30 Richest Rappers
In The World

Here are 30 richest rappers in the world. They produce good music and they are richly rewarded. Not only are they famous, they are rich! They like weird names and they often get a bad rap for glorifying drugs, sex and violence, of stringing curses and random words together and passing it on as music (“Never let me slip, ‘cause if I slip, then I’m slippin,” Dr. Dre warns in one of his songs. Like, DUH.).  Yet, undeniably, there is a huge market for these guys’ rhymed babble (an Eminem album sold over 28 million copies worldwide!). Here are hip hop’s famous apostles who are rapping all the way to the bank.  

P. Diddy Net Worth $580 Million 

Known as Diddy, Puff Daddy and Diddy, Sean John Combs is the richest person in hiphop.  His penchant for changing stage names aside, Sean is a rapper, record producer, actor and businessman. The three-time Grammy Award winner also has a clothing line called Sean John. Forbes estimates that Sean earns $50 million a year. 

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Jay-Z Net Worth $500 Million 

Rapper, record producer and entrepreneur Shawn Corey Carter a.k.a. Jay-Z earns about $47 million a year. The 17-time Grammy Award winner co-owns the 40/40 Club and is the founder of clothing line Rocawear. Forbes ranks Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce as 2013’s highest-earning couple. 

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Dr. Dre Net Worth $360 Million 

Andre Romelle Young or Dr. Dre is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. He has produced albums for the likes of Eminem, 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg. Forbes estimates his yearly earnings at $40 million. 

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Master P Net Worth $350 Million 

Percy Robert Miller is a former professional basketball player. He is the founder of record label No Limit Records and entertainment and financial conglomerate P. Miller Enterprises.  He has also starred in numerous films. 

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Birdman Net Worth $150 Million 

The rapper who was born Bryan Williams in New Orleans is the co-founder of Cash Money Records. He reportedly earns $21 million a year, according to Forbes. 

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50 Cent Net Worth $125 Million  

He’s got a cheap stage name but Curtis James Jackson III, who made waves with his Get  Rich or Die Tryin album, reportedly earns a cool $7 million a year from various ventures. 

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Eminem Net Worth $120 Million 

Marshall Bruce Mathers III, also known as Eminem and Slim Shady is arguably the best rapper of all time.  The best-selling artist of 2000s owns Shady records. 

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Snoop Dogg Net Worth $110 Million 

Rapper and actor Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. a.k.a Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion is Dr. Dre’s protégé. He is the chairman of Priority Records. 

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Ice Cube Net Worth $100 Million 

O’Shea Jackson is considered one of the pioneers of gangsta rap. Aside from his successful music career, the rapper popularly known as Ice Cube also makes tons of money from acting, directing and producing films. 

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Lil Wayne Net Worth $95 Million 

Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. produced more hits on Billboard Hot 100 chart than Elvis Presley. He makes $16 million a year, according to Forbes. 

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Kanye West Net Worth $90 Million 

The 21-time Grammy winner is a rapper, singer-songwriter, producer, director and fashion designer. Kanye has his own record label, GOOD Music. Forbes estimates his annual earnings at $20 million. 

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LL Cool J Net Worth $85 Million

LL Cool J was born James Todd Smith. He founded and owns majority of the stake in music company Boomdizzle.  He also acts in films.  

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Timbaland Net Worth $80 Million 

Timothy Zachery Mosley, known by his stage name Timbaland, is a rapper, songwriter and record producer for hip-hop and R&B artists. 

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Pharrell Williams Net Worth $80 Million 

Four-time Grammy winner Pharrell Williams is a rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and fashion designer.  He co-founded clothing line Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Clothing. 

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Akon Net Worth $80 Million 

He’s a rapper with a really long birth name – Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam! Aside from his successful music career, the Senegalese-American also founded record labels Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. 

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Will I Am Net Worth $75 Million 

William James Adams is one of the founding members of The Black Eyed Peas. The multiple Grammy Award winner is also a voice actor, DJ, music producer and entrepreneur. 

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Beastie Boys Net Worth $75 Million 

White rapper group Beastie Boys is composed of Mike D, the late MCA Yauch and Ad-Rock Horovitz, each with a net worth of $75 million. The group has sold 40 million albums worldwide. 

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Ludacris Net Worth $75 Million 

The rapper-actor-entrepreneur who was born Christopher Brian Bridges is the co-founder of record label Disturbing tha Peace. He also has his own line of headphones, “Soul by Ludacris”, as well as several real estate holdings. 

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Rev. Run Net Worth $70 Million 

Rev. Run or DJ Run is Joseph Ward Simmons in real life. He co-founded the hip hop group, Run-D.M.C.  He also appears on his family reality show Run’s House.

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Busta Rhymes Net Worth $65 Million 

Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. a.k.a. Busta Rhymes is a rapper, actor and producer. He has sold more than 10 million albums in the U.S. alone. 

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Swizz Beatz Net Worth $65 Million 

Born Kasseem Daoud Jones in New York, Swizz Beatz is a rapper, record producer, composer, and fashion designer. He is married to R&B princess Alicia Keys.  

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Nelly Net Worth  $60 million 

Texas-born Cornell Haynes, Jr. alias Nelly started his music career in 1993. His first album, Country Grammar, sold over eight million copies in the U.S. He also starred in the hit movie, The Longest Yard. 

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Wyclef Jean Net Worth $50 Milion 

Haitian-American Wyclef Jeanelle Jean is a three-time Grammy Award winner. He first broke into the spotlight as a member of The Fugees and later on went solo.  

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T.I. Net Worth $40 million 

Born Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., T.I, also known as Tip and T.I.P, is a rapper, producer, actor and entrepreneur.  He is the co-founder and CEO of Grand Hustle Records. 

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Big Boi Net Worth $40 million

Antwan André Patton a.k.a Big Boi was a member of the hip hop group Outkast before going solo in 2010. He also acts in films and breeds pit bulls. 

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T-Pain Net Worth $35 million 

The rapper artist known as Faheem Rasheed Najm in real life founded record label Nappy Boy Entertainment. He has also acted in films. 

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Ice-T Net Worth $35 million 

Ice-T, Tracy Lauren Marrow in real life and one of the key figures in the development of gangster rap, likes them  HUGE. The rapper, producer, author and actor has a huge bank account, huge house and he’s married to a model with huge boobs and butt. 

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Drake Net Worth $30 Million

This 27-year-old, who was born Aubrey Drake Graham, dominates the music charts, writes songs for other artists, and acts in films. 

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Rick Ross Net Worth $28 million 

William Leonard Roberts II worked as a correctional officer before heeding the call of music. He founded the record label Maybach Music Group. 

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Nicki Minaj Net Worth $25 million 

Ironically, the only female on the list of 30 Richest Rappers has had to fend off rumors that she’s a transsexual. She became the first female rapper this year to have scored 44 spots on the Billboard Hot 100.  

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