The 25 Richest Rappers in the World 2018

The Richest Rappers in the World 2018

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. Busta Rhymes

Richest Rappers - Busta Rhymes

Net Worth: $65 Million

Busta Rhymes is an American rapper and hip hop recording artist, who is well known for his incredibly fast rapping ability. As of 2018, Busta Rhymes’ net worth is roughly $65 million, which puts him 25th on this list of the richest rappers.

“For me the best thing about winning an award is when the people cheer for your win. When you can see that the people are really happy that you are winning something, that’s the most reward thing in the world.” – Busta Rhymes


24. Joseph Simmons (Rev Run)

Richest Rappers - Rev Run

Net Worth: $70 Million

Rev. Run, born Joseph Simmons, is one of the founding members of the influential hip hop group Run–D.M.C. He is also a practicing minister, known as Reverend Run.

In 2018, his net worth is $70 million, which puts him at #24 on this list.

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


23. Nicki Minaj

Richest Rappers - Nicki Minaj

Net Worth: $75 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 $75 million.

“You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition.” – Nicki Minaj


22. Will.I.Am

Richest Rappers - 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. Michael Diamond (Mike D)

Richest Rappers - Michael Diamond

Net Worth: $75 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 2018, Mike D’s net worth is $75 million.


20. Adam Horovitz

Richest Rappers - Adam Horovitz

Net Worth: $75 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 20th richest rapper in the world, with a net worth of $75 million in 2018.

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19. Akon

Richest Rappers - 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.

“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


18. Timbaland

Richest Rappers - Timberland

Net Worth: $80 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


17. Drake

Richest Rappers - Drake

Net Worth: $100 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.

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


16. LL Cool J

Richest Rappers - LL Cool J

Net Worth: $100 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


15. Ice CubeRichest Rappers - Ice Cube

Net Worth: $120 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.

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


14. Snoop Dogg

Richest Rappers - Snoop Dogg

Net Worth: $143 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.

“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


13. Kanye West

Richest Rappers - Kanye West

Net Worth: $147 Million

Kanye’s net worth is another figure in question, since he’s supposedly in some serious debt. We’ve include the latest figure from The Richest.

Kanye West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur.

“If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment. a lot of people don’t appreciate the moment until it’s passed.” – Kanye West


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12. Lil WayneRichest Rappers - 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.

“The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done… you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do.” – Lil Wayne


11. Pharrell WilliamsRichest Rappers - 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.

“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


10. Birdman
Richest Rappers - Birdman

Net Worth: $150 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 2018, Birdman’s net worth is $150 million.

“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


9. 50 CentRichest Rappers - 50 Cent

Net Worth: $150 Million

50 Cent is an American rapper from New York. 50 Cent overcame multiple struggles early on in his life; with the death of his mother, and the shooting in which he was riddled with 9 bullets.

The net worth shown here may not be 100% correct, due to the lawsuit 50 Cent was involved with last year, where he had to “declare bankruptcy”, although it’s uncertain as to whether this was a move simply to avoid paying the debt he owes.

“In Hollywood they say there’s no business like show business in the hood they say there’s no business like ho business.” – 50 Cent


8. Ronald Slim Williams

Richest Rappers - Ronald Slim Williams

Net Worth: $170 Million

Ronald Slim Williams founded the Cash Money Records label, with the help of his brother ‘Birdman’. Slim has worked with a number of famous artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne.


7. Usher

Richest Rappers - 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. EminemRichest Rappers - Eminem

Net Worth: $210 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.

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


5. Russell Simmons

Richest Rappers - Russell Simmons

Net Worth: $325 Million

Russell Simmons is an American entrepreneur, producer and author. Simmons is the Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, he co-founded the hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings, and created the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and Tantris.

“I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have.” – Russell Simmons


4. Master P

Richest Rappers - Master P

Net Worth: $350 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.

“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


3. Jay Z

Richest Rappers - Jay Z

Net Worth: $610 Million

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 is 3rd on this list of the richest rappers in the world, with a net worth of $610 million in 2018.

“Hip-hop is more about attaining wealth. People respect success. They respect big. They don’t even have to like your music. If you’re big enough, people are drawn to you.” – Jay-Z


2. Dr. DreRichest Rappers - Dr. Dre

Net Worth: $700 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.

“When the ideas are coming, I don’t stop until the ideas stop because that train doesn’t come along all the time.” – Dr. Dre


1. Sean Combs (Diddy)

Richest Rappers - Sean Combs

Net Worth: $750 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 the richest rapper in the world.

I can’t say that I’ve fully achieved my dream yet. I’m just starting to evolve.” – Sean Combs



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

  1. Sean Combs
  2. Dr. Dre
  3. Jay-Z
  4. Master P
  5. Russell Simmons
  6. Eminem
  7. Usher
  8. Ronald Slim Williams
  9. 50 Cent
  10. Birdman
  11. Pharrell Williams
  12. Lil Wayne
  13. Kanye West
  14. Snoop Dogg
  15. Ice Cube
  16. LL Cool J
  17. Drake
  18. Timberland
  19. Akon
  20. Adam Horovitz
  21. Michael Diamond
  22. Will.I.Am
  23. Nicki Minaj
  24. Rev Run
  25. Busta Rhymes

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

Written by Dan Western

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan is a young ambitious guy who has been researching self-development for the past two years and is now off travelling the world. His mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up." Join Wealthy Gorilla on Facebook.


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