Don Cheadle Will Bring the Story of Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire to the Big Screen
Don Cheadle is continuing to bring to life the stories he believes in. The actor just starred in the Miles Davis biopic, “Miles Ahead,” where he was also a producer.
This time, Cheadle is telling the untold story of Wall Street’s first Black millionaire, Jeremiah G. Hamilton.
The film will be based on the 2015 book written by Shane White called,’Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire.’ Hamilton was a native of Haiti and migrated to New York in the 19th century. He began a successful career as a broker and became a tycoon after purchasing railroad stock.
The racial climate at this time was at an all-time high, and Hamilton was on the receiving end of discrimination after marrying a White woman and moving to an upscale part of New Jersey.
Cheadle will star in the film and will also serve as producer and writer.
It’s estimated Hamilton was worth $2 million when he died. That’s equivalent to $42 million today.
This sounds like it could be interesting, especially given the fact many people may not have believed there were Black millionaires in America during that time in history.