Top 10 Richest Rappers Alive

by Walsh on August 2, 2012

For years, each of these artists had to battle for their voice to be heard until they came out on top. There is no denying they all have spent countless hours in the recording studio, but did their actual rapping career and musical talents make most of their money? You might be surprised on how they got so ridiculously rich… But no matter where they started or how they were brought up, you can’t help but to be impressed by looking at them now. There’s really no limit to how far you can go if you really put your mind to it.

How hard are you willing to work to achieve the success that these rappers have? The path’s been laid out for you already… check out how exactly how they did it, along with their biographies below:

1. Sean “Diddy” Combs

P diddy Grey Suit

Net Worth: 550 million. (According to Forbes magazine)

Fact: This is over 5x the net worth of Lebron James (110 million)

How did he do it?

Diddy dropped out of Howard University in 1989 and started his career in the music industry as a talent director at Uptown Records. Later, he began his own personal rap career, producing and collaborating with stars such as Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G. along the way. However, most of his wealth comes through his clothing line–Sean John, his record company–Bad Boy Records, and his Vodka ownership–Ciroc Vodka. Although Diddy is still involved with rap music, he focuses much of his time on his other businesses and investments. P Diddy is currently 42 years old.

 Biography: “A Family Affair: The Unauthorized Sean “Puffy” Combs Story” by Andrew Cable

P Diddy Biography

2. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter

Jay-z with a Yankees hat

Net Worth: 460 million. (According to Forbes Magazine)

How did he do it?

Starting out, Jay-Z failed to land a single record deal with any major label. Instead, he started his own record company “Roc-A-Fella Records” with longtime friend Kareem Biggs. He later went on to create world famous tracks such as “99 Problems,” “What More Can I Say,” and “Izzo.” Much like Diddy, Jay made a great deal of his fortune from his clothing company “Rocawear.” He has also made a lot of his income through real estate investments and various other business ventures. Jay-Z is also 42 years old, the same as #1 richest rapper P Diddy.

Autobiography: “Decoded,” by Jay-Z

"Decoded" by Jay-Z

3. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young

Dr. Dre looking at the camera

Net Worth: 260 million. (According to Forbes magazine)

How did he do it?

Dre first got big as a member of N.W.A and eventually went on to make most of his fortune producing for other aspiring rappers, ultimately boosting their careers into stardom. Some rappers who have had extremely close ties with Dre include Snoop Dogg, 50 cent, and Eminem. He is also the founder of “Beats” headphones and has acquired millions of dollars off of that career investment as well. Dr. Dre is 47 years old, making him the oldest of the top 10 richest rappers alive.

 Biography: “Dr. Dre: The Biography,” by Ronin Ro

Dr. Dre Biography by Ronin Ro


4. Curtis “50 cent” Jackson

Net Worth: 250 million

5. Marshall “Eminem” Mathers

Net Worth: 120 million

6. Bryan “Birdman” Williams

Net Worth: 115 million

7. Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus

Net Worth: 110 million

8. O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson

Net Worth: 100 million

9. Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter

Net Worth: 95 million

10. Kanye West

Net Worth: 90 million.

Where to go from here?

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Is Just Rapping Enough to get Mega Rich?

There is a distinct characteristic that the top 3 richest rappers all possess that separates them from the other seven artists. Even though they all have created great music themselves, they acquired most of their wealth through investments in other business. Clothing lines, headphones, record labels… All these things started with their music production, but they continued to branch out and take risks even after they achieved musical success.

One other thing to notice is that the top 3 richest rappers are all over 40… Is it possible for a young rapper in their 20′s to ever take the #1 spot on this list?


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Innocent December 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

the young rappers are still able to beat the top 5 richest. all they need to do they must focus and stop splashing money like dust

Treesnk September 28, 2015 at 10:34 pm

50 cent is worth more then eminem!!!!!!

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