Since the invention of rap music in the 1970s, the industry has seen tremendous growth.
Rappers never started from the top, they were all once broke and earned their fortune through ambition, hard work, and determination.
Some rappers managed to multiply their fortune by investing in business ventures such as music, textile, beverages, and real estate.
And they are certainly not shy when it comes to showing their wealth with flashy jewelry, supercars, and lavish mansions.
We have compiled a list of all the 53 richest rappers in the world and their achievements. Stick around to find out where your favorite rappers rank:
- 53. Lil Nas X
- 52. Lil Pump
- 51. Nelly
- 50. T.I.
- 49. J Prince
- 48. Ludacris
- 47. Soulja Boy
- 46. Lil Jon
- 45. G-Dragon
- 44. Big Boi
- 43. Andre 3000
- 42. Future
- 41. Darryl McDaniels
- 40. Daddy Yankee
- 39. 50 Cent
- 38. Rick Ross
- 37. Post Malone
- 36. Common
- 35. Chamillionaire
- 34. Chad Hugo
- 33. Travis Scott
- 32. PSY
- 31. Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons
- 30. J. Cole
- 29. Akon
- 28. Ice T
- 27. Wiz Khalifa
- 26. Will.I.Am
- 25. Nas
- 24. Kendrick Lamar
- 23. DJ Khaled
- 22. Migos
- 21. Timbaland
- 20. Michael Diamond / Mike D
- 19. Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz
- 18. Pitbull
- 17. LL Cool J
- 16. Swizz Beatz
- 15. Snoop Dogg
- 14. Ronald Slim Williams
- 13. Birdman
- 12. Ice Cube
- 11. Lil Wayne
- 10. Usher
- 9. Master P
- 8. Eminem
- 7. Pharrell Williams
- 6. Drake
- 5. Russell Simmons
- 4. Dr. Dre
- 3. P Diddy
- 2. Jay-Z
- 1. Kanye West
53. Lil Nas X
Net Worth: $7 Million | Born: April 9, 1999 | Star Sign: Aries
Lil Nas X is an internationally recognized rapper who is known for his outspoken yet controversial personality. He is known for his unique genre-bending of country music with hip-hop. The single “Old Town Road” is his most famous by far — it ranked on the Billboard charts for 19 consecutive weeks and netted a Grammy Award. After releasing the song, Lil Nas X declared himself homosexual, receiving mixed reviews from critics.
52. Lil Pump
Net Worth: $8 Million | Born: August 17, 2000 | Star Sign: Leo
Lil Pump is considered the king of Soundcloud’s rap genre. He is one of the youngest rappers in the industry and dropped his debut album when he was just 17. After dropping out of Harvard, he relentlessly pursued his passion for music. Lil Pump is recognized for his multi-colored hair and unique tattoos that set him apart from his competitors. His song, “Gucci Gang,” became viral and ranked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. A bulk of his net worth comes from the contract with Warner Bros record label.
Net Worth: $8 Million | Born: November 2, 1974 | Star Sign: Scorpion
Nelly is an American rapper and entrepreneur who has been in the music industry for approximately 30 years. He is well-known for his 2000 album “Country Grammar,” which sold over 10 million copies and immediately became the best-selling album. Nelly forged most of his fortune through profiting from his music sales, tour dates, and investment in other business ventures.
Net Worth: $20 Million | Born: September 25, 1980 | Star Sign: Libra
T.I. is famously known as the instigator of the rap genre. He is an American rapper, songwriter, and producer who has released over 10 studio albums, seven of which were major hits and charted on the Billboard Hot 200. He has starred in several movies, the most famous ones being “Ant-Man,” and “Identity Thief.” He even published 2 novels named “Trouble & Triumph” and “Power & Beauty.”
49. J Prince
Net Worth: $25 Million | Born: October 31, 1964 | Star Sign: Scorpion
American businessman J Prince is one of the richest rappers in the USA. He has been the CEO of Rap-a-Lot Records for more than 20 years. Prince has worked hard to promote the rap genre as well as rappers. He also launched an educational campaign for youth to prevent AIDS/HIV. Due to his philanthropic work, he was awarded the VH1 Annual Hip-Hop Honors Award.
Net Worth: $30 Million | Born: September 11, 1977 | Star Sign: Virgo
Ludacris started his music career in the ’90s when he formed his record label ‘Disturbing Tha Peace.’ He gained mainstream success after releasing songs like “Baby” with Justin Bieber and “Tonight” with Enrique Iglesias. Ludacris is also an internationally-recognized actor. He played “Tej Parker” in the world-famous Fast and Furious movie franchise. Ludacris has been nominated a number of times and has bagged 3 Grammy Awards, 1 MTV Video Music Award, and 9 BET Awards.
47. Soulja Boy
Net Worth: $30 Million | Born: July 28, 1990 | Star Sign: Leo
Soulja Boy is an American rapper and record producer who shot to stardom when he released his debut single, “Crank That,” in September 2007. The song alone made him $8 Million while ranking at No. 1 on the Billboard charts for seven non-consecutive weeks. Boy was known as the Hip-Hop Cash King in 2012 by Forbes as he pocketed a cool $7 Million. He has released a total of 25 albums till date. Even though Soulja hasn’t released a major hit in quite some time, he is still one of the richest rappers due to other business ventures, which will continue to make him millions.
46. Lil Jon
Net Worth: $30 Million | Born: January 17, 1991 | Star Sign: Capricorn
Lil Jon rose to fame after he became the frontman/founder of the group “Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz.” He is a reputable rapper, as well as a songwriter and record producer. Jon gained a massive fan following after he made hits with some of the best artists in the industry, including Usher and Ludacris. Lil Jon released his last album over a decade ago and lost prominence in the music industry. However, he is reinventing himself while being involved in television work.
Net Worth: $30 Million | Born: August 18, 1988 | Star Sign: Leo
G-Dragon is a South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter, and model. He is famously known as the King of K-Pop. G-Dragon is the leader of the boyband Big Bang. He composed several songs, including “Last Farewell” and “Lies”. Most of his songs have been certified gold platinum and rank well on Korea’s Gaon Chart. In 2009, G-Dragon released his solo album, which sold over 200,000 copies and won the Mnet Asian Music Awards for Album of the Year. However, the artist was later criticized and accused of plagiarism.
44. Big Boi
Net Worth: $30 Million | Born: February 1, 1971 | Star Sign: Aquarius
Big Boi is famously known from the hip-hop duo group, “Outkast,” with fellow rapper Andre 3000. Over the years, he has released 6 studio albums, all of which are certified platinum or higher, and sold over 25 million records. Besides that, Boi has also dropped 3 solo studio albums till date. He has worked with several legendary artists, including Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Along with rapping, he is also popularly known for appearing in movies like “Superfly” and television shows like “Law and Order: Special Victim Unit.” He is one of the most sought-after musicians in the world.
43. Andre 3000
Net Worth: $35 Million | Born: May 27, 1975 | Star Sign: Gemini
Grammy-winner Andre 3000 is not just any rapper. He is a multi-talented artist, singer, instrumentalist, actor, voice actor, and entrepreneur. Andre is famous for his exceptional work with Big Boi in the duo group “Outkast.” He has also starred in several movies such as “Revolver,” “Be Cool,” and television shows like “The Shield” and “Families.” Andre also launched his clothing brand, “Benjamin Bixby,” which has a tune in 1930s aesthetic clothing.
Net Worth: $40 Million | Born: November 20, 1983 | Star Sign: Sagittarius
Future is the first artist in the world who has made two albums that ranked at No.1 on the Billboard charts back-to-back. He is known as the pioneer of mumble rap and his unique way of incorporating auto-tune in songs. Future became famous after dropping his song “Mask Off,” which alone gained over a billion streams on Spotify. He won a Grammy Award for his song “King’s Dead” for the movie “Black Panther.” He accumulated his $40 million net worth through his rap career, world tour concerts, and features.
41. Darryl McDaniels
Net Worth: $40 Million | Born: May 31, 1964 | Star Sign: Gemini
Darryl McDaniels is an American rapper, actor, and author. He is well-known for his hip-hop group Run-DMC. Between 1984 to 2001, the group released 7 studio albums, all of which received positive reviews from the critics and peaked at the No. 1 spot on “Top R&B Albums,” making them one of the most famous hip-hop groups of that era. McDaniels has also acted in numerous movies and has published 2 books. Despite his success, McDaniel started to gain a reputation as a “heavy drinker,” which was further proved when he was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
40. Daddy Yankee
Net Worth: $40 Million | Born: February 3, 1997 | Star Sign: Aquarius
Daddy Yankee is one of the most successful Latin hip-hop artists in the industry today. He is most famous for collaborating on the song “Despacito,” which remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for almost four months and garnered well above 8 billion views! Yankee has earned over 50 awards, including 5 Latino Grammy Awards and 14 Latin Billboard Awards. He is also socially active, with over 40 Million Instagram followers and 35 Million YouTube subscribers. He is known as the King of Regaetón.
39. 50 Cent
Net Worth: $40 Million | Born: July 6, 1975 | Star Sign: Cancer
50 Cent, also known as the king of hip-hop artists of the early 2000s era, made a fortune of $40 Million throughout his entire career. Cent gained a massive fan following after he dropped his albums “Get Rich or Die Tryin” and “The Massacre.” Both of them became the most listened-to albums in radio history and sold over a million copies in the first four days while bagging the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 200. In 2015, 50 Cent filed for bankruptcy. However, the rapper has recovered financially through various brand endorsement deals over the years.
38. Rick Ross
Net Worth: $45 Million | Born: January 28, 1976 | Star Sign: Aquarius
Rick Ross is primarily known for his work behind the mic and as the CEO of his record label ‘Maybach Music.’ To date, he has earned a total of $90 Million in his career. His albums, “Port of Miami” and “Trilla,” became major hits and peaked at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 200. While Ross mainly earns from his music career, he reinvested his earnings in various business ventures. As of today, he sits on a 322-acre mansion entitled “Promise Land,” which is worth well over $7 Million.
37. Post Malone
Net Worth: $45 Million | Born: July 4, 1995 | Star Sign: Cancer
Post Malone is famously known for mixed-genre music with hints of hip-hop, country, and rock. He gained a massive fan following after releasing his debut single, “White Iverson,” in 2015. Post Malone pockets a cool $500,000 from performing concerts and made $60 million between 2019 and 2020. Malone is also involved in a number of brand endorsement deals which only contribute to his net worth. He lives in Los Angeles while also maintaining his $3 Million home in Northern Utah.
Net Worth: $45 Million | Born: March 13, 1972 | Star Sign: Pisces
Over his 30-year-long rapping career, Common has released 11 studio records. His Grammy-winning album, “Like Water for Chocolate,” was the first major success that gained him recognition in the music industry. Besides this, he won 2 more Grammys out of 17 total nominations. He became even more successful after changing the direction of his career to acting and starred in movies like “Suicide Squad,” “New Year Eve,” “Now You See Me” and many more, which only multiplied his net worth.
Net Worth: $50 Million | Born: November 28, 1979 | Star Sign: Sagittarius
Chamillionaire is an American rapper, singer, and entrepreneur. He first gained popularity when he released his solo album “The Sound of Revenge,” which climbed to No. 10 on Billboard Hot 200 and became platinum-certified. The album also won a Grammy Award. In addition, he released another album and several mixtapes, all of which became wildly successful. Since then, he stepped away from music and started investing in other business ventures, which have proved fruitful and helped him increase his net worth.
34. Chad Hugo
Net Worth: $55 Million | Born: February 24, 1974 | Star Sign: Pisces
Chad Hugo is a talented rapper, singer, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Hugo is famously known from the duo “Neptunes” and hip-hop group “N.E.R.D.” He accumulated all his wealth through his music career. Very little is known about his personal life as he is a private person and doesn’t appear in interviews. His net worth is estimated to be over $55 million as of 2022.
33. Travis Scott
Net Worth: $60 Million | Born: April 30, 1992 | Star Sign: Taurus
Travis Scott is one of the most prominent figures in the rap industry today. He gained immense fame after he released his debut studio album, “Rodeo,” which featured artists like The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, and Kanye West. The album quickly climbed up the 3rd spot on Billboard charts and solidified his position in the world of hip-hop. His most famous tracks are “Sicko Mode” and “Goosebumps.” He gained even more prominence when he started dating Kylie Jenner. However, the rapper has now become a controversial figure after the Astroworld festival, which led to a $750 Million lawsuit that will cause his net worth to take a significant hit.
Net Worth: $60 Million | Born: December 31, 1977 | Star Sign: Capricorn
PSY is a Korean artist who became a viral sensation from his single “Gangnam Style.” He broke the most viewed video on Youtube in 2012 and earned $8 Million from YouTube ad revenue alone. He became so popular that he was invited to perform live in New York’s Time Square in front of a million people. In 2019, he founded his record label, “P Nation,” on which several artists signed up.
31. Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons
Net Worth: $60 Million | Born: November 14, 1964 | Star Sign: Scorpion
Joseph Simmons, who also goes by the name Rev Run, is famously known as the co-founder of the hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. Prior to his work with the group, Simmons started his career as a DJ and later became the lead vocalist of the hip-hop group “The Force.” In 1984, Run-D.M.C released its first gold album entitled after themselves. They released 6 more studio albums, 4 of which were certified gold or higher. Unfortunately, the group was disbanded in 2002 after one of the members, Mizell, was murdered. In 2005, Simmons became a reality TV star of the show “Run’s House” for four years.
30. J. Cole
Net Worth: $60 Million | Born: January 28, 1975 | Star Sign: Aquarius
J. Cole is a professional American Rapper who was born in Germany. He started getting recognition when he released his debut album, “The Come up” which was a huge success. J. Cole has released a total of 6 albums that bagged the No. 1 spot on Billboard charts — five of those albums are also platinum-certified. Besides his music career, J. Cole is involved in several brand endorsement deals, primarily with Puma. He is one of the highest-paid rappers alive today and pockets $30 million on average each year.
Net Worth: $60 Million | Born: April 16, 1973 | Star Sign: Aries
Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam, famously known as Akon, is recognized for his classic singles like “Smack That,” “I Wanna Love You,” and “Right Now.” Outside of his solo music career, he is also a businessman and founded two record labels — “Konvict Muzik” and “Kon Live Distribution.” He earned a total of $66 million between 2008 to 2011. Akon is also famous for his philanthropist work, which includes creating a hyper-city in the future just outside Senegal, where he would run his currency, “Akoin.”
28. Ice T
Net Worth: $65 Million | Born: February 16, 1958 | Star Sign: Aquarius
Ice T is an American rapper, songwriter, businessman, and actor. He kick-started his career by serving in the army for four years, after which he switched to music. He is well-known for his album, “Back on the Block,” which earned him a Grammy for ‘Best Rap Performance’ in 1991. That same year, he co-founded the heavy metal band “Body Count.” He appeared in the show “Law and Order: Special Victim Unit” for almost two decades, acting in approximately 400 episodes.
27. Wiz Khalifa
Net Worth: $70 Million | Born: September 8, 1987 | Star Sign: Virgo
Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known as Wiz Khalifa, is one of the best-selling rappers in the history of hip-hop. Khalifa has been making hits ever since he entered the music industry at the age of 15. He gained fame after he dropped “Black and Yellow,” the lead single from his album “Rolling Paper.” Khalifa has been racking in stacks and even appeared in the Forbes list of “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” in 2011. His most viewed video, “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth has garnered over 5.5 billion views! He is also active on social media and has over 40 Million Instagram followers and 36 Million Twitter followers.
Net Worth: $70 Million | Born: May 15, 1975 | Star Sign: Taurus
Will.I.Am is the founder of the hip-hop group “Black Eyed Peas” who made several hit albums like “Elephunk” and “Monkey Business.” He is also a popular solo artist and launched albums like “Lost Change” that made him popular in the music industry. Additionally, he has starred in several television shows like “The Voice” and as an actor in “X Men Origins: Wolverine.” Not only has he earned a ludicrous amount of money, but he also likes to spend it lavishly. He owns a beautiful mansion in Los Angeles and drives luxury supercars like Ferraris, Mercedes AMG GT-R, etc.
Net Worth: $70 Million | Born: September 14, 1973 | Star Sign: Virgo
Rap-legend Nas did not become rich overnight. Instead, it took him years to build up his reputation and empire. Nas has released 13 studio albums, of which 8 albums were consecutively certified platinum. Besides his music career, he ventured into other early investor businesses, including Dropbox, Robinhood, Away Travel, Coinbase, and many more. Nas’ most lucrative investment was in the company Ring, where he earned approximately $40 Million for his stake. Additionally, he owns his record label and a FILA store.
24. Kendrick Lamar
Net Worth: $75 Million | Born: July 17, 1987 | Star Sign: Cancer
Praised for his smooth bars and provoking lyrics — Kendrick Lamar is a rapper from Compton who is also a 13-time Grammy Award Winner. Not only is Lamar in the top 53 richest rappers list, but is also one of the 100 most influential people of all time as per Time magazine. Lamar has released a total of 5 albums. His album, “Damn,” helped him earn the Pulitzer Award for Music, making him the first non-jazz/classical artist in history to win the title.
23. DJ Khaled
Net Worth: $75 Million | Born: November 26, 1975 | Star Sign: Sagittarius
DJ Khaled is a rapper, record producer, and media personality who gained recognition in the 1990s as a radio host. Today, he is one of the most prominent DJs in the world and produces beats for A-class artists. Khaled is also the president of the record label Def Jam Records and CEO of We The Best Music Group. In recent years, he gained a significant boost in his net worth from $3 Million to $75 Million. He primarily earns from tours and brand endorsement deals and owns a $26 Million mansion in Miami.
Net Worth: $80 Million | Formed: 2008 | Origin: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Migos is an American hip-hop trio that formed 13 years ago but only got mainstream success in 2017. The members are Offset, Takeoff, and Quavo, all of whom are interrelated. Migos gained recognition after releasing the song “Versace” with Drake. They earned $25 Million in total through world tour concerts by performing 93 shows between 2017 and 2018. During this period, they also recorded 4 billion streams. Additionally, the trio has been involved in a number of brand endorsement deals, which only contributed to their net worth.
Net Worth: $85 Million | Born: March 10, 1972 | Star Sign: Pisces
Timbaland is an American rapper, songwriter, and music producer famously known for his hit singles, “Cry Me a River” and “Give it to Me.” Timbaland gained recognition after working on Ginuwine and Missy Elliot’s albums in the 1990s. He has collaborated with prominent artists like Jay-Z, M.I.A, Justin Timberlake, and Nelly on many occasions. Despite a few hiccups through his career, particularly accusations of plagiarism, Timbaland has made it to the top richest rappers. He currently lives in an $8 Million mansion in Coral Gables.
20. Michael Diamond / Mike D
Net Worth: $90 Million | Born: November 20, 1965 | Star Sign: Scorpion
Mike D is popularly recognized as the co-founder of the first fully-white hip-hop group, “The Beastie Boys,” where he is not only the lead vocalist but also the instrumentalist. He gained prominence in the music industry after he dropped his album “Licensed to Ill.” The band released a total of 8 studio albums, 7 of which became certified platinum and sold a total of 40 Million copies. They were also nominated for a handful of Grammy Awards, bagging 3 of them.
19. Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz
Net Worth: $90 Million | Born: October 31, 1966 | Star Sign: Scorpion
Adam Horovitz is one of the pioneering members of the New York-based white hip-hop group “The Beastie Boys’ which took over the world by storm in the 90s. He is a rapper and lead guitarist in the band. The group continued releasing 8 major hits albums and earned 3 Grammys. Besides music, Adam has also acted in several movies, including RoadSide Prophets, Lost Angels, and Godspeed. He currently lives in a $2 Million mansion in California along with his former musician and feminism activist wife, Kathleen Hanna.
Net Worth: $100 Million | Born: January 15, 1981 | Star Sign: Capricorn
Pitbull is a Miami-native rapper and songwriter. He became a prominent figure after he released his debut album “M.I.A.M.I.” Pitbull released 10 more studio albums that helped him gain national and international attention. He calls himself “Mr. Worldwide” as he thinks his passion and ambition have no borders. Pitbull also has his record label, “Polo Ground Music,” and even hosted his television program, “La Esquina.” Additionally, he has done a number of brand endorsement deals, primarily with the soft drink company Dr. Pepper. Moreover, Pitbull is also involved in a number of philanthropy work like helping victims of Hurricane Maria.
17. LL Cool J
Net Worth: $120 Million | Born: January 14, 1968 | Star Sign: Capricorn
Two-time Grammy Award-Winner LL Cool J is one of the pioneers of the rap genre. As a child, he suffered through domestic violence and witnessed the tragic murder of his mother by his father. To vent out his feelings, he sought refuge in music and started producing tracks at the age of 11. He released 13 studio albums and countless hit singles. Besides his music career, he is also famous for his acting career, primarily in the drama series “NCIS: Los Angeles. LL Cool J reportedly earns $350,000 per episode. He also launched his clothing line, record label, and even wrote 4 books.
16. Swizz Beatz
Net Worth: $150 Million | Born: September 13, 1978 | Star Sign: Virgo
Kasseem Dean, famously known as Swizz Beatz, is a professional rapper, disco jockey, and entrepreneur from New York who made countless hits in the early 2000s. He didn’t get recognized in the music industry until he dropped his debut solo album “G.H.E.T.T.O.” Additionally, he is involved in a number of brand endorsement deals, particularly with Reebok, Monster, and Lotus, which only boosted his fortune. Today, he has a net worth of $150 Million with his wife, Alicia Keys.
15. Snoop Dogg
Net Worth: $150 Million | Born: October 20, 1971 | Star Sign: Libra
Snoop Dog is one of the most legendary hip hop artists of the 90s — famous for his unique style and as an expert cannabis smoker. He was first discovered by Dr. Dre and gained prominence in the music industry by composing songs under his mentorship. He made several hits and ranked on the Billboard charts multiple times, which quickly made him a mainstream artist. Dogg has also worked in the acting industry. Recently, he invested in various business ventures and signed multiple brand endorsement deals. Dogg likes to live lavishly and enjoys multi-million dollar mansions while keeping his car collection fresh.
14. Ronald Slim Williams
Net Worth: $150 Million | Born: May 23, 1967 | Star Sign: Gemini
Ronald “Slim tha Don” Williams is the co-founder of popular record label “Cash Money” with his younger brother, Birdman. He is the executive producer of almost all of Cash Money’s artists, including Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, and many more. However, Slim is not as extroverted; he never pursued a career as an actor or vocalist and usually worked behind the scenes, earning him the title of “Godfather.” Additionally, he has a clothing line and a liquor brand, which contribute a large part of his net worth.
Net Worth: $150 Million | Born: February 15, 1969 | Star Sign: Aquarius
Birdman is a solo artist and CEO of the record label “Cash Money Records.” He founded the label nearly 2 decades ago with his brother Ronald Slim Williams. After notable artists started signing with his label, including Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Young Thug, the value of his company soared. Currently at the peak of its success, the record label is pocketing $100 million in annual revenue. Unfortunately, Birdman suffered several setbacks during his career. He lost 20 houses and 50 cars, including Ferraris and Mercedes, to Hurricane Katrina. Several artists have also sued him for not paying royalties. Despite a few hiccups along the way, he is still considered one of the richest rappers in the world.
12. Ice Cube
Net Worth: $160 Million | Born: June 15, 1969 | Star Sign: Gemini
O’Shea Jackson Sr., also known as Ice Cube, is considered the greatest MC of all time. He kick-started his rapping career after joining the hip-hop group C.I.A, which he later left and became a member of N.W.A. Soon after, Cube started his solo career and released his debut album, “AmeriKKKA Most Wanted” in 1990, which became an instant hit. He went on and released 9 studio albums. He later started acting in movies and starred in a total of 40 films and 10 television shows.
11. Lil Wayne
Net Worth: $170 Million | Born: September 27, 1982 | Star Sign: Libra
Lil Wayne is one of the finest rappers of the 21st century and a renowned songwriter, record executive, and actor. He gained prominence in the music industry through hit albums and singles like “Lollipop” and “A Milli.” He also owns a record label by the name of “Young Money Entertainment.” Wayne’s huge fortune come from contracts and royalty rights made with “Cash Money Records.” Even though the artist hasn’t released music in years, he still enjoys sitting on the list of top richest rappers in the world.
Net Worth: $180 Million | Born: October 14, 1978 | Star Sign: Libra
‘Usher’ Raymond IV gained worldwide recognition after releasing his debut album titled after himself. The album’s first single, “Think of You,” became gold-certified. Usher became a well-recognized artist at the age of 15. Throughout his career, he has released 8 studio albums and countless hit singles, which netted him 5 Grammys, 19 Billboard Awards, and 4 American Music Awards. Other ventures of Usher include co-ownership of the NBA team Cleveland Cavaliers and appearances in multiple movies. Usher is also involved in several philanthropy projects.
9. Master P
Net Worth: $200 Million | Born: April 29, 1970 | Star Sign: Taurus
Percy Robert Miller, known as Master P, has gained immense fame in the 90s and early 2000s through his rapping career. He is among the top richest rappers in the world due to his outstanding investment strategies, which include creating diversified businesses. Master P is the founder of “No Limit Records,” which was later renamed to “No Limit Forever Record.” He also owns his clothing line, a travel agency, a film production company, a video game production company, and many more. Miller has set up himself and his family with enough wealth to last generations.
Net Worth: $230 Million | Born: October 17, 1972 | Star Sign: Libra
Marshal Mathers III (a.k.a. Eminem) is one of the most popular faces on earth known for his fast pace and unique rapping style. Eminem gained recognition after releasing his first 2 albums, which sold nearly 50 million copies. He gained mainstream popularity after netting his first Grammy for “The Slim Shady” EP with Dr. Dre as the executive producer. In the past two decades, the rapper has released several chart-topping singles and earned 14 more Grammy Awards, 17 Billboard Awards, and many more accolades.
7. Pharrell Williams
Net Worth: $250 Million | Born: April 5, 1973 | Star Sign: Aries
Pharrell Williams’ work behind the mic, in front of the camera, and investments in businesses have allowed him to earn a massive fortune. Williams’ net worth got its biggest bump after he started his solo career. His hit single, “Happy,” bagged the No. 1 spot on Billboard charts in 7 countries and was certified platinum seven times! The song also reportedly sold over 1.81 million copies worldwide. Williams has also made a decent contribution to the fashion industry while working on several brand endorsement deals.
Net Worth: $250 Million | Born: October 24, 1986 | Star Sign: Scorpion
Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham is one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world who has always bragged about how he ‘started from the bottom.’ Drake kick-started his journey by dropping out of school and pursuing a career in acting. However, he didn’t gain recognition until he entered the music industry in 2005. Drake became a mainstream artist in 2010 after he dropped his debut album, “Thank Me Later,” which became platinum and bagged the No. 1 spot on various charts. Drake’s most ground-breaking songs include “One Dance,” “God’s Plan,” “In My Feelings,” and many more, which have acquired billions of streams worldwide.
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5. Russell Simmons
Net Worth: $340 Million | Born: October 4, 1957 | Star Sign: Libra
Simmons is a self-made multimillionaire also recognized as the pioneer of the hip-hop genre before Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, and Diddy. He is best known for his co-ownership of the legendary record label “Def Jam Records” and as CEO of Rush Communications Inc. Additionally, Simmons owns a clothing line and is a writer at Huffington Post and an editor-in-chief at GlobalGrind.com. Recently, Simmons became a controversial figure due to a few sexual assault and misconduct allegations, discrediting his reputation. Due to this, he has decided to take a step back from roles in many of his companies.
4. Dr. Dre
Net Worth: $500 Million | Born: February 18, 1965 | Star Sign: Aquarius
Dr. Dre is a legendary music producer who is popularly known as the founder of gangsta rap. His net worth expanded primarily due to his ownership of the record label “Aftermath.” Dr. Dre helped launch the careers of many mainstream rappers like Eminem, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg. He earned his biggest paycheck after selling his headphone company “Beats by Dr. Dre” to Apple in 2017 for $3 Billion. It is reported that he owned 25% of the company and received $750 Million. This helped Dre’s net worth to climb to $800 million in a single deal. Besides that, he owns several luxury cars and $80 million worth of real estate. In 2021, he settled for a divorce with his wife, Nicolle Threatt, and agreed to pay her $100 Million.
3. P Diddy
Net Worth: $900 Million | Born: November 4, 1969 | Star Sign: Scorpion
Puff Daddy has been on the richest rappers list since the past 2 decades. Diddy is popularly known for his record label, “Bad Boy Entertainment,” which signed several hip-hop artists. Additionally, he is a successful actor and has starred in movies like “Draft Boy” and “The Defiant Ones,” to name a few. Diddy is also a businessman and created his clothing line, “Sean John” in 1998. Diddy pockets a cool $100 million annually. He has 5 children from his previous relationships.
Net Worth: $1.8 Billion | Born: December 4, 1969 | Star Sign: Sagittarius
Jay-Z is a 22-time Grammy Award Winner and the first hip-hop billionaire ever to sell over 100 million albums. He has released a total of 13 studio albums, all of which are certified platinum or higher. Jay-Z diversified into several businesses — he introduced his clothing line Rocawear and bought the music app Tidal. Additionally, he created his own entertainment company, Roc Nation, and bought the champagne company, Armand de Brignac. Jay-Z also likes to spend lavishly, buying several multi-million-dollar mansions, houses, and penthouses. He is currently married to Beyonce. The couple has 3 children together.
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1. Kanye West
Net Worth: $6.6 Billion | Born: June 8, 1977 | Star Sign: Gemini
Kanye West is a self-made multi-billionaire and the richest black artist in the world. He started rapping in the 90s and released his most famous album till date, “The College Dropout” in 2004. Kanye has released a total of 11 studio albums and has won 21 Grammy Awards till date. However, his music career only contributes a tenth to his net worth. The majority of Kanye’s income comes from his “Yeezy” sneaker line with Adidas, which earns him $150 to $200 million each year just from royalties. He also has a $120 million real estate portfolio and owns cars worth several million dollars. His love life has also been under the spotlight ever since he started dating Kim Kardashian 7 years ago.
|1||Kanye West||$6.6 Billion|
|3||P Diddy||$900 Million|
|4||Dr. Dre||$500 Million|
|5||Russell Simmons||$340 Million|
|7||Pharrell Willams||$250 Million|
|9||Master P||$200 Million|
|11||Lil Wayne||$170 Million|
|12||Ice Cube||$160 Million|
|14||Ronald Slim Williams||$150 Million|
|15||Snoop Dogg||$150 Million|
|16||Swizz Beatz||$150 Million|
|17||LL Cool J||$120 Million|
|19||Adam Horovitz / Ad-Rock||$90 Million|
|20||Michael Diamond / Mike D||$90 Million|
|23||Dj Khaled||$75 Million|
|24||Kendrick Lamar||$75 Million|
|27||Wiz Khalifa||$70 Million|
|28||Ice T||$65 Million|
|30||J. Cole||$60 Millions|
|31||Joseph Simmons / Rev Run||$60 Million|
|33||Travis Scott||$60 Million|
|34||Chad Hugo||$55 Million|
|37||Post Malone||$45 Million|
|38||Rick Ross||$45 Million|
|39||50 Cent||$40 Million|
|40||Daddy Yankee||$40 Million|
|41||Darryl McDaniels||$40 Million|
|43||Andre 3000||$35 Million|
|44||Big Boi||$30 Million|
|46||Lil Jon||$30 Million|
|47||Soulja Boy||$30 Million|
|49||J Prince||$25 Million|
|52||Lil Pump||$8 Million|
|53||Lil Nas X||$7 Million|
Since the inception of rap music in the 70s, it has become one of the most listened to genres across the world. Many artists, including pioneers of the genre, are included in the richest rappers list. They are one of the wealthiest people in the world and prove it by showing off their fancy houses, cars, and jewelry. But truth be told, most of these rappers who made it to the top are also entrepreneurs involved in side hustles like owning a clothing line, record label, and various other businesses.