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10 Richest Rappers in the World



Remember that old Saturday Night Live skit, with Chris Farley as the super fan who can’t believe he’s talking to his favorite rapper? It was a spoof of the “white people don’t know anything about rap” trope that became popular in the early ’90s. But even if you weren’t around back then (or were but were too young to remember), you might still share some of that same excitement when it comes to rappers and hip-hop music. Or maybe not. Either way, we’ve rounded up some of the wealthiest names in rap—and no, it’s not just a list of white guys on this one! So let’s get started:

1. Kanye West – $2.0 Billion

Kanye West

Source: ABC

Kanye West is a singer, songwriter, and producer who has gone on to become one of the richest rappers in the world thanks to his investments in fashion (he’s married to Kim Kardashian after all). Kanye has been making music since 2003 with 7 studio albums under his belt. His most recent album “Yeezus” came out in 2013, but he continues to release new singles like “All Day.”

2. Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) – $1.3 Billion

Jay-Z (Shawn Carter)

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Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the Marcy Houses projects. He rose to fame through his association with producer and rapper Christopher Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G., who helped him sign a record deal with Roc-A-Fella Records in 1996. His debut album Reasonable Doubt was released soon after, which featured hits like “Can’t Knock the Hustle” and “Brooklyn’s Finest.” Since then he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and has won multiple Grammy Awards for his work as an artist and record executive at Roc Nation (formerly known as Roc-A-Fella).

In addition to being one of the most successful rappers on earth, Jay-Z also owns stakes in several companies including Armand de Brignac champagne company; 40/40 Club sports bar chain; Tidal music streaming service; music festival Budweiser Made In America which takes place annually over Labor Day weekend at Benjamin Franklin Parkway where it attracts over 200K attendees every year; Roc Nation Sports agency representing professional athletes such as New York Yankees star Aaron Judge, etc.

3. Sean Combs (Puff Daddy/P Diddy/Diddy) – $900 Million

Sean Combs

Source: HipHopDX

Sean Combs (Puff Daddy/P Diddy/Diddy) is a hip-hop mogul and record executive. He is the founder of Bad Boy Records and founder and CEO of Combs Enterprises, which includes Sean John’s clothing line as well as Ciroc Vodka. He has won 3 Grammy Awards and 4 MTV Video Music Awards.

In 2017 Forbes estimated his net worth at $900 million, making him the third richest rapper in the world.

4. Andre Young (Dr. Dre) – $500 Million

Andre Young

Source: BBC

As a founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, Dr. Dre is one of the richest rappers in the world.

He’s sold over 30 million albums worldwide, has won six Grammy Awards, and was ranked by Forbes as one of their top ten most powerful celebrities from 2008 to 2012. He also has endorsement deals with companies like Apple, Intel, and HTC that bring him an extra $100 million annually on top of his music royalties.

5. Eminem (Marshall Mathers) – $230 Million

Eminem (Marshall Mathers)

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Eminem is one of the most successful rappers in the world. He has won Grammy Awards, Academy Awards, and American Music Awards. Eminem has also won MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, BET Awards, and People’s Choice Awards.

In 2002 he released an album called “The Eminem Show” which sold over 7 million copies making it the 2nd highest-selling rap album of all time behind Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle album which sold over 11 million units worldwide. His next album Encore was another big hit selling over 4 million copies worldwide while Relapse only managed to sell 1 million copies worldwide despite being his best-selling single since Lose Yourself from 8 Mile Soundtrack which had been downloaded over 7 million times online by 2013 according to Nielsen SoundScan data tracking company.”

6. Master P – $200 Million

Master P

Source: Us Weekly

You might be surprised to learn that the richest rapper on this list isn’t Diddy or Dr. Dre—it’s Master P! The founder of No Limit Records was worth roughly $200 million before selling his company in 2014.

Master P has appeared in several movies and shows, including The Wire, Southland, Sons of Anarchy, and A&E’s Family Intervention. He’s also launched a lifestyle clothing brand called “Uptown,” which is currently being sold at Barneys New York as well as other high-end boutiques across the country.

7. Drake – $180 Million


Source: Newsweek

This is a big old list of the richest rappers in the world, but you’ll notice that there are a few names missing. In order to be on this list, rappers need to have at least $180 million in net worth. The total value of Drake’s assets (which includes real estate, music, and other assets) is estimated at $180 million. That makes him one of the richest hip-hop artists in the world!

Drake was born Aubrey Drake Graham on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He’s known as an actor and producer as well as a rapper and singer. In 2008 he released his first mixtape Room for Improvement under Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment label which shot him into fame with over 50 million downloads online worldwide; it also earned him two Grammy Awards nominations later that year: Best Rap Performance by Duo/Group for “Best I Ever Had” featuring Lil Wayne; Best Rap Song for co-writing “Find Your Love” with Kanye West

8. Lil Wayne – $170 Million

Lil Wayne

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Lil Wayne is one of the most successful rappers to date. He has released 12 studio albums and over 100 mixtapes. His debut album Tha Block Is Hot sold more than a million copies, and his second studio album 500 Degreez was certified platinum. In total, Lil Wayne has won over 20 awards for his music, including four BET Awards, two American Music Awards, three Grammy Awards, and four MTV Video Music Awards.

The rapper was born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr on September 27 1981 in New Orleans Louisiana USA. He began rapping at the age of 9 when he joined Cash Money Records as part of their group The Bricks along with Bryan “Birdman” Williams & Ronald “Slim” Williams (who were also brothers). In 1997 he dropped out of school because he wanted to focus more on music than schoolwork or sports which he played during high school such as basketball football track & field baseball soccer tennis wrestling swimming softball volleyball etc…

9. Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) – $160 Million

Ice Cube

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Born in Los Angeles, California, Ice Cube is the son of Dorothy Jackson and Daryl Chase. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles with his brother Ice (O’Shea Jackson Jr.) and his sister LeTesha Reneé. Ice Cube became interested in hip-hop music when he was 13 after attending a Run DMC performance at the Rhythm Lounge hip-hop club along with Boyz II Men, DJ Pooh, and Dr. Dre. After leaving high school he established a successful career as an artist, producer, and actor.

Cube started his music career as a rapper in 1982 under the stage name MC Aka, which was derived from his graffiti tag name “Ake” (or “Ace”). He joined forces with Dr. Dre to form NWA in 1987; later on, he released his debut solo album AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted on May 15, 1990, through Priority Records for which he won “Best Rap Album” at the 37th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 24th, 1991

10. Calvin Broadus (Snoop Dogg) – $150 Million

Calvin Broadus (Snoop Dogg)

Source: Los Angeles Times

Calvin Broadus, better known as Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion, has an estimated net worth of $150 million. He is an American rapper and actor who was born in Long Beach, California on October 20th, 1971.

Snoop worked with Dr. Dre on his debut album “Doggystyle” which went double platinum and earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1993. He also won two MTV Video Music Awards that same year for his video “What’s My Name?” featuring Nate Dogg.

In addition to his rap career, Snoop has had several acting roles such as King Julien XIII in the Madagascar films (2005-2013) and Herbie Hancock’s driver Miles in Furious 7 (2015).

Most of the Richest Rappers Are from the Early 90s

When it comes to the richest rappers of all time, there are quite a few that come from the same origin. Most of them are from the early 1990s. There’s a reason for this: back in those days, hip-hop culture had just started making its way out of New York City and into other parts of America—and some very talented artists found success as they began monetizing their craft.

Most notably, many of history’s richest rap artists have roots in either California or New York City (or both). The West Coast boasts several big names like Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur; meanwhile, those who grew up on Long Island often went on to become stars like Busta Rhymes and LL Cool J who do not make the top ten but are quite wealthy in their own merits. There are also plenty more successful rappers who hail from other areas across the United States—like Atlanta’s Ludacris or Houston’s UGK but the focus stays on the top 10 richest rappers in the world.

This list is a great guide for up-and-coming rappers to emulate. The biggest thing that many of them have in common is their ability to expand into other businesses. Some, although not on the list like 50 Cent kept their business acumen going after his music career, partnering with Vitamin Water and launching a clothing line. Sean Combs has numerous investments and interests as well – he started as an artist, but now has his own media company, record label, clothing line, and even a film production company. By diversifying their investments, these rappers were able to stay afloat even when the market shifted away from rap music itself. Many of them also released successful albums during this period which helped boost their earnings exponentially.

Unyime Anthony is a gaming enthusiast specializing in first-in-class gaming content, including PS4, Xbox, Nintendo, and Movies, to educate and inform readers.