multitude of roles, including central midfield, right and left wing, but has since blossomed as a left-back. Alaba was born in Vienna, Austria, to George Alaba, Nigerian, and Gina Alaba, Filipino.
7Leslie Lewis Sword and Christina Lewis Halpern
7. Leslie Lewis Sword and Christina Lewis Halpern, Worth ~$50M each, African American and Filipino.
Daughters of the late Reginald Lewis who was the first African American to build a billion dollar business which at one point made him the richest African American in the US. Leslie is an actress, writer, and film producer, and Christina is a social entrepreneur, author, and freelance journalist. Both are actively involved in philanthropy. They were born in New York, New York and after their father’s untimely passing, their mother, Loida Nicolas-Lewis, Filipino, successfully managed the company that Reginald built until it was sold six years later.
6. Nicki Minaj, Worth $50M, Indian and Afro-Trinidadian.
Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Minaj has been called the most influential female rapper of all time. Minaj is the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, and she has won four American Music Awards, eight BET Awards, two MTV Music Awards, two MTV Europe Music Awards, and five Billboard Music Awards. She is also a former American Idol judge. Minaj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago to an Indo-Trinidadian father and Afro Trinidadian mother and was raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York.
5Kimora Lee Simmons
5. Kimora Lee Simmons, Worth $70M, African American and Japanese (possibly Korean).
Kimora Lee Simmons is an American former fashion model. She took over Baby Phat, an urban fashion company after Russell Simmons, and was CEO/Creative Director through 2010. In 2011, she was hired as President/Creative Director for JustFab. Simmons was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Vernon Whitlock Jr., African American, and Joanne Perkins, who Kimora says is full blooded Japanese, but several sources list as either full blooded Korean or half Japanese, half Korean. Kimora’s mother says that she was born in Korea to Japanese parents, but given up for adoption in America. Kimora’s mother now goes by her Japanese name “Kyoko” to honor her Japanese birth mother. Kimora’s parents split up when she was in grade school and she was raised by her mother.
4Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
4. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Worth $125M, African Canadian and Samoan.
Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American-Canadian actor, producer and professional wrestler. Johnson is widely considered one of the all-time greatest professional wrestlers and as an actor he is best known for his role in the movie series “The Fast and The Furious”. Johnson was born in Hayward, California, to professional wrestler Rocky Johnson, African Canadian, and Ata Maivia Johnson, Samoan.
3. Apl de ap aka Allan Pineda Lindo, Worth $245M, African American and Filipino.
Allan Pineda Lindo better known as apl.de.ap (pronounced “Apple Dee Ap”), is a Filipino-born American rapper, record producer, and singer best known as a member of the Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas. He has also been a recurring coach on the TV show, “The Voice of The Philippines”. Pineda was born in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. His African American father, an airman stationed at Clark Air Base, left the family shortly after his birth and his Filipino mother, Cristina Pineda, raised him and his six younger siblings as a single mother.
2. Tiger Woods, Worth $550M, African American and Thai/Chinese/Dutch.
Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years. Woods was born in Cypress, California, to Earl Woods, African American, and Kultida “Tida” Punsawad Woods, Thai, Chinese, and Dutch.
1. Michael Lee-Chin, Worth $1.6 billion, Chinese and Black Jamaican.
The Honourable Michael Lee-Chin, is a Jamaican business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder and Chairman of Portland Holdings Inc., a privately held investment company which owns a collection of diversified operating companies in sectors that include media, tourism, health care, telecommunications, and financial services. Among other positions, he is currently Executive Chairman of AIC Limited (a Canadian mutual fund), and the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica. Canadian Business has named him as one of the richest people in Canada and one of the richest Jamaicans. Michael Lee-Chin was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. Both his parents were biracial, Black and Chinese Jamaican.