Richest rappers in the world. Forbes rating. Who are the lucky winners? Who managed to make millions of dollars per year? What are their sources of income? List of top 10 richest rappers here right now!
On the 22th of September, the American Forbes published the annual ranking of the richest rappers in the world. The richest representative of the genre, after a year's hiatus, became Sean Diddy Combs - in the period from June 2014 till June 2015 his revenue totaled $ 60 million. He is richest rapper in the world.
Forbes calculations are based on data from Nielsen SoundScan and Pollstar firms, the Association of the US record companies, surveys of industry experts and artists themselves. The revenue includes income earnings from the main kind of activity, as well as from advertising contracts and own business enterprises of a star.
Modern hip-hop artists seriously carried away business. In addition to revenue from album sales, cooperation with advertisers and live performances, an impressive part of the earnings is brought by their own enterprise. The majority of participants of the rating of the richest rappers 2015 have their own brand of clothing and music label. Some have other sources of income. With the creation of the brand of fashion headphones Beats in 2008 Dr. Dre became the second performer in the history of rap (after 50-Cent), who managed to earn more than $ 100 million per year.
It should be noted that all successful performers are the representatives of the American continent. Nigerian artists meet difficulties competing with American rappers. Only Wizkid manages to earn an income of more than bigger half of even American singers. However, rappers always say that undertakings are very important too – it may be the restaurant and club business, their own brand of clothing and producing music videos or even movies.
So now get ready to meet the riches performers in the rap category according to honorable Forbes magazine. Who is in the list this year?
Top 10 richest rappers:
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Revenue: $ 60 million
Sean Diddy Combs rarely gives concerts today, but he does not lose the first line in the Forbes rating - all thanks to the vibrant entrepreneurial activities. In addition to his own record label, the famous rapper and producer has a clothing brand Sean John, the share of the television network Revolt, he producers water Aquahydrate and also vodka Ciroc. Diddy does not forget about his music career, now he is preparing to release a new album. ‘Finally, you have learned to count correctly!’ – This was the rapper’s reaction on his leadership in the ranking. He said that in an interview with Forbes.
2. Jay Z
Revenue: $ 56 million
$ 4 million more and it would help the husband of Beyonce Knowles, rap mogul Shawn Carter, Jay Z, to climb to the top of the Forbes ranking. This year his musician revenue was made up of fees for 22 joint super show with his wife, profits from diversified entertainment company Roc Nation and sparkling wine brand Armand de Brignac. However, he failed with his Tidal service, which Jay Z pompously launched in the company of other showbiz stars. But failure did not prevent rapper having really commercially successful year of his career.
The husband of singer Beyonce Sean Carter is successfully working on the family budget. Significant earnings were brought due to a tour in support of a joint album with Kanye West, as well as a big contract with Duracell, Budweiser and others. In addition, Jay-Z owns a New York club ‘40/40’, shares in cosmetics company Carol's Daughter and the NBA team ‘Brooklyn Nets’, creating a line of clothing for Rocawear. Jay-Z has once said on this occasion: ‘I am not a businessman; I'm a business, man’.
Revenue: $ 39.5 million
Canadians Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as the Drake, now 30, but he already comes on the heels of his more venerable fellow rappers. Artist's commercial success driver is the concert activity: in the reporting period, Drake gave more than 50 shows with an average fee level of $ 1 million. Also he released (it already has become ‘gold’) album ‘If You're Reading This It's Too Late’ and has participated in the Sprite and Nike advertising campaigns.
4. Dr. Dre
Revenue: $ 33 million
Earning $ 620 million from the sale to Apple products of his Beats headphones, Andre Young Dr.Dre left far behind all the other rappers in the last rating. And while this year no new commercial cases were committed by the musician, his condition has increased markedly – due to percent of deal with Apple and released the long-awaited solo album and producing biopic Straight Outta Compton.
Revenue: $ 32 million
Pharrell Williams, or just Pharrell, whose song Happy was blaring from each speaker last year, makes money on his concerts, album sales and participation in the show The Voice. Also, the actor realizes his design talents, by participating in the development of clothing lines called Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream.
Revenue: $ 31 million
Marshall Mathers, who performs under the stage name Eminem, proved that music is enough to make a lot of money. During this decade Eminem has sold more albums than anyone else in the world. And he continues to earn each year consistently.
After the commercial lull legendary rapper Marshall Metters issued super successful tour Monster Tour, which was held across America in the company of the singer Rihanna. Average revenue of every show was $ 5 million, and the final concert at Metlife Stadium let the star tandem earn a record - $ 12.4 million. The famous couple Jay Z and Beyonce does not ear such sums even while performances, when two stars are on the same stage.
7. Kanye West
Revenue: $ 22 million
Kanye West continues to be in the orbit of public attention not only because of his music, but also because of the bright gestures, like a scandal during Grammy Award, relationship with Taylor Swift, the intention to run for the US presidency in 2020 and the development of exclusive collections for Adidas.
Rapper broke a big jackpot, collaborating with Jay-Z in their joint album Watch the Throne. Only in one joint performance in Dubai on the Sweet 16 party, they earned $ 6 million. This year, Kanye West released the Nike sneakers with his design and a collection of women's clothing.
8. Wiz Khalifa
Revenue: $ 21.5 million
The most famous rapper from Pittsburgh continues to travel the world with concerts and increases the sale of his merchandise, which would be banned in Nigeria because of the promotion of prohibited substances. The rapper had special commercial success this year - participation in the soundtrack of the thundered blockbuster ‘Fast and Furious 7’. It has become very popular.
9. Nicki Minaj
Revenue: $ 21 million
The only woman in the rap ranking of Forbes, Nicki Minaj this year slowed down her commercial momentum - mainly due to lower rates of concert activity. The performer has a valid promotional contract with Pepsi and OPI, and she has been producing her own line of sparkling wines Myx.
Nicki Minaj’s performance at Super Bowl (American football championship finals), and received award ‘Grammy’, drew a lot of attention to her new album. A partnership with Pepsi and numerous tours lead singer from Trinidad and Tobago to get ninth place in our rating.
Revenue: $ 18 million
Co-founder of Cash Money Records, Brian and his brother Ronald Slim Williams released albums of such successful rappers like Lil Wayne, Drake and Nikki Minaj. But the brothers are not limited to the music business, in 2010 they founded Bronald Oil and engaged in the oil business, but simce January 2012 their site has not been functioning. Birdman develops eponymous clothing brand and the brand of vodka, called GTVodka (Grand Touring Vodka). These projects are more successful and profitable.
Brian Williams Birdman mainly earns due to his record label, called Cash Money. However, the prospects of the company reeled due to a conflict with one of the leading artists - Lil Wayne, who moved under ‘the wing’ of Jay Z.