Regardless of whether or not you enjoy their music and style, rap artists are some of the highest paid in the music industry. In fact, many of them branch out and brand out into other genres, including film and TV, as well as clothing line and apparel, making them even wealthier. These are the top 10 richest rappers in the world in 2014, based off of the latest figures and net worth which each of them holds.
10. Lil Wayne
With a net worth of $130 million, the American rapper, producer, and music executive closes out the list. At the age o 15, he had founded the Cash Money Group, which today holds some of the wealthiest rappers, and is also one of the most well known groups in the rap world today.
He comes in with a net worth of $140 million. Although he made his way onto the scene years ago, the American rapper and movie star, fell off for some time. But, with recent releases, appearances on major TV shows and film, and with work being done with other major artists in the music world, the controversial artist has remade a name for himself, and added to his total net worth as well.
8. Notorious BIG
Although he is no longer here, the former rapper, producer, and well known artist, has a net worth of $160 million. With many of his songs being used in film and TV, and with his albums still selling in high volumes every year, the rapper continues to earn, even after his death several years ago.
As one of the lesser known artists on the list, his $170 million net worth is higher than most other artists in other genres of music. The rapper, CEO, and entrepreneur, is the co-founder of Cash Money, and has produced quite a few albums, not only under his own name, but also doing work with other artists who are listed under his label.
6. 50 Cent
With a net worth of $260 million, he is quite possibly one of the nicest men to be included on the list. Film, TV, and of course music, are some of the projects that he has worked on. Endorsement deals, both on and off of the stage, have added to his millions over the year; plus some of the product lines he has created, have sold quite well in the US and world wide as well.
5. Russell Simmons
The American born entrepreneur, is the oldest on the list. He has amassed a net worth of $325 over the years, and although he no longer creates his own music, he is a top producer, and highly sought after producer, in the rap world, by a number of artists in this list. As the co-founder of Def Jam labels, he is not only well known in the rap world, but he is known for his business savvy sense, and possibly one of the most well known record label brands in rap, and throughout all other music genres as well.
4. Master P
With a $350 net worth, he is just as well known as an artist, as he is for being Lil Bow Wow’s uncle. The rap mogul, producer, and entrepreneur had built a name for himself in the late 1990s. He created a number of record labels, a management company, clothing lines, and other distinct business opportunities, all adding in to the total net worth which he has made over the years.
3. Dr. Dre
One of the oldest rappers on the list, also has a net worth $360 million. He is not only a rap artist, he also has produced a number of albums for other artists, and works as an actor on film and TV. He became an electric pop DJ early in his career, and this is how he became noticed in the world. The many clubs he played at, were frequented by other producers, which eventually led to his first record deal, and years later, one of the highest paid artists in the world of rap.
2. Jay Z
Not only is he married to one of the most well known women in the world, he is one of the most well known artists in the world; and, the $500 net worth which he holds, is a sign of that. The rapper, song writer, and business man has created his own empire. In addition to music, he has also recently released clothing lines, and other business venture products he has worked on with businesses and large scale companies. He also works with other top artists, not only in the world of rap, but other music genres as well, and is one of the highest paid tour artists in music.
1. P Diddy
Regardless of the name you know him for, he tops the chart at a $580 million dollar net worth. Of course he is most well known for his music, but the rapper is also a producer, song writer, and business man. He has played several roles on TV and in film, and he has one of the most extensive line of products. From clothing to cologne, jewelry to shoes, he has done it all. He recently launched a new TV channel, which brings together all genres of music, not only rap, in order to expand on the massive net worth which he has built over the course of his career.
Not only have these artists managed to create a name for themselves in the world of music and rap, but they have branched out in several other areas, which has in turn added to the total net worth they have created over the years. With various ventures, and with most of them doing work outside of rap, they have made their names well known in the US, and worldwide. Regardless of whether or not you enjoy their music and the work they have done, these individuals have made more money than most people can hope to make in a lifetime, through the work they have done in the studio, on stage, and other avenues in the business world.