The Most Powerful Black People in the World

Who is Danny Bakewell, the Black L.A. power broker named in the Nury Martinez audio? It turns out Bakewell just wants it to be known that he is not only one of the most powerful African-American business moguls in the world, but also one of the most powerful figures in the entertainment industry.

In a piece for Vanity Fair, Bakewell says he has not “been a successful entrepreneur all my life. I’ve been a successful entrepreneur for 10 years, and I’m going to be successful for the next 10. I’m not just a black capitalist.”

He did tell Vanity Fair that he considers himself a member of an elite group of African-Americans that has “the power to change the world.” (Hint: The world isn’t so different from the black street gangs that many white people feel they have to protect or punish.)

Among the top 50 on the Forbes list of the most powerful black people in the world, Bakewell is ranked 35th. And he is joined on the list of the richest black people by H.L. Hunt, founder of the global pharmaceutical company Amgen, and Bill Gates, founder of software giant Microsoft.

Bakewell, who is considered one of the most successful African-American businessmen in the world, has just come out with an autobiography called Power Behind the Throne. He writes candidly about his first business endeavor, in 1993, as the CEO of an entertainment production company, Video Palace, that produced the hit horror flick “Scream.” (It was the story of four friends who fall in love and try to outrun their murderous past.)

“It was the black and white version of a ’50s-era thriller,” Bakewell told Vanity Fair. “There were a couple million people, and it made $500,000 a week, and I ended up having to shut it down in 2003. It was a real low point for me.”

In 1995, Bakewell joined in the first public buy of a single black family share

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