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Richest Rappers in the World | Top 10

13 April 2014

Richest Rappers in the World | Top 10

Rap music is one of your favorite musical genre and you wish to know who of your favorite rappers is the most wealthy?
You’re in the right place, because we made  a Top 10 of the richest rappers in the world.

If most of you Ealuxers are rap lovers, then you share my opinion that any rap song, especially bass boosted are holy for us.

Life as a rapper must be really awesome. Imagine how the life the world’s richest rappers must be.

Throwing money in the air, the finest champagne, travelling in expensive cars or by helicopter, legendary pool parties, massive, exquisite houses and the list can continue.

But they wouldn’t have any of those if it wasn’t for their natural skills. The passion for music made them superstars and the spotlights made them rich. How rich?

Richest Rappers in the World Top 10
Richest Rappers in the World Top 10

Drop the bass and let’s get started!

10 Nelly – Net worth : $60 million

We begin our top list with one of my favorites.

Born in Austin, Texas, Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., or by his stage name, Nelly, has an estimated net worth of $60 million, collected from his music, songwriting, investing and occasionally, acting.

His music career started back in 1993, when he performed with a rap group called ‘The Lunatics’.
3 years later, Nelly signed a recording contract with Universal Records, making his solo debut with the single ‘Country Grammar’.

Richest Rappers in the World 10. Nelly - Net Worth $60 million
Richest Rappers in the World 10. Nelly – Net Worth $60 million

So if you’re gonna ‘take a ride wit him’, you’d better wear clothes from Nelly’s awesome clothing lines, ‘Apple Bottoms’ and ‘Vokal’, but not too many, because it might get ‘hot in here’.

Richest.Rappers.in.the.World.10.Nelly..Net.Worth.60.million
Richest.Rappers.in.the.World.10.Nelly..Net.Worth.60.million

9 Timbaland – Net worth : $85 million

With a net worth of $85 million, Timbaland, or Timothy Zachery Mosley, is one of the greatest record producer and singer from all the rap industry.

The 42 year-old artist had the opportunity to work with other well known rappers, such as Dr. Dre, Ludacris, LL Cool J or Jay-Z, and also, with Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, and Justin Timberlake.

Timbaland’s fortune is collected from his projects. For example, the Nelly Furtado’s album from 2006 titled ‘Loose’ sold over 10 million copies.

So far, Timbaland has won 2 Grammy Awards from 13 nominations and also, 4 MTV Music Awards and was nominated 7 times for Teen Choice Award.

Richest Rappers in the World 9. Timbaland - Net Worth $85 million
Richest Rappers in the World 9. Timbaland – Net Worth $85 million

8 Pharrell Williams – Net worth : $110 million

Everyone gets ‘Happy’ when we hear the name Pharrell. If now we know him as the artist who sings ‘ Get Lucky’ and ‘Happy’, in the past, we knew him for only being lead vocalist for the rock group N.E.R.D.

At the age of 41, Pharrell Williams is one of the richest rappers in the world, as well as one of the most successful producers and fashion designers. You can check out his awesome clothing lines, ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ and ‘Ice Cream Footwear’.

And did you know what the soundtrack for the animated movie ‘Despicable Me’ was produced by Pharrell? Yeah, me neither.

Richest Rappers in the World 8. Pharrell Williams - Net Worth $110 million
Richest Rappers in the World 8. Pharrell Williams – Net Worth $110 million

7Kanye West – Net worth : $130 million

One of the most popular rappers in today’s music industry, Kanye Omari West managed to raise a massive net worth of $130 million. You can read more about his wealth here : Kanye West Net Worth 2014.

Richest Rappers in the World 7. Kanye West - Net Worth $130 million
Richest Rappers in the World 7. Kanye West – Net Worth $130 million

Dropping out of college in order to pursue a music career, Kanye was signed as a rapper by his friend, Jay-Z.

With hard work and collaborations with other big artists, such as Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson or Daft Punk, his name now appears in all of our playlists.

Richest Rappers in the World 7. Kanye West - Net Worth $130 million
Richest Rappers in the World 7. Kanye West – Net Worth $130 million

And of course, what would a rapper be if he didn’t have his own shoes line?
‘Air Yeezy’ features one of the coolest Nike shoes both for women and men. How would you like a pair? Or 10 maybe, hanging by the wall.

Richest Rappers in the World 7. Kanye West - Net Worth $130 million
Richest Rappers in the World 7. Kanye West – Net Worth $130 million

6 Snoop Dogg – Net worth : $135 million

‘Smoke weed everyday’, that’s what Snoop Doggy Dogg, or by his real name, Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.,advice us. With over 30 million albums sold worldwide, acting and other commercial endorsements, his net worth is now estimated to be $135 million.

Born in October 20, 1971, Snoop Dogg had one successful career since 1990. His first album titled ‘Doggystyle’ peaked twice at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Since that album, he released another 9 albums on 4 labels. Also, Snoop Doggy Dogg appeared in several movies, as himself or playing fictional roles.

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Richest-Rappers-in-the-World-6.-Snoop-Dogg-Net-Worth-135-million

A rapper with a voice like that needs one of the finest microphones in the world.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik created a custom wireless microphone with the artist’s name and embellished with precious gems.

Richest Rappers in the World 6. Snoop Dogg - Net Worth $135 million
Richest Rappers in the World 6. Snoop Dogg – Net Worth $135 million

5 Eminem – Net worth : $160 million

Everyone heard of Eminem, even the elders. Marshall Bruce Mathers III aka Slim Shady, was the best selling artist of the 2000s.

He has a net worth of $160 million. Why that much? Since the beginning of his career, Eminem has sold over 80 million albums and more than 120 million singles all around the globe.

Richest Rappers in the World 5. Eminem - Net Worth $160 million
Richest Rappers in the World 5. Eminem – Net Worth $160 million

Being a member of D12, as well as one of the duo Bad Meets Evil, Eminem gained Dr. Dre’s attention after the release of ‘The Slim Shady’ EP.

He starred in hip hop drama ‘8 Mile’, and the iconic song ‘Lose Yourself’ won the Academy Award for ‘Best Original Song’ category.

Richest Rappers in the World 5. Eminem - Net Worth $160 million
Richest Rappers in the World 5. Eminem – Net Worth $160 million

As of 2013, the rapper has released 8 studio albums, all of them major financial successes.

Eminem reunited with his other friends, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Xzibit, not on the music stage. The 4 rap stars appeared in the 2001 film ‘The Wash’, in which Eminem portrayed Chris.
Also, he had a cameo role in ‘Funny People’ (2009) and made an appearance on the TV series ‘Entourage’ (2004 – 2011).

4 50 Cent – Net worth : $270 million

Most probably you can find 50 Cent ‘In the Club’, throwing some money in the air. Because when you have a net worth of $270 million, you can afford a little fad like this.

Richest Rappers in the World 4. 50 Cent - Net Worth $270 million
Richest Rappers in the World 4. 50 Cent – Net Worth $270 million

Born on July 6, 1975, Curtis James Jackson III gained worldwide attention after the release of 2 debut albums, the 2003 ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’, which received 8 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and  the 2005 album ‘The Massacre’.

After he became the leader of the East Coast hip hop group G-Unit, 50 Cent was even more popular.

Richest Rappers in the World 4. 50 Cent - Net Worth $270 million
Richest Rappers in the World 4. 50 Cent – Net Worth $270 million

50 Cent has sold over 21 million copies and appeared in several movies, alongside several legends, such as Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

A big financial investment came when the rapper became the spokesman of Vitamin Water and they lent his name for the ‘Formula 50’ drink.

The result? 50 Cent’s fortune grew 10 times more.

3Dr. Dre – Net worth : $450 million

Our #3 from the world’s richest rappers is Andre Romelle Young, best known by his stage name, Dr. Dre.

Richest Rappers in the World 3. Dr. Dre - Net Worth $450 million
Richest Rappers in the World 3. Dr. Dre – Net Worth $450 million

In 1984, Dr. Dre became a member of electro-hop group ‘World Class Wreckin’ Cru’, and today is one of the most popular producers. He is  the co-founder of Death Row Records, which produced his first solo album titled ‘The Cronic’.

The album turned out to be a major success, which peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and earned Dr. Dre a Grammy Award for ‘Best Rap Performance’.

Working with talents like Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, The Game and Eminem, Dr. Dre established his own label, Aftermath Entertainment.

Besides music, Dr. Dre appeared in several movies, such as ‘The Wash’ (alongside Eminem, Xzibit and Snoop Dogg), and in ‘Set It Off’.  And of course, we all know his famous headphones, Beats by Dre.

Richest Rappers in the World 3. Dr. Dre - Net Worth $450 million
Richest Rappers in the World 3. Dr. Dre – Net Worth $450 million

2 Jay-Z – Net worth : $550 million

If you thought Jay-Z is the richest rapper in the world, you were wrong.

Jay-Z, or Shawn Corey Carter, has with $150 million less than the world’s richest rapper.

Richest Rappers in the World 2. Jay-Z - Net Worth $550 million
Richest Rappers in the World 2. Jay-Z – Net Worth $550 million

How did Jay-Z accumulate so much wealth? He began as co-founder of Roc-A-Fella records, releasing in 1996 his first album titled ‘Reasonable Doubt’.

Later, Jay-Z collaborated with Def Jam and his second album, ‘In My Lifetime, Volume 1’ was released, winning platinum status. With 5 times platinum and over 5 million sellings, Jay-Z’s second album ‘Volume 2, Hard Knock Life’ gained him worldwide recognition.

Richest Rappers in the World 2. Jay-Z - Net Worth $550 million
Richest Rappers in the World 2. Jay-Z – Net Worth $550 million

If as solo artist, Jay-Z can rock the world, image what amazing performances he offers with other artists ( Will Smith, Kanye West, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, The Edge and others).

If you are interested in more details about Jay-Z’s fortune, check out our article : Jay-Z Net Worth 2014

1 Puff Daddy – Net worth : $700 million

And the most wealthy rapper is Puff Daddy. With an outstanding net worth of $700 million, P. Diddy is the most richest, and one of the ‘oldest’ in the rap music industry.

Richest Rappers in the World 1. Puff Daddy - Net Worth $700 million
Richest Rappers in the World 1. Puff Daddy – Net Worth $700 million

Sean Combs aka P. Diddy or Puff Daddy was born in Harlem, New York, on November 4, 1969. He is the richest rapper in the world, which gained worldwide attention as a party promoter, who later earned an internship at NY’s Uptown records.

Diddy became the top executive at Uptown, managing artists like Mary J Blige. After he got fired, he created his own record company, named ‘Bad Boys Records’, managing other rappers such as The Notorious B.I.G., or Faith Evans.

Richest Rappers in the World 1. Puff Daddy - Net Worth $700 million
Richest Rappers in the World 1. Puff Daddy – Net Worth $700 million

Besides the main source of wealth, music, Diddy has his own clothing line ‘Sean John’ and ‘Sean by Sean Combs’ and also, 2 restaurants.

So you can see, life as a famous rapper can be excellent.

[quote_center]This was our Top 10 of the world’s richest rappers. [/quote_center].
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