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Who are the richest golfers in the world?

The world’s best golf players have pushed the sport to the extreme, breaking new records while winning dozens of championships.

Read on, and we’ll break down how the richest golfers in the world earned their net worth while defining the sport forever.

 

The Top 50 Richest Golfers in the World

This comprehensive guide to the world’s wealthiest golfers covers their career peaks, history of tournament wins, and the business ventures that helped increase their net worth.

Here’s our list of the top 50 richest golfers in the world:

 

50. Francesco Molinari

Richest Golfers - Francesco Molinari

Net Worth: $20 Million

Francesco Molinari is an Italian professional golfer who became the first golfer from Italy to win the Open Championship in 2018.

His other victories include the 2018 BMW PGA Championship, the Quicken Loan National, and the European Tour.

Molinari is sponsored by Nike, responsible for manufacturing some of the most expensive Air Jordans in the world, such as the Air Jordan 2 OG.

 

49. Chad Campbell

Richest Golfers - Chad Campbell

Net Worth: $20 Million

American professional golfer Chad Campbell has won four PGA Tour championships in his career and finished runner-up at the 2009 Masters.

With a successful career in the sport, he was ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking in 2004.

His other victories include winning the PGA Tour title at the 2007 Viking Classic and several wins in his early amateur career.

 

48. Paul Casey

Richest Golfers - Paul Casey

Net Worth: $21 Million

Paul Casey is an English professional golfer and member of LIV Golf who has also been featured on the European Tour and PGA Tour.

After beginning his professional career in 2001 for his first European Tour, Casey got his first taste of victory at the Ryder Cup in 2004.

He’s won three PGA Tours, including two at the Valspar Championship and one with the Shell Houston Open, finishing in the top ten in several other major championships.

 

47. Martin Kaymer

Richest Golfers - Martin Keymer

Net Worth: $22 Million

German professional golfer Martin Kaymer is the winner of two major championships throughout his career, winning the 2010 PGA Championship over Bubba Watson.

His second major victory came in 2014 when he picked up the top trophy at The Players Championship, leading the US Open later that year.

Representing Germany, Kaymer has played in tournaments for the Eisenhower Trophy, the St Andrews Trophy, and the European Amateur Team Championship.

 

46. Kevin Na

Richest Golfers - Kevin Na

Net Worth: $25 Million

Kevin Na is a Korean-American professional golfer who played for the PGA Tour until 2022 before moving to LIV Golf.

With five PGA Tour wins to his name, Na has multiple victories to his name, from major tournaments to the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Additional wins include the Asian Tour, the Nationwide Tour, and the Long Beach Open.

 

45. Tom Watson

Richest Golfers - Tom Watson

Net Worth: $25 Million

Retired American professional golfer Tom Watson enjoyed the peak of his career in the 1970s and 1980s and has been active for several decades.

Having won eight major championships, Watson notably beat Jack Nicklaus on several occasions, including the 1977 Masters and Open Championship and the 1982 US Open.

Watson has many distinctions and honors to his name, with several PGA Player of the Year awards and an induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988.

Watson places 45th on our list of the richest golfers.

 

44. Mike Weir

Richest Golfers - Mike Weir

Net Worth: $25 Million

Professional Canadian golfer Mike Weir plays on the PGA Tour Champions and is known for his left-handed style of play.

His victory at the 2003 Masters Tournament makes him the only Canadian golfer to win a major, beating Len Mattiace.

Additionally, Weir has won several PGA Tour playoffs, including the Nissan Open and the Tour Championship.

 

43. Matt Kuchar

Richest Golfers - Matt Kuchar

Net Worth: $25 Million

Matt Kuchar is an American golfer who moved from the Nationwide Tour to playing for the PGA Tour, where he has won nine times.

His career began in 2009 and he has won trophies at the Japan Golf Tour, the World Golf Championships, and the PGA Tour of Australasia.

At the 20156 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Kuchar picked up the bronze medal, the first time this had been awarded since 19804.

 

42. Justin Leonard

Richest Golfers - Justin Leonard

Net Worth: $25 Million

American professional golfer Justin Leonard began playing golf as an amateur in the early 1990s, joining the PGA Tour in 1997.

Beginning the Tour with an early winning streak, he picked up the 1997 Open Championship and the 1998 Players Championship.

In 2015, Leonard retired his clubs to become a golf announcer, joining the team at the Golf Channel to deliver live tournament coverage.

 

41. Jesper Parnevik

Richest Golfers - Jesper Parenvik

Net Worth: $25 Million

Jesper Parnevik is a Swedish pro golfer who turned professional in 1986, winning the Swedish Golf Tour Order of Merit in 1988.

He is the first Swede to win the European Tour twice on home soil, going on to win five events with the PGA Tour in the mid-1990s.

Parnevik’s accomplishments were recognized in 2000 and 2001 when he spent 38 weeks in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

 

40. Henrik Stenson

Richest Golfers - Henrik Stenson

Net Worth: $25 Million

Swedish professional golfer Henrik Stenson is the first golfer from his country to become a major champion after winning the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon.

Also a two-time European Tour Golfer of the Year in 2013 and 2016, he’s been ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for over 300 weeks.

He’s also played tournaments in one of the most futuristic cities in the world, playing at the Dubai World Championship in 2009/

 

39. Geoff Ogilvy

Richest Golfers - Geoff Ogilvy

Net Worth: $25 Million

Geoff Ogilvy is an Australian professional golfer who has won three World Golf Championships over the course of his career.

He won the 2008 Australian PGA Championship, playing on courses owned by Clive Palmer, an Australian businessman who runs multiple golf courses in the country.

In 2006, Ogilvy picked up another win at the US Open with a margin of just one stroke, beating Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, and Colin Montgomerie.

 

38. Bernhard Langer

Richest Golfers - Bernhard Langer

Net Worth: $25 Million

German professional golfer Bernhard Langer is one of a handful of pros to win events on all the continents where the sport is played.

He’s won two major championships, beginning with the 1985 Masters Tournament and followed by the Masters Tournament in 1993.

Representing Germany for many World Cup events, he’s also won the European Senior Tour seven times.

 

37. Kenny Perry

Richest Golfers - Kenny Perry

Net Worth: $30 Million

Kenny Perry is a professional golfer from America who plays with the PGA Tour Champions and has won 14 PGA Tour events.

Perry has racked up an impressive 27 professional wins, ranging from the 1991 Memorial Tournament to the Travelers Championship in 2009.

He was inducted into the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame in 1993 and was given the Payne Steward Award in 2009. 

 

36. Justin Thomas

Richest Golfers - Justin Thomas

Net Worth: $30 Million

Justin Thomas is an American professional golfer who has been the world’s number-one player and is the winner of multiple championships.

In addition to winning five PGA Tour events, he’s won four European Tours and one tour win for the Web.com tournament. 

Thomas uses Titleist products, which are known for making some of the most expensive golf balls in the world and are widely used by professional golfers.

 

35. Ian Woosnam

Richest Golfers - Ian Woosnam

Net Worth: $30 Million

Welsh professional golfer Ian Woosnam is one of the most celebrated golfers of his generation and was classed as one of the “Big Five” European golfers in the world.

Also known by his nickname “Woosie”, he’s won two PGA Tour events, including the 1991 Masters Tournament.

One of the most celebrated Welsh players of all time, he’s been honored as the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year on three occasions and was inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Woosnam places 35th on our list of the richest golfers.

 

34. Hunter Mahan

Richest Golfers - Hunter Mahan

Net Worth: $30 Million

American professional golfer Hunter Mahan is a PGA Tour player who began his career in 2003, winning his first tour victory in the 2007 Travelers Championship.

With 19 weeks in the top 10 list of the Official World Golf Rankings, Mahan reached his peak at 4th position in 2012.

His impressive net worth is enhanced through his various brand endorsement deals, including for Titleist, Ping, and Under Armor.

 

33. Darren Clarke

Richest Golfers - Darren Clarke

Net Worth: $30 Million

Northern Ireland professional golfer Darren Clarke is the winner of 21 worldwide tournaments, including two World Golf Championships.

In addition to three PGA Tour wins, he’s won an impressive 14 European Tours and won the Texaco Ireland Sportstar Golf Award on six occasions.

Outside of golf, Clarke is a keen supporter of one of the richest soccer teams in the world, Liverpool F.C.

 

32. Bubba Watson

Richest Golfers - Bubba Watson

Net Worth: $30 Million

Gerry Lester “Bubba” Watson Jr, commonly known as Bubba Watson, is an American golfer who plays for the PGA Tour.

Winner of multiple major championships, he’s seen victories at the Masters Tournament in 2012 and 2014, placing 2nd in the Official World Golf Rankings the following year.

A keen car collector, he purchased the original car from the television series The Dukes of Hazzard, which was remade as a movie starring Johnny Knoxville in 2005.

 

31. Zach Johnson

Richest Golfers - Zach Johnson

Net Worth: $35 Million

American professional golfer Zach Johnson began his career in 1998, topping the money list on the Nationwide Tour with nearly $500,000 winnings in 2003.

He’s won two major championships, the 2007 Masters and the 2015 Open Championship, in addition to lesser championships such as the NGA Hooters Tour, which he won three times.

As a member of the U.S. national team, he’s played at five Ryder Cup tournaments and won three Presidents Cup trophies between 2007 and 2015.

 

30. Hideki Matsuyama

Richest Golfers - Hideki Matsuyama

Net Worth: $35 Million

Japanese professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama has won many championships throughout his career, achieving a second-place spot on the Official World Golf Rankings in 2017.

The only Japanese player to win a major championship tour, he took first place in the Masters Tournament in 2021.

With a total of 17 professional wins over the course of his career, he’s won eight Japan Golf Tour contests, including the 2016 Japanese Open Golf Championship.

 

29. David Toms

Richest Golfers - David Toms

Net Worth: $35 Million

David Toms is an American professional golfer who plays with the PGA Tour Champions and was a member of the PGA Tour from 1992 to 2017.

During this time, he won 13 events, including the 2001 PGA Championship and the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill.

In 2018, Toms won the U.S. Senior Open, beating Jerry Kelly, Miguel Angel Jimenez, and Tim Petrovic.

 

28. Louis Oosthuizen

Richest Golfers - Louis Oosthuizen

Net Worth: $40 Million

South African professional golfer Louis Oosthuizen began his career playing at the 2010 Open Championship, winning the event to place himself firmly on the golfing map.

He’s finished as a runner-up in all of the major championship tours, and reached his highest position of fourth place on the Official World Golf Rankings in 2013.

With nine European Tour wins under his belt, he also represented South Africa at the 2011 World Cup.

 

27. Padraig Harrington

Richest Golfers - Padraig Harrington

Net Worth: $40 Million

Irish professional golfer Padraig Harrington is the winner of three major championship tours, picking up the trophy at the Open Championships in 2007 and 2008.

He also won the PGA Championship in 2008, enjoying his career-high ranking in the same year after spending more than 300 weeks in the top ten golfers in the world.

His cousin, Joey Harrington, has played American football for one of the richest NFL teams in the world, the Miami Dolphins.

 

26. Luke Donald

Richest Golfers - Luke Donald

Net Worth: $40 Million

Luke Donald is an English professional golfer who has been ranked as the world’s number one player, winning several tournaments in 2011.

These include the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the Barclays Scottish Open, and the BMW PGA Championship.

In addition to his tournament prize money, Donald earns money from various sponsorships, including for the Ralph Lauren clothing line.

 

25. Lee Westwood

Richest Golfers - Lee Westwood

Net Worth: $40 Million

English professional golfer Lee Westwood is regarded as one of the most consistent players in the sport, winning tournaments over four decades.

Winning tournaments on five continents, he picked up the trophy for the PGA Tour and European Tour, winning the European Tour Order of Merit in 2000.

Regarded as one of the best golfers to have never won a major victory, he’s also represented Europe in a total of ten Ryder Cups.

Westwood places 25th on our list of the richest golfers.

 

24. Justin Rose

Richest Golfers - Justin Rose

Net Worth: $40 Million

Justin Rose is a professional golfer from England who has played for the PGA and European Tour, with his first major championship coming at the 2013 US Open.

With an outstanding 24 professional wins to his name, Rose also picked up a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

He uses Honma clubs, from the makers of some of the most expensive golf clubs in the world, including the Five Star Single club.

 

23. Jason Day

Richest Golfers - Jason Day

Net Worth: $40 Million

Australian professional golfer Jason Day is a former World Number One in the World Golf Ranking and a member of the PGA Tour.

Winner of the 2015 PGA Championship, Day has a total of 17 professional wins, including 12 with the PGA Tour and a Nationwide Tour win in 2007.

His wife, Ellie Harvey, was involved in a collision with LeBron James during a game when the basketball legend tried to retrieve a ball.

 

22. Graeme McDowell

Richest Golfers - Graem McDowell

Net Worth: $40 Million

Graeme McDowell is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland who has competed on the European Tour, winning 11 tournament victories over the years.

He has also won four PGA Tours and took first place at the U.S. Open in 2010, beating Gregory Havret.

In 2011 he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire and has played at the Ryder Cup on four occasions.

 

21. Annika Sorenstam

Richest Golfers - Annika Sorenstam

Net Worth: $40 Million

Swedish professional golfer Annika Sorenstam began playing as a junior golfer before joining the Swedish national team and becoming a professional.

She has won many championships, including two US Women’s Opens and three McDonald’s LGPA Championships.

Her business ventures include competing with some of the most expensive wines in the world through her limited wine label in association with Wente Vineyards.

 

20. Brooks Koepka

Richest Golfers - Brooks Koepka

Net Worth: $50 Million

Brooks Koepka is an American professional golf player who has been ranked as the world’s number-one player following his win at the 2018 CJ Cup.

His first major championship win came in 2017 at the US Open, with additional wins at the 2018 and 2019 PGA Championship securing his reputation as one of the best golfers in the world.

Sponsored by Nike, which makes some of the most expensive sneakers in the world, Koepka’s younger brother Jake is also a professional golfer.

 

19. Pete Dye

Richest Golfers - Pete Dye

Net Worth: $50 Million

Pete Dye is an American golf course designer responsible for creating some of the most iconic golf courses in America.

In the early 1960s, he established his golf course design business, creating his first course at the Crooked Stick Golf Club in 1964.

For his services to the profession, Dye has been awarded the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

 

18. Lee Trevino

Richest Golfers - Lee Travino

Net Worth: $50 Million

Retired professional golfer Lee Trevino began his career in the late 1960s, becoming one of the world’s greatest golfers.

His career highlights include two US Open Championship wins, the PGA Championship, and five wins on the European Tour.

Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1981, he’s also made a small appearance in the Adam Sandler comedy, Happy Gilmore.

 

17. Davis Love

Richest Golfers - Davis Love

Net Worth: $50 Million

American golfer Davis Love has been competing professionally since the 1990s, primarily playing for the PGA Tour, where he has won 21 events.

In addition to his 21 PGA Tour wins, Love has won the Japanese Golf Tour and was the Player Championship winner in 1992 and 2003.

On the international stage, he’s represented the United States on many occasions, including seven Presidents Cups and numerous Ryder Cup tournaments.

 

16. Adam Scott

Net Worth: $50 Million

Adam Scott is an Australian professional golfer with the PGA Tour who was ranked the number-one golfer in the world in 2014.

With a major championship win at the 2013 Masters Tournament, Scott has also won the Players Championship in 2004 and the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship.

He once had a relationship with one of the richest tennis players in the world, having dated Ana Ivanovic in 2010.

 

15. Nick Faldo

Richest Golfers - Nick Faldo

Net Worth: $60 Million

Nick Faldo is a retired professional golf player from England who was known as one of the greatest players of his generation.

At the height of his career in the 1980s and 1990s, Faldo racked up 30 victories on the European Tour and won three Open Championships.

His significant net worth continued to grow during his post-golfing years, with Faldo working as a commentator for CBS Sports and BBC Sport.

Faldo places 15th on our list of the richest golfers.

 

14. Jim Furyk

Richest Golfers - Jim Furyk

Net Worth: $60 Million

American professional golfer Jim Furyk is known for playing with the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions, winning the US Open in 2003.

He holds the record for the lowest score in the history of the PGA, winning the 2016 Travelers Championship with a round of 58 shots.

With a top ten ranking with the Official World Golf Rankings for over 440 weeks, he peaked at second place in 2006.

 

13. Ian Poulter

Richest Golfers - Ian Poulter

Net Worth: $60 Million

Ian Poulter is an English golfer who went professional in 1996 and is currently a member of LIV Golf.

With two World Golf Championships to his name, Poulter has also won the 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and the 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions.

Poulter owns some of the most expensive cars in the world and has a fleet of Ferraris, including a 288 GTO, a Testarossa, and an Enzo.

 

12. Sergio Garcia

Richest Golfers - Sergio Garcia

Net Worth: $70 Million

Spanish professional golfer Sergio Garcia has played for a variety of tours, including the PGA and European Tour and the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

With over 300 weeks in the top 10 Official World Golf Ranking, Garcia has consistently maintained high career earnings, making millions of dollars each year.

Garcia’s professional career highlights include winning the 2008 Players Championship and the 2017 Masters Tournament.

 

11. Vijay Singh

Richest Golfers - Vijay Singh

Net Worth: $75 Million

Vijay Singh is a professional golf player from Fiji who has won 34 PGA Tour events over the course of his career, including three major championships.

Between 2004 and 2005, he was the number one ranked golfer according to the Official World Golf Ranking for 32 weeks.

In 2006 he was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, and two years later, he won the FedEx Cup.

 

10. Ernie Els

Richest Golfers - Ernie Els

Net Worth: $85 Million

Ernie Els is a former world number 1 South African professional golfer known to golf fans as “The Big Easy”.

His many victories include four major championships, including the US Open in 1994 and 1997, and the Open Championship in 2002.

He has also played golf with Donald Trump, the former President of the United States, and confirmed Trump’s hole-in-one in 2022.

Els places 10th on our list of the richest golfers.

 

9. Dustin Johnson

Richest Golfers - Dustin Johnson

Net Worth: $100 Million

American professional golf player Dustin Johnson began his career in 2007, winning the 2016 US Open and the 2020 Masters Tournament.

In 2022 he joined the LIV Golf after being a member of the PGA Tour, with his 2020 Travelers Championship win making him the third player in PGA Tour history to win a Tour title in each of his first 13 seasons.

He became engaged to the daughter of Wayne Gretzky, Paulina, in 2013, after meeting her in 2009.

 

8. Jordan Spieth

Richest Golfers - Jordan Spieth

Net Worth: $110 Million

Jordan Spieth is a professional golfer from America with dozens of professional wins over the course of his career.

In 2015 he won the Masters Tournament, following this with a victory at the US Open the same year and clinching the FedEx Cup.

Prior to his golfing career, Spieth played for one of the richest NBA teams in the world, the Dallas Mavericks.

 

7. Fred Couples

Richest Golfers - Fred Couples

Net Worth: $120 Million

Fred Couples is an American golfer who won 64 professional tournaments at the peak of his career during the 1990s.

His notable victories include the 1992 Masters Tournament and wins at the Players Championships in 1984 and 1996.

Known for his close friendship with Michael Jordan, he named the basketball legend as one of his assistant coaches in the 2011 Presidents Cup.

 

6. Rory McIlroy

Richest Golfers - Rory McIlroy

Net Worth: $170 Million

American professional golfer Rory McIlroy is a European and PGA Tours member and a former world number one player.

One of only three players to win four majors before reaching the age of 25, McIlroy won the PGA Championship in 2012 and 2014, the 2011 US Open, and the 2014 Open Championship.

He is another high-profile player to have a sponsorship with the Phil Knight-owned company, Nike, with the deal allegedly worth at least $100 million.

 

5. Gary Player

Richest Golfers - Gary Player

Net Worth: $250 Million

Gary Player is a South African professional golfer who won nine major championship tours during his career, which began in the 1960s.

His total professional wins are 160, securing his position as one of the best professional golf players of all time, as well as one of the richest golfers in the world.

The recipient of many honors and awards, Player was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2021 by Donald Trump.

Player places 5th on our list of the richest golfers.

 

4. Phil Mickelson

Richest Golfers - Phil Mickelson

Net Worth: $300 Million

Phil Mickelson is an American professional golfer known for his many wins with the PGA Tour including six major championships and three Masters titles.

The oldest major champion still active in the sport, he’s won every major except the US Open and spent over 700 weeks in the Official World Golf Rankings top 10.

In Las Vegas in 2018, Mickelson beat Tiger Woods to claim a $9 million prize, further boosting his already enormous net worth.

 

3. Jack Nicklaus

Richest Golfers - Jack Nicklaus

Net Worth: $400 Million

American golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, nicknamed “The Golden Bear”, is considered to be one of the greatest golfers of all time.

Winner of 117 professional tournaments, Nicklaus has seen his net worth increase considerably through licensed video games, books, and other business ventures.

He has also earned income as a golf course designer, partnering with his four sons and son-in-law with the company Nicklaus Design.

 

2. Greg Norman

Richest Golfers - Greg Norman

Net Worth: $400 Million

One of the richest golfers in the world, Australian Greg Norman spent 331 weeks as the number one golfer in the world at the peak of his career in the 1980s and 90s.

His status as one of the richest athletes in the world has been secured through his many business ventures, including wine production, real estate, golf course design, and financial services.

Additional activities include commentating on Fox Sports, serving as CEO of LIV Golf Investments, and releasing his autobiography, The Way of the Shark, in 2006.

 

1. Tiger Woods

Richest Golfers - Tiger Woods

Net Worth: $800 Million

Tiger Woods is the richest golfer in the world, with more gold records to his name than any other golfer in history.

His huge success as a professional golfer has allowed Woods to branch out into many business ventures and entrepreneurial activities, including a design firm and a regular column for Golf Digest.

Known for his relationships with high-profile women, he went through one of the most expensive divorces in the world when he split with Elin Nordegren in 2010.

 

Summary

That wraps up this guide to the richest golfers in the world, exploring their career highlights, tour championships, and business ventures that help earn their fortune.

With many of the richest golfers remaining active in the sport or running successful businesses, their net worth will inevitably change.

We’ll update this article in the future to reflect these changes, so be sure to check back again for the latest information.

Here’s a quick recap of the top 50 richest golfers in the world:

  1. Tiger Woods
  2. Greg Norman
  3. Jack Nicklaus
  4. Phil Mickelson
  5. Gary Player
  6. Rory McIlroy
  7. Fred Couples
  8. Jordan Spieth
  9. Dustin Johnson
  10. Ernie Els
  11. Vijay Singh
  12. Sergio Garcia
  13. Ian Poulter
  14. Jim Furyk
  15. Nick Faldo
  16. Adam Scott
  17. Davis Love
  18. Lee Travino
  19. Pete Dye
  20. Brooks Koepka
  21. Annika Sorenstam
  22. Graeme McDowell
  23. Jason Day
  24. Justin Rose
  25. Lee Westwood
  26. Luke Donald
  27. Padraig Harrington
  28. Louis Oosthuizen
  29. David Toms
  30. Hideki Matsuyama
  31. Zach Johnson
  32. Bubba Watson
  33. Darren Clarke
  34. Hunter Mahan
  35. Ian Woosnam
  36. Justin Thomas
  37. Kenny Perry
  38. Bernhard Langer
  39. Geoff Ogilvy
  40. Henrick Stenson
  41. Jesper Parenvik
  42. Justin Leonard
  43. Matt Kuchar
  44. Mike Weir
  45. Tom Watson
  46. Kevin Na
  47. Martin Keymer
  48. Paul Casey
  49. Chad Campbell
  50. Francesco Molinari

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The 50 Richest Singers in the World

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Who are the richest singers in the world?

Spanning genres including rock and pop and with millions of fans around the world, these wealthy singers have sold millions of copies worldwide.

Read on to discover their hit tracks, sell-out tours, and movie appearances that have helped them dominate their profession.

 

The Top 50 Richest Singers in the World

We’ve covered the sales, key collaborations, and industry awards to bring you this definitive guide to the world’s richest singers.

Here’s our list of the top 50 richest singers in the world:

 

50. Billy Joel

Richest Singers - Billy Joel

Net Worth: $225 Million

Billy Joel is an American singer-songwriter with a career in the music industry spanning decades, selling over 160 million records worldwide.

His career began with the release of Cold Spring Harbor in 1971, with over a dozen albums to follow, many of which were certified platinum several times over.

He’s influenced a long list of rock stars and singers, including Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, and Nelly Furtado.

As of May 2024, Billy Joel’s net worth is estimated to be $225 Million.

 

49. Tina Turner

Richest Singers - Tina Turner

Net Worth: $250 Million

Instantly recognized for her powerful singing voice, Tina Turner’s career has spanned decades and includes many hit albums and singles selling millions of copies around the world.

She has won numerous awards, including 12 Grammy Awards and three Grammy Hall of Fame awards, as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award.

Turner has also made several appearances in hit movies, including Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome with Mel Gibson and Tommy.

As of May 2024, Tina Turner’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

48. Don Henley

Richest Singers - Don Henley

Net Worth: $250 Million

Founding member of The Eagles, as well as drummer and lead vocalist, Don Henley has had a hand in some of the most recognizable hit songs such as Hotel California.

With the band responsible for over 150 million album sales, they’ve picked up six Grammy Awards and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

When Henley married Sharon Summerall in 1995, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Sheryl Crow were among those performing music at the wedding.

As of May 2024, Don Henley’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

47. Justin Timberlake

Richest Singers - Justin Timberlake

Net Worth: $250 Million

Singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer Justin Timberlake began his career as a child actor before moving into music writing and performance with the band, N’SYNC.

After leaving the group, Timberlake’s solo career took off with his debut album, Justified, followed by tours with stars such as Christina Aguilera.

He’s also returned to his acting roots, with roles in films including Southland Tales with Dwayne Johnson, Alpha Dog, and The Social Network earning him acclaim for his performances.

As of May 2024, Justin Timberlake’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

46. Jose Carreras

Richest Singers - Jose Carreras

Net Worth: $250 Million

Classical tenor singer Jose Carreras is best known for his work with the Three Tenos, which also included Placido Domingo and Luciana Pavarotti.

This work has earned Carreras numerous accolades, as well as for his performances in operas including those composed by Puccini, Bizet, and Giordano.

The founder of the Jose Carreras International Leukemia Foundation, Carreras made his stage debut when he was just 11 years old.

As of May 2024, Jose Carreras’ net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

45. Diana Ross

Richest Singers - Diana Ross

Net Worth: $250 Million

Beginning her career as a member of the group, The Supremes, Diana Ross went on to become a hugely successful singer in her own right.

With more than 75 million record sales throughout her career, Ross has released over 90 singles, with many of these landing a spot on the Billboard Top 40.

Her net worth has been enhanced by various record label deals over the years, including a contract with RCA Records worth $20 million.

As of May 2024, Diana Ross’ net worth is estimated to be $225 Million.

Diana Ross places 45th on our list of the richest singers.

 

44. Bette Midler

Richest Singers - Bette Midler

Net Worth: $250 Million

American singer and actress Bette Midler has earned a significant net worth of $250 million both on stage and on screen and has fourteen albums to her name.

Screen credits including Beaches, The First Wives Club, and Hocus Pocus with Sarah Jessica Parker have added accolades for her acting ability to her credits.

Midler has owned some of the most expensive houses in the world, including a 14-room apartment she put on the market for $50 million.

As of May 2024, Bette Midler’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

43. Dhani Harrison

Richest Singers - Dhani Harrison

Net Worth: $275 Million

Dhani Harrison inherited much of his impressive net worth from his father George Harrison, who was one of the founding members of the iconic band The Beatles.

Raised on the family country estate, Dhani Harrison began his career in the aerodynamics industry before becoming a singer in his own right.

He owns half of his father’s estate, estimated to be worth $400 million, along with his sister Olivia.

As of May 2024, Dhani Harrison’s net worth is estimated to be $275 Million.

 

42. Justin Bieber

Richest Singers - Justin Bieber

Net Worth: $300 Million

Canadian singer Justin Bieber was first discovered after posting his music content on YouTube in 2007 and has since become one of the highest-paid performers in the world.

In addition to his albums and singles, Bieber has appeared on a range of television shows, including Good Morning America, The Today Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

He’s sold millions of copies of his singles and albums throughout his career, while the music video for Baby has over 2 billion views on YouTube.

As of May 2024, Justin Bieber’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

41. Tom Jones

Richest Singers - Tom Jones

Net Worth: $300 Million

Singer Tom Jones, known officially as Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE, has enjoyed a lengthy and successful career that began in the 1960s.

Songs including What’s New, Pussycat, Delilah, and It’s Not Unusual have helped to make Jones a household name while breaking records in terms of international sales.

In addition to his music career, Jones has worked as an actor, appearing in movies and television shows that include Mars Attacks, Fantasy Island, and the Will Smith comedy, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

As of May 2024, Tom Jones’ net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

40. Plácido Domingo

Richest Singers - Placido Domingo

Net Worth: $300 Million

Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo has earned international fame and recognition as an opera singer who has performed in more than 100 operas.

Singing in a range of languages, Plácido Domingo has also enjoyed great success through performances on pop singles and albums.

His credentials also include serving as the general director of the Los Angeles Opera and the Washington National Opera.

As of May 2024, Plácido Domingo’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

Placido Domingo places 40th on our list of the richest singers of all time.

 

39. Rod Stewart

Richest Singers - Rod Stewart

Net Worth: $300 Million

British rock icon Rod Stewart began his career as a busker, going on to become one of the top artists and one of the greatest singers in the music industry.

His early career saw him singing for groups such as The Dimensions and Jeff Back Group before his solo artist career took off with the launch of the album, Faces.

With an extensive discography to his name, Rod Stewart continues to release music to this day and has performed for some of the richest people in the world, as well as royalty.

As of May 2024, Rod Stewart’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

38. Robbie Williams

Richest Singers - Robbie Williams

Net Worth: $300 Million

After coming to prominence in the boy band Take That, Robbie Williams forged his own path and began his solo career in 1996.

With a record-breaking 18 BRIT Awards to his name, Williams helped redefine his generation’s approach to pop music while selling millions of albums worldwide.

He also broke records for his tour date sales, selling 1.6 million tickets in a single day for his 2006 World Tour.

As of May 2024, Robbie Williams’ net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

37. Shakira

Richest Singers - Shakira

Net Worth: $300 Million

Colombian pop star Shakira began her performing career as a belly dancer before going on to a successful career as one of the richest singers in the world.

A multi-award-winning performer, Shakira has won several Grammy Awards, several Billboard Music Awards, and has been voted by Billboard as the Top Female Latin Artist of the Decade in 2009.

With over 125 million global record sales under her belt, Shakira is the second most popular Latin American singer of all time, followed by Gloria Estefan.

She’s worked with some of the richest female rappers in the world, including Rihanna on the track, Can’t Remember to Forget You.

As of May 2024, Shakira’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

36. George Strait

Richest Singers - George Strait

Net Worth: $300 Million

Country music singer and producer George Strait has been hailed by fans and critics alike as “The King of Country”, and is one of the best-selling artists of all time.

With over 100 million record sales to his name, Strait has 13 multi-platinum albums in his discography and has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

His associations with brands including Wrangler jeans have helped Strait accumulate an astounding net worth of $300 million.

As of May 2024, George Strait’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

35. Phil Collins

Richest Singers - Phil Collins

Net Worth: $350 Million

Drummer, singer, and actor Phil Collins first came to public attention as the drummer, then lead singer, with the progressive rock band, Genesis.

After releasing several albums with the band, Collins took his career solo, with eight studio albums selling over 150 million units around the world.

He’s appeared in several films, including Hook by one of the richest directors in the world, Steven Spielberg.

As of May 2024, Phil Collins’ net worth is estimated to be $350 Million.

Phil Collins appears at 35th on our list of the richest singers.

 

34. Neil Diamond

Richest Singers - Neil Diamond

Net Worth: $300 Million

Singer-songwriter and musician Neil Diamond has been working in the music industry for decades, his output including ten number one singles.

An inductee in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Diamond has worked in various genres, with his song Sweet Caroline preserved by the Library of Congress.

He’s also worked with some of the industry’s biggest producers, including Rick Rubin on the album 12 Songs.

As of May 2024, Neil Diamond’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

33. James Hetfield

Richest Singers - James Hetfield

Net Worth: $300 Million

Metallica’s lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield is one of the best guitarists in the world, known for his intricate playing style.

With Metallica, he’s been involved in the production of some of the most iconic metal tracks ever released, including Harvester of Sorrow and Enter Sandman.

As well as his work with Metallica, Hetfield has made guest appearances with bands including Alice in Chains and Queen.

As of May 2024, James Hetfield’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

32. Dave Matthews

Richest Singers - Dave Matthews

Net Worth: $300 Million

Dave Matthews is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the Dave Matthews Band, who have been producing acoustic rock and blues since 1976.

The release of their album Away From The World made them the only band in history to have six consecutive studio albums debut on the top spot of the Billboard charts.

For his work with the band and as a solo performer, Matthews has won two Grammy Awards, including Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for his solo album, Gravedigger.

As of May 2024, Dave Matthews’ net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

31. Mariah Carey

Richest Singers - Mariah Carey

Net Worth: $340 Million

One of the most popular singers of her generation, Mariah Carey is second only to Madonna when it comes to her record sales figures, with over 200 million album sales to her name.

Along with her record sales, touring and endorsements have helped boost Mariah Carey’s net worth to $340 Million.

She’s also worked with Oprah Winfrey, one of the richest TV hosts in the world, and appeared in more than a dozen movies.

One of her most popular songs, All I Want For Christmas, generates annual revenue of $600,000 in royalties, with a total of $60 million in gross royalties.

As of May 2024, Mariah Carey’s net worth is estimated to be $340 Million.

 

30. Lady Gaga

Richest Singers - Lady Gaga

Net Worth: $320 Million

Lady Gaga is an American singer and actress whose career began in 2003 when she started performing in New York’s Lower East Side rock scene.

This led to an opportunity to work as a writer for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, before branching out and creating her own songs with her debut album, The Fame.

Acting roles also followed, including performances in the film A Star Is Born with Bradley Cooper, which earned Lady Gaga an Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe.

As of May 2024, Lady Gaga’s net worth is estimated to be $320 Million.

Lady Gaga places 30th on our list of the richest singers in the world.

 

29. Katy Perry

Richest Singers - Katy Perry

Net Worth: $330 Million

Singer, songwriter, and television judge Katy Perry broke into the mainstream with her second album, One of the Boys, after signing to Capitol Records in 2007.

Additional albums, singles, and sell-out tours have helped boost Katy Perry’s net worth to $330 million, with additional digital sales earning her considerable sums of money.

One of the richest celebrity couples in the world with her current partner, Orlando Bloom, she’s known for her relationship with Russell Brand.

As of May 2024, Katy Perry’s net worth is estimated to be $330 Million.

 

28. Ringo Starr

Richest Singers - Ringo Starr

Net Worth: $350 Million

Former drummer and occasional vocalist for the Beatles Ringo Starr has a net worth of $350 Million through his association with the band and as a solo performer.

Described as one of the greatest drummers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, he has received two entries into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Outside of his career in the music industry, he’s known for narrating the children’s television series, Thomas the Tank Engine.

As of May 2024, Ringo Starr’s net worth is estimated to be $350 Million.

 

27. Cher

Richest Singers - Cher

Net Worth: $360 Million

Iconic singer and actress Cher has one of the longest-running careers in the music industry, which began in the 1960s through her collaboration with Sonny Bono.

This was followed by a hugely successful solo career, with a $2.5 million deal with Warner Bros. Records in the 70s spawning several hit albums and singles.

Combined with her acting career, appearing in movies such as Mask, Moonstruck with Nicolas Cage, and Mermaids, Cher’s net worth has reached $360 million.

As of May 2024, Cher’s net worth is estimated to be $360 million.

 

26. Toby Keith

Richest Singers - Toby Keith

Net Worth: $365 Million

Another international superstar of the country music scene is Toby Keith, who has made his fortune through his music and business ventures.

His net worth of $365 million comes largely from his 40 million album sales, including his hits How Do You Like Me Now, Boomtown, and Blue Moon.

As a businessman, he owns the record label Big Machine, as well as distilleries producing the alcoholic drink Mezcal.

As of May 2024, Toby Keith’s net worth is estimated to be $365 million.

 

25. Shania Twain

Richest Singers - Shania Twain

Net Worth: $400 Million

Canadian singer and songwriter Shania Twain, often referred to as the Queen of Country Pop, has been working in the industry since the 1980s.

Her self-titled debut album was released in 1993, with her second album The Woman In Me launching her mainstream career with 12 million copies sold.

As of May 2024, Shania Twain’s net worth of $400 million makes her one of the most successful singers in the world working today.

 

24. Johnny Mathis

Richest Singers - Johnny Mathis

Net Worth: $400 Million

With more than 350 million copies of his albums and singles sold worldwide, Johnny Mathis is one of the most prolific and successful singers of all time.

His career began in the 1950s and was boosted by his appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, leading to his album Johnny’s Greatest Hits spending 490 consecutive weeks and nine and a half years on the Billboard Top 200 album charts.

Tonight Show host Johnny Carson once referred to Mathis as the best ballad singer in the world, and he continued to tour into the 2000s.

As of May 2024, Johnny Mathis’ net worth is estimated to be $400 million.

 

23. Jennifer Lopez

Richest Singers - Jennifer Lopez

Net Worth: $400 Million

With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Jennifer Lopez’s net worth of $400 million makes her one of the most successful performers of all time.

She began her performing career as a dancer before moving into singing, releasing her debut album On the 6 in 1999 to critical and commercial acclaim.

In addition to singing, Lopez has numerous acting credits to her name, appearing in movies such as Out of Sight with George Clooney, The Cell, and Gigli.

As of May 2024, J Lo’s net worth is estimated to be $400 million.

 

22. Garth Brooks

Richest Singers - Garth Brooks

Net Worth: $400 Million

Hugely successful country music singer Garth Brooks has been performing for decades and has sold over 200 million albums around the world throughout his career.

Along with his wife Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks’ net worth is $400 million, which comes from his record sales along with a string of sell-out tours throughout America.

Brooks has been known to earn as much as $90 million from a single tour, making him one of the highest-paid celebrities of all time.

As of May 2024, Garth Brooks’ net worth is estimated to be $400 million.

 

21. Barbra Streisand

Richest Singers - Barbara Streisand

Net Worth: $400 Million

Singer, actress, and film director Barbra Streisand is one of the richest singers in the world, with a career spanning decades.

One of the most successful singers in the history of the music industry, Streisand has sold ten top ten albums and earned multiple Grammy Awards.

Her movie career began with a starring role in Funny Girl, for which she won Best Actress at the 1968 Academy Awards, with more recent roles including The Guilt Trip and Meet the Fockers with Ben Stiller

Barbra Streisand places 21st on our list of the richest singers in the world.

 

20. Jon Bon Jovi

Richest Singers - Jon Bon Jovi

Net Worth: $410 Million

American rock star and actor Jon Bon Jovi has had an illustrious career that includes some of the biggest-selling rock albums of the 1980s.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, he’s worked with artists including Elton John, Jef Beck, and Little Richard.

His tracks have featured in movies starring some of the richest actors in the world, including the Mark Wahlberg movie, Pain and Gain.

As of May 2024, Jon Bon Jovi’s net worth is estimated to be $410 million.

 

19. Victoria Beckham

Richest Singers - Victoria Beckham

Net Worth: $450 Million

British singer Victoria Beckham became internationally famous with the launch of the pop group The Spice Girls, where she earned her nickname Posh Spice.

Money earned through the sales of Spice Girls records, along with her marriage to footballer David Beckham, have catapulted Victoria Beckham’s net worth to $450 million.

Additional revenue has come through her business ventures, including her beauty brand Victoria Beckham Beauty. 

As of May 2024, Victoria Beckham’s net worth is estimated to be $450 million.

 

18. Mick Jagger

Richest Singers - Mick Jagger

Net Worth: $500 Million

Rolling Stones co-founder and frontman Mick Jagger was born in England, forming his legendary band in 1962 and writing many of their hit songs.

Jagger has also appeared in various movies, including Ned Kelly and 1970s Performance, directed by trailblazing movie maker, Nicolas Roeg.

In 2015 a Fender Stratocaster made history when it became the most expensive guitar in the world, with Jagger’s signature helping to boost its eventual value.

As of May 2024, Mick Jagger’s net worth is estimated to be $500 million.

 

17. Gloria Estefan

Richest Singers - Gloria Estefan

Net Worth: $500 Million

The most successful Latin American singer of all time, Gloria Estefan’s net worth of $500 million comes from her 130 million record sales and other entrepreneurial activities.

An icon of 1980s music, Estefan’s hit songs include Summer Nights, which played on the soundtrack to the hit Tom Cruise movie, Top Gun.

Estefan has also published children’s books and appeared in movies including Music of the Heart and Marley & Me.

 

16. Keith Richards

Richest Singers - Keith Richards

Net Worth: $500 Million

Along with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards is one of the co-founders of the rock band, Rolling Stones, serving as songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist on their music.

A larger-than-life figure, Richards has made dozens of media appearances over his career, including as a guest star on the Matt Groening animated comedy, The Simpsons.

He’s also made appearances as Jack Sparrow’s father in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise.

Keith Richards places 16th on our list of the richest singers.

 

15. Elton John

Richest Singers - Elton John

Net Worth: $500 Million

Singer, pianist, and composer Elton John began his music career in the late 1960s and has released 31 studio albums over the course of his career.

Career highlights include Rocketman, I’m Still Standing, and Can You Feel the Love Tonight, which was featured on the hit Disney movie, The Lion King.

He’s performed for the British royal family on several occasions, most famously singing Candle in the Wind at the funeral of Princess Diana.

As of May 2024, Elton John’s net worth is estimated to be $500 million.

 

14. Bob Dylan

Richest Singers - Bob Dylan

Net Worth: $500 Million

Folk rock singer, songwriter, and lyricist Bob Dylan is regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, with 120 million record sales to his name.

One of the most celebrated singers of all time, he’s been awarded ten Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

He’s collaborated with dozens of top-tier artists, including Neil Young, Tom Petty, and Gene Simmons.

 

13. Beyonce Knowles

Richest Singers - Beyonce

Net Worth: $500 Million

Pop singer, entrepreneur, and actress Beyonce Knowles got her break in the music industry performing with the Girl’s Thyme troupe on the TV show Star Search.

After the band was renamed Destiny’s Child, they sold over 50 million copies of their albums and singles before Beyonce went solo and worked with some of the richest rappers in the world.

Additional income has come from various endorsement deals, including those for Pepsi, L’Oreal, Samsung, and American Express.

As of May 2024, Beyonce’s net worth is estimated to be $500 million.

 

12. Sting

Net Worth: $550 Million

English singer and actor Sting first rose to fame as the lead vocalist for the Police, leaving the band to launch his solo career in 1985.

Sting has also starred in several movies, most notably David Lynch’s adaptation of Dune and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels with Jason Statham.

Record sales of over 100 million units, combined with his movie and television appearances, have helped Sting amass a personal fortune of $550 million.

 

11. Jimmy Buffett

Richest Singers - Jimmy Buffett

Net Worth: $600 Million

Jimmy Buffett is an American singer-songwriter who made the transition from the music industry into business ventures, including his chain of restaurants.

His best-known song, Margaritaville and Come Monday won him thousands of fans, who refer to themselves as “Parrotheads”.

In addition to his restaurants, Buffett has earned his impressive net worth by investing in casinos, beer production, and real estate.

Jimmy Buffett places 11th on our list of the richest singers worldwide.

 

10. Julio Iglesias

Richest Singers - Julio Iglesias

Net Worth: $600 Million

Spanish singer and songwriter Julio Iglesias has sold over 300 million albums over the course of his lengthy career, making him one of the richest singers of all time.

After rising to fame in the 1970s, Iglesias has continued to tour over several decades, winning a string of awards and being inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.

He’s also the owner of various mansions, selling four lots on Miami’s Indian Creek Island for $150 million in 2017.

As of May 2024, Julio Iglesias’ net worth is estimated to be $600 million.

 

9. Bruce Springsteen

Richest Singers - Bruce Springsteen

Net Worth: $650 Million

Bruce Springsteen is an American singer, songwriter, and musician with 20 studio albums to his credit, with combined global sales of over 120 million units.

Songs such as Born to Run, Fire, and Brothers Under the Bridge have earned him critical and commercial acclaim, influencing future generations of performers.

He’s performed for some of the richest people in America, with his tracks appearing in dozens of movies including Risky Business, High Fidelity, and The Wedding Singer.

 

8. Dolly Parton

Richest Singers - Dolly Parton

Net Worth: $650 Million

Dolly Parton is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and author who has been performing for several decades and has a theme park dedicated to her life and career.

With hundreds of millions of album sales and sell-out tours to her name, Dolly Parton’s net worth has climbed to an astounding $650 million so far.

Parton has also appeared in movies including Steel Magnolias with Julia Roberts, for which she won an Academy Award for singing the title track.

 

7. Bono

Richest Singers - Bono

Net Worth: $700 Million

Irish singer, songwriter, and political activist Bono is best known as the frontman for U2, one of rock’s most iconic stadium bands.

Frequently seen on the world stage alongside some of the richest politicians in the world, Bono’s music career has earned him an impressive 22 Grammy Awards.

He’s also been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2005 was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

As of May 2024, Bono’s net worth is estimated to be $700 Million.

 

6. Celine Dion

Richest Singers - Celine Dion

Net Worth: $800 Million

Canadian singer and actress Celine Dion has sold over 200 million albums and singles throughout her career, many of which have topped the American charts.

In addition to record sales, Celine Dion’s net worth has increased thanks to her lucrative residencies at the Caesars Palace venue in Las Vegas.

Her most successful song, My Heart Will Go On, was featured on the soundtrack for the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster, Titanic.

She owns multiple properties valued at several million dollars each and sold a private island in 2016 for $25 million.

Celine Dion places 6th on our list of the richest singers in the world.

 

5. Madonna

Richest Singers - Madonna

Net Worth: $850 Million

80s pop icon Madonna is a best-selling singer who became an international superstar following the release of singles such as Like a Virgin and Like a Prayer.

A successful actress, Madonna has appeared in several hit films including Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, and A League of Their Own with Tom Hanks.

As of May 2024, Madonna’s net worth is $850 million, with the star owning a collection of art rumored to be worth $100 million.

 

4. Herb Alpert

Richest Singers - Herb Alpert

Net Worth: $850 Million

Musician and executive who began his career as a trumpeter in the Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass band in the ’60s.

Much of his immense fortune has come from his role as co-founder of A&M Records, which he set up with Jerry Moss and sold for $500 million in 1989.

Alpert also created the Herb Alpert Foundation and the Alpert Awards in the Arts, offering grants and funding to up-and-coming artists as well as tuition-free education.

As of May 2024, Herb Alpert’s net worth is estimated to be $850 Million.

 

3. Taylor Swift

Richest Singers - Taylor Swift

Net Worth: $1.1 Billion

Taylor Swift’s net worth has come from her impressive record sales throughout her career, with 200 million sales and counting.

Discovered when she was 15, Swift signed to Big Machine Records and hit the number-one spot on the U.S. Country Music chart with her debut album.

Her impressive career includes performing on stage with a variety of music stars, including Faith Hill, Justin Bieber, and John Mayer.

Taylor Swift jumped from 25th to 3rd in a single year.

As of May 2024, Taylor Swift’s net worth is estimated to be $1.1 Billion.

 

2. Paul McCartney

Richest Singers - Paul McCartney

Net Worth: $1.2 Billion

Singer, guitarist, and co-founder of the legendary band the Beatles Paul McCartney has a net worth of $1.2 Billion, placing him at the top of the list of the richest rockstars in the world.

With a career spanning decades, McCartney has recorded 32 songs that have landed on the Billboard Top 100 and received two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He’s also appeared in various movies over the years, including the classic animated version of the Beatles’ album, Yellow Submarine.

As of May 2024, Paul McCartney’s net worth is estimated to be $1.2 Billion

 

1. Rihanna

Richest Singers - Rihanna

Net Worth: $1.7 Billion

Rihanna’s net worth of $1.7 Billion makes her the most successful musician and singer of all time, with much of this wealth coming from her entrepreneurial activities.

She has enjoyed a great deal of success as a solo artist, collaborating with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Kanye West.

Her Fenty Beauty line, which is partnered with LVHM, is worth upwards of $2 billion, significantly increasing her overall net worth.

Her albums and singles have sold millions of copies, with the single Umbrella selling over 8 million copies worldwide and winning a Grammy Award in 2008.

As of May 2024, Rihanna’s net worth is estimated to be $1.7 Billion.

 

Summary

That concludes this guide to the richest singers of all time, exploring the chart-topping releases that helped them earn their net worth.

When new information about the wealth of these iconic singers is released we’ll be updating the article, so be sure to check back in the future.

Here’s a quick recap of the 50 richest singers in the world:

  1. Rihanna
  2. Paul McCartney
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Herb Alpert
  5. Madonna
  6. Celine Dion
  7. Bono
  8. Dolly Parton
  9. Bruce Springsteen
  10. Julio Iglesias
  11. Jimmy Buffett
  12. Sting
  13. Beyonce Knowles
  14. Bob Dylan
  15. Elton John
  16. Keith Richards
  17. Gloria Estefan
  18. Mick Jagger
  19. Victoria Beckham
  20. Jon Bon Jovi
  21. Barbra Streisand
  22. Garth Brooks
  23. Jennifer Lopez
  24. Johnny Mathis
  25. Shania Twain
  26. Toby Keith
  27. Cher
  28. Ringo Starr
  29. Katy Perry
  30. Lady Gaga
  31. Mariah Carey
  32. Dave Matthews
  33. James Hetfield
  34. Neil Diamond
  35. Phil Collins
  36. George Strait
  37. Shakira
  38. Robbie Williams
  39. Rod Stewart
  40. Placido Domingo
  41. Tom Jones
  42. Justin Bieber
  43. Dhani Harrison
  44. Bette Midler
  45. Diana Ross
  46. Jose Carreras
  47. Justin Timberlake
  48. Don Henley
  49. Tina Turner
  50. Billy Joel

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Who are the richest rappers in the world?

Hip-hop artists have set new records in the music industry, selling millions of albums worldwide and helping shape the genre for a new generation.

This article covers the icons of the hip-hop scene, including household names such as Lil Wayne, Eminem, and Kanye West.

 

The Top 50 Richest Rappers in the World

The best-selling albums and singles, as well as business ventures and investments, have all been explored to bring you this definitive guide to the most successful rappers of all time.

Here’s our list of the 50 richest rappers in the world:

 

50. Quavo

Richest Rappers - Quavo

Net Worth: $28 Million

Rapper, songwriter, and record producer Quavo is well-known as a member of the hip-hop trio Migos, releasing three studio albums with the group.

In 2018 he released his debut solo album, Quavo Huncho, which reached number 2 on the American Billboard 200 charts.

He began dating Saweetie in 2018, with a video emerging in 2020 showing the two in a physical altercation.

As of May 2024, Quavo’s net worth is estimated to be $28 Million.

 

49. Offset

Net Worth: $28 Million

Offset is another member of the group Migos, along with Quavo and Takeoff, with a net worth of $26 million through his record sales.

Born Kiari Kendrell Cephus, Offset is Quavo’s cousin, with the stars growing up listening to hip hop performers including Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, and Master P.

In addition to his work in the music industry, Offset has appeared in campaigns for fashion designers including Bryce Barnes, and Lavati.

As of May 2024, Offset’s net worth is estimated to be $28 Million.

 

48. Soulja Boy

Richest Rappers - Soulja Boy

Net Worth: $10 Million

Soulja Boy found success with the release of his hit debut single Crank That (Soulja Boy), which hit the top spot of the charts in 2007.

His platinum-selling debut album, Souljaboytellem.com, followed that year, with further albums Loyalty and How Can You Blame Me? securing his reputation as a leading hip-hop artist.

Once noted for his facial tattoos, Soulja Boy had these removed in 2020 so he could more easily make the move into acting.

As of May 2024, Soulja Boy’s net worth is estimated to be $10 Million.

 

47. Lil Jon

Richest Rappers - Lil Jon

Net Worth: $30 Million

American rapper, record producer, and actor Lil Jon formed Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz in 1996, beginning his productive career in the music industry.

Singles such as Get Low and Freek-a-Leek both hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Yeah! Yeah! won Best Rap Performance at the Grammy Awards.

A pioneer of the crunk subgenre of hip-hop, Lil Jon has diverse investments including a line of Oakley shades, an energy drink, and a wine company.

As of May 2024, Lil Jon’s net worth is estimated to be $30 Million.

 

46. G-Dragon

Richest Rappers - G-Dragon

Net Worth: $30 Million

South Korean rapper, producer, and model G-Dragon, born Kwon Ji-Yong, is the leader of the hip-hop boy band Big Bang.

A performer since the age of eight, G-Dragon moved away from Big Bang in 2009 to begin his debut solo career with the album Heartbreaker.

One of South Korea’s highest-paid celebrity endorsers, G-Dragon’s influence extends beyond the music industry into fashion and culture.

As of May 2024, G-Dragon’s net worth is estimated to be $30 Million.

 

45. Big Boi

Richest Rappers - Big Boi

Net Worth: $30 Million

American rapper Big Boi is perhaps best known for being one half of the duo Outkast along with rapper Andre 3000.

With six studio albums under their belt, Outkast has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, five of them achieving platinum status and one diamond.

Big Boi has picked up an impressive 18 Grammy Awards nominations, including a win for Best Rap Performance, Big Boi’s other awards include four American Music Awards and three Soul Train Music Awards.

As of May 2024, Big Boi’s net worth is estimated to be $30 Million.

 

44. Andre 3000

Richest Rappers - Andre 3000

Net Worth: $35 Million

Big Boi’s partner in Outkast, Andre 3000, has been frequently listed as one of the greatest rappers in the world, as well as a pioneering record producer.

In addition to the many hits he’s enjoyed under the Outkast brand, Andre 3000 is a successful solo musician and entrepreneur with his clothing line.

A successful actor, he’s appeared in movies with some of the richest actors in the world, including Four Brothers with Mark Wahlberg, as well as hit television shows such as The Shield and Families.

As of May 2024, Andre 3000’s net worth is estimated to be $35 Million.

 

43. Future

Richest Rappers - Future

Net Worth: $50 Million

Hip-hop rapper and singer Future, whose real name is Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, began his career in 2010 by releasing mix tapes and was signed to Epic Records the following year.

The mixtape Streetz Calling was followed by his first album, Pluto, which included four hit singles that charted near the top spot on the American hip-hop charts.

In 2019, Future won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance for his work on the track, King’s Dead, which was featured in the blockbuster Marvel movie, Black Panther.

As of May 2024, Future’s net worth is estimated to be $50 Million.

 

42. Darryl McDaniels

Richest Rappers - Darryl McDaniels

Net Worth: $40 Million

Darryl McDaniels is best known by hip-hop fans as DMC and is one of the founding members of the iconic rap group Run-D.M.C. along with Joseph Simmons and Jason Mizell.

A prolific producer and songwriter, he released his solo album Checks Thugs and Rock n Roll in 2006, co-founding his own record label, IME Records, in 2011.

His long and illustrious career in the music industry earned McDaniels a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, marking him as one of the most successful rappers in the world.

As of May 2024, Darryl McDaniels’s net worth is estimated to be $40 Million.

 

41. Daddy Yankee

Richest Rappers - Daddy Yankee

Net Worth: $40 Million

One of the most successful rappers working today, Daddy Yankee has sold over 30 million records over a career spanning three decades.

Born in Puerto Rico, he began rapping at the age of thirteen and appeared on numerous mixtapes by DJ Playero throughout the 1990s.

A leading figure in the Reggaeton genre, Daddy Yankee has released multiple solo albums and became the most-watched person on YouTube for his Despacito music video.

As of May 2024, Daddy Yankee’s net worth is estimated to be $40 Million.

 

40. Cardi B

Richest Rappers - Cardi B

Net Worth: $80 Million

American rapper, singer, producer, and reality television star Cardi B launched to fame after her Instagram account went viral and gained over 100 million followers.

After appearing on the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York in 2015, Cardi B went on to produce music, signing to Atlantic Records in 2017.

One of the richest female rappers in the world, she’s also appeared in movies including the Jennifer Lopez crime comedy Hustlers, released in 2019.

As of May 2024, Cardi B’s net worth is estimated to be $80 Million.

 

39. 50 Cent

Richest Rappers - 50 Cent

Net Worth: $40 Million

Rapper, producer, and actor 50 Cent rose to fame after he was discovered by Eminem in 2002, who hooked the rapper up with Dr. Dre and secured a $1 million record deal.

His 2003 album, Get Rich or Die Trying, catapulted 50 Cent into the spotlight, debuting at number 1 on the Billboard charts with nearly 1 million copies sold in a few days.

He’s also appeared in several movies, including Escape Plan with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, and the Al Pacino movie, Righteous Kill.

50 Cent’s net worth reached over $100 million at one point in his career, but his lavish spending habits combined with a series of lawsuits have seen this sum come down to $40 Million.

As of May 2024, 50 Cent’s net worth is estimated to be $40 Million.

 

38. Rick Ross

Richest Rappers - Rick Ross

Net Worth: $45 Million

With millions of albums and single sales under his belt, rapper, producer, and record executive Rick Ross is one of the most successful rappers in the world.

The release of his debut single Hustlin’ led to a multimillion-dollar deal with Jay-Z’s Def Jam Records, which was followed by two albums that hit the number one spot on the Billboard album charts.

Owner of some of the most expensive watches you can buy, Rick Ross also has an extensive property portfolio including a $5.2 million mansion in Florida.

As of May 2024, Rick Ross’ net worth is estimated to be $45 Million.

 

37. Post Malone

Richest Rappers - Post Malone

Net Worth: $45 Million

Post Malone first gained recognition with his single White Inversion, which featured his signature blending of hip-hop with country and rock music.

After signing to Republic Records in 2015, Malone collaborated with Kanye West on the single Fade, significantly enhancing his reputation.

In 2018, Post Malone smashed the record previously held by Michael Jackson for the most weeks on the Billboard charts with his single Stoney.

As of May 2024, Post Malone’s net worth is estimated to be $45 Million.

 

36. Common

Richest Rappers - Common

Net Worth: $45 Million

American rapper Common’s studio album Like Water for Chocolate brought him international recognition and was to mark a consistent run as a producer of high-quality hip-hop music.

In addition to his music career, Common has enjoyed a successful career as an actor, appearing in movies including Suicide Squad, Now You See Me, and the Christian Bale movie, Terminator Salvation.

His net worth of $45 million has been increased thanks to his film production company called Freedom Road Productions, which produces movies in collaboration with Amazon Studios.

As of May 2024, Common’s net worth is estimated to be $45 Million.

 

35. Chamillionaire

Richest Rappers - Chamillionaire

Net Worth: $50 Million

 The aptly-named rapper and entrepreneur Chamillionaire has earned a net worth of $50 million over the course of his career, much of it through his company Chamillitary Entertainment.

Real name Hakeem Seriki, he’s worked with rapper Paul Wall on a variety of projects before releasing his solo album The Sound of Revenge in 2005.

Lil Ken and Troy Henry are two of the prominent artists who have released music through his Chamillitary Entertainment label, while other business ventures include Cruise Automation, which designed self-driving car technology.

As of May 2024, Chamillionaire’s net worth is estimated to be $50 Million.

 

34. Chad Hugo

Richest Rappers - Chad Hugo

Net Worth: $55 Million

American rapper, musician, and record producer Chad Hugo is the working partner of Pharrell Williams, with whom he has written and produced a range of songs.

Together with Williams, Hugo has produced music for a broad range of artists including Jay-Z, which critics have celebrated for their unique sounds.

Known collectively as The Neptunes, Hugo and Williams were awarded the Producer of the Year accolades at the Billboard Music Awards and The Source Awards.

As of May 2024, Chad Hugo’s net worth is estimated to be $55 Million.

 

33. PSY

Richest Rappers - PSY

Net Worth: $60 Million

Born Park Jae-Sang, South Korean rapper PSY became an international sensation with the release of his single Gangnam Style in 2012.

One of the most-viewed music videos in the history of YouTube, the track smashed established acts including Katy Perry and Justin Bieber off the top of the charts.

Much of his net worth came from this song, as well as a series of endorsement deals that PSY signed to in the wake of the song’s success.

As of May 2024, PSY’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million.

 

32. Travis Scott

Richest Rappers - Travis Scott

Net Worth: $60 Million

Travis Scott is one of the most popular rappers in the world, earning around $50 per year when touring and from his record sales and endorsements.

He released his first studio album, Rodeo, in 2015, and has since gone on to pick up various accolades at the BET Hip Hop Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and the Grammy Awards.

Scott began dating Kylie Jenner in 2017, and the two had a daughter together, Stormi Webster, before splitting up in 2019.

As of May 2024, Travis Scott’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million.

 

31. Joseph Simmons AKA Rev Run

Richest Rappers - Rev Run

Net Worth: $60 Million

Another founding member of the iconic hip-hop act Run-D.M.C. is Joseph Simmons, whose career had a second life in the mid-2000s thanks to the reality TV series, Run’s House.

Simmons’s hip-hop career began before Run-D.M.C. was founded, but the group’s success is where much of his impressive $60 million net worth is drawn from.

A prolific actor, Joseph Simmons has appeared in TV shows including The Last O.G., Grounded for Life, and All About the Washingtons on Netflix.

As of May 2024, Rev Run’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million.

 

30. J. Cole

Richest Rappers - J Cole

Net Worth: $60 Million

Rapper, record producer, and songwriter J. Cole began his career in the music industry when he was signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation record label in 2007.

Platinum-certified albums soon followed, including 2011’s The Sideline Story, which Cole produced while touring as the supporting act for Drake.

His fifth album, KOD, topped the Billboard 200 in 2018, which was also his fifth number 1 album in a career of successive hits.

As of May 2024, J. Cole’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million.

 

29. Akon

Richest Rappers - Akon

Net Worth: $60 Million

Aliaune Thiam, known by his stage name Akon, achieved fame for his songs Smack That and Locked Up, launching a hugely successful solo career in the music business.

A string of best-selling albums solidified his presence with collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Eminem, along with his work as a producer helping up-and-coming artists establish their name.

His clothing line Konvict Clothing was launched in 2008, and his songs have been reportedly used for ringtones more than any other artist in the world.

As of May 2024, Akon’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million.

 

28. Ice T

Richest Rappers - Ice T

Net Worth: $65 Million

Ice T, born Tracy Lauren Marrow, began his music career after DJing at parties, putting his criminal past behind him with the release of his single, Cold Wind Madness.

A trio of albums in the late 1980s was each certified gold by the RIAA, while his 1991 hip-hop masterpiece, O.G. Original Gangster, is widely considered to be the founding record of gangsta rap.

Ice T has also enjoyed a successful acting career, appearing in a regular role for the series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and winning an NAACP Image Award for his performance.

As of May 2024, Ice T’s net worth is estimated to be $65 Million.

 

27. Wiz Khalifa

Richest Rappers - Wiz Khalifa

Net Worth: $70 Million

American rapper and actor Wiz Khalifa released his first mixtape in 2005, but it was his debut album Show and Prove that was to gain his attention, released the following year.

After a stint at Warner Bros. Records, Khalifa released numerous studio albums throughout the 2010s, helping to push his net worth up to its current $70 million.

An outspoken supporter of marijuana, Khalifa claims to spend $10,000 each month on the drug, joining the ranks of Snoop Dogg as a public advocate for smoking weed.

As of May 2024, Wiz Khalifa’s net worth is estimated to be $70 Million.

 

26. Will.I.Am

Richest Rappers - Will.I.AM

Net Worth: $70 Million

Will.I.Am’s net worth of $70 million has been earned through a combination of rapping, record production, and his many appearances on television shows.

One of the founding members of the band The Black Eyed Peas, his career includes several hit albums and singles, both with the group and as a solo artist.

A regular judge on the television show The Voice, Will.I.Am has also appeared in movies including Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa with Ben Stiller, Date Night, and the Rio animated movies. 

As of May 2024, Will.I.Am’s net worth is estimated to be $70 Million.

 

25. Nas

Richest Rappers - Nas

Net Worth: $70 Million

Nas became a sensation in the hip-hop community in 1994 with the release of his debut album Illmatic, which earned the best album of the year accolade from The Source magazine.

In addition to his music production, Nas has made considerable money as a venture capitalist, investing in emerging technologies through the firm QueensBridge Venture Partners.

Other business activities include Sweet Chick, a chicken and waffle restaurant, and shares in Coinbase.

As of May 2024, Nas’ net worth is estimated to be $70 Million.

 

24. Kendrick Lamar

Richest Rappers - Kendrick Lamar

Net Worth: $75 Million

Rapper Kendrick Lamar began performing at the age of sixteen, before signing with Top Dawg Entertainment in the early 2000s and releasing a string of mixtapes and singles.

His 2015 album, To Pimp A Butterfly, was an international smash hit, topping multiple Albums of the Year lists and earning the rapper five Grammy Awards including Best Rap Album.

Lamar has also met some of the richest politicians in the world over the course of his career, including a meeting with Barack Obama at the White House.

This success and other album and single sales have pushed Kendrick Lamar’s net worth to $75 million, with the star earning $10 million in 2021.

As of May 2024, Kendrick Lamar’s net worth is estimated to be $75 Million.

 

23. DJ Khaled

Richest Rappers - DJ Khaled

Net Worth: $75 Million

DJ Khaled, whose real name is Khaled Mohamed Khaled, is an American rapper, record producer, and label executive with a net worth of $75 million.

As well as his music production credits, DJ Khaled is the host of a radio show for WEDR and the DJ for Terror Squad, a hip-hop group.

Much of his net worth has come from a series of endorsements for companies that include Apple, Weight Watchers, and T-Mobile Ciroc.

As of May 2024, DJ Khaled’s net worth is estimated to be $75 Million.

 

22. Timbaland

Richest Rappers - Timbaland

Net Worth: $85 Million

Timbaland is a rapper and producer with a net worth of $85 million, whose production credits include tracks by artists Ginuwine, Aaliyah, and Missy Elliot.

Initially releasing music through his Beat Club record label, Timbaland has also produced albums for Madonna and Chris Cornell, displaying a remarkable degree of versatility.

Timbaland has also worked to pass on his production knowledge to the next generation, hosting Masterclass courses from 2019.

As of May 2024, Timbaland’s net worth is estimated to be $85 Million.

 

21. Michael Diamond AKA Mike D

Richest Rappers - Mike D

Net Worth: $100 Million

Beastie Boys co-founder Michael Diamond, who goes by the performing name Mike D, is a musician and producer with a long track record in the music industry.

In addition to his role in the Beastie Boys, Diamond has provided remixes for artists including Moby and Bjork.

His music career has included several chart-topping releases, with the combined discography from the Beastie Boys selling over 40 million albums worldwide.

As of May 2024, Mike D’s net worth is estimated to be $100 Million.

 

20. Adam Horovitz AKA Ad-Rock

Richest Rappers - Ad-Rock

Net Worth: $100 Million

Adam Horovitz, also known as Ad-Rock, is the co-founder of the Beastie Boys along with Michael Diamond, and a successful producer in his own right.

For his role in the success of the Beastie Boys and other music ventures, Horovitz was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

In addition to remixing productions, he’s also appeared in several movies, including While We’re Young, Golden Exits, and Roadside Prophets.

As of May 2024, Ad-Rock’s net worth is estimated to be $100 Million.

 

19. Pitbull

Richest Rappers - Pitbull

Net Worth: $100 Million

Cuban-American rapper Pitbull’s career began in the early 2000s working with Lil Jon, releasing his debut album M.I.A.M.I. in 2004 to commercial and critical acclaim.

His album Planet Pitt, released in 2011, reached number 9 on the Billboard charts, expanding his exposure and increasing his net worth.

His combined record sales have reached millions of copies worldwide, and he has opened for megastars such as Britney Spears and Enrique Iglesias.

As of May 2024, Pitbull’s net worth is estimated to be $100 Million.

 

18. Nicki Minaj

Richest Rappers - Nicki Minaj

Net Worth: $150 Million

Nicki Minaj was discovered by rapper Lil Wayne, launching her career as a rapper and actress that would earn her a string of music industry awards over the following years.

After releasing her first mixtape in 2007, Playtime Is Over, Minaj’s first studio album, Pink Friday, sold over 4 million copies around the world.

Thanks to her combined record sales and endorsements, and roles in films including The Other Woman starring Cameron Diaz, Nicki Minaj’s net worth is an impressive $150 Million.

As of May 2024, Nicki Minaj’s net worth is estimated to be $150 Million.

 

17. LL Cool J

Richest Rappers - LL Cool J

Net Worth: $120 Million

One of the most iconic and revolutionary hip-hop performers of his generation, LL Cool J helped to bring the genre into the mainstream.

His rapping career through Def Jam Recordings included several singles and albums that achieved platinum status, making him one of the most sought-after rap artists of the time.

Movie roles have earned him a place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the hip-hop star currently appearing in the hit show, NCIS: Los Angeles.

As of May 2024, LL Cool J’s net worth is estimated to be $120 Million.

 

16. Swizz Beatz

Richest Rappers - Swizz Beats

Net Worth: $150 Million

American hip-hop artist and music producer Swizz Beatz has a net worth of $150 Million, which represents his combined earnings along with his wife, Alicia Keys.

His music career has seen Beatz produce tracks for a range of mainstream labels, including Def Jam, Atlantic, Epic, and Bad Boy Entertainment.

He’s invested money in some of the most expensive houses in the world, with his net worth further increased thanks to his extensive collection of valuable artwork.

As of May 2024, Swizz Beatz’s net worth is estimated to be $150 Million.

 

15. Snoop Dogg

Richest Rappers - Snoop Dogg

Net Worth: $160 Million

Multi-talented rapper, songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur is among the most famous rappers in the world and has been producing music since the 1990s.

He released his debut album Doggystyle in 1993 for Death Row Records, acquiring the rights to the label in 2022 and consolidating his already exceptional net worth of $150 million.

His vast wealth has been expanded by a series of endorsements, including for Chrysler 200, Boost Mobile, and Orbit Gum, as well as cameos in movies including Pitch Perfect 2 starring Anna Kendrick.

As of May 2024, Snoop Dogg’s net worth is estimated to be $160 Million.

 

14. Ronald Slim Williams

Richest Rappers - Ronald Slim Williams

Net Worth: $150 Million

Music producer and entrepreneur Ronald Slim Williams, also known as The Godfather, co-founded his successful record label Cash Money Records in 1991.

The label’s success came thanks to the hit records from artists such as Drake, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, and Nicki Minaj, each of whom has released platinum-selling albums via his platform.

Williams also has considerable investments in real estate, and in 2012 he purchased the largest home in South Florida for an impressive $7.15 million.

As of May 2024, Ronald Slim Williams’ net worth is estimated to be $150 Million.

 

13. Birdman

Richest Rappers - Birdman

Net Worth: $150 Million

Bryan Christopher Brooks, also known as Birdman, is the co-founder of Cash Money Records along with his brother Ronald Williams, as well as a rapper in his own right.

The brothers made their fortune when Cash Money Records signed up to the Universal Music Group with a $30 million contract while still retaining creative control over the label’s output.

Birdman increased his net worth through ventures outside the music industry, including his energy company Bronald Oil, which he launched in 2010.

As of May 2024, Birdman’s net worth is estimated to be $150 Million.

 

12. Ice Cube

Richest Rappers - Ice Cube

Net Worth: $160 Million

Rapper, producer, and actor Ice Cube is one of the original founders of the West Coast gangsta rap movement, earning fame and fortune in the group NWA.

In addition to his exceptional career as a rapper and producer, Ice Cube has produced and starred in a series of films such as Three Kings with George Clooney and Boyz n the Hood.

Ice Cube also has his own clothing line, Solo by Cube, and has worked as Coors Light beer’s spokesman since 2011.

As of May 2024, Ice Cube’s net worth is estimated to be $160 Million.

 

11. Lil Wayne

Richest Rappers - Lil Wayne

Net Worth: $170 Million

Lil Wayne is an American rapper and producer who has worked in the music industry under a range of names including Young Tune, Dr. Carter, and Tunechi.

With over 100 million record sales throughout his career, Lil Wayne has surpassed Elvis Presley with the most entries of all time on the Billboard Top 100 charts.

Founder of the record label Young Money Entertainment, Lil Wayne was responsible for signing Nicki Minaj and Drake, selling the label for $100 million in 2020.

His music has been used on the soundtrack to several movies, including The Suicide Squad starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie.

As of May 2024, Lil Wayne’s net worth is estimated to be $170 Million.

 

10. Usher

Richest Rappers - Usher

Net Worth: $180 Million

With over 75 million record sales around the world, rapper and producer Usher is one of the best-selling hip-hop artists of all time, with a net worth of $180 million.

The co-founder of Justin Bieber‘s record company, RBMG Records, Usher achieved gold and platinum sales for multiple releases including the album Nice & Slow and Confessions. 

His charity New Look was established to help young people gain education and real-world experience to succeed in life, and in 2015 he donated over $500,000 to scholarships for black students.

As of May 2024, Usher’s net worth is estimated to be $180 Million.

 

9. Master P

Richest Rappers - Master P

Net Worth: $200 Million

Master P is an American rapper and business investor who found fame in the 1990s with the albums Mr. Ice Cream Man and Ghetto D, the latter of which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts.

Much of his net worth of $200 million has come from a series of entrepreneurial investments, including record labels, clothing lines, a travel agency, and a film production company.

The first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, he’s picked up awards at the American Music Awards and has been ranked on BET’s list of Most Influential Rappers of All Time.

As of May 2024, Master P’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

8. Eminem

Richest Rappers - Eminem

Net Worth: $250 Million

One of the highest-paid rappers in the world, Eminem gained recognition in the Detroit hip-hop scene before meeting Dr. Dre in 1998.

This discovery ignited his hugely successful career, with the 2000s release of The Marshall Mathers LP becoming the fastest-selling hip-hop album at the time, selling more than 21 million copies.

With total album sales reaching close to 200 million copies, Eminem’s significant net worth has been further enhanced through his media appearances, including the starring role in the film 8 Mile and a cameo in the Seth Rogen comedy, The Interview.

As of May 2024, Eminem’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

7. Pharrell Williams

Richest Rappers - Pharrell Williams

Net Worth: $250 Million

Multi-talented record producer, singer, and fashion designer Pharrell Williams has earned his $250 million net worth both as a producer for other artists and a singer in his own right.

After performing with The Neptunes, Williams launched his solo career with the album In My Mind, while also producing tracks for Beyonce, Madonna, and Britney Spears.

Williams also designs jewelry for Louis Vitton, one of the most expensive handbag brands in the world, as well as a range of sunglasses for Moncler.

As of May 2024, Pharrell Williams’ net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

6. Drake

Richest Rappers - Drake

Net Worth: $250 Million

Rapper and producer Drake is one of the richest rappers in the world working today, with an estimated total income of $430 million over the course of his career.

Much of this huge income comes through his deal with Universal Music Group, with the hip hop megastar earning $1 million for a single concert.

With more digital singles sold than any other artist in history, Drake outperforms Rihanna by 40 million sales, for a total sales of 163 million digital singles so far.

He made many media appearances over his career, including with one of the richest comedians in the world on the Jimmy Kimmel late-night chat show.

As of May 2024, Drake’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

5. Russell Simmons

Richest Rappers - Russell Simmons

Net Worth: $340 Million

Entrepreneur and record executive Russell Simmons is the co-founder of Def Jam Records who helped groups such as Run-D.M.C. achieve international fame.

An astute businessman, Simmons’s other business ventures include the production company called Simmons Lathans Media Group, a clothing line, and pre-paid debit card company Unirush LLC.

The sale of half of the Def Jam Records to Polygram alone earned him $130 million, helping Simmons reach a net worth of $340 Million in total.

As of May 2024, Russell Simmons’s net worth is estimated to be $340 Million.

 

4. Kanye West

Richest Rappers - Kanye West

Net Worth: $400 Million

Once valued at $2 billion, Kanye West’s antics caused him to lose most of that wealth.

Despite Adidas, among others, cutting ties with the rapper, he’s still managed to stay in the top 5.

Kanye West earned his vast wealth through fashion design and business ventures, as well as his long career in the music industry.

Currently releasing music under the moniker Ye, West’s extensive back catalog of music has sold millions of copies worldwide to critical acclaim, and includes collaborations with some of the richest singers in the world.

As of May 2024, Kanye West’s net worth is estimated to be $400 Million.

 

3. Dr. Dre

Richest Rappers - Dr Dre

Net Worth: $500 Million

One of the most successful performers in modern history with a net worth on par with the richest rock stars in the world, Dr. Dre helped define the hip-hop scene beginning in the 1990s with the group NWA.

As well as selling millions of albums as a performer in his own right, he helped launch the careers of iconic rappers including Eminem and 50 Cent through his label Aftermath Entertainment.

Much of his $500 million net worth is due to his headphone company Beats By Dre, which he sold to Apple for $3 billion in 2014.

Outside of the music industry, Dr. Dre has appeared in various movies, including with Denzel Washington in Training Day.

As of May 2024, Dr. Dre’s net worth is estimated to be $500 Million.

 

2. P Diddy

Richest Rappers - P Diddy

Net Worth: $900 Million

Rapper, singer, producer, and entrepreneur P Diddy is best known as the founder of the record label Bad Boy Entertainment, through which millions of records have been sold worldwide.

Born Sean John Combs, P Diddy launched the career of hip-hop legend The Notorious B.I.G., AKA Biggie Smalls, while selling his own music through his moniker Puff Daddy.

As an actor, P Diddy has had roles in movies including Made with Vince Vaughn, Get Him to the Greek with Russell Brand, and The Defiant Ones, and he also has his own Sean John clothing line which he launched in 1998.

As of May 2024, P Diddy’s net worth is estimated to be $900 Million.

 

1. Jay-Z

Richest Rappers - Jay Z

Net Worth: $2.5 Billion

The first hip-hop billionaire of all time, Jay-Z is once again the richest rapper in the world, having founded the record label Roc-A-Fella in 1996.

Famous for his marriage to Beyonce, Jay-Z has enjoyed immense success with his own music output and is known for his lavish lifestyle which includes some of the most expensive cars in the world such as the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud.

His long list of accolades includes BET Hip-Hop Awards for lyricist and ‘Hustler of the Year’, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 2005.

As of May 2024, Jay-Z’s net worth is estimated to be $2.5 Billion.

 

Summary

That wraps up this guide to the richest rappers in the world, exploring the hit tracks and business ventures that helped them amass incredible wealth.

As the net worth of these rappers continues to change over time, we’ll update this article to reflect the most accurate information, so be sure to check back in the future.

Here’s a quick recap of the 50 richest rappers in the world:

  1. Jay-Z
  2. P Diddy
  3. Dr. Dre
  4. Kanye West
  5. Russell Simmons
  6. Drake
  7. Pharrell Williams
  8. Eminem
  9. Master P
  10. Usher
  11. Lil Wayne
  12. Ice Cube
  13. Birdman
  14. Ronald Slim Williams
  15. Snoop Dogg
  16. Swizz Beatz
  17. LL Cool J
  18. Nicki Minaj
  19. Pitbull
  20. Adam Horovitz AKA Ad-Rock
  21. Michael Diamond AKA Mike D
  22. Timbaland
  23. DJ Khaled
  24. Kendrick Lamar
  25. Nas
  26. Will.I.Am
  27. Wiz Khalifa
  28. Ice T
  29. Akon
  30. J. Cole
  31. Joseph Simmons AKA Rev Run
  32. Travis Scott
  33. PSY
  34. Chad Hugo
  35. Chamillionaire
  36. Common
  37. Post Malone
  38. Rick Ross
  39. 50 Cent
  40. Cardi B
  41. Daddy Yankee
  42. Darryl McDaniels
  43. Future
  44. Andre 3000
  45. Big Boi
  46. G-Dragon
  47. Lil Jon
  48. Soulja Boy
  49. Offset
  50. Quavo

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The Top 50 Richest Athletes in the World

We’ve covered the career highlights, endorsement deals, and media appearances that have helped these wealthy athletes achieve their impressive net worth.

Here’s our list of the 50 richest athletes in the world:

 

50. Kevin Durant

Richest Athletes - Kevin Durant

Net Worth: $200 Million

Professional basketball player Kevin Durant began his career in the NBA in 2007 with the Seattle SuperSonics and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year after his first season.

Surpassing Michael Jordan’s record for consecutive games, scoring 25 points or more in the 2013-14 season, Durant went on to become one of the highest-paid basketball players of all time.

With a net worth of $200 Million and representation from Roc Nation group headed by Jay-Z, he takes home a salary of over $40 million, in addition to income from various lucrative endorsement deals.

As of May 2024, Kevin Durant’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

49. Conor McGregor

Richest Athletes - Conor McGregor

Net Worth: $200 Million

Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor made international headlines when he took home a $100 million payday for his much-publicized fight with Floyd Mayweather.

One of the most celebrated fighters of the modern era, McGregor has won multiple titles and accolades during his time fighting in the UFC.

In addition to his fighting fees, McGregor’s income is enhanced through the sales of his whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve, rivaling some of the most expensive alcoholic drinks you can buy.

As of May 2024, Conor McGregor’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

48. Aaron Rodgers

Richest Athletes - Aaron Rodgers

Net Worth: $200 Million

Aaron Rodgers is an American professional football player who plays quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, which includes a contract in 2022 worth $50 million per year.

In addition to his sporting activities, Rodgers has defeated Kevin O’Leary on Shark Tank, and signed multi-million dollar deals for various brand endorsements, for instance with State Farm.

Rodgers has a broad property portfolio that includes a mansion in Malibu he paid $28 million for, and a mansion in Del Mar purchased for $2 million.

As of May 2024, Aaron Rodgers’ net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

47. Tony Hulman George

Richest Athletes - Tony Hulman George

Net Worth: $200 Million

Former race car driver and, Tony Hulman George followed up his career on the tracks by becoming an auto racing executive, following in the footsteps of his grandfather.

As President and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, he’s accumulated an impressive net worth of $200 million.

Since 2009, he’s worked for the family business, Hulman and Company, as well as being the founder of the Indy Racing League.

As of May 2024, Tony Hulman George’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

46. Steve Young

Richest Athletes - Steve Young

Net Worth: $200 Million

Steve Young made his fortune as an American Football quarterback before moving into a career as a sports commentator and businessman.

In the 1980s, Young signed a contract with the Los Angeles Express team for $40 million, making a name for himself as one of the best players in the sport.

Along with his business acumen, Young has made numerous TV appearances, including on Frasier with Kelsey Grammer, Dharma and Greg, and Beverly Hills 90210.

As of May 2024, Steve Young’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

45. Sachin Tendulkar

Richest Athletes - Sachin Tendulkar

Net Worth: $200 Million

Professional cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has served as the captain of the Indian national team, considered to this day one of the greatest batsmen the sport has seen.

With a net worth of $200 million, Tendulkar holds the international record for the most runs and has scored 100 international centuries.

Since his retirement in 2015, he’s served as a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee, as well as working as a commentator.

As of May 2024, Sachin Tendulkar’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

44. Oscar De La Hoya

Richest Athletes - Oscar De La Hoya

Net Worth: $200 Million

American professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya, who was nicknamed The Golden Boy at the height of his successful career, made his professional debut in 1992.

Winning 10 world championships over his 17-year career, De La Hoya was at one time the biggest earner in his profession.

Outside of his sporting career, he’s worked as a promoter and host of a boxing show and even released an album with Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees, as well as a children’s book.

As of May 2024, Oscar De La Hoya’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

43. Luol Deng

Richest Athletes - Luol Deng

Net Worth: $200 Million

Professional basketball player Luol Deng, who was born in Sudan, began his career as one of the most promising young players in his sport.

While playing with the Chicago Bulls, Deng earned a string of accolades and awards, including an NBA All-Star selection in 2011.

Throughout his career, Deng has earned over £100 million from his salary, with the rest of his net worth drawn from various brand endorsements.

As of May 2024, Luol Deng’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

42. Derek Jeter

Richest Athletes - Derek Jeter

Net Worth: $200 Million

American former professional baseball player and businessman Derek Jeter began his career in 1992, turning pro when he was drafted by the Yankees.

After over ten years in the sport, Jeter’s career on the field was cut short by an injury, and he transitioned into publishing by forming an imprint for Simon & Schuster called Jeter Publishing.

Jeter has earned significant sums through his brand endorsements, including ties to Nike, who have made some of the most expensive sneakers you can buy, as well as VISA, Ford, and Fleet Bank.

As of May 2024, Derek Jeter’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

41. David Robinson

Richest Athletes - David Robinson

Net Worth: $200 Million

Former professional basketball player David Robinson earned his fame and fortune playing for the San Antonio Spurs, winning multiple awards over his career.

He played on the gold-winning team at the 1992 Olympic Games, and at the peak of his career, his salary reached $14.8 million in a single year.

Outside of the NBA, Robinson has launched two private equity funds, one of which has acquired $350 million worth of real estate assets.

As of May 2024, David Robinson’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

40. Connie Kalitta

Richest Athletes - Connie Kalitta

Net Worth: $200 Million

Former drag car racer and business executive Connie Kalitta began his racing career in the 1950s when he was known by his nickname, The Bounty Hunter.

His racing career continued through to the mid-1990s when he retired from the track and served as CEO of his cargo airline company, Kalitta Air.

Large contracts for the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense, have helped him achieve a net worth of $200 million.

As of May 2024, Connie Kalitta’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

39. Dave Whelan

Richest Athletes - Dave Whelan

Net Worth: $210 Million

Dave Whelan is a former professional soccer player who played for the Bradford Rangers, later setting up a chain of supermarkets throughout the UK.

In the late 1970s, Whelan acquired the sporting goods store franchise JJB, and in 1995 he expanded his business interests with the purchase of Wigan Athletic Football Club.

Following his purchase, the club went from Division Three to the Premier League, beating Manchester City in 2013 at the FA Cup Final.

As of May 2024, Dave Whelan’s net worth is estimated to be $210 Million.

 

38. Novak Djokovic

Richest Athletes - Novak Djokovic

Net Worth: $220 Million

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has made a name for himself as one of the best tennis players of all time, the first player to hold all four major titles.

He’s also the only player to win all nine Masters 1000 Tournaments and has been the top-ranked player in the world on several occasions.

Known for being one of the most comprehensive performers on the court, Djokovic has also appeared in cameo roles in various films, including The Expendables starring Sylvester Stallone.

As of May 2024, Novak Djokovic’s net worth is estimated to be $220 Million.

 

37. Manny Pacquiao

Richest Athletes - Manny Pacquiao

Net Worth: $220 Million

Boxer, singer, actor, and politician Manny Pacquiao is widely considered one of the best “pound for pound” boxers of all time, who turned professional at the age of 16.

Pacquiao has earned vast sums of money for many of his fights, including $130 million for his 2015 fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Since retiring from the ring, he’s served as a Senator of the Philippines since 2016, while also appearing in many Filipino movies as well as appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

As of May 2024, Manny Pacquiao’s net worth is estimated to be $220 Million.

 

36. Wayne Gretzky

Net Worth: $250 Million

Retired professional hockey player Wayne Gretzky played in the NHL for 20 years, earning an impressive $46 million in salary.

Since leaving the sport, he’s built up a business empire that includes ownership of a sports team as well as real estate and a vineyard.

He’s also endorsed a long list of the world’s leading brands, including Domino’s Pizza, Coca-Cola, and the Sharp Corporation.

As of May 2024, Wayne Gretzky’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

35. Tom Brady

Richest Athletes - Tom Brady

Net Worth: $250 Million

American football quarterback Tom Brady made his fame and fortune playing for the New England Patriots, winning six Superbowls and four Super Bowl MVP awards.

His contract with Tampa Bay earned Brady $50 million, while a contract with Fox Sports paid out $375 million for a ten-year deal.

Along with his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, Brady has owned numerous multi-million dollar properties, including a custom-built home that sold for $40 million.

As of May 2024, Tom Brady’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

34. Serena Williams

Richest Athletes - Serena Williams

Net Worth: $250 Million

World champion American tennis player Serena Williams is widely considered to be one of the best female tennis players of all time, with a net worth of $250 million.

Her impressive wealth comes from a combination of her competition wins and endorsements, including companies such as Nike and Kraft Foods. 

She’s also appeared in various television shows and movies, including the Adam Sandler film, Pixels.

A committed philanthropist, Williams has helped raise money for a range of charities including Ronald McDonald House and the Yetunde Price Resource Center in Compton.

As of May 2024, Serena Williams’ net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

33. Peyton Manning

Richest Athletes - Peyton Manning

Net Worth: $250 Million

American football quarterback Peyton Manning began his career in 1998 when he was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, becoming one of the best quarterbacks of all time.

Much of Manning’s net worth comes from his lucrative endorsements, with DirecTV, Mastercard, Papa John’s, and Reebok among the companies he’s represented.

Manning has also made several appearances on Saturday Night Live, as well as guest voicing an episode of the Matt Groening series The Simpsons.

As of May 2024, Peyton Manning’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

32. Kimi Raikkonen

Richest Athletes - Kimi Raikkonen

Net Worth: $250 Million

Finnish race car driver Kimi Räikkönen, whose nickname is Iceman, is the most successful driver from Finland, and one of the richest athletes in the world.

He first joined the Sauber Formula One team in 2000, winning his first race in 2003 and maintaining a high level of performance over the following years.

He’s invested in various mansions and other expensive properties, including purchasing a “dream home” in Baar, Switzerland for $24 million.

As of May 2024, Kimi Raikkonen’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

31. Grant Hill

Richest Athletes - Grant Hill

Net Worth: $250 Million

Grant Hill is a retired American basketball player who played for 18 seasons in the NBA, for teams including the Detroit Pistons, the Orlando Magic, and the Los Angeles Clippers.

After he retired from the game, Hill worked as a sportscaster on NBA TV and CBS, covering the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2015.

His business ventures include an $80 million deal with shoemaker Fila and endorsements for Sprite, McDonald’s, and TAG Heuer.

As of May 2024, Grant Hill’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

30. Gary Player

Richest Athletes - Gary Player

Net Worth: $250 Million

Retired professional golfer Gary Player is one of the greatest golfers in history, with a net worth of $250 Million from his career and endorsements.

Winner of multiple major championships, Player first won the US Open in 1965 at the age of 29.

A regular on the PGA Tour, Player’s long list of accolades and cup wins have led him to be hailed as one of the “big three” in golf, along with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

As of May 2024, Gary Player’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

29. Fernando Alonso

Richest Athletes - Fernando Alonso

Net Worth: $260 Million

Spanish racing driver Fernando Alonso has raced for a selection of teams throughout his career, including McLaren, Alpine, and Renault.

With an average income of $40 million each year, Alonso won the World Driver’s Championship in 2005 and 2006.

A series of brand endorsements have helped him earn a net worth of $260 million, and he is also the founder and ambassador of the fashion retailer Kimoa.

As of May 2024, Fernando Alonso’s net worth is estimated to be $260 Million.

 

28. Lewis Hamilton

Richest Athletes - Lewis Hamilton

Net Worth: $285 Million

British Formula One racing champion Lewis Hamilton is one of the highest-paid drivers in the history of the sport, earning an average salary of $50 million per year.

Much of his immense wealth comes from his contract with Mercedes, boosted by his investments including the TOMMYXLEWIS clothing line, which he launched in 2018.

His impressive real estate portfolio includes some of the most expensive houses in the world, including a penthouse in New York which he listed for $57 million in 2019.

As of May 2024, Lewis Hamilton’s net worth is estimated to be $285 Million.

 

27. Phil Mickelson

Richest Athletes - Phil Mickelson

Net Worth: $300 Million

American professional golfer Phil Mickelson began his career in 1991, racking up 17 top-ten finishes by 2003.

He’s earned over $100 million from his tournament wins, while his overall career earnings have reached a staggering $800 million. 

A string of endorsements for companies including Ford, Callaway, Rolex, and Titleist have helped Mickelson build a net worth of $300 Million.

As of May 2024, Phil Mickelson’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

26. Paul Caddick

Richest Athletes - Paul Caddick

Net Worth: $300 Million

Retired English rugby player Paul Caddick branched out from the sport to become a property development tycoon, which earned much of his vast $300 Million net worth.

In 1996, Caddick became the owner of Leeds CF&A Co Ltd, an acquisition that also gave him ownership of Headingley Stadium.

Additionally, the Caddick Group owns a majority stake in Leeds Rugby, for which Caddick acts as the chair.

As of May 2024, Paul Caddick’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

25. Hakeem Olajuwon

Richest Athletes - Hakeem Olajuwon

Net Worth: $300 Million

Nigerian-American professional basketball player Hakeen Olajuwon played for the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors and was a member of the gold medal-winning Olympic US team in 1996.

At the height of his basketball career, he was earning millions of dollars per year in salary, for a total of around $110 million over his duration in the sport.

His post-basketball career has seen the star extend his considerable fortune through real estate investments, with over $100 million spent on property as of 2006, as well as working with Kobe Bryant on the Dream Shake.

As of May 2024, Hakeem Olajuwon’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

24. George Foreman

Richest Athletes - George Foreman

Net Worth: $300 Million

Former American boxer and entrepreneur George Foreman is a two-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Olympic gold medalist, and entrepreneur.

While his boxing career saw many successes, much of Foreman’s $300 Million net worth came thanks to the cooking grill he licensed in the 1990s.

Estimates suggest that Foreman has earned over $200 million from the grill brand, considerably dwarfing his boxing career earnings.

Foreman has also made several television appearances, including as a guest in the Mike Judge animated comedy, King of the Hill.

As of May 2024, George Foreman’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

23. Dale Earnhardt Jr

Richest Athletes - Dale Earnhardt Jr

Net Worth: $300 Million

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a retired NASCAR driver who owns his team and makes additional income through his work as an author and sports analyst.

From a family of race car drivers, Earnhardt Jr. began his career at the age of 17 and has been voted NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver 14 times in a row.

He also owns a media production company called Hammerhead Entertainment, as well as some of the most expensive private jets in the world, including a Learjet 60.

As of May 2024, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

22. Alex Rodriguez

Richest Athletes - Alex Rodriguez

Net Worth: $350 Million

American former professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez made his fortune while playing for teams that include the Seattle Mariners, the Texas Rangers, and the New York Yankees.

After retiring in 2017, Rodriguez worked as a media personality for Fox Sports 1 and ABC News network, before moving to ESPN in 2018.

He’s signed some of the largest sporting contracts in history, and at the peak of his career was earning up to $33 million per year in salary.

As of May 2024, Alex Rodriguez’s net worth is estimated to be $350 Million.

 

21. Vinnie Johnson

Richest Athletes - Vinnie Johnson

Net Worth: $500 Million

Vinnie Johnson is a former professional basketball player with a long career in the NBA, playing for teams such as the Detroit Pistons, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Seattle SuperSonics.

While playing for the Pistons, Johnson won the NBA championship two years in a row and has earned the nickname The Microwave.

Following his professional sporting career, Johnson set up the Piston Group company, raising the business to the point where it brings in billions of dollars in revenue each year.

As of May 2024, Vinnie Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be $500 Million.

 

20. Shaquille O’Neal

Richest Athletes - Shaquille O'Neal

Net Worth: $400 Million

Consistently ranked as one of the highest-paid athletes in the world, Shaquille O’Neal’s estimated net worth of $400 Million has come through his large salary and endorsement opportunities.

A true basketball icon, O’Neal’s tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, which includes winning the NBA Championship, made him a sporting national treasure.

He’s also earned hundreds of millions of dollars endorsing brands that include Pepsi and Carnival Cruise Line which visits some of the most expensive hotels in the world, making him one of the richest athletes.

As of May 2024, Shaquille O’Neal’s net worth is estimated to be $400 Million.

 

19. Jack Nicklaus

Richest Athletes - Jack Nicklaus

Net Worth: $400 Million

Retired American professional golfer Jack Nicklaus is one of the most successful golfers of all time, with 18 major championships under his belt and 73 PGA Tour victories.

With a museum marking his career highlights, Nicklaus has even appeared on a commemorative five-pound note in the United Kingdom.

Since the mid-1960s, he’s been involved in designing golf courses, including the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

As of May 2024, Jack Nicklaus’ net worth is estimated to be $400 Million.

 

18. Greg Norman

Richest Athletes - Greg Norman

Net Worth: $400 Million

Greg Norman, another professional golfer with an astounding net worth, has dozens of tournament wins to his name and has been ranked the number-one golfer more than once.

As well as being a legend in the world of golf, Norman has earned considerable sums of money through his business ventures and real estate investments.

The owner of multiple mansions over his life, he listed an estate in 2021 for a cool $59.9 million.

As of May 2024, Greg Norman’s net worth is estimated to be $400 Million.

 

17. Floyd Mayweather

Richest Athletes - Floyd Mayweather

Net Worth: $450 Million

Boxing champion and promoter Floyd Mayweather stands as the current richest boxer of all time, with a net worth of $450 Million and total career earnings of over $1 billion.

In one year alone, Mayweather earned an eye-watering $300 million, with typical annual fees for endorsements fetching him around $10 million.

His fight with MMA star Conor McGregor in 2017 was the highest-grossing Pay Per View boxing event in history, generating $700 million in revenue.

His career outside boxing also includes several appearances in the WWE, including a backstage segment with some of the richest wrestlers in the world, including Vince McMahon and D-Generation X.

As of May 2024, Floyd Mayweather’s net worth is estimated to be $450 Million.

 

16. David Beckham

Richest Athletes - David Beckham

Net Worth: $450 Million

Retired English soccer player David Beckham has a net worth of $450 Million, which is combined with the earnings from his wife, pop star Victoria Beckham.

Playing for Manchester United for nine seasons, Beckham’s tenure saw the team win the Premier League six times and the FA Cup twice.

In 2021, David Beckham signed a deal with Qatar to be their tourism ambassador, netting him an additional $21 million per year.

As of May 2024, David Beckham’s net worth is estimated to be $450 Million.

 

15. LeBron James

Richest Athletes - LeBron James

Net Worth: $600 Million

Outstanding basketball player LeBron James is one of the highest-paid celebrities in the world, earning up to $90 million each year from endorsements alone.

With a base salary of $42.5 million from the NBA, his total career earnings have surpassed the $800 million mark.

Endorsement deals with McDonald’s, Samsung, Nike, and Coca-Cola, as well as roles in movies such as Trainwreck with Amy Schumer, have helped boost his net worth to $600 Million.

As of May 2024, LeBron James’ net worth is estimated to be $600 Million.

 

14. Cristiano Ronaldo

Richest Athletes - Cristiano Ronaldo

Net Worth: $500 Million

Iconic footballing legend Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the richest athletes in the world, and the first active team sport athlete to surpass $1 billion in career earnings.

In addition to his soccer salary, Ronaldo earns money through his CR7-branded clothing and endorsements for a range of high-profile brands and is often seen wearing some of the most expensive watches you can buy.

In 2021 he surpassed soccer icon Pele’s goal tally, with 770 goals scored in total throughout his career to that point.

As of May 2024, Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth is estimated to be $500 Million.

 

13. Roger Federer

Richest Athletes - Roger Federer

Net Worth: $550 Million

Professional tennis player Roger Federer began his professional career in 1999, and shortly after became the youngest player to be featured on the ATP’s top 100.

A string of tournament wins followed, with Federer winning Wimbledon on eight occasions, as well as six wins for the Australian Open.

Earning tens of millions of dollars per year, Federer signed a $300 million contract with Japanese brand Uniqlo in 2018.

As of May 2024, Roger Federer’s net worth is estimated to be $550 Million.

 

12. Roger Staubach

Richest Athletes - Roger Staubach

Net Worth: $600 Million

American former professional football quarterback Roger Staubach played for the Dallas Cowboys, scoring 153 touchdowns during his 11 NFL season run.

In the late 1970s, Staubach moved into business ventures including his real estate business, The Staubach Company, working with companies including Mcdonald’s and AT&T.

He sold the company in 2008 for $613 million to Jones Lang LaSalle, helping to increase his net worth to its current $600 Million.

As of May 2024, Roger Staubach’s net worth is estimated to be $600 Million.

 

11. Michael Schumacher

Richest Athletes - Michael Schumacher

Net Worth: $600 Million

Michael Schumacher is a former F1 racing champion with a net worth of $600 million, and one of only a handful of athletes to have earned more than $1 billion throughout his career.

With a career spanning the years 1991 to 2006, he’s driven for the Ferrari and Jordan Benetton racing teams, winning numerous Grand Prix races.

His endorsements have earned him considerable wealth, with a deal with Shell to wear a hat with their logo paying him an impressive $10 million each year.

As of May 2024, Michael Schumacher’s net worth is estimated to be $600 Million.

 

10. Lionel Messi

Richest Athletes - Lionel Messi

Net Worth: $600 Million

Widely regarded as one of the best soccer players in the world, Lionel Messi rose to fame playing for FC Barcelona before moving the Paris Saint-Germain.

The Argentinian-born athlete earned a base salary of $168 million per year at Barcelona, with his total career earnings estimated at over $1 billion.

Endorsements with Adidas and other companies have helped keep Messi’s income at a high level, with the athlete also regularly donating to charities.

As of May 2024, Lionel Messi’s net worth is estimated to be $600 Million.

 

9. Junior Bridgeman

Richest Athletes - Junior Bridgeman

Net Worth: $600 Million

Retired American basketball player Junior Bridgeman began his career in the NBA with Milwaukee, holding their franchise record with 711 games played.

Much of his immense net worth came after he purchased the fast food outlet Wendy’s, expanding the business empire through his company, Bridgeman Foods Inc.

With hundreds of outlets and thousands of employees, the company has annual revenues exceeding $500 million.

As of May 2024, Junior Bridgeman’s net worth is estimated to be $600 Million.

 

8. Eddie Jordan

Richest Athletes - Eddie Jordan

Net Worth: $600 Million

Former race car driver and businessman Eddie Jordan first entered racing sports as a kid, moving from racing karts to Formula One in the late 1980s.

With honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster and the Dublin Institute of Technology, Jordan has been recognized as one of racing’s icons.

His racing team was responsible for introducing Michael Schumacher to the sport before he was picked up by Benetton’s team.

As of May 2024, Eddie Jordan’s net worth is estimated to be $600 Million.

 

7. Magic Johnson

Richest Athletes - Magic Johnson

Net Worth: $1.2 Billion

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. is an entrepreneur and retired American basketball player who began his career in the late 1970s with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Also the former president of basketball operations for the team, Johnson’s post-basketball career has seen him running his Magic Johnson Enterprises empire.

Additional businesses owned by Johnson include a movie studio and theaters, and a promotional marketing company, as well as a cameo in She’s Having A Baby with Alec Baldwin.

As of May 2024, Magic Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be $1.2 Billion.

 

6. Tiger Woods

Richest Athletes - Tiger Woods

Net Worth: $800 Million

Professional golfer Tiger Woods is the highest-earning and highest-paid golfer of all time, with a total net worth of $800 Million.

Turning professional at just 20 years old, Woods has increased his vast wealth through endorsement deals with Titleist and Nike.

Tiger Woods has been awarded the PGA Player of the Year 11 times, more than any other player in the history of the sport, and was inducted by Arnold Schwarzenegger into the California Hall of Fame in 2007.

As of May 2024, Tiger Woods’ net worth is estimated to be $800 Million.

 

5. Dwayne Johnson

Richest Athletes - Dwayne Johnson

Net Worth: $800 Million

Also known as The Rock, Dwayne Johnson began his career as a professional wrestler before making the transition to Hollywood and starring in a run of blockbuster movies.

In addition to his acting work, Johnson has numerous investments, including his alcoholic drinks brand, Teramana Tequila.

Today, much of his salary comes from his movie roles including with Jason Statham in some of the highest-grossing movies of all time, the Fast and Furious franchise, making him the highest-paid actor in the world.

As of May 2024, Dwayne Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be $800 Million.

 

4. Anna Kasprzak

Richest Athletes - Anna Kasprzak

Net Worth: $1 Billion

Anna Kasprzak is one of the youngest billionaires in the world, her $1 Billion net worth coming not from her sporting activities, but her family ties.

Kasprzak is known to sports fans as one of the best dressage riders in the world, having represented her home country Denmark at two Olympics in 2012 and 2016.

Her grandfather was the founder of the shoe company ECCO, where her father works as Senior Vice President/Managing Director.

As of May 2024, Anna Kasprzak’s net worth is estimated to be $1 Billion.

 

3. Ion Tiriac

Richest Athletes - Ion Tiriac

Net Worth: $1.2 Billion

Former professional ice hockey and tennis player Ion Tiriac followed up his moderately successful career in sports by becoming a hugely successful businessman.

After retiring from tennis, Tiriac became a full-time coach and manager, working with stars including Boris Becker before founding his bank.

Additional businesses owned by Tiriac include an insurance company, car dealerships, and even an airline company.

As of May 2024, Ion Tiriac’s net worth is estimated to be $1.2 Billion.

 

2. Vince McMahon

Net Worth: $2.6 Billion

Former wrestler, promoter, commentator, and producer Vince McMahon has earned much of his $2.6 Billion net worth as the CEO of the World Wrestling Entertainment company.

Founded by his father, WWE has become a household name, generating billions of dollars in revenue, while under the leadership of McMahon.

Numerous world-famous wrestlers have gotten their break thanks to McMahon, including The Rock and Hulk Hogan, and McMahon is also famous for his friendship with Donald Trump, former President of the United States.

As of May 2024, Vince McMahon’s net worth is estimated to be $2.6 Billion.

 

1. Michael Jordan

Richest Athletes - Michael Jordan

Net Worth: $3 Billion

Widely considered to be the greatest basketball player who ever lived, Michael Jordan helped his team the Chicago Bulls win six titles, with career earnings of $90 million.

His post-career business ventures have significantly boosted his overall net worth, with brand endorsements including for Nike among the most lucrative deals in history.

Jordan is also the co-owner of a NASCAR team, as well as owning a considerable stake in the Charlotte Hornets basketball team.

Outside of sports, Jordan is well-known for his role in the movie Space Jam, in which he co-starred with Danny DeVito and Billy West.

As of May 2024, Michael Jordan’s net worth is estimated to be $3 Billion.

 

Summary

That wraps up this comprehensive guide to the richest athletes in the world, from world-class F1 racers to legends of basketball.

As the net worth of these athletes changes over time, we’ll update this article to bring you the most accurate data, so be sure to check back in the future.

Here’s a quick recap of the top 50 richest athletes in the world:

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Vince McMahon
  3. Ion Tiriac
  4. Anna Kasprzak
  5. Dwayne Johnson
  6. Tiger Woods
  7. Magic Johnson
  8. Eddie Jordan
  9. Junior Bridgeman
  10. Lionel Messi
  11. Michael Schumacher
  12. Roger Staubach
  13. Roger Federer
  14. Cristiano Ronaldo
  15. LeBron James
  16. David Beckham
  17. Floyd Mayweather
  18. Greg Norman
  19. Jack Nicklaus
  20. Shaquille O’Neal
  21. Vinnie Johnson
  22. Alex Rodriguez
  23. Dale Earnhardt Jr
  24. George Foreman
  25. Hakeem Olajuwon
  26. Paul Caddick
  27. Phil Mickelson
  28. Lewis Hamilton
  29. Fernando Alonso
  30. Gary Player
  31. Grant Hill
  32. Kimi Raikkonen
  33. Peyton Manning
  34. Serena Williams
  35. Tom Brady
  36. Wayne Gretzky
  37. Manny Pacquiao
  38. Novak Djokovic
  39. Dave Whelan
  40. Connie Kalitta
  41. David Robinson
  42. Derek Jeter
  43. Luol Deng
  44. Oscar De La Hoya
  45. Sachin Tendulkar
  46. Steve Young
  47. Tony Nulman George
  48. Aaron Rodgers
  49. Conor McGregor
  50. Kevin Durant

How many of these athletes did you think would appear on the list of the top 50 richest athletes in the world? Leave a comment below.

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