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The 25 Richest Rappers in the World

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Photo by Keiron Crasktellanos on Unsplash.

It’s no secret that some of the world’s rappers make quite a bit of money. You can tell based on their large houses, fancy cars, and abundance of jewelry.

But just how much money do they make?

We’ve done all of the work for you and compiled a list of all the richest rappers in the world as of 2022. Take a look and see for yourself how much the richest rappers in the world make.

The Top 10 Richest Rappers in the World

Where else to start except for the top? Here are the top ten richest rappers in the world based on their net worth.

Kanye performing
Kanye West performs at The Museum of Modern Art’s annual Party in the Garden benefit, New York City, May 10, 2011.

1. Kanye West

It should come as no surprise that Kanye West ranks in at the number one spot. You’ve got to be at least a little bit rich to land the likes of Kim Kardashian!

Kanye West’s net worth is over $6.6 billion and he didn’t get all of that just from rapping. West also has a brand of clothing and is a record producer.

2. Jay-Z

In the number two spot is Jay-Z, who, like Kanye West is an entrepreneur in addition to being a rapper. Jay-Z’s net worth is $1.3 billion and he formerly held the number one spot until April 2020 when he was passed by West.

3. Sean Combs (P Diddy)

Sean Combs is a famous rapper more well known by his stage name ‘P Diddy.’ P Diddy’s net worth is currently around $900 million.

4. Dr. Dre

Of course, Dr. Dre would be in the top 10 richest rappers! Dr. Dre’s net worth is currently $780 million, putting him directly behind P Diddy. Most of this is thanks to his invention of Beats by Dr. Dre which he sold to Apple for $3 billion.

5. Eminem

In 5th place is Eminem, which may be surprising to those who thought he would be much higher on the list. Eminem’s net worth is currently $230 million making him the richest white rapper in the world.

eminem performing
Eminem Performing on April 24, 2013.

6. Master P

Slightly less known than the top 5, Master P is 5th on the list of richest rappers. Master P’s net worth is $200 million, some of which came from his years as a professional basketball player. Like many of the others on the list, Master P is also an entrepreneur having his own record label and he has even written a book.

7. Pharrell Williams

Technically, Pharrell Williams’ net worth is also $200 million, therefore tying him with Master P for second place. He also owns a record label, as well as several other businesses with involvement in the music and fashion world.

8. Drake

Drake’s net worth is $180 million, putting him at 8th on our list. Most of his money has come from a combination of acting in a popular television series called Degrassi: The Next Generation and rapping.

9. Ice Cube

Ice Cube’s net worth is $160 million. He made his riches not only from being a solo rapper but also from when he was in hip-hop groups in the 1980s and 1990s as well as from his acting career.

10. Lil Wayne

The last of the top ten richest rappers is none other than Lil’ Wayne. Lil’ Wayne’s net worth is currently $150 million, just a smidge behind Ice Cube.

Lil Wayne Performing Live on stage at Soundset 2019 Minneapolis
Lil Wayne Live Soundset 2019 Minneapolis

Other Rich Rappers

Now that we’ve covered the top 10, let’s take a look at the next 15 richest rappers in the world.

11. Snoop Dogg

You forgot about Snoop Dogg, didn’t you? Surprisingly he’s 11th on the list. Snoop Dogg’s net worth is $150 million which technically ties him for 10th place with Lil Wayne. Snoop Dogg is perhaps most famous for his song ‘Drop it Like it’s Hot.’

12. Swizz Beatz

Swizz Beats net worth is also $150 million, putting him in the same ranks as Snoop Dog and Lil Wayne. Swizz Beats is best known for his song ‘Money in the Bank.’

13. LL Cool J

Next on the list is LL Cool J who did not tie for 10th place like the previous 3 rappers. LL Cool J’s net worth is currently $120 million, most of which came from his ground-breaking career in pop rap.

14. Birdman

Known for his record label Cash Money Record, Birdman’s net worth is $100 million, putting him next on our list.

15. Pitbull

Pitbull is recognized around the world for his unique blend of rap and reggaeton music therefore it should come as no surprise he made this list. Pitbull’s net worth is $100 million, putting him in a tie with Birdman.

pitbull wearing sunglasses
Pitbull on his international tour in 2012. Publicity photo.

16. Ad Rock

Ad Rock doesn’t have much of a solo career,  but you’ve probably heard of him before as he is a part of the group Beastie Boys. Ad Rock’s net worth is currently $90 million.

17. Mike D

Mike D is another member of the band Beastie Boys which is why it’s not a shock that he’s next on the list. Mike D’s net worth is $90 million, making him an exact match with his other band member, Ad Rock.

18. Nicki Minaj

The first woman on this list is none other than Nicki Minaj. Known for her collaborations with many artists, Nicki Minaj’s net worth is $85 million, putting her just behind the Beastie Boys.

19. Timbaland

It’s a bit odd that Timbaland hasn’t made the list prior to slot 19, because his song ‘The Way I Are’ was such as huge hit in the early ’00s. Timbaland’s net worth is $85 million, tying him with Nicki Minaj.

20. Akon

Another surprisingly low rapper on the list is Akon who comes in at 20th place. Akon’s net worth is $80 million and he is best known for his song ‘Smack That.’

akon speaking in africa
Akon speaking in Nairobi in 2015. Photo courtesy of the US Embassy Nairobi.

21. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is not just a rapper as many around the world consider him to be a positive influence on rappers everywhere. Kendrick Lamar’s net worth is $75 million but he’s new to the industry, so who knows, in a few years he may be vying with Kanye West for spot number one!

22. Will.i.am

Will.i.am is most well-known for his career that began with the group The Black-Eyed Peas, but he has since transitioned to performing solo. Will.i.am’s net worth is $75 million putting him right in line with fresh-faced Kendrick Lamar.

23. Nas

Nas has been popular in the rap world for a long time, releasing no less than 12 studio albums. Nas’ net worth is $70 million, giving him the 23rd position on this list.

24. Rev Run

Rev Run, like many on this list, is not just a rapper as he is also a producer and TV show personality. With a net worth of $60 million, he is clearly doing something right and has the 24th spot on this list.

25. Ice T

Last on our list is Ice T, who is both a rapper extraordinaire as well as a long-time character on the TV show Law and Order SVU. Ice T’s net worth is $60 million.

ice t performing
Ice T performs ‘Body Count’ at the Full Force Summer Open Air Festival in 2018. Photo by S. Bollmann.

Honorable Mention: Usher

You may have noticed Usher was not on this list. Even though Usher’s net worth is $180 million, many do not consider him to be a career rapper but rather more of an R&B artist. The decision is ultimately yours though, and if you believe that Usher belongs among the realm of rappers he would be the 8th richest rapper in the world.

Written by Hope Davis

Writer, because it's the only way daydreaming pays.

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