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The 30 Richest Rappers in the World

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 30 richest rappers, how much they’re worth, and some of our favorite quotes from them.

 

The 30 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 30 richest rappers in the world:

 

30. T.I

Richest Rappers in the World

Net Worth: $50 Million

Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., better known by his stage name T.I., is an American rapper, songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and record producer. He signed his first major-label record deal in 1999, and has since released countless albums, and starred in multiple Hollywood films.

As of 2021, T.I’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million.

 

29. Chamillionaire

Richest Rappers in the World - Chamillionaire

Net Worth: $50 Million

Chamillionaire, born Hakeem Temidayo Seriki, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, businessman, and investor. He was the founder and an original member of The Color Changin’ Click.

As of 2021, Chamillionaire’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million.

 

28. Wiz Khalifa

Richest Rappers in the World - Wiz Khalifa

Net Worth: $60 Million

Wiz Khalifa is an American rapper, singer, actor, and songwriter. He is best known for such as ‘Say Yeah’, ‘Black and Yellow’, and the single ‘See You Again’ which was nominated for several Grammy Awards. He has been featured with several artists including Snoop Dogg, Charlie Puth, and Miley Cyrus.

As of 2021, Wiz Khalifa’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million.

“Be careful what you say to someone today. Because tomorrow they might not be here, and you can’t take it back.” – Wiz Khalifa

 

27. PSY

Richest Rappers in the World - PSY

Net Worth: $60 Million

Psy is a South Korean rapper who is best known for his hit single ‘Gangnam Style’. In January 2001, he released his first album ‘PSY… From the Psycho World’.

He is the second South Korean music artist to appear at the MTV Europe Music Awards. He made a big fortune from the success of ‘Gangnam Style’ and endorsement deals with brands including Samsung.

As of 2021, PSY’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million.

“As an artist, the more experience, the better the creation. I’m a very positive person.” – PSY

 

26. J. Cole

Richest Rappers in the World - J Cole

Net Worth: $60 Million

J. Cole is an American hip-hop recording artist, songwriter, and record producer. Besides his successful rap career, he also works as a producer. He began his own record label in early 2007. He has been featured with other artists including 6LACK, 21 Savage, and Miguel. Cole is one of the highest-paid rappers in the world.

As of 2021, J. Cole’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million.

“Every loser gotta win and every winner gotta lose someday” – J. Cole

 

 

25. Ice T

Richest Rappers in the World - Ice T

Net Worth: $60 Million

Ice T is an American rapper, actor, producer, and songwriter. He is co-founded the heavy metal band Body Count, which he introduced on his 1991 rap album O.G. Original Gangster.

In recent years Ice-T is best known for his role in the drama television series ‘Law & Order: SVU’, he has starred on the show for over 400 episodes.

As of 2021, Ice-T’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million.

“I’m pretty open book, I’m also the kind of person that will say, ‘That’s none of your business,’ too.” – Ice T

 

24. Rev Run (Joseph Simmons)

Richest Rappers in the World - Rev Run

Net Worth: $60 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 2021, Rev Run’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $60 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. 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.

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As of 2021, Nas’ net worth is estimated to be $70 million, making him the 23rd 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

 

22. 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 22nd 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

 

21. 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 2021, Kendrick Lamar’s net worth is estimated to be $75 million.

 

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

 

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. Nicki Minaj

Richest Rappers in the World - Nicki Minaj

 

Net Worth: $85 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.

As of 2021, Nicki Minaj’s net worth is $85 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

 

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 2021, 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 2021.

 

15. Pitbull

Richest Rappers in the World - Pitbull

 

Net Worth: $100 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.

As of 2021, Pitbull is the 15th richest rapper in the world, with a net worth of $100 million.

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

 

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.

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As of 2021, 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. Swizz Beatz

Richest Rappers in the World - Swizz Beatz

 

Net Worth: $150 Million

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

As of 2021, Swizz Beatz’s net worth is estimated to be $150 million, which makes him the 12th richest rapper in the world.

 

11. Snoop Dogg

Richest Rappers in the World - Snoop Dogg

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. Lil Wayne

Richest Rappers in the World - Lil Wayne

 

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

 

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

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. Pharrell Williams

Richest Rappers in the World - Pharrell Williams

 

Net Worth: $200 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

 

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.

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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

Eminem Net Worth: $230 Million

Eminem is without a doubt the most successful white hip-hop artist of all time. When he first started 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.

Another issue that Eminem suffered from when he 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

Dr. Dre Net Worth: $780 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 $780 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: $900 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 2021, P Diddy’s net worth is $900 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

Jay Z Net Worth: $1.3 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 2021, Jay-Z’s net worth is roughly $1.3 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: $6.6 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 $6.6 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 30 richest rappers in the world:

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

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

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan has been running Wealthy Gorilla and studying self-development, personal finance and investment for the last 7 years, whilst traveling the world and being able to call Bali, Indonesia, his HQ. To this day, Wealthy Gorilla has become one of the fastest growing self-development sites in the world; with over 160 million views worldwide, and more than 200,000 followers on social media. Dan's mission is simply, to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up."

46 Comments

46 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

  29. Lucky Billionz

    Dec 13, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Drake

  30. Lord Travis

    Dec 14, 2020 at 3:19 am

    Favorite richest rapper is Kendrick Lamar

  31. oreboi222@gmail.com

    Dec 15, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    I think I love puff+daddy a lot…

  32. Desmond

    May 13, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    He might not be the richest but Eminem sure is the best

  33. Apeh Emmanuel

    May 14, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    My favorite rapper is Drake 🥰

  34. Lisa Pearson

    May 15, 2021 at 1:53 am

    TUPAC WAS THE BEST_ EVVAAA!!!

  35. Orji kalu

    May 27, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Drake

  36. Nhlakanipho

    Jun 1, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Big up to my hero the mumber 5th rapper Marshall mathers aka 3min3m……all the best bro you deserve to be where you are i hope next time i check the richest rappers you will be the third or second rechest rapper all the best man much love……..STAN ALL THE WAY FROM SOUTH AFRICA 👑👑❤🤝

  37. Jimmy

    Sep 4, 2021 at 2:16 am

    I thought rappers have more money, but they do not have much money, I look their net worth, They don’t even have that much, they only have some millions, and still flexing, not all of them are flexing, for example Eminem might be only rapper that doesn’t flex what he have liked his big mansion and expensive sports cars,

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