by BOTWC Staff
Reginald F. Lewis was a pioneering businessman from Baltimore, MD who rose through the corporate ranks to become America’s first Black billionaire. One of the richest Black men in the world during the 80s, Lewis blazed a trail in his short five decades on earth and opened the doors for other Black businessmen and women to come through afterward. Today, Lewis has a museum named in his honor in Baltimore that explores the accomplishments and historic contributions of other African-Americans in Maryland.
Earlier this year, it was reported that his bestselling autobiography, Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?, is being made into a film of the same name, produced by MACRO’s Charles D. King, Jelani Johnson and Poppy Hanks. Lewis’ daughters Christina and Leslie Lewis and his widow, Loida Lewis, have also come on board to serve as executive producers.