Those who make it to the top of the rap industry get to enjoy all of the love and attention as well as the wealth that comes with it. Although all of these rappers on the list are considered extremely rich by today’s standards, it’s not necessarily the music award winners who became the richest.
Being one of the most well-known rappers means there are a lot of eyes on you and fans around the world. This creates a lot of business opportunities for those who can use this attention to diversify their income sources through different business ventures. Here is a list of the top 10 richest rappers who managed to accumulate a lot of wealth over their careers.
At the number 10 spot is Snoop Dogg, who has an estimated net worth of $152 million. Snoop Dogg is a household name and has been in the rap game for decades. His unique personality, as well as his impressive rap skills, have garnered fans around the world, both young and old. His financial success is mainly due to the money earned from the music he has released and from his shows and tours; however, he has gained wealth from other avenues.
He has made many TV appearances for a number of popular companies including Airbnb and Hot Pockets. In addition to this, he has starred in several movies over the years, which only increased his popularity.
Pharrell Williams is number 9 on this list with a net worth of $155 million. Pharrell is much more than just a rap artist. He composes his own music, sings, raps, and even makes films. Throughout his career as an artist, he has produced songs with multiple world-renowned pop stars, including Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. However, the song that gained the most traction and exploded Pharrell’s career was “Happy,” which was released back in 2014. This song earned Pharrell a mind-blowing $30 million alone.
Pharrell has also spent a considerable amount of time working in the fashion industry. He worked with fashion giants such as Louis Vuitton and Moncler to create clothing lines, jewelry lines, and sunglasses. Talk about versatility.
It is no surprise that Lil Wayne has made it onto this list of the world’s richest rappers. Over the course of Lil Wayne’s flourishing rap career, he has produced a countless number of songs that have topped the charts. Even more surprising is that Lil Wayne’s main source of income is from the music he has produced over the years as well as the tours that accompanied the album releases.
Lil Wayne is a veteran when it comes to being featured on songs with some of the world’s most popular artists. He has numerous tracks with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Drake, and Snoop Dogg. Lil Wayne is also a co-owner of the popular streaming site Tidal which has boosted his total net worth quite considerably.
When it comes to music artists breaking records, Drake takes the cake. The Canadian rapper has obtained the most chart awards since records began. Part of his success can be attributed to his versatility as an artist. He bridged the gap between pop music and hip hop, creating a genre of itself that quickly became extremely popular around the world. Drake has a net worth of around $190 million, and there doesn’t seem to be any signs of him slowing down any time soon.
Jay Z is most well-known for being a rapper who has had an incredibly successful career in the music industry. How he accumulated his vast wealth, however, is another story. After becoming one of the top rap artists to enter the game, Jay Z embarked on several business ventures. With a current net worth of $1.05 billion, it is safe to say it paid off. Some of the more notable businesses he’s involved in include Cognac, D’Usse, and Roc Nation as well as the tech giants Samsung, with whom he has recently signed a deal.
If you haven’t heard the name Kanye West, you either don’t have access to the internet or have been living under a rock for the past two decades. Kanye started out as a producer, making beats for rappers such as Jay Z. He started rapping on his own beats and realized that he had a unique sound. This sound became popular very quickly and it wasn’t long before the rapper from Chicago gained global notoriety.
However, Mr. West didn’t gain his $2.9 billion net worth just from making music. Over the years, he has gone on several business ventures with the Yeezy line of shoes for Adidas being his most successful. He is heavily involved in the fashion industry working with giants in the field as well as creating his own line of clothing that has seen a lot of interest from fans around the world.
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