Black Enterprise's top ten Caribbean power men

As part of its special Month of the Man features and in honor of Caribbean Heritage Month, has highlighted its top leaders of Caribbean descent in sports, politics, entertainment and more.

Black Enterprise's top ten Caribbean power men
Usain Bolt

Country: Jamaica
Track and field star and record-breaking sprinter

Usain Bolt, is a Jamaican sprinter who has been called the “fastest person alive.” He is  the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and a five-time World champion.

Tim Duncan

Country: U.S. Virgin Islands
NBA MVP and All-Star

Timothy Theodore “Tim” Duncan is an basketball player who plays for the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan, who plays power forward and center, is a four-time NBA champion, two-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA Finals MVP, and NBA Rookie of the Year. 

Theorhilus London

Country: Trinidad

Theophilus Musa London was born in Trinidad and raised in Brooklyn, New York. The musician released his debut EP “Lovers Holiday” in February 2011, and his full-length debut album “Timez Are Weird These Days” that July. 

Sir Trevor Mcdonald

Country: Trinidad
Award-winning Journalist

He is a Trinidadian-British newscaster and journalist twice voted newscaster of the year, McDonald is perceived as the face of ITN, after years of fronting its flagship “News at Ten.” He also wrote several books, including biographies of cricketers Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards and his own autobiography, Fortunate Circumstances.


Country: Puerto Rico and Haiti
Grammy-winning Singer, Songwriter and Producer

Gerald Maxwell Riviera was born to a Haitian mother and Puerto Rican father in Brooklyn, New York. His career has spanned two decades and brought him accoladesincluding twelve Grammy award nominations.

Colin Powell

Country: Jamaica
Best-selling Author and Former U.S. Secretary of State

The retired four-star general was the 65th US Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush, and was the first African American to serve in that position. Powell previously served as National Security Adviser, as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

Harry Belafonte

Country: Jamaica and Martinique
Award-winning Actor, Singer and Humanitarian

Actor and “King of Calypso,” Harry Belafonte is one of the most successful African-American pop stars ever. Belafonte starred in classic films such as Carmen Jones. He was also a key activist in the Civil Rights Movement, and was the first recipient of the Nelson Mandela Courage Award and was honored with the 1994 National Medal of Arts for his contributions to U.S. cultural life.

SIdney Poitier

Country: Bahamas
Award-winning Actor and Philanthropist

Poitier was the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in Lilies of the Field. In 1967 he starred in three successful films: To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, making him the top box-office star of that year. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him 22nd on the list of 25 greatest male actors of All Time. Since 1997, he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan.

Eric Holder

Country: Barbados
U.S. Attorney General

He is the first African American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General. Holder also served in the U.S. Justice Department’s new Public Integrity Section during an interval lasting from 1976 to 1988.  In 1988, President Ronald Reagan appointed Holder to serve as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.


Patrick Ewing

Country: Jamaica
Veteran NBA player and coach

Patrick Ewing played most of his professional athletic career with the New York Knicks, and played briefly with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic. One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History is now the new assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats.

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