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Top 20 Richest Rappers in the World 2021

Have you been wondering who are the 20 richest rappers in the world as of 2021? Well, today we will be discussing them all.

Not all artists have amassed their wealth from music alone as most of them are business tycoons too with huge investments in the music industry and other sectors like clothing, real estate, beverages, etc.

Moreover, rappers are known for living a lavish lifestyle which includes big mansions, luxury cars, and expensive parties. However, one need not wonder owing to the fact of their huge incomes.

Top 20 Richest Rappers in the World and their Net Worth

Let us now get into the list of the 20 richest rappers in the world with their net worth.

1. Kanye West

Net Worth: $1.8 billion

Kanye West has made it to the top of the list this year by beating Jay-Z. Kanye began his career in the music industry as a producer and he even used to write songs for a few famous and popular singers in the music industry like Jay-Z.

However, he wanted to make it big in the field of Rap and decided to pursue a career in rap. The turning point in his career came in the year 2000 when he started to produce for artists on the American Hip hop label Roc-A-Fella Records. He has sold more than 150 million albums and recipient of 22 Grammy awards.

Apart from Music, Kanye has a business interest in fashion and design and he collaborated with international luxury brands Louis Vuitton and markets his own lines as well. He was married to Kim Kardashian for seven years from 2014 to 2021.

2. Jay Z

Net Worth: $1.4 billion

Shawn Corey Carter, professionally known as Jay-Z has slipped to second position this year in the list of the world’s richest rappers. He joined the billionaire club in the year 2019. Jay-Z is a very big name in the field of music who is known for his distinctive voice.

He is the first hip-hop billionaire and recipient of 23 Grammy Awards. He has sold more than 50 million albums and 75 million singles. He has investments in clothing lines, beverages, real estate among others. He has business interest in clubs, casinos, and a cannabis products company as well. He is married to famous American singer Beyoncé.

3. Sean Combs / Diddy

Net Worth: $900 million

Sean Combs who is popular as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, or just Diddy is a man who knows the business of making money. He is not only a successful rapper but also a record executive, record producer, and entrepreneur.

He has received three Grammy awards in his entire career. He has his own Sean John clothing line and business interests in hotels, beverages, gaming platforms as well as other projects.

4. Dr. Dre

Net Worth: $780 million

Andre Romelle Young who is professionally known as Dr. Dre is an American rapper, producer as well as a businessman. He is best known for his solo debut studio album ‘The Chronic’ released in the year 1992. He made more money as a producer compared to the few millions he made in his rap career.

He has nurtured and produced many famous artists like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, etc. He has sold his stake in headphone company, Beats by Dr. Dre to Apple for a whopping $3 billion in 2014.

5. Eminem

Net Worth: $230 million

Marshall Mathers aka Eminem needs no introduction in the music industry, he is indeed the real Slim Shady and most popular white rapper widely accepted by all music lovers of every color and creed. Eminem began his career in the year 1996 and started getting recognition in 1999 with the help of Dr. Dre.

He won 15 Grammy awards and was the top-selling rap artist in the world in the 2000s. He also starred in many movies, owns a record label, and endorse brands like Lipton and Chrysler.

6. Pharrell Williams

Net Worth: $200 million

Pharrell Williams is an American rapper who started his career in Music with the launch of a production company called The Neptunes in 1990.

He is the lead vocalist of hip hop and rock band N.E.R.D. Pharrell has produced famous artists like Jay-Z, Britney Spears, and Gwen Stefani by being a record producer. Pharrell has launched his own shoe brand and clothing line. He designs sunglasses, jewelry, and sneakers for major brands like Adidas, Louis Vuitton.

7. Master P

Net Worth: $200 million

Percy Robert Miller known by his stage name Master P is famous for his enduring music and style. When his grandfather passed away he inherited $10,000 as part of the settlement and used this money to buy a record store in California. His store “No Limit Records” became the foundation for his own record label later.

The income generated from this venture inspired him to do acting and film production. He was a professional basketball player and wrestler as well. Miller has released 15 studio albums and won many awards during his career like “Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist” at the American Music Awards.

8. Drake

Net Worth: $180 million

Drake is one of the highest-paid entertainers worldwide who shot to fame a decade ago when he released his first hit single “Best I Ever Had” when he was barely 24 years old.

In 2010, Drake achieved major commercial success for his debut studio album, “Thank Me Later”, which was ranked #1 in Canada and the US. In fact, it was number one on the Billboard 100, R&B/Hip Hop, and US Rap charts.

Drake has his own liquor brand, a clothing line, and a big real estate portfolio. He flies around in a private jet, does ads for Nike and Apple, and is a brand ambassador for the Toronto Raptors.

9. Usher

Net Worth: $180 million

Usher Raymond IV is an American singer as well as a businessman. He is recognized by millions of music lovers for his smooth singing voice and dance moves. He has won 8 Grammy Awards for his music and sold more than 80 million records across the world.

He is co-owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and Tidal streaming service. He is also co-founder of media company RBMG Records, a joint venture with talent manager Scooter Braun that released Canadian singer Justin Bieber’s debut music recording.

10. Lil Wayne

Net Worth: $170 million

Dwayne Carter known as Lil Wayne is an American rapper and record executive. He has sold more than 120 million records across the globe and won five Grammy Awards.

He is one of the greatest rappers of all time known for his unique flow and record of having more top 100 hits than Elvis.

11. Ice Cube

Net Worth: $160 million

Ice Cube, aka O’Shea Jackson, an American rapper, actor, and filmmaker started writing rap songs when he was just 14 years old.

Ice Cube began his solo career at 21 and he also starred in the film “Boyz n the Hood” in 1991. He has written, acted, and even directed many movies.

12. Snoop Dog

Net Worth: $150 million

Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr aka Snoop Doggy Dogg or Snoop Lion is an American rapper, songwriter, and media personality.

Famous for his ultra-smooth style and melodic flow he has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide. He has also acted in movies and TV roles.

13. LL Cool J

Net Worth: $120 million

James Smith professionally known as LL Cool J shot to fame with the breakthrough success of his single “I Need a Beat”.

He delivered numerous hits in the 1990s and was one of the most sought-after rap artists ever. He also starred in many movies and worked in TV shows.

14. Birdman

Net Worth: $100 million

Bryan Christopher Williams aka Birdman is an American rapper and record executive. He is a member of the hip-hop duo Big Tymers.

He made collaborations with famous artists like Lil Wayne, Jacquees, and Juvenile for music recording. He has also tested his luck with investments in oil and gas exploration as well as a clothing line.

15. Nicki Minaj

Net Worth: $100 million

Nicki Minaj is the only female rapper to make her way on the list of the world’s 20 richest rappers. She was rejected from 15 jobs consecutively for being rude.

She was later discovered by Lil Wayne and there was no looking back for her rap career. She worked really hard to transform herself into a pop icon.

16. Mike D

Net Worth: $90 million

Mike D, aka Michael Diamond, is an American rapper who was also a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys. He acted as MC, singer, and drummer in the band.

The band started shifting from punk to hip hop after Ad-rock’s entry into the band. Apart from music, Mike has an interest in interior design as well.

17. Ad-Rock

Net Worth: $90 million

Ad rock is famous for his performance in the Beastie Boys band. He has an unusual, high-pitched voice that is rare in the world of rap.

He earned not only money but also name and fame in his 30-year long career.

18. Pitbull

Net Worth: $90 million

Pitbull, aka Armando Christian Perez, is an American rapper and singer who started his career by recording reggaeton, Latin hip hop, etc. His career exploded when he moved into the pop world.

He has sold more than 25 million albums and around 100 million singles across the globe. He also owns a vodka brand, a radio channel, and an auto racing NASCAR team.

19. Timbaland

Net Worth: $80 million

Timothy Zachary Mosley, professionally known as Timbaland started his career as DJ Tim. With help of Missy Elliot, DJ Tim has transformed himself into Timbaland and started his career in production.

He has written and produced songs for famous music artists like Missy, Madonna, J-Lo, Jay-Z, L’il Kim, Justin Timberlake, among others.

20. Kendrick Lamar

Net Worth: $75 million

Kendrick Lamar is an American rapper and songwriter who won Pulitzer Prize for music. He is a member of the hip-hop group Black Hippy.

He also won 13 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, a Brit Award, and 11 MTV Video Music Awards.

Hope you enjoyed reading our article! Let us know your feedback if any!

Archana Kabra
Archana Kabra is a Freelance Writer and has been extensively writing stuff related to Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology. She is also an ardent music lover. Twitter handle: @archana153sarda
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