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February 07, 2017
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A New Face in Town

Financier Robert Smith is America’s wealthiest black man, and he’s quickly becoming a force in philanthropy.

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JUST GETTING STARTED: Robert Smith, who is reportedly worth $2.5 billion, has funded scholarship and training programs and was one of the biggest donors to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Robert Smith is not too different from many other big philanthropists today. A self-made billionaire, the 54-year-old financier built his wealth via investments in the tech industry, landing him on the cover of Forbes. Married to a former Playboy...

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