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Have you ever wondered who are the richest rappers in the world 2021?

In the world today there are many rappers, today we are looking at their Net Worth, and the richest amongst them, so many people would like to know more about their idol and their Net Worth.

Who are the richest rappers in the world? Flashacademy is here to give you details on the top richest rappers and their net worth.

Here are the 20 richest rappers in the world:

20. Akon: $80 Million

Akon

R&B singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer Akon was born Aliaune Thiam in Missouri and has a net worth of $80 million. He spent the majority of his youth in West Africa, and settled in Jersey City, NJ when he was a teenager.

Akon was signed with Universal and released his debut album (“Trouble”) in 2004, which shot to the top of the charts with his leading single “Locked Up”. He co-founded record label Konvict Muzik and launched his own clothing line, Konvict Clothing, in 2007.

Akon has enjoyed chart success over the span of his career and has gotten to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard charts twice.

19. Timbaland: $85 million

Timbaland

Timbaland, an American rapper, songwriter, and producer, has a net worth of $85 million dollars. Timbaland was born Timothy Zachary Mosely in Norfolk Virginia and rose to prominence in the late ’90s when he produced a series of hits for the group Ginuwine.

He went on to produce record-breaking tracks for artists like Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliot, Jay-Z, Nas, and Snoop Dog. Timbaland eventually started his own record label, Beat Club.

18. Pitbull: $90 million

Pitbull

Pitbull is a successful Cuban-American rapper and songwriter who lands in the top 20 richest rappers with a net worth of $90 million. He was born Armando Christian Perez in Miami, Florida. Pitbull was first signed to Luther Campbell’s Luke Records in 2001, and then went on to work with Lil John. Pitbull released his debut album, “M.I.A.M.I” in 2004 and it reached #2 on the Billboard US Rap chart.

During his music career, Pitbull has released 11 albums, several of which have gone to the top of the charts and been certified platinum.

17. Michael Diamond, AKA Mike D: $90 million

Michael Diamond, AKA Mike D

Michael Diamond, AKA Mike D, has earned his $90 million net worth as a founding member of the American hip-hop group the Beastie Boys. Born in NYC, Mike D dropped out of Vassar to pursue a career in music.

Mike D, John Berry, Adam Yauch, and Kate Schellenbach were the original four members of The Young Aborigines in 1979, which eventually became the Beastie Boys (Adam Horovitz replaced Schellenbach).

The Beastie Boys have sold over 40 million records worldwide and have reached Platinum status seven times. They have won three Grammy Awards.

16. Adam Horovitz, AKA Ad-Rock: $90 million

Adam Horovitz, AKA Ad-Rock

The next Beastie Boy to enter our list of the top 20 richest rappers is Adam Horovitz, also known as Ad-Rock. He joins the ranks of Mike D with a net worth of $90 million. Ad-Rock started his career playing alongside the Beastie Boys in the punk rock band The Young and the Useless.

Adam joined the Beastie Boys as a guitarist and fellow rapper when he was just 16. Horovitz is said to have helped craft the band’s new sound, taking it from a mainly punk song to straight hip-hop.

15. Swizz Beatz: $100 Million

Swizz Beatz

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, GA as a teenager and worked for his uncles who were CEOS at the music label Ruff Ryders.

Kasseem 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.

14. Birdman: $100 Million

Birdman

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 million per year. Birdman had already amassed a net worth of $40 by his 22nd birthday.

13. LL Cool J: $120 Million

LL Cool J

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. Lil Wayne: $150 Million

Lil wayne

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, Lil Wayne became the first male to surpass Elvis Presley with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100.

11. Snoop Dogg: $150 million

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg, otherwise known as Cordozar Calvin Broadus, 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.

10. Pharrell Williams: $150 Million

Pharrell Williams

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.

9. Ice Cube: $160 Million

Ice Cube

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.

8. Drake: $180 Million

Drake

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. Drake has broken numerous streaming records and has won four Grammy Awards.

7. Usher: $180 Million

Usher

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 Grammys. 2004’s confessions solidified Usher as one of the best-selling artists of the oughts.

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.

6. Master P: $200 Million

Master P

Rap mogul Master P claimed his fortune as part of the music group TRU, 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.

5. Eminem: $230 million

Eminem

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 album on the Billboard 200.

Eminem has an estimated net worth of $230 million as at 2021.

4. Dr. Dre: $820 Million

Dr. Dre

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.

3. P. Diddy (Sean Combs): $885 Million

Sean Combs

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.

P. 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.

2. Jay-Z: $1 Billion

Jay-Z

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.

1. Kanye west: 3.2 Billion

Kanye West

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 in the top five of the richest rappers in history. Kanye West regularly tops critics’ lists of greatest albums and rappers of all time. But, as you may know, Kanye’s out-sized fortune mostly comes from non-musical endeavors.

His Yeezy apparel partnership with Adidas has resulted in a brand that reportedly generates over $1 billion in revenue per year, paying Kanye a 2019 royalty of $100-115 million.

Kanye has said in a number of interviews that he is already a billionaire because Yeezy is worth $4 billion.

The above list are the net worth of the most popular celebrity and richest rappers in the world today.

Summary

Who is the richest rapper in the world today? Kanye West is the richest rapper in the world today, he worth approximately $3.2 Billion dollars as of (2021) he is followed by Jay-Z whose worth 1 Billion dollars.

  1. Kanye West
  2. Jay-Z
  3. P Diddy
  4. Dr. Dre
  5. Eminem
  6. Master P
  7. Usher
  8. Drake
  9. Ice Cube
  10. Pharrell Williams
  11. Snoop Dogg
  12. Lil Wayne
  13. LL Cool J
  14. Birdman
  15. Swizz Beatz
  16. Adam Horovitz
  17. Michael Diamond
  18. Pitbull
  19. Timbaland
  20. Akon
  21. Nicki Minaj
  22. Kendrick Lamar
  23. Will.I.Am
  24. Rev Run
  25. Nas

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