Michael Victor Roberts’ interest in business began at a young age, when he was frequently spotted running errands for neighbors and delivering newspapers to earn money. He began his first business by selling dashikis and other African items to local bookstores. With that expertise under his belt, he founded Roberts Broadcasting in 1981.
According to CNN, he partnered with his brother, Steven Roberts, from that office to develop an empire that included 76 firms and 1,100 employees. His commercial interests, which include hotels and television stations, are valued at $1 billion.
This accomplishment was the result of his hard work and determination to live the American dream. Michael expanded his broadcasting networks from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Mobile, Alabama, after establishing WRBU-TV. Michael set his sights on the real estate sector while on his quest to become a media magnate. They founded the Roberts Construction Company in 1989, with his brother by his side.
According to historians, it supplemented the commercial and residential complexes they established as Roberts Brothers Properties in 1982.In 1999, they broadened their commercial interests by building the first Sprint PCS-affiliated wireless store in Jefferson City, Missouri, which was entirely owned by African-Americans.
Michael is the chairman of the board, while his brother, Steven, is the president, in the chain of command. Michael was the first of four siblings born on October 24, 1948, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Delores Talley Roberts and Victor Roberts. He attended the St. Louis Public School System, graduating from Northwest High School in 1967 and continuing his studies at Missouri State University and Forest Park Community College.
He also studied law at the St. Louis University School of Law. He founded the law company Roberts-Roberts and Associates after graduating in 1974. Michael was greatly influenced by St. Louis’ Dick Gregory, who spoke about the civil rights movement.