The founder of Radio One Inc. – now re-named Urban One – is one of the country’s wealthiest self-made African-American women (net worth: $460 million). Her network now has 68 radio stations and one television station. Most recently, the philanthropic foundation named after herself and her son Alfred C. Liggins III contributed $1 million towards the creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. And in 2016, Howard University, where Cathy Hughes once worked in broadcasting, renamed its School of Communications after the media executive following what the institution described as a “transformational,” multi-million-dollar gift from her foundation.
Philanthropic 50: Cathy Hughes