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Ever wondered who the richest rappers in the world are?

We’re about to show you…

Rappers are notorious for big houses, fancy cars and extravagant purchases; and when you take a look at just how much some of them earn, it’s no wonder.

This article is a list of the 25 richest rappers, how much they’re worth, and some of our favorite quotes from them.

 

The 25 Richest Rappers in the World

All figures listed within this article have been taken from Forbes, The Richest and Wikipedia. We’ve tried to make sure they are as up to date as possible.

Here are the 25 richest rappers in the world:

 

25. Nas

Richest Rappers in the World - Nas

Net Worth: $70 Million

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, A.K.A Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, and investor. Throughout his career Nas has released twelve studio albums, with seven of them being certified platinum and multi-platinum in the United States.

As of 2020, Nas’ net worth is estimated to be $70 million, making him the 25th richest rapper in the world.

“No idea’s original, there’s nothin new under the sun. It’s never what you do, but how it’s done. What you base your happiness around material, women, and large paper. That means you inferior, not major” – Nas

 

24. Rev Run (Joseph Simmons)

Richest Rappers in the World - Rev Run

Net Worth: $70 Million

Joseph Ward Simmons, known as Rev Run, is an American rapper, producer, DJ and TV personality. Simmons helped found Run-D.M.C, the influential hip hop group.

As of 2020, Rev Run’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $70 million, which puts him at 24th on this list of the richest rappers in the world.

“There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.” – Rev Run

 

23. Will.I.Am

Richest Rappers in the World - Will I Am

 

Net Worth: $75 Million

Will.I.Am started his career in the music business as a member of the hip hop group, Black Eyed Peas, which became a huge success. Later on, he transitioned into a solo career, and has also seen great success there as well.

Will.I.Am’s net worth is $75 million, making him the 23rd richest rapper in the world.

“You can rule ignorance; you can manipulate the illiterate; you can do whatever you want when a people are uneducated, so that goes in line with corrupt business and corrupt politics.” – Will.I.Am

 

22. Kendrick Lamar

Richest Rappers in the World - Kendrick Lamar

 

Net Worth: $75 Million

Kendrick Lamar is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Lamar has been regarded by many as one of the most influential rappers of his time. 

In fact, his popularity has meant that he’s recently reached this list, even when most of the people featured here have been in the industry for far longer than him.

As of 2020, Kendrick Lamar’s net worth is estimated to be $75 million.

 

21. Nicki Minaj

Richest Rappers in the World - Nicki Minaj

 

Net Worth: $80 Million

Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actress; and has collaborated with a wide number of best selling artists, including Drake, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Birdman, Tyga, Chris Brown, and more.

Nicki Minaj’s net worth is $80 million.

Richest Rappers Quotes - Nicki Minaj

“When I win and when I lose, I take ownership of it, because I really am in charge of what I do.” – Nicki Minaj

 

20. Akon

Richest Rappers in the World - Akon

 

Net Worth: $80 Million

Akon is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble.

Akon has become one of the richest rappers in the world, with a net worth of $80 million.

“I don’t want to know I’m getting older. Then I’ll start to think about getting checkups and insurance. I don’t want that.” – Akon

 

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19. Timbaland

Richest Rappers in the World - Timbaland

 

Net Worth: $85 Million

Timbaland is an American record producer, singer, songwriter, rapper and DJ.

Timbaland’s first full credit production work was in 1996 on Ginuwine… the Bachelor for R&B singer Ginuwine. It was after this year that Timbaland became a prominent producer for R&B and hip hop artists.

“I’m trying to do something real different; I’m trying to bring the street to real pop. I’m trying to bring the street to pop. Not watering it down, no nothing.” – Timberland

 

18. Pitbull

Richest Rappers in the World - Pitbull

 

Net Worth: $90 Million

Pitbull is an American rapper, who has been recording music for 18 years. He has topped the Billboard charts numerous times in over 20 countries.

In 2020, Pitbull is the 18th richest rapper in the world, with a net worth of $90 million.

“I’m taking all the negatives in my life, and turning them into a positive.” – Pitbull

 

17. Michael Diamond (Mike D)

Richest Rappers in the World - Mike D

Net Worth: $90 Million

Mike D is of course a member of the famous hip hop boy band, the Beastie Boys. The Beastie Boys formed in the 80’s, and consisted of three members: Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock.

As of 2020, Mike D’s net worth is $90 million.

 

16. Adam Horovitz

Richest Rappers in the World - Ad Rock

 

Net Worth: $90 Million

Adam Horovitz, better known as Ad-Rock or King Ad-Rock, is an American musician, guitarist, rapper, producer, and actor. He is best known as a member of the hip hop group the Beastie Boys.

Horovitz is the 16th richest rapper in the world, with a net worth of $90 million in 2020.

 

15. Swizz Beatz

Richest Rappers in the World - Swizz Beatz

 

Net Worth: $100 Million

Kasseem Dean, known professionally as Swizz Beatz, is an American DJ, rapper, record producer, art collector, and entrepreneur.

As of 2020, Swizz Beatz’s net worth is estimated to be $100 million, which makes him the 15th richest rapper in the world.

 

14. Birdman

Richest Rappers in the World - Birdman

 

Net Worth: $100 Million

Bryan Williams, known more commonly by his stage name Birdman, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, executive producer, and investor. He helped found the Cash Money Records label with his brother, Ronald.

As of 2020, Birdman’s net worth is $100 million.

Richest Rappers Quotes - Birdman

“I’m a hard worker, and everything with me is, if I work hard, I should get paid for it. Everything with me, I try to symbolize something flashy like jewelry or a car. The rubbing hands is a symbol of hustling, so it goes back to the money.” – Birdman

 

13. LL Cool J

Richest Rappers in the World - LL Cool J

 

Net Worth: $120 Million

LL Cool J is an American rapper, actor, author, and entrepreneur from Queens, New York. He is known as one of the forefathers of pop rap, releasing 13 studio albums and two greatest hits compilations within his career.

“When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.” – LL Cool J

 

12. Lil Wayne

Richest Rappers in the World - Lil Wayne

 

Net Worth: $150 Million

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American hip hop recording artist and author from New Orleans, Louisiana.

In 1991, at the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label. He’s since then sold millions of records, and worked with a lot of other famous artists.

Richest Rappers Quotes - Lil Wayne

“Hate is only a form of love that hasn’t found a way to express itself logically.” – Lil Wayne

 

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11. Snoop Dogg

Richest Rappers in the World - Snoop Dogg

 

Net Worth: $150 Million

Snoop Dogg is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre of N.W.A, and as a result was featured within Dr. Dre’s very first solo album, The Chronic.

Snoop has since sold over twenty-three million albums in the United States and thirty-five million albums worldwide.

Richest Rappers Quotes - Snoop Dogg

“If it’s flipping hamburgers at McDonald’s, be the best hamburger flipper in the world. Whatever it is you do you have to master your craft.” – Snoop Dogg

 

10. Pharrell Williams

Richest Rappers in the World - Pharrell Williams

 

Net Worth: $150 Million

Pharrell Williams is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and film producer.

Williams owns a media venture that encompasses entertainment, music, fashion, and art called i am OTHER, a multimedia creative collective and record label that serves as an umbrella for all of Pharrell Williams’ endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club.

Richest Rappers Quotes - Pharrell Williams

“You don’t know what people are looking for. What you know is what you feel like might be missing. It’s up to the people to agree with you or disagree with you, and you’ll know in their reaction.” – Pharrell Williams

 

9. Ice Cube

Richest Rappers in the World - Ice Cube

 

Net Worth: $160 Million

Ice Cube is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined the N.W.A.

After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, he built a successful solo career in music and has put his acting skills to the test. Cube has featured in ‘Boyz N the Hood’, ’21 & 22 Jump Street’, ‘Barbershop’, ‘Ride Along’, and several other films.

Richest Rappers Quotes - Ice Cube

“Truth is the ultimate power. When the truth comes around, all the lies have to run and hide.” – Ice Cube

 

8. Drake

Richest Rappers in the World - Drake

 

Net Worth: $180 Million

Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. Drake initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000’s.

Alongside his Grammy Award wins, Drake has won three Juno Awards and six BET Awards. He has the most number one singles on the Hot Rap Songs.

Richest Rappers Quotes - Drake

“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” – Drake

 

7. Usher

Richest Rappers in the World - Usher

 

Net Worth: $180 Million

Usher is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. His Albums have sold in the millions of copies; 43 million to be exact. Usher is one of the richest rappers in the world, and it’s very easy to see why once you look at the stats.

“Success is about dedication. You may not be where you want to be or do what you want to do when you’re on the journey. But you’ve got to be willing to have vision and foresight that leads you to an incredible end.” – Usher

 

6. Master P

Richest Rappers in the World - Master P

 

Net Worth: $200 Million

Percy Robert Miller is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, author, record producer, philanthropist, and former basketball player.

He has founded his own record label, and is also the CEO of P. Miller Enterprises. His numerous ventures have made him one of the richest rappers in the world.

Master P’s net worth is estimated at $200 million this year.

“I think my thing is I grew up in the ghetto, and I was able to get a second chance. That’s what I’m trying to tell kids.” – Master P

 

5. Eminem

Richest Rappers in the World - Eminem

 

Net Worth: $230 Million

Eminem is without a doubt the most successful white hip hop artist of all time. When he first start battle rapping in Detroit, he was subject to a lot of racial hate, being one of the only white rappers to be performing at the shows.

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Another issue that Eminem suffered from when we was younger, was being bullied at school. He moved around a lot as a child, and as a result struggled to make friends with people.

Eminem’s success story is phenomenal, considering he has become the richest white rapper in the world, and was responsible for changing the game entirely. This year, Eminem’s net worth is $230 million, placing him at 5th on this list of the richest rappers in the world.

Richest Rappers Quotes - Eminem

“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” – Eminem

 

4. Dr. Dre

Richest Rappers in the World - Dr Dre

 

Net Worth: $820 Million

Dr. Dre is considered to be one of the best hip hop producers of all time. Andre Young started his career with N.W.A in the 80’s, and then went solo. He is also the founder of the “Beats by Dr. Dre” series, which was sold to Apple for $3 billion several years ago.

Dr. Dre is the 4th richest rapper in the world, with a net worth of $820 million.

Richest Rappers Quotes - Dr Dre

“You just have to find that thing that’s special about you that distinguishes you from all the others, and through true talent, hard work, and passion, anything can happen.” – Dr. Dre

 

3. Sean Combs (Diddy)

Richest Rappers in the World - Sean Combs

 

Net Worth: $885 Million

Sean Combs does just about everything; rapping, producing, acting, songwriting and he’s also an entrepreneur on top of all that. Otherwise known as his stage name ‘Diddy’, Combs is one of the richest rappers in the world.

For a long time, P Diddy was once the richest rapper in the world, until others also began having success with their entrepreneurial endeavors, not just music.

In 2020, P Diddy’s net worth is $885 million.

Richest Rappers Quotes - P Diddy

“Success doesn’t just land on your lap. You have to work, work, work, work, and work some more.” – Sean Combs

 

2. Jay Z

Richest Rappers in the World - Jay-Z

 

Net Worth: $1 Billion

Jay-Z is an American rapper and entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York. In fact, the majority of Jay-Z’s net worth has come from his smart investments; in clothing lines, record companies, nightclubs and so on.

Jay-Z was the first rapper to cross the billion dollar net worth mark, and he was the richest rapper in the world up until April 2020, when Kanye took the #1 spot.

As of 2020, Jay-Z’s net worth is roughly $1 billion.

Richest Rappers Quotes - Jay-Z

“I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me.” – Jay-Z

 

1. Kanye West

Richest Rappers in the World - Kanye West

 

Net Worth: $3.2 Billion

Kanye’s net worth has recently been confirmed by Forbes to be in the billions, as he provided them documents showing how his stake in Yeezy has catapulted his net worth.

Kanye West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. He is now the richest rapper in the world, with a net worth of $3.2 billion.

Richest Rappers Quotes - Kanye West

“I was never really good at anything except for the ability to learn.” – Kanye West

 

Summary

Here’s a quick recap of the top 25 richest rappers in the world:

  1. Kanye West
  2. Jay-Z
  3. P Diddy
  4. Dr. Dre
  5. Eminem
  6. Master P
  7. Usher
  8. Drake
  9. Ice Cube
  10. Pharrell Williams
  11. Snoop Dogg
  12. Lil Wayne
  13. LL Cool J
  14. Birdman
  15. Swizz Beatz
  16. Adam Horovitz
  17. Michael Diamond
  18. Pitbull
  19. Timbaland
  20. Akon
  21. Nicki Minaj
  22. Kendrick Lamar
  23. Will.I.Am
  24. Rev Run
  25. Nas

Who is your favorite of the richest rappers in the world? Leave a comment below.

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37 Comments

37 Comments

  1. tanaka

    Jul 4, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Big up Sean Combs

  2. LIL wayne fan

    Oct 24, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Best rapper alive LIL WAYNE

    • TacoGuySean

      Jan 17, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      that makes no sense cause Eminem has sold over 2x the amount of records as Wayne.

      • Love

        Apr 29, 2019 at 6:41 pm

        Investments… records have litlte to do with their income.

    • Marty3

      Apr 5, 2019 at 1:14 am

      Seriously? You honestly think a mumble rapper is the best rapper? That don’t say much for you my friend. Lil Wayne clearly has zero talent as a rap artist. You should really compare his skills against a talented rapper like eminem, dre, nas, Kendrick Lamar or Joyner Lucas and ask yourself does a no talent mumbling artist like Wayne really deserve me as a fan. Does he really deserve to be called the best rapper alive. You’ll very quickly come to the conclusion wtf was I thinking. Because the only 1 reason you would say lil Wayne is the best rapper alive is because quite simply you hadn’t not yet heard what a real talented rapper can produce. Peace.

      • Kaylie

        Jul 30, 2019 at 3:02 pm

        Personally I feel like Lil Wayne does have some talent.

      • Yeet

        Apr 25, 2020 at 2:01 am

        Uh I’m not disagreeing with you but lil Wayne is not a mumble rapper

      • Filip

        Apr 25, 2020 at 2:57 am

        It’s fine to not like an artist, but calling Lil Wayne talentless and saying a producer (Dre) is a better rapper, just shows how much you know about rap.

  3. macdonald chidi

    Jan 18, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    puff daddy i love u from moon to the sun..u are the greatest ever..God bless u more.

  4. Jet Swang

    Feb 4, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Lil Wayne 🙂

  5. Cjay

    May 17, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Dr. Dre.

  6. elias

    May 28, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    my fav is usher with his confessions my boo and burns blow out makes him the best to me

  7. Derek

    Jun 5, 2018 at 4:13 am

    Usher The King of R&B he has one of the best Music Catalogs in the world.

  8. symo senior

    Jul 14, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Drake

  9. tanaka

    Jul 16, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Just found out that Nas is one of the best rappers the world has to offer…
    Long life to FILA?

  10. Benson

    Nov 9, 2018 at 11:01 am

    what about 50 cent

  11. Alhassan Bawa

    Dec 1, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Akon the world R&B king be the best of all tym

    • Will Ross

      Nov 21, 2019 at 2:07 am

      Jay-z

  12. Sam Rose

    Jan 12, 2019 at 9:43 am

    I bet Nas hates being on the bottom of the list and Jay-Z being at the top

    • Spencer

      Jul 11, 2019 at 2:18 am

      J is at the top, better business man, but can never rap better than Nas.

    • Shannon

      Dec 4, 2019 at 1:39 am

      I feel the same. Nas had always been a favorite for me.

  13. Eve

    Mar 19, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Nicki Minaj mainly because she’s had to make a name for herself in what seems like a mans world in the music industry. I’m sure many have to respect her for that alone.. I hope to see her perform one day and possible meet her. She seems pretty relaxed.

  14. Alhassan bawa

    Mar 22, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    I think william p should be at the 26 position.

  15. Syd Thomas

    Apr 28, 2019 at 2:12 am

    My favorite has to be EMINEM. I grew up listening to the majority of these rappers and no matter how old I get I will always remember the lyrics to every song from “The Eminem Show”

  16. Fred

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Eminem

  17. Dee

    Aug 16, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Snoop Dogg

  18. SPOKESMAN DUDE

    Sep 29, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    eminem is my fave rapper. i got a whole lotta his tracks. i so much love him and his sense of humour.

  19. Eric Shangase

    Oct 18, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Snoop dog I like your flashy attire, that tells us how deep is your pocket boy

  20. Cheryl Tywabi

    Nov 11, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    I will always be JayZ fan.. not surprised he is on top…

  21. Maryam Kasim Muhd

    Dec 12, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    In my opinion Sean Combs(Diddy) should be the next billionaire in the rap industry. Bcos he’s on the way now.

  22. Berman

    Dec 25, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Jay z is the best
    And nobody is better then him

  23. Big Deal

    Dec 26, 2019 at 3:34 am

    In my opinion Jay Z worth it to be the richest

  24. Aaron95mitchell

    Feb 23, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Eminem aka shady aka Marshall Bruce Mathers the 1st

  25. RasX

    Feb 28, 2020 at 2:27 am

    Jay & Puff sitting pretty on top…Good fellas you know you can’t touch these dudes…

  26. Darren strong

    Apr 15, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Is 50 cent dead or some thing lol

  27. JayZ the best

    Apr 21, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Jay Z the best rapper alive. Unlike mumble rappers he speaks powerful lyrics that can be understood

  28. Kasonde Felix Lombe

    Apr 27, 2020 at 10:12 am

    My favorite rapper of all time is Kanye West

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