Have you ever heard about “rags to riches” stories? Rappers are the majority of the characters in such stories. These guys have the best when it comes to fancy cars, fancy homes, and flashy life. Have you ever heard of someone who does not require a bank loan to do a major project? The top ten richest rappers are the one; they can instead loan a bank. Some call them the money-making machines.
However, most of the top guys in the list of the top 10 richest rappers never started at the top. Their stories start down with a low life mostly in the hoods growing up in poverty. Most of them fought hard their way to the top from a humble beginning. Currently, if you look at their lives, it is true these guys are now living large. Have you ever seen any of the top rappers hanging out without a gold chain? Never. When you see some of them walking with bending backs you should not think that that is their “swag” just know that he has a heavy gold chain pulling him to lean forward. Here is the list of the top 10 richest rappers in 2016 going by their latest net worth figures.
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10. Snoop Dogg
Net Worth: $135 million
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. is his the real names but his stage names are Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Dogg, and Snoop Lion among others. He is one of the current rappers who have been in the career for over 20 years. Apart from gaining fame, Snoop Dogg has also gained a lot of wealth in the music industry. His records show sales of over 30 million tracks and uncountable live performances. His net worth of $135 million places him the tenth man in this big list of the richest rappers in the world. He is worth it!
9. LIL Wayne
Net Worth: $136 million
I guess the name Lil Wayne cannot sound new to the ears of music lovers. Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. rose to fame with his stage name Lil Wayne to reach the peak in the world of hip-hop. His VIP status remained even when he was imprisoned in Rikers Island and his status saw him being isolated from the “common prisoners.” Did you really know this? He utilized the privacy accorded to him to write the lyrics of his album. Where is he today financially? His riches are worth $136 million, an amount most people would just possess in dreams.
8 – Ice Cube
Net Worth: $140 million
This is the guy who has dual fame going by the generation. His current fame is in the field of acting and film production, but prior to that, O’Shea Jackson, commonly known as Ice Cube, was a renowned rapper. During his rapping career, he sold over 40 million albums, and together with his effort in his new film career, this man has garnered riches worth $140 million.
There is a similarity in their start off with Snoop Dogg, given that both of them begun their career in the city of Compton, California and later became friends and family friends too. Being at position 8 in the list of the richest rappers is not a joke and Ice Cube is considered richer than the bank.
Net Worth: $160 million
Is he the top selling hip hop artist of the current times? Maybe he is given that whenever he goes, it is reported that ticket sales bring huge amounts. Having sold over 50 million albums is not a child play. Besides, he has a record of 40 million online album downloads. Did you know that the album sales is directly proportional to the net worth? Yes, the more you sell, the more wealthy you become. Eminem started to rise to fame back in 1996 and has been famous to date. Currently, he is regarded as one of the most influential rappers of all time.
What about his beginning? Eminem also started in a slum set up in the Slums of Detroit which is situated 8 miles from the main road. Today he is up there with wealth worth $160 million and is placed the 7th in the list of the top earners hip hop artists.
Net Worth: $170 million
Bryan Williams, commonly known as Birdman is one of the longest serving artists in the rapping career. His record points back to the late 80’s and has had an influential career until now. Among his many achievements, he founded his own record label going under the name “Cash Money Records” and also “Big Tymers.” Apart from his success in the field of music, Birdman has also done exemplary well to become a very successful entrepreneur in business. He has since garnered a total of $170 million from his two ventures to become one of the top earners today.
5. 50 Cent
Net Worth: $270 million
Call him a gangster call him a celeb, hate him love him, 50-cent is here at position 5 in the list of the richest rappers. Curtis Jackson is his real names and he is one of the few rappers who have enjoyed longtime fame as the most famous rappers of all time. Apart from doing music, he has had very good investments in various companies that have made him earn over half of his current fortune of $270 million. One of the most lucrative investment he made was the deal with Vitamin Water and he earned over $100 million from his stock when Coca-Cola Company bought the Vitamin Water Company.
4. Master P
Net Worth: $350 million
Percy Robert Miller a.k.a Master P started off in 1991 with his solo album and has since witnessed his empire expanding largely. He is, of course, one of the richest rappers of all time. His riches are attributed to his music career as well as other numerous investments. With a fortune worth $350 million, Master P has proved to be worth his value and currently ranks 4 in the list of the top 10 richest rappers this year. Records have hit that some time back he even engaged himself with basketball and played for The Fort Wayne Fury and The Las Vegas Rattles. It is true to say that he has really struggled to achieve what he is enjoying today.
Net Worth: $550 million
Shawn Carter is among the best-selling artists ever in history going by the stage name Jay-Z. He has made sells of over 75 million albums since 1996 when he started off his music career. Besides, he also ventured into business and has come out to be a successful businessman especially by owning a record label, Roc Nation. He has numerous investments and currently valued at $550 million that has offered him position 3 in this list.
2. P. Diddy
Net Worth: $700 million
Most people remember him as Puff Daddy, and some just recognize him as Diddy. Sean Combs is his real name and he is one of the richest guys in the field of hip-hop. Diddy has built an empire that currently remains unmatched, and that is why he has a massive personal net worth of over $700 million. Apart from music, he also has many business ventures ranging from fashion (Sean John) to restaurants. He has a reason to celebrate his riches that has come along his commitment.
1. Dr. Dre
Net Worth: $750 million
Dr. Dre is has proved to be one of the most prolific rappers not only in 2016 but of all time. His career in music begun 1984 and Andre Romelle Young today has net valued at $750 million. His involvement in Beats By Drew as the major source of income after it was sold off to Apple. Dr. Dre is also the CEO of the Aftermath Entertainment which was launched in 1996. The label has ever received top artists like Busta Rhymes and Eminem for recordings. Amazingly enough, he also started from the slums of Compton, California.