Rihanna might not be an American by birth, but she has been ranked severally as one of the top musicians in America. She has earned her name and wealth through singing, which is the major contributor to her over $230 million net worth. That said, here is a breakdown of Rihanna’s humungous wealth.
Rihanna Bio: Journey to Success
Born on February 20, 1988, in Barbados, Robyn Rihanna Fenty started her life as a normal citizen trying to make ends meet. She began by selling clothes which didn’t appear to be so successful. However, Rihanna attracted the attention of US record producer Evan Rogers after a rendition of songs which included Mariah Carey’s Hero.
Her breakthrough came when she landed an auditioning with Def Jam Recordings. Jay Z, the CEO of the label was blown away by her performance and signed her to the label.
Rihanna Net Worth and Earnings
Rihanna’s first album “Music of the Sun” (2005), charted among the Billboard 200’s Top 10. It produced hit single “Pon de Replay”. The success of the album was followed by “A Girl Like Me” (2006) which was among the top 10 of Billboard 200. The album sales reportedly grossed $5 million and $6 million respectively.
Her third album “Good Girl Gone Bad” (2007) brought a new Rihanna, music, and appearance wise. It peaked Number 2 on the charts and also received 9 Grammy nominations. One of the best-selling artists of all time, Rihanna’s other albums include; “Rated R” (2009), “Loud” (2010) “Talk that Talk” (2011), Unapologetic (2012) and Anti (2016).
Endorsements and Businesses
Other than singing, Rihanna is known for her beauty. She has been featured in several fashion magazines including Vogue and Vibe which have brought in a lot of money. She earned about $30 million endorsing the Reb’lleur fragrance. Her other lucrative endorsement includes CoverGirl, Clinique, Gucci and Christian Dior. The songstress has also collaborated with luxury fashion brands like Armani, Puma and Manolo Blahnik.
Rihanna co-owns music streaming service Tidal as well as a beauty and stylist agency named Fr8me.
The singer has also appeared in a handful of Hollywood movies including ‘Battleship’ (2012), ‘This Is The End’ (2013) and Home (2015). She currently owns an NYC penthouse which is worth not less than $14 million.
From this, it is estimated that she earned $53 million between 2011- 2012, $43 million between 2012- 2013, $26 million between 2013- 2014 and $75 million between 2015-2016, all bringing her total net worth to the value of over $230 million.
Rihanna Boyfriend, Relationship with Drake / Chris Brown
“Bad Girl “RiRi”(as she is fondly called) has been in a lot of relationships with celebrities as well as regular guys. Some of her relationships were highly publicised while others were not. In 2008, of her many relationships, her stint with the singer Chris Brown was the most loved and publicised by fans and the entertainment world. However, in 2009, this relationship ended on a sad note as the Barbados singer was battered brutally by her boyfriend Chris Brown after a heated argument in the car.
She sustained multiple injuries mostly to the face and was traumatized for months after the incident. Chris Brown was duly charged for the assault, though he managed to avoid jail time because she declined to press charges, Brown who was 20 at the time was sentenced to five years probation and 180 days of community labour to be served in Virginia. He was also charged to complete a year of domestic violence classes, as well as fines.
In an interview with Angie Martinez, a former host with Hot 97, Rihanna came clean about her relationship with Drake in 2009 which she described as not a serious one. She said they were trying things out romantically but the timing for a relationship with him wasn’t right. According to Drake, him having a relationship with Rihanna is “semi-true,” however, the relationship has been on and off. Nevertheless, the pair looked good together on artistic collaborations and videos.
In 2017 Rihanna was confirmed to be dating Hassan Jameel a businessman from Saudi Arabia. He is the vice-chairman of a family holding company “Abdul Latif Jameel,” one of the biggest companies in the world, an exclusive distributor of Toyota automobiles in Saudi Arabia. Among his many properties, he owns an impressive soccer league called ‘The Jameel League.” This undoubtedly makes him one of the richest men in the world with an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion.
It is claimed that their relationship started secretly many months before the prying eyes of the paparazzi brought the news to the world.