Rap is a form of musical song that has vocal delivery that incorporates “rhyme, rhythmic speech, and street vernacular”, which is performed or chanted in several different ways, usually over a backing beat or musical accompaniment. A person who’s into professional rapping is often known as a rapper. There are many famous rappers in the world that have made millions of dollars by entertaining people with their rap music but have you ever wondered who are the richest rappers in the world? In this post you’ll find a list of the most famous and richest rappers in the world and their famous quotes.
Jay Z is the richest rapper in the world with a net worth of $1 billion in 2020.
This article is a list of the 31 richest rappers, how much they’re worth, and famous quotes about life, business and motivation.
The 31 Richest Rappers in the World 2020
|#1||Jay Z||$1 Billion||50||United states|
|#2||Sean Combs – Diddy||$855 Million||50||United states|
|#3||Dr. Dre||$800 Million||54||United states|
|#4||Russell Simmons||$340 Million||62||United states|
|#5||Master P||$250 Million||52||United states|
|#6||Usher||$180 Million||41||United states|
|#7||Ronald Slim Williams||$170 Million||52||United states|
|#8||Kanye West||$160 Million||42||United states|
|#9||50 Cent||$155 Million||44||United states|
|#11||Pharrell Williams||$150 Million||46||United states|
|#12||Lil Wayne||$150 Million||37||United states|
|#13||Snoop Dogg||$143 Million||48||United states|
|#14||Ice Cube||$140 Million||50||United states|
|#15||Birdman||$110 Million||50||United states|
|#16||LL Cool J||$100 Million||52||United states|
|#17||Eminem||$100 Million||47||United states|
|#18||Timbaland||$85 Million||48||United states|
|#19||Akon||$80 Million||46||United states|
|#20||Michael Diamond AKA Mike D||$75 Million||54||United states|
|#21||Adam Horovitz aka Ad-Rock||$75 Million||53||United states|
|#22||Will.i.am||$75 Million||44||United states|
|#23||Nicki Minaj||$75 Million||35||United states|
|#24||Joseph Simmons AKA Rev Run||$70 Million||55||United states|
|Busta Rhymes||$65 Million||47||United states|
|Swizz Beatz||$65 Million||41||United states|
|Nelly||$60 Million||45||United states|
|Chad Hugo||$55 Million||45||United states|
|Wiz Khalifa||$55 Million||32||United states|
|T.I.||$55 Million||39||United states|
|Andre 3000||$45 Million||44||United states|
|J Prince||$45 Million||55||United states|
|Bone Thugs-n-Harmony||$45 Million||28||United states|
|Darryl McDaniels||$45 Million||55||United states|
|Rick Ross||$42 Million||44||United states|
|Big Boi||$40 Million||44||United states|
|Ice T||$35 Million||61||United states|
|Common||$35 Million||47||United states|
|T-Pain||$35 Million||34||United states|
|Ludacris||$31 Million||42||United states|
|Flo Rida||$30 Million||40||United states|
|Soulja Boy||$30 Million||29||United states|
|The Game||$25 Million||40||United states|
|Lil Jon||$25 Million||49||United states|
|Mike Shinoda||$23 Million||42||United states|
|Cee Lo Green||$22 Million||45||United states|
|Tech N9ne||$21 Million||48||United states|
|Kendrick Lamar||$20 Million||32||United states|
|Fabolous||$20 Million||42||United states|
We’ve compiled this list of 31 richest rappers in the world based on the data from therichest.com and the forbes.
Jay-Z is the richest rapper in the world, having a net worth of $1 billion as of April 2020.
Here are the 31 richest rappers in the world:
1. Jay Z – Richest Rapper in the World
Net Worth: $1 Billion
Jay-Z is one of the most successful American rapper and entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York. Majority of the wealth that Jay-Z has acquired, came from his investments in clothing lines, record companies, nightclubs and music company.
Jay-Z’s net worth is approx. $1 billion as of now is he’s also the richest rapper in the world.
“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. Russell Simmons
Net Worth: $340 Million
Russell Wendell Simmons was born on October 4, 1957. He is an American entrepreneur, record executive, writer, and film producer. He is chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, co-founded the hip hop music label Def Jam Recordings, and created the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and Tantris. Russel Simmons net worth is $340 million as of now in 2020.
3. Kanye West
Net Worth: $250 Million
Kanye Omari West was born June 8, 1977. He is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer.
His net worth of $250 million but there are certain news stories that claim that Kanye West is in a serious debt at the moment.
4. Dr. Dre – Among the richest rappers in the world
Net Worth: $820 Million
Andre Romelle Young was born February 18, 1965, known professionally as Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, record executive, actor, and audio engineer. Dr. Dre has net worth of $820 million. He is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, and was previously co-owner of Death Row Records.
“No matter how hard you work to bring yourself up, there’s someone out there working just as hard, to put you down.” – Dr. Dre
Net Worth: $230 Million
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known professionally as Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is one of the most successful artists of the 21st century. In addition to his solo career, Eminem was a member of the hip hop group D12.
Eminem is without a doubt the most successful 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. Eminem was born on 17 October 1972, Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States and his net worth is $230 million.
“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” – Eminem
6. Sean Combs (Diddy) – Famous & Among the richest rappers in the world
Net Worth: $855 Million
Sean Love Combs, also known by the stage names Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Puffy, or Diddy, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, record executive, and actor. He was born on 4 November 1969 in New York City but was raised in Mount Vernon, New York.
Sean Combs does just about everything; rapping, producing, acting, songwriting and he’s also an entrepreneur. Combs is among the richest rappers in the world with a net worth is $855 million.
“At an early age, I started my own paper route. Once I saw how you could service people and do a good job and get paid for it, I just wanted to be the best I could be in whatever I did.” – Diddy
Net Worth: $180 Million
Usher Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter, actor and dancer. He was born on 14 October 1978 in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 12, his mother put him in local singing competitions, before catching the attention of a music A&R from LaFace Records.
His Albums have sold over 43 million of copies word-wide. Usher has a net worth of $180 million.
“Appearance is something you should definitely consider when you’re going out. Have your girlfriend clip your nails or something like that.” – Usher
Net Worth: $170 Million
Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. Drake was born October 24, 1986 in Canada.
As an entrepreneur, Drake founded the OVO Sound record label with longtime collaborator 40 in 2012. Following the launch of Apple Music, Apple announced Drake as the figurehead for the platform at their Worldwide Developers Conference in 2015, with him penning an exclusivity deal with the service worth a reported $19 million.
9. Master P
Net Worth: $200 Million
Percy Robert Miller was on born April 29, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Also known by his stage name Master P, is an American rapper, actor, 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.
Master P has a net worth of $200 million dollars.
“If I can go through what I’ve been through and do a television show with my son and then be a boy from the hood making records for the people I make records for, that’s reality.” – Master P
10. Kendrick Lamar
Net Worth: $75 Million
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born June 17, 1987 in Compton, California, United States. He is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and singer.
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 2020, Kendrick Lamar’s net worth is estimated to be $75 million.
“Life will put many red lights in front of you, but sometimes we must push on the gas and trust god.” – Kendrick Lamar
Net Worth: $80 Million
Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam was born on April 16, 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. He is a Senegalese-American singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and a philanthropist He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble.
Akon’s net worth is $80 million.
“I always want to set myself a challenge by doing something no-one would expect me to do! But, having said that, I don’t feel as a musician you can steer too far away from what you normally do.” – Akon
Net Worth: $90 Million
Armando Christian Pérez was born January on 15, 1981). He is professionally known as Pitbull,. He is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Pérez began his career in the early 2000s, recording reggaeton, latin hip hop and crunk music under a multitude of labels.
Pitbull has a net worth of $90 million.
“I’m sharp. What the street taught me how to do is how to hustle. How to make something out of nothing.” – Pitbull
13. Nicki Minaj
Net Worth: $80 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. She was born on 8 December, 1982
Nicki Minaj has a net worth of $80 million.
“You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition.” –Nicki Minaj
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.
“Don’t be afraid of the dark
Grab your heart
Let it shine
If it’s dark outside
Shine your light” –
Net Worth: $85 Million
Timothy Zachary Mosley (born March 10, 1972), known professionally as Timbaland, is an American record producer, rapper, singer, songwriter and DJ. Timbaland is an American record producer, singer, songwriter, rapper and DJ.
Timbaland has a net worth of $85 million.
“I don’t think about other people. If I did, I’d wanna compete. But I don’t think like that, because I’m above everybody.” – Timbaland
16. Adam Horovitz
Net Worth: $90 Million
Adam Keefe Horovitz was born on October 31, 1966. He is better known as Ad-Rock or King Ad-Rock, is an American rapper, guitarist and actor. He was a member of the hip hop group the Beastie Boys. 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 has a net worth of $90 million in 2020.
“It would be nice to think of ourselves as innovators. I think we’re creative, but in terms of beings masterminds, no. We’re just making some music that we like.” – Adam Horovitz
Net Worth: $100 Million
Bryan Christopher Williams was born on February 15, 1969, known by his stage name Birdman (also known as Baby), is an American rapper, record executive and entrepreneur. He is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, executive producer, and investor. He helped found the Cash Money Records label with his brother, Ronald.
Birdman’s net worth is $100 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
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18. Michael Diamond (Mike D)
Net Worth: $90 Million
Michael Louis Diamond was born on November 20, 1965. He is better known as Mike D. He is an American rapper and founding member of the hip hop group the Beastie Boys. Diamond raps, sings, and plays drums. He has provided remixes for Moby and Björk.
Mike D’s net worth is $90 million.
“Arrogance generally is a bad thing, but with a band, somehow you have to have this gang mentality or this certain degree of arrogance to push forward an idea that’s new enough that people aren’t comfortable with it at first.” – Mike D
19. Swizz Beatz
Net Worth: $100 Million
Kasseem Dean was born on September 13, 1978, known professionally as Swizz Beatz, is an American hip hop recording artist, DJ, record producer, art collector, and entrepreneur from New York City. Born and raised in The Bronx, Dean began his musical career as a disc jockey (DJ).
Swizz Beatz’s net worth is estimated to be $100 million.
“Set your business plan to win; raise the bar or you’re not going to be prepared. You need to think that what you’re doing will make you $100 million.” – Swiss Beatz
20. Lil Wayne – One of the richest rappers in the world
Net Worth: $120 Million
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.
His career began in 1996, at the age of 13, when he was discovered by Birdman and joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label.
Lil Wayne’s net worth is $120 million.
“I’m an addict, I’m addicted to success. Thankfully, there’s no rehab for success.” – Lil Wayne
21. 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.
LL Cool J has a net worth of $120 million.
“Dreams don’t have deadlines. I’m thinking of doing bigger and better things and having more fun with it.” – LL Cool J
22. Pharrell Williams
Net Worth: $150 Million
Pharrell Lanscilo Williams was born on April 5, 1973, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Williams and Chad Hugo formed the record production duo The Neptunes in 1994, producing hip hop and R&B music.
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.
Pharrell Williams has a net worth of $150 million.
“If someone asks me what inspires me, I always say, “That which is missing,” because I don’t want to copy everything that’s already happening. I feel like when you copy, you blend in, and when you blend in, you get lost.” – Pharrell Williams
23. Ronald Slim Williams – Richest rappers in the world
Net Worth: $170 Million
Ronald Jay “Slim” Williams was on born May 23, 1964. He is an American businessman who co-founded the record label Cash Money Records along with his younger brother, rapper Bryan “Birdman” Williams. As with his younger brother, he is the executive producer of nearly all of Cash Money’s artist’s albums.
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.
“It sounds like a pretty simple idea. But it hadn’t been done before. Listening to what our customers needed to force us to innovate and ultimately develop new products.” –Ronald Slim Williams
24. Snoop Dogg
Net Worth: $135 Million
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. (born October 20, 1971), known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, media personality, entrepreneur, and actor.
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 Dogg has a net worth of $135 million.
“I used to get stressed out all the time when I thought winning was important. I wanted to try to win and help my kids win. Once I figured out it wasn’t about winning or losing, it was about teaching these kids about being men, that’s when I started to relax.” – Snoop Dogg
25. Ice Cube
Net Worth: $160 Million
O’Shea Jackson was born on June 15, 1969. He is known professionally by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor, producer, director and writer. Ice Cube initially gained recognition in 1986 as a member of the hip hop group N.W.A., which gained commercial success prior to disbanding around the time N.W.A formed.
Ice Cube has a net worth of $160 million.
26. 50 Cent
NET WORTH: $30 MILLION
Change: -$120M – After being discovered by Eminem, Curtis Jackson’s first studio album was a smash success thanks in part by Dr. Dre’s instrumentals. This record spawned a semi-biographical movie of the same title, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. This led to future Hollywood roles.
Like others, he soon founded his own label, G-Unit Records, and released group projects under the name G-Unit. He is now working on his 6th album, with the previous ones earning him countless music awards.
“Every negative is a positive. The bad things that happen to me, I somehow make them good. That means you can’t do anything to hurt me.” – 50 Cent
27. Wiz Khalifa
Net Worth $60 million
After stepping on the scene in 2006, Pittsburgh-rapper Wiz Khalifa didn’t start earning huge money until 2011 when he personally grossed $11 million. He has earned $20+ million in many recent years. His lowest earning year of the last near-decade are $9 million (earned in 2012). As of this writing, Wiz Khalifa’s total career earnings are $150 million. His $60 million net worth makes him the 30th richest rapper in the world.
“I don’t need someone that sees what’s good about me. I need someone that sees the bad and still wants me.” – Wiz Khalifa
28. DJ Khaled
Net Worth $65 million
DJ Khaled, rapper, DJ, and record producer, is worth $65 million dollars. He was born Khaled Mohamed Khaled in New Orleans and first gained attention as a radio host on a Miami hip hop station in the ’90s. DJ Khaled later gained wider recognition online, using social media such as Snapchat to develop a large following and internet presence. During his career, DJ Khaled has released eleven albums to date, many of which have debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and have been certified as platinum. He continues to have a strong social media following and is a highly sought after record producer.
“You gotta water your plants. Nobody can water them for you.” – DJ Khaled
29. Nas Net
Net Worth $70 million
Nas is famous for his career as a rapper, songwriter, actor, investor, and entrepreneur, and has a net worth of $70 million. Born as Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones in Brooklyn, Nas first gained popularity with the release of his debut album, 1994’s Illmatic, which immediately spawned several hit singles. Nas also made up one-fourth of the hip hop group Group Therapy. Alongside a successful music career, Nas founded QueensBridge Ventures, his own venture capital firm that has invested in big names like Lyft and Dropbox. Nas has released 11 albums and has been nominated for 13 Grammys over the years.
“I know i can, be what i wanna be, if i work hard at it, I’ll be where i wanna be.” – Nas Net
30. PSY (Park Jae-sang)
Net Worth $60 million
He is somewhat of a one-hit wonder in the United States, but globally PSY has continued to be a juggernaut. He has been releasing music for nearly two decades but he first gained international fame after the July 2012 release of the music video for his song “Gangnam Style”. For many years it was the most-viewed video on YouTube. It was the very first video to pass one billion views on the platform. As of this writing the video has 3.55 billion views which is enough to make it the 7th most-viewed video of all time. Between iTunes downloads, YouTube ad revenue and streaming royalties, PSY earned at least $20 million off that one song. His current net worth is $60 million.
“I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world.” – PSY
31. Sean Paul
Net Worth: 12 million dollars
Sean Paul is a Grammy-winning Jamaican dancehall rapper and reggae artist who has a net worth of $12 million dollars. Sean Paul first rose to fame with the Dutty Cup Crew before embarking on a solo career.
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