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Madam C.J. Walker: The First Self-Made Millionaire

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Amazon's ( (AMZN) - Get Inc. Report) Jeff Bezos and Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk have long battled for the title of the richest person in the world.

But, long before these CEOs became billionaires, Madam C.J. Walker was breaking records of her own. 

Madam C.J. Walker- First American Self-Made Millionaire

Madam Walker was born Sarah Breedlove in 1867 in Delta, Louisiana.

An entrepreneur, political and social activist, and philanthropist, Walker gained her fame and wealth by developing cosmetics and hair care products for black women. 

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Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company was located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Walker appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first American self-made millionaire.

The spirit of Madam Walker still lives on today at Villa Lewaro, her summer home. The lavish estate still stands today in Irvington, New York.  The national treasure and Walker's entrepreneurial spirit are being preserved as a landmark of achievement for all future generations.

Madam C.J. Walker died May 25, 1919.

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