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What is the biggest misconception about Black entrepreneurs?

A new infographic from Polygon, which has been commissioned by The New Yorker, highlights the ways in which black entrepreneurs are misrepresented by mainstream media.

The infographic includes images of some of the best-known black entrepreneurs from history, including: Bill Gates,  Bill Gates’ brother.

The elder Gates served as CEO of Microsoft for 18 years, starting in 1995.

Bill Gates’ father, Henry, was the founder of Microsoft from 1962 until his death in 1993. 

William D. Rockefeller III, former president of the United States. 

Rockefeller was a billionaire industrialist and the third-richest man in the world.

He was born in 1877 in New York City. 

Michael Dell, Microsoft’s CEO from 2006 to 2011. 

He was born in California in 1962 and was an engineer at Microsoft from 1980 to 1981. 

Warren Buffett, founder and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway. 

Buffett is the sixth richest person in the US and one of the richest men in the history of the world, according to Forbes.

He is the second-ricest man in US history behind Warren Buffet.

Juan Carlos Barrios, an activist and founder of The New Movement for Latin America, a non-profit that aims to bring more than 100 Latin American countries into the mainstream economy. 

Barrios was born on March 17, 1973 in Calaveras, Brazil.

He became a US citizen in 1976 and moved to the US in 1987.

He was first elected to the United States Congress in 2002. 

Drew Houston, owner of the Houston Astros baseball team and The Houston Astros Foundation. 

Houston is a billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded The Houston Astros in 2001. 

Tom Brady, the NFL quarterback. 

Brady is a former quarterback for the New England Patriots.

He has served as the team’s coach, general manager, and head coach of the Patriots since 2008. 

Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com’s founder. Bessemer, Bessen, is a founder and CEO of Amazon.com, Inc., the world’s largest online retailer. 

Amazon has a multi-billion dollar business empire. 

Its business empire includes Amazon Prime, which allows customers to order products from Amazon directly from a customer’s Amazon Prime membership. 

And its Internet platforms Amazon Web Services and AWS serve as a virtual cloud for Amazon customers to access the company’s vast catalog of books, music, movies, apps, games, and other digital content. 

A former senior advisor to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, Bezos is an avid environmentalist and has pledged to reforest and restore the Amazon forest and to create jobs. 

Billions have been invested in Amazon’s business expansion, including $100 billion through Amazon stock in 2020. 

David Letterman, CBS’s comedian and host. 

Letterman is the creator and host of the late night talk show Late Show with David Letterman. 

His comedic brilliance has been used to generate a global wedding and celebrity partner list, with him becoming a family friend for wife Martha Stewart. 

Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report. 

Colbert was the host of Colleges TV series The Late Show from 1998 to 2007. 

The show’s comedy is driven by the concept of how a person can make themself better. 

In 2015, Colter was the first black man to host the NBC Late Night tour. 

Cindy Crawford, President of America. 

When Crawford took over as President of America in 2011, she launched a national finance initiative called the American Foundation. 

Since then, Americans have been supporting the organization by raising $250 million in private donations. 

Jay-Z, Kanye West. 

Kendrick Lamar is the rapper known for The Black Album and his album The College Dropout. 

On January 5, 2017, Kanye West announced his departure from Columbia Records and the label he founded in 2010.

The move came amid a massive scandal in which he was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct, including forcible oral copulation, for allegedly raping a female acquaintance at a party in the summer of 2013. 

Jared Leto, Fox’s spokesman