Top 10 Richest Rappers in the World with Net Worth
Who is the richest rapper? Who would’ve thought hip hop artists can actually be millionaires when they started rapping? Hip hop’s wealthiest people today, once were average and admire the celebrities on TV and wish they had at least half of their fortune. The rap revolution started to provide changes in society, which led to creating famous hip hop culture that spread all over the world. The pioneers of this genre became famous and over the years, they have reached levels beyond their imagination. Of course, there are still hip hop artists who are struggling and trying to provide for themselves, but if you are interested in the most famous and richest rap artists in this business, this article will provide the details you will definitely want to know about. Here, Techscio presents the top 10 richest rappers in the world.
#1) Sean “Diddy” Combs – The Richest Rapper in the World
Net Worth: $700 Million
Bad Boy Records have changed the hip hop world with various acts that are very well imprinted in the memory of everyone appreciating this genre of music. Harlem’s rapper Sean, started the company 20 years ago and his wallet is increasing since he is earning from other ventures such as: Revolt cable network, DeLeon Tequila and probably his most famous brand – Sean John clothing line. Hip hop listeners appreciate Diddy because of his most valuable artist in the company – The Notorious B.I.G and his enormous world wide impact. Diddy has two children with Kim Porter even if they weren’t together at the birth of his 2nd child. His financial income is mostly unrelated to music, but he made a few significant songs that have changed the hip hop subculture forever such as I’ll Be Missing You, which is dedicated to his friend Notorious B.I.G.
Founder of Bad Boy Records
#2) Andre “Dr. Dre” Romelle Young – Producer, CEO of Aftermath Entertainment
Net Worth: $620 Million
Forbes evaluations will confirm that Andre is yearly the highest and richest entertainer, and he should be thankful to the Apple’s purchase of his famous headphones – Beats by Dre. The Californian producer sold his product to Apple for $3 Billion in May this year, which increased his net worth from $550 Million to $620 Million. Dre was having a really rough childhood in Compton since he couldn’t stay in his first High School due to gang violence, which had to be transferred to a safer suburban and school.He started as a rapper with the hip hop group N.W.A and was working with rappers such as Eazy E and Ice-T, but his fame and fortune came when he started Aftermath Records and signed artists, which also changed the rap game completely such as: Eminem and 50 Cent.The Chronic is Andre’s best musical creation and many hip hop fanatics are waiting another miraculous album, which will reach the same level. He says his next album – Detox will be as good as The Chronic, but apart from a few singles, there isn’t a release date for it.
#3) Shawn “Jay-Z” Corey Carter – One of the Richest Rappers
Net Worth: $520 Million
Probably the most consistent hip hop artist of the past decade, is the Brooklyn native and owner of the Rocawear – Jay-Z. As almost any rap legend, Shawn has started on housing projects when his father walked out on his mother and Carter had to earn by selling crack on the streets of Brooklyn. His career started with the feature on a Big Daddy Kane album with the track “Show and Prove” and everything has changed from that moment. His albums are ranked in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time and in many Billboard lists.
Founder of Roc-A-Fella Records
Beyonce became his wife in 2008 and they have a daughter 4 years later. Shawn made his fortune during the years of hard work and consistency. Many fans consider him as the greatest rapper in New York, alongside the Notorious B.I.G. His latest work is called the Magna Carta Holly Grail, which was one of the most anticipated hip hop albums in 2013.
#4) Percy “Master P” Robert Miller – Founder of New No Limit Records
Net Worth: $350 Million
Master P was aware what will bring him success in the rap industry, so he started New No Limit Records. This label provided many quality contracts for the rap artists in the 1990s, and Percy has expanded the label into film, sports management and socially conscious rap. He achieved his recognition with the album “ Ice Cream Man” in the late 1990s, but the track “Make ‘Em Say Uhh!” can’t be avoided since it went 2x platinum. He wasn’t dealing with guns and cocaine in his childhood, but he was transferred to a new school and the death of his daughter has changed him a lot. In 1997, he started in many films and television shows such as Uncle P, Uncle Willy’s family, Soccer Mom, Gone in 60 seconds, Toxic and I Got the Hook Up. The NBA team Charlotte Hornets along with the Toronto Raptors offered Master P a contract during the 1998-99 season, but actually never played in one of these teams in a regular season.
#5) Russell Simmons – Cofounder of Def Jam Records
Net Worth: #325 Million
Def Jam is one of the most important hip hop labels and Russell is without a doubt the man who invested a lot for rap music and everything related to it. There isn’t a serious hip hop artist that isn’t familiar with the importance of Def Jam. Simmons and Rick Rubin are the starters of the label, and to showcase the value of Dej Jam, they signed hip hop names such as: Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and Run-D. M. C. Simmons is married to Kimora Lee in 1998 and they have 2 daughters. But, the relationship doesn’t last very long since they have divorced in 2006. But, Russell wasn’t investing his time only in hip hop since he was very active Chairman of Board of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. Many people thought Russell was a Buddhist as he reported, but he is only a Yoga practitioner.
#6) Marshall “Eminem” Bruce Mathers
Net Worth: $225 Million
Dr. Dre is aware of the rappers he is signing with Aftermath, and there is no doubt that he made a big score when he offered a contract to Marshall. The Slim Shady LP was the starting point of Marshall’s fascinating career and the kid from Detroit has never stopped surprising and breaking all boundaries of the hip hop in that decade. Next was the Marshall Mathers LP, which has showcased Eminem’s poetic talents and the ability to be versatile with his rhymes. He was a member of the group D12 and later on, the duo Bad Meets Evil alongside Royce da 5’9”. He was married to Kimberly Anne Scott twice. The marriage is a huge subject in Eminem’s lyrics and you can relate it with any album. Also, the movie “8 Mile” has accelerated his career into a new level because it was recognized worldwide and won an Oscar for Best Original Song. Now, Eminem is in London to perform in the Wembley Stadium to showcase his latest album – The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
#7) Bryan “Birdman” Williams – Cofounder of Cash Money Records
Net Worth: $160 Million
Cash Money Records wouldn’t survive without Bryan. His work with the famous rapper – Lil Wayne and being in the duo called Big Tymers, has been a very significant move that made him one of the richest artists in the genre. But, even if he was living large and enjoyed his life, the fact that he was arrested for marijuana possession in 2007, is far too much when it comes to having the freedom he thought so.It is interesting to know that Birdman with his brother – Slim started an oil and gas exploration company, but there wasn’t anything left of it since 2011 because the goal wasn’t working for them. His latest album is “Priceless”, which was released in 2009. Bryan is set to release a new album in 2014 – Bigga Than Life. His company – Cash Money Records Are currently working with pop, rock, and reggae artists besides hip hop. Birdman wants to dominate in every possible genre. Also, his goal is to release 100 albums in only one year.
#8) Kanye West – Rapper
Net Worth: $155 Million
Being a controversial rapper such as Kanye isn’t a goal achievable by many people. He has made a huge cultural and musical impact on the past decade and his albums are a real prove for it. Kanye West is a rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. But, he is really investing his time in all of these areas and it is a reason why he has an amazing financial income. He started his career with Roc-A-Fella Records and the album “The College Dropout”, which made him a superstar. Today, he is married to Kim Kardashian and they are probably one of the most famous couples in the world. His mother was a huge part of his life, but she passed away in 2007. After her death, Kanye made numerous songs for her tribute, and one of the most memorable is “Hey Mama”. West is a very controversial rapper who likes to tell his opinion in every possible situation. One of those is during the 2009 MTV Video Awards when Taylor Swift received the award – Best Female Video. He grabbed her microphone and said: I’m sorry Taylor, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!”.
#9) Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson – Rapper
Net Worth: $140 Million
Mesmerized by the abilities of Curtis Jackson, Jam Master Jay from the famous group Run-D.M.C produced an album for 50 Cent, but it was never released. In 2000, Curtis has survived multiple wounds and injuries from gun shooting in New York. He recovered from it and started taking his music much more seriously. What changed his life, is the deal he made with Dr. Dre and Eminem for his first album – Get Rich or Die Tryin’. 50 Cent has changed the hip hop music entirely because there wasn’t anything like it at the time. Even if he had more albums in his career, this one made his way through the best albums in the 2000s by Billboard. G-Unit was a group that he started, but never reached the success in his solo career. Curtis had many problems with the authority because they found him heroin, crack cocaine and guns in numerous occasions. What many fans don’t know about 50 Cent, is that he shot someone with a pistol when he was in junior high school after a group of kids attempted to rob him. With a significant net worth, Curtis is one of the richest rappers.
#10) Calvin “Snoop Dogg” CordozarBroadus Jr – Rapper, Actor
Net Worth: $110 Million
Doggystyle and Tha Doggfather were the hip hop albums that created fame for Calvin. He was introduced to this business through his friend – Warren G who connected him to Dr. Dre. Snoop had numerous singles and appearances, which provided enormous respect and recognition from already influential rap artists. His music was spread all over the world since he sold over 30 million albums. What makes him different from every rap artist, is his style and unique way of rapping. As a controversial artist, Snoop has dealt with many arrests regarding gangs, murder, marijuana and numerous other problems. Since 2012, Snoop Dogg has used another nickname – Snoop Lion and he is making reggae music. He released the album Reincarnatedand a new single called “La La La”. You can also see him as an actor in many movies such as: Monk, King of the Hill, Entourage, I Get That a Lot, Training Day, The Price is Right and many others. Besides music, Snoop is interested in sports since he is a fan of Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers and USC Trojans. Politics is another topic he is interested because he endorsed Congressman Ron Paul for the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary. But, even he was supporting another candidate, Snoop gave his vote to the President Barack Obama.