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She’s the first African American woman to own a Wall Street real estate agency, an achievement that becomes even more impressive when you consider she built her company from scratch, beginning at an age when many of her peers were still figuring out what they wanted to be. “I started my business at 27. It was a risk a lot of young people wouldn’t have taken. But I’m different,” Tiana Von Johnson, CEO of GoldStar Properties, tells host Mecca James. “Being a black woman has definitely had its challenges. My competitors don’t want me taking away millions of dollars of business from them each year. But I knew that there wasn’t a firm that really catered to the athletes and musicians, which was a segment of the market my firm set out to capture early on.”
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