Rap songs! Yes, you may not enjoy this music genre or the style, but rap artists are money making machines and they are some of the highest paid people in the music industry. Fancy cars, fancy homes and beautiful girls around them; this is what describes the lifestyle of the richest rappers obviously because of the riches they have amassed from rapping. With several accolades and awards, they have brandished themselves into several other ventures including movies, clothing lines, electronic products, etc. which has further increased their fortunes.
Here we list the top 10 richest rappers in the world.
Born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, Eminem is an American rapper, songwriter, actor and record producer. The best-selling artist of the 2000s in the United States, he is also one of the world’s best-selling artists with several top singles making him the King of Hip Hop. Eminem’s wealth comes through his record sales and ventures like Shady Records, and his channel Shade 45 on Sirius XM Radio.
As an actor, Eminem has made cameo appearances in movies like The Wash (2000), The Interview (2014), etc, as well as in television series Entourage. Eminem’s net worth is currently estimated to be $170 million.
9. Birdman: $170 Million
American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur, Bryan Williams better known as Birdman or Baby is one of the top 10 richest rappers in the world today. Having founded Cash Money Records which is his major source of wealth, he also has a fifty percent investment in Big Tymers. With numerous tracks release, Birdman has been best known for his contribution in rap music along with the making of the Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB).
He also made his fortunes through an oil and gas exploration company named Bronald Oil and Gas, LLC which went defunct after 2011. Birdman’s wealth is estimated to be $170 million.
8. Ronald Slim Williams: $170 Million
American businessman and record producer Ronald Williams is not a rapper by trade and has never featured in front of the mic but he is included in this list because of his involvement in the rap music industry.
Williams is Birdman’s elder brother and the executive producer of the Cash Money Records. He is also considered ‘The Godfather” for his roles behind the scene for his record label. Ronald Slim William’s wealth is estimated to be $170 million.
7. Usher: $180 Million
American singer, songwriter, actor and dancer Usher Terry Raymond IV, better known by his stage name Usher is one of the best-selling musical artists of the 2000s. With several hit singles ranking in Billboard Hot 100, Usher’s wealth comes primarily through his 65 million record sales worldwide.
Also considered one of the most successful artists of the decade, Usher founded US Records, a vanity record label in 2002 and owns several restaurants around the country. He also has a share in the Cleveland Cavaliers professional basketball team and has stakes in an NBA team. Besides his musical career, he is also an actor and dancer having made appearances in a few movies. Usher’s net worth is estimated to be $180 million.
6. 50 Cent: $270 Million
Born Curtis James Jackson III, American rapper, singer and entrepreneur 50 Cent has been one of the most successful rappers in the world. Having been involved in drug-dealing at his young age, he left the business to pursue a career in music and was discovered by Eminem who brought him in the industry. One of the best selling rappers in the world aided by Eminem and Dr. Dre, 50 Cent founded G-Unit Records in 2003 and have recorded several songs that have made over 30 million sales worldwide.
50 Cent also makes money through his business that includes mining and precious metal industries, real estates and consumer electronics company.
5. Russel Simmons: $340 Million
American business magnate and the most important businessman in the history of rap music Russel Simmons is the co-founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam. He has been best known for taking rap music into the mainstream of American culture and mass media.
With a variety of business interests, Simmons is one of the richest entrepreneurs in the world of hip-hop while he also makes his fortunes through several clothing fashion lines like Phat Farm, American Classics, and Argyleculture. Though not a rapper by trade, he is one of the most notable figures in the music industry which explains why he is included in this list. Russel Simmon is estimated to be worth $340 million.
4. Master P: $350 Million
Born Percy Robert Miller, American rapper, entrepreneur, actor, filmmaker, and producer, Master P gained fame in the 1990s with the succes of his group TRU. Considered to be the rap mogul, Master P’s appearances in several movies and television shows makes him one of the best known person in the entertainment industry as well.
Master P makes his fortunes through the sales of his albums, and business ventures in the music industry like No Limit Records, and P. Miller Enterprises. With his far farsightedness in the retailing, he invested money in jewelry line, real state, stocks, and sports management firms to see his money rise.
3. Dr Dre: $740 Million
American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur Andre Romella Young, known by his stage name Dr. Dre is one of the richest rappers in the world today. The founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, Dre has produced several albums while has been an influential person to oversee the career of several rappers like Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, etc.
Dr. Dre has also made appearances in movies like Training Day, The Wash and Set It Off. Considered to be one of the greatest artists of all time, Dr. Dre’s main source of income is through his record sales while his first brand of headphones, Beats by Dr. Dre is a best selling electronic device in the world today which garnered over $3 billion after the deal with Apple Inc. to make him the richest hip-hop artist in the world surpassing others in the list.
2. Jay-Z: $810 Million
American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur, Shawn Corey Carter better known by his stage name Jay Z is one of the most financially successful artists in the hip-hop music industry. Considered to be among the world’s best selling artists of all times, Jay Z has sold over 100 million records for which he has grabbed several accolades including 21 Grammy Awards.
Also considered as one of the greatest MCs of all time, Jay Z makes his fortunes through his musical career as well as through investments and entrepreneurship. He is the co-creator of clothing line Rocawear, former president of Def Jam and founder of Roc Nation. He is also involved in the sports industry and is a certified NBA and MLB sports Agent. Jay Z is married to Beyonce and the couple are said to be among the richest couples in the world. Jay Z’s net worth is estimated to be $810 million.
1. P Diddy: $820 Million
American rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur Sean John Combs, also known by his stage name Diddy and P. Diddy, debuted in the music industry through his album No Way Out in 1997 to become his most successful album today. P. Diddy’s fortune comes through the sales of his records, while he also is the founder of Bad Boy Records and the founding member of the music group Diddy-Dirty Money.
P. Diddy is considered to be one of the richest rappers in the world today. Apart from the income through the music industry, Diddy is also involved in non-music business ventures that include; clothing lines, movie production company, and restaurants.