The 15 Richest Rappers In The World 2020
Today‚Äôs topic will be the 15 richest rappers in the World.¬ Who are the richest rappers in the world?¬ I’m sure you know the names, but do you know their fortunes as of 2020?¬ Let’s count down the top 15 richest rappers in 2020 by net worth!
#15. Swizz Beatz
Net Worth: $100 million
Swizz Beatz, born Kasseem Dean, is an American record producer and composer who began his career as a DJ, producing tracks at just 16 years old. He is married to Alicia Keys, who contributes to his net worth of $100 million. Swizz Beatz moved to Atlanta, Georgia as a teenager and worked for his uncles who were CEO‚ÄôS at the music label Ruff Ryders. Dean sold his first beat, “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” to DMX. He went on to produce popular hits for Jay-Z while he was still a teenager. Swizz Beatz’ record label, Full Surface, was founded in 2001. His first major client was Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. He was called “the best rap producer of all time” by Kanye West.
Net Worth: $100 million
Birdman was born Bryan “Baby” Williams and is the CEO and founder of Cash Money Records. ¬ He founded it in 1989 with his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams. Birdman has gone multi-platinum as an artist and producer and has worked for huge names such as Lil Wayne and Juvenile. He was nominated for two Grammys in 2001 for hit song #1 Stunna.¬ Cash Money Records is the most commercially successful hip-hop label in history with 50 million records sold. At its peak, it was pulling in $100 millions per year. Birdman had already gained a net worth of $40Millions by his 22nd birthday.
#13. LL Cool J
¬ Net Worth: $120 million¬
LL Cool J is an American rapper and actor, born James Todd Smith in New York.¬ He began recording his own songs and sending them out to recording companies at just 16.¬ His demo wound up in the hands of producers at Def Jam Records and signed him immediately. LL Cool J’s stage name stands for “Ladies Love Cool James.”¬ His single “I need a beat” sold over 100,000 copies, prompting him to drop out of high school to record his debut album, which went platinum with 1,500,000 sales.¬ Since 2009, he has appeared in NCIS: Los Angeles, earning $350,000 per episode.
#12. Snoop Dogg
¬ Net Worth: $150 million
Snoop Dogg, otherwise known as Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, is a West Coast rapper, singer, actor, producer, director, and entrepreneur who is worth $150 million.¬ He was discovered by Dr. Dre and is widely considered to be one of the wealthiest and most successful rappers to come out of the thriving ’90s rap scene.¬ He still records today. His debut album Doggystyle was produced by Dr. Dre and debuted at No. 1.¬ By 1994, Doggystyle was certified quadruple platinum. Snoop Dogg has recorded 14 albums, many of which have gone platinum and debuted at No. 1, and has collaborated on thousands of tracks with various artists. ¬ His commercial endorsements for companies like Boost Mobile and Orbitz Gum, as well as his career hosting numerous shows and appearing in many films, have contributed to his net worth.
#11. Pharrell Williams
¬ Net Worth: $150 million
Pharrell Williams is a hugely successful musician, producer, and fashion designer. He is the lead vocalist and drummer for rock band N.E.R.D.¬ As a solo artist, he’s well known for his singles Happy (which went 7x platinum) and Money Maker. Williams has won several Grammys and his albums are universally critically acclaimed.¬ Pharrell Williams is also a music producer, producing enormously popular singles Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke and Get Lucky by Daft Punk.¬ In addition to a thriving music career, his two clothing lines Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream footwear contribute to his immense wealth.
#10. Lil Wayne
Net Worth: $150 million
Lil Wayne, known privately as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., is an American rapper, songwriter, record executive and actor worth $150 million.¬ He began his career when he was just 13, after he joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the record label.¬ Lil Wayne’s first solo album: Tha Block is Hot, was certified platinum.¬ Over the years he has released 13 albums, selling over 100 million records worldwide. Lil Wayne is one of the world’s best-selling artists. ¬ He’s won numerous awards and, in 2012, he became the first male to surpass Elvis Presley with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100.¬
#9. Ice Cube
Net Worth: $160 million
Los Angeles-born O’Shea Jackson, better known as his stage name Ice Cube, is a rapper, actor, writer, producer, and director. Ice Cube first gained fame in 1996 as a member of hip hop group NWA, which he formed alongside Eazy E and Dr. Dre.¬ After he left NWA in December 1989, Ice Cube began a successful solo career. His first two albums went platinum. Ice Cube started his acting career by starring in Boyz in the Hood in 1991, a role in which he was met with heaps of praise.¬ ¬ He also wrote and starred in the Friday film franchise. Ice Cube is often called the best rapper of all time. In addition to a successful music career, Ice Cube also founded his own clothing line Solo by Cube.
¬ Net worth: $180 million
Dallas-born Usher Raymond IV earned his impressive net worth as a successful singer, songwriter, actor and dancer. Usher’s first U.S. Billboard No. 1 single was “Nice & Slow”.¬ His 1997 album My Way sold eight million copies worldwide and won him his first two Grammy’s. 2004’s confessions solidified Usher as one of the best-selling artists. ¬ To date, Usher has sold 23.8 million albums and 38.2 million digital songs in the United States alone. He has sold 75 million records worldwide and has racked up eight Grammy Awards.
Net worth: $180 million
Canadian-born Drake earned his fortune with a successful career as a rapper, singer, producer, and actor.¬ His debut studio album debuted at No. 1 and quickly went platinum. In 2016, his single One Dance topped the charters in several countries and led the Billboard charts for eight solid weeks.¬ His best-selling album to date, Views, which contains the lead single Hotline Bling, has achieved quadruple platinum status.¬ Drake is ranked among the world’s best-selling artists with over 170 million records sold. He has broken numerous streaming records and has won four Grammy Awards.
#6. Master P
Net Worth: $200 million
Rap mogul Master P claimed his fortune as part of the music group T-R-U, a successful solo career, and by becoming the founder of record label No Limit Records.¬ ¬ By 2009, Forbes had listed Master P’s net worth at almost 700 million, making him the third richest figure in hip hop history.¬ He catapulted to fame with his single: Make ‘Em Say Uhh!¬ Master P has released 15 studio albums, most of which have gone multi-platinum. He’s also a successful actor and has starred in many films and TV shows.
¬ Net worth: $230 million
Marshall Bruce Mathers II, otherwise known as Eminem, is one of the most successful artists of the 21st century.¬ He signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and exploded with popularity in 1999 with The Slim Shady LP and its hit single My Name Is.¬ His next two releases were also massive hits and nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys. Eminem won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself” after he starred in 2002’s 8 Mile. Eminem has sold over 150 million records in the U.S, has won ten Grammys, and has had ten No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200.
#4.¬ Kanye West
Net worth¬ : 250 millions
One of the most critically acclaimed rappers in history, Kanye West’s creative and wide-reaching musical styles have broken barriers.¬ His success in the fashion industry has also added to his immense net worth, as well as his marriage to Kim Kardashian.¬ West has released 9 studio albums, with most of those going multi-platinum and topping the charts for weeks to months.¬ He’s sold over 100 million records worldwide, placing at in the top five of the richest rappers in history. Kanye West regularly tops critics’ lists of greatest albums and rappers of all time.
#3.¬ Dr Dre
Networth 820 millions
Dr. Dre has amassed his large fortune and gained himself a spot at number 3 with a successful career as a rapper, record producer, actor, and audio engineer, among many other ventures. ¬ He’s the founder and CEO of Beats Electronics and, before that, had been the co-owner of Death Row Records. He found fame with influential West-coast gangsta rap group NWA.¬ In 1993, the success of Dre’s solo album The Chronic made him one of the top selling American musicians of 1993.¬ He won the first of his six Grammys that year. Dr. Dre has also produced for and helped form the careers of many successful rappers like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and 2Pac.¬
#2.¬ P diddy
Networth¬ : 885 millions
New York born P. Diddy, also known as Puff Daddy, Puffy, Diddy, or Sean Combs, worked at Uptown Records before forming his own record label in 1993, Bad Boy Entertainment. He then embarked on a career as a musician himself, releasing No Way Out in 1997, which has since been certified seven times platinum.¬ Diddy released three more albums before forming the group Dirty Money and going on to release more commercially and critically successful music.¬ Combs has won three Grammys and two MTV Video Music Awards. He also serves as the producer of MTV’s Making the Band. Contributing to Diddy’s immense wealth is his work as an entrepreneur, releasing clothing lines, fragrances, restaurants, vodka, and even an umbrella company.
Brooklyn-born American rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z is the richest rapper in the world. Born Shawn Carter, Jay-Z has become the first billionaire in hip hop history, with a net worth of $1 billion.¬ Combined with his wife Beyonce Knowles, the couple together first cracked the billion-dollar mark in July 2014.¬ It’s not just his hip hop talent that has made him worth a billion dollars; the majority of Jay-Z’s wealth comes from his endorsements and his investments in sports teams, record companies, clothing lines, night clubs, and more.¬ And that $1 billion is just Jay-Z’s wealth. When combined with Beyonce, the couple has a net worth of $1.5 billion.