The entertainment industry worldwide has lots of rappers that have gotten massive recognition due to their rap skills. No doubt, these rappers with their great skills have amassed wealth for themselves and it’s note-worthy to list out the names of the top 20 richest rappers in the world today.
This article also contains the Stage names, Full names and net-worth of these richest rappers in the world. All of them come from the United States of America.
20. 50 Cent
Net Worth: $15 Million
Full Name: Curtis James Jackson III
50 Cent is one of the long-standing rappers in America. A native of New York, United States. Though it is rumored that the star rapper is currently worth $15 million, this figure remains doubtful as regards the legal case brought against him in the previous year.[AdSense-A]
19. Adam Horovitz
Net Worth: $75 Million
Full Name: Adam Keefe Horovitz
Adam Horovitz –popularly regarded as King Ad-Rock or simply Ad-Rock –is a skilled actor, musician, producer, rapper and guitarist hailing from the United States. He is currently a member of Beastie Boys –a group of hip-hop artists. And through his membership within this group, Horovitz happens to be one of the popular rappers in the US. Having amassed the net worth of $75 million, Horovitz perfectly fits into the 19th position on this list of Top 20 Richest Rappers in the World.
Net Worth: $80 Million
Full Name: Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam
Akon is a globally acclaimed personality whose versatility spans across acting, recording, songwriting, rapping, and singing. Though Akon is considered an American, he is actually descended from Senegal. Akon, who rose to music popularity back in 2004, has succeeded immensely and made millions of album sales. Precisely, he became a prominent musician after the launch of Locked Up –his debut single which he extracted from his first studio album titled Trouble. Outside of music, Akon magnifies his wealth with a number of business dealings and currently, he is declared with the net worth of $80 million.
Net Worth: $85 Million
Full Name: Timothy Zachery Mosley
Born Timothy Zachery Mosley; Timbaland is a reputed American star who serves as a DJ, record producer, rapper, songwriter, and singer. He was born in the American state of Virginia and has partnered with a number of R&B stars in making hits. Amongst others, these R&B stars included Missy Elliot and Aaliyah. As a media personality, Timbaland has featured in TV shows like Boy Band and The Pop Game. Currently, Timbaland is associated with the music group Timbaland & Magoo and has appeared in films such as 30 Years to Life, Romeo Must Die and a few others.
Net Worth: $ 90 Million
Full Name: Aubry Drake Graham
Born Aubrey Drake Graham; Drake is a prominent superstar of Canadian descent. He is best known for his impressive skills which encompass recording, acting, songwriting, singing, and rapping. Prior to his prominence as a rapper, Drake was first recognized for his acting roles on Degrassi –a TV series on the teen drama. In recognition of his proficiency, Drake has been honored with important awards. In addition to the BET Award honors –which he has bagged six times –Drake has claimed Juno Awards (3 times). Moreover, he has bagged awards titled Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song both under Grammy Award. Presently, Drake’s net worth is estimated at $100 million.
15. LL Cool J
Net Worth: $100 Million
Full Name: James Todd Smith
LL Cool J is an American superstar who has built himself a great reputation as an author, actor, and rapper. A native of Queens, New York, LL Cool J is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of pop rap and so far in his career, he has churned out two biggest hits compilations. Likewise, he has reached an impressive tally of 13 studio albums. Outside of music, LL Cool J has garnered wealth as a successful entrepreneur. Currently, his net worth hangs around $100 million.
Net Worth: $110 Million
Full Name: Bryan Christopher Williams
Bryan Williams –who goes by the stage name Birdman –is a reputable executive producer, record producer, and rapper of American descent. Alongside his brother, Ronald, Birdman is the founder of a popular record label known as Cash Money Records. Besides music, Birdman has amassed a fortune as a vibrant investor cum entrepreneur. With the net worth of $110 million, he perfectly finds his spot amongst the world’s richest rappers.
13. Snoop Dogg
Net Worth: $135 Million
Full Name: Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.
Snoop Dogg is a prolific actor and rapper hailing from the American state of California. Considered one of the long-standing rap stars, Snoop Dogg started off music precisely in 1992. In the same year, his talent drew attention from Dr. Dre –a popular American rapper and member of N.W.A. In consequence of this, Dr. Dre featured Snoop Dogg in The Chronic –his debut solo album. Since he ascended the professional music scene, Snoop Dogg has bagged more than 23 million album sales only in the U.S.A. Meanwhile, he is reported to have hit around 35 million album sales across the globe. At the moment, Snoop Dogg’s net worth is estimated at around $135 million.
12. Ice Cube
Net Worth: $140 Million
Full Name: O’Shea Jackson
Ice Cube is popularly known for his roles in filmmaking, songwriting, acting, recording, and rapping. A native of the United States, Ice Cube started off his music career by joining forces with C.I.A –a group of hip-hop artists. Afterwards, Ice Cube became a member of the N.W.A.
In 1989, Ice Cube parted from the N.W.A and went ahead to establish himself as a solo musician. Ice Cube’s net worth stands at $140 million.
11. Kanye West
Net Worth: $147 Million
Full Name: Kanye Omari West
Kanye West is a prominent superstar of American descent. He is acclaimed for his proficiency which encompasses fashion design, recording, songwriting, and rapping. Ascertaining Kanye West’s actual net worth may involve some doubts because like 50 Cent, he is alleged to have amassed severe debt. Based on the latest stats about the richest rappers, Kanye West has the estimated net worth of $147 million.
10. Lil Wayne
Net Worth: $150 Million
Full Name: Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.
Born as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr; Lil Wayne is a professional author, rapper and hip hop artist in America. He hails from New Orleans, Louisiana. When he was 9 years old, Lil Wayne was admitted as a member of Cash Money Records. At the time, he was the youngest artist of the record label. Since he came into the game, he has succeeded in producing numerous records and millions of sales have been generated from these. As a popular rap star, Lil Wayne has partnered with many other notable stars. With the estimated net worth of $150 million, he is no doubt listed here as one of the world’s richest rappers.
9. Pharrell Williams
Net Worth: $150 Million
Full Name: Pharrell Lanscilo Williams
A native of the United States, Pharrell Williams was born in Virginia in 1973. His professional career has earned him significant recognition as a film producer, record producer, singer, songwriter and rapper. He is the owner of a media outfit that incorporates art, entertainment, fashion and music. Fortunately, Williams’ music career has earned him incredible achievements including ten awards under the Grammy Awards. Meanwhile, he bagged two of these awards as a member of the Neptunes. In 2014, he was nominated for Best Original Song in recognition of “Happy’’ –a song that featured in Despicable Me 2.
8. Ronald Slim Williams
Net Worth: $170 Million
Full Name: Ronald Slim Williams
Alongside his brother –Birdman –Ronald Slim Williams is the founder of a popular label known as Cash Money Records. With the help of his proficiency, Slim Williams has been able to partner with several notable artists including Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake. As it stands, Slim’s has earned the massive net worth of $170 million.
Net Worth: $ 180 Million
Full Name: Usher Raymond IV
An American superstar, Usher is known for acting, dancing, rapping, songwriting and singing. Besides his versatility, Usher has succeeded massively as one of the best-selling artists. At the moment, he boasts of sumptuous net worth estimated at $180 million. Above that, he has made over 40 million sales from his albums and as such is listed here as one of the richest rappers in the world.
Net Worth: $190 Million
Full Name: Marshall Bruce Mathers III
Eminem started his rap career in Detroit where he mostly showed his rap skill at concerts. He was a victim of racial discrimination, which made him difficult to relate with people. Today, Eminem has gotten a desirable fortune for himself with his net worth hovering around $190 million.
5. Russell Simmons
Net Worth: $350 Million
Full Name: Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons is a famous producer, author, entrepreneur, and rapper in America. He is one of the founding members of Def Jam Recordings –a popular hip-hop record label. Besides, he is widely recognized as the CEO and manager of Rush Communications. Outside of music, Simmons has succeeded immensely on the entrepreneurship scene particularly with the establishment of popular brands such as Tantris, Argyleculture and Phat Farm. Regarding his wealth, Russell Simmons is estimated to be worth $350 million.
4. Master P
Net Worth: 375 Million
Full Name: Percy Robert Mille
Percy Robert Miller –who goes by the stage name Master P –is a well-known philanthropist, record producer, author, actor, and rapper. Previously, Master P made his mark as a basket-baller but currently, he is acclaimed for his professionalism as an artist. Besides music, Master P has fashioned out massive success in entrepreneurship. Among other ventures, he serves as the CEO and owner of P Miller Enterprises. Currently, Master P is reported with the net worth of $375 million and it is believed that his diverse ventures place him well to be among the richest rappers in the world.
3. Dr. Dre
Net Worth: $740 Million
Full Name: Andre Romelle Young
Andre Young –who goes by the stage name Dr. Dre –is featured among the best and richest person in the rap world. He has been in the game of music/rap production for a long time and fortunately, his experience and struggle have made him gathered so much wealth. Young’s music career began many years back –precisely in the 1980’s. The star rapper rose onto the rap floor as a member of N.W.A but afterwards, he moved on with his career as a solo artist. Andre Young founded the “Beats by Dr. Dre’’ series that Apple acquired at the price of $1 billion some years back. At the moment, Andre Young is the world’s second richest rapper for having accumulated the net worth of $740 million.
2. Jay Z
Net Worth: $810 Million
Full Name: Shawn Corey Carter
Jay Z whose real name is Shawn Carter is one of the most prominent and popular American superstar rapper. Apart from his music career as a prolific rapper, Jay Z has made great wealth through entrepreneurship. Jay Z –a native of Brooklyn, New York –is said to have accumulated immense wealth, giving him the net worth of $810 million.
Net Worth: $820 Million
Full Name: Sean John Combs
The first richest rapper on our list today is Sean Combs –who goes by the stage name Diddy – having amassed the mouth-watering net worth of $820 million. He is well known for his versatility which spans across rapping, songwriting, acting and producing. Although Sean Combs’ massive success is mainly attributed to his music, the star rapper hustles outside of music as a shrewd entrepreneur and this has boosted his wealth.