Rapping is a profitable industry, and over time, many rappers have amassed enormous money. We’ll walk you through the list of some of the richest rappers in the world in this post.
Rappers are known for having large homes, expensive cars, and expensive purchases. The top 20 rappers in the world by wealth are included in this article. You’ll also learn what their estimated worth is. This list is compiled based on the most recent data obtained from Forbes, celebritynetworth.com, and Wikipedia.
Are you already imagining where your favourite rapper would rank on the list? Well, find out for yourself!
Top 20 Richest Rappers in the World 2023
20. Adam Horovitz – $90 million
Adam Horovitz, better known as Ad-Rock, is an American musician, rapper, songwriter, and actor. According to Wealthy Gorilla, he was a founding member of the hip-hop group the Beastie Boys.
Adam Horovitz completes our list of the top 20 richest rappers in the world, according to our source, with an estimated net worth of $90 million.
19. Michael Louis Diamond (Mike D) – $90 million
Mike D is one of the founding members of the iconic hip-hop group the Beastie Boys. As of May 2023, Mike D’s net worth is estimated to be $90 million, making him one of the richest rappers in the world. He has made hit songs that have sold millions of copies and won awards. His success is well-deserved, as he has trailblazed his way to the top of our list.
The success story of MIke D is a clear dividend of hard work!
18. Pitbull – $100 million
Pitbull, aka Armando Christian Perez, is an American rapper and singer who started his career by recording reggaeton, Latin hip hop, etc. He has sold more than 25 million albums and around 100 million singles across the globe. As of May 2023, Pitbull is the 18th richest rapper in the world, with a net worth of $100 million.
His music is a mix of Miami bass and hip hop. He has released eleven studio albums and seventy-six singles. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows.
17. Nicki Minaj- $100 million
Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actress. She has worked with several successful musicians, including Chris Brown, Drake, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Birdman, Tyga, and many more. Minaj has also received several honors, including three MTV Video Music Awards, six American Music Awards, and eleven BET Awards.
With her 2010 debut album Pink Friday, which reached its peak at number two on the US Billboard 200, Minaj gained notoriety. As of May 2023, her projected net worth is $100 million, making her one of the world’s richest rappers. Nicki Minaj is the only female rapper to make her way on the list of the world’s 20 richest rappers. Isn’t that a great feat?
16. LL Cool J – $120 million
LL Cool J is an American rapper, actor, author, and entrepreneur from Queens, New York. Known as one of the forefathers of pop rap, and releasing 13 studio albums and two greatest hits compilations within his career. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including In the House, Any Given Sunday, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Hawaii Five-0.
James Todd Smith (LL Cool J) has an estimated net worth of $120 million, earning the number 16th spot on our list of the richest rappers in the world.
15. Ronald Slim Williams -$150 million
Ronald “Slim” Williams is an American record producer and entrepreneur. He has worked with some of the top rap artists including Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj. Ronald co-founded the record company Cash Money Records with his brother Bryan Williams. He is most commonly referred to as “The Godfather” or “Slim tha Don
With an estimated worth of $150 million, Ronald Williams is one of the richest rappers in the world as of May 2023.
14. Birdman – $150 million
Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, executive producer, and investor. He is the co-founder of Cash Money Records, the original “label home” to many hip-hop superstars, including Lil Wayne. As of May 2023, Birdman’s net worth is estimated at $150 million, making him one of the richest rappers in the world in 2023.
13. Swizz Beatz – $150 million
Swizz Beatz is an American DJ, rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, art collector, and entrepreneur. He started his musical career as a DJ and is from The Bronx, where he was born Kasseem Daoud Dean. In 2010, he wed fellow performer Alicia Keys, with whom he has two children.
Additionally, he is a co-founder of Beats Electronics and Puma SE, two fashion brands. He ranks as the 13th richest rapper in the world according to estimates of his net worth, which is $150 million in May 2023.
12. Snoop Dogg – $150 million
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. He has since sold over 23 million albums in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide. Snoop’s net worth is estimated to be $150 million as of 2023, making him one of the richest rappers in the world.
11. Lil Wayne – $160 million
With an estimated net worth of $150 million in 2022, Ice Cubes is one of the richest rappers in the world. Ice Cube is an American rapper, record producer, actor, director, and screenwriter. He cemented his hip-hop icon status as a founding member of the pioneering rap group N.W.A. Cube has featured in ‘Boyz N the Hood, ’21 & 22 Jump Street’, ‘Barbershop’, ‘Ride Along’, and other films. He has a net worth of $160 million as of May 2023.
10. Ice Cubes ($160 million)
Ice Cube is an American rapper, record producer, actor, director, and screenwriter. He was a founding member of the pioneering rap group N.W.A. After a successful solo career that spanned ten albums, he made the transition to Hollywood cinema and television where he appeared in comedies, children’s films, and classic urban flicks. He has a net worth of $160 million as of May 2023. Ice Cube completes the list of the top 10 richest rappers in the world.
Jackson also makes money from his other lines of business. He is the entrepreneur that runs the 3-on-3 basketball league Big3 and the clothing label Solo by Cube. He continues to amass accolades in both music and film today.
9. Usher ($180 million)
Usher is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and actor with a net worth of $180 million, placing him 9th on our list of the top 20 richest rappers in the world. He is one of the best-selling musicians of all time with more than 75 million albums sold worldwide to date. He has three top-selling albums: “My Way,” “Confessions,” and “Looking 4 Myself.”
Along with Scooter Braun, he also founded RBMG Records, Justin Bieber’s record label. Usher is a popular American R&B and pop performer who started recording at the age of 15.
Two years after coming to Atlanta with his mother and siblings, Usher achieved stardom at the age of 14. Usher received a contract with LaFace Records after his appearance on Star Search.
He released his first album in 1994, at the age of 15. For more than 15 years, Usher dominated the airwaves, releasing albums like Confessions (2004), which sold more than 1 million copies in its first week.
8. Master P ($200 million)
Master P is the stage name of Robert Miller, an American rapper, actor, businessman, and philanthropist. He is the CEO of P. Miller Enterprises and the creator of the record company No Limit Records. He earned an astounding $661 million in 2009, making him the highest-paid hip-hop musician ever at the time, according to Wikipedia.
In America, Master P is a very popular and successful figure. He is a fantastic rapper, singer, record executive, and businessman. He is well known for many things, which have helped him succeed in his work. With a staggering net worth of $200 million as of May 2023 (according to WealthyGorilla), Master P is one of the richest rappers in the world.
7. Eminem ($230 million)
Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III) is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and composer. He started his own record company, Shady Records, and assembled an exclusive group of superstars. Eminem made history by being the first rapper to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song for his leading part in the film 8 Mile, in addition to his 15 Grammy victories. He is a multi-platinum-selling American rapper, producer, and actor, songwriter, film producer, musician, label owner.
Eminem now ranks seventh on this list of the richest rappers in the world with a net worth of $230 million. He is one of the all-time best-selling musicians, with more than 170 million albums sold.
6. Drake ($250 million)
Aubrey Drake Graham AKA Drake is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He has released five studio albums since 2006, the most recent of which is Scorpion (2018). Drake makes the majority of his net worth from his music career and many other commercial endeavors.
With an estimated net worth of $250 million as of 2023, Drake is one of the top 10 richest rappers in the world, claiming the 6th spot.
He has also outsold legendary rappers like Jay-Z, Eminem, and Tupac in terms of sales. It should come as no surprise that he scores well on our ranking of the greatest musicians ever in terms of sales. Drake’s career truly took off after Lil’ H’s skills or commercial acumen were discovered. Additionally, he founded his own record company, OVO.
5. Pharrell Williams ($250 million)
Pharrell is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and film producer. As of 2023, Pharrell Williams’ net worth is estimated to be $250 Million, which makes him one of the richest rappers in the world.
He was the sole composer of the soundtrack for the animated film Despicable Me. He is most recognized for his work with N.E.R.D and his solo albums Girl (2005) and In My Mind (2006). Additionally, he has written and produced songs for Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and others.
Pharrell Williams got his start as a member of the beat-making team, The Neptunes. He has also collaborated with several global businesses to develop streetwear brands, footwear, jewelry, eyewear, furniture, artwork, textiles, and much more. Without a doubt, he is working hard.
4. Dr. Dre ($820 million)
Andre Romelle Young AKA. Dr. Dre is an American producer, rapper, actor, and entrepreneur. Young is extremely wealthy thanks to numerous royalties and income streams from his work launching protégés like Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Eminem, and 50 Cent. In 2014, he sold his headphone company Beats Electronics to Apple for $3 billion. Today, Beats headphones are now some of the most popular in the world.
As of 2023, Dr. Dre has a net worth of $820 million, earning him a place in the top 5 list of the world’s richest rappers in 2022. Most of his net worth stems from the music career he started as a member of N.W.A. in the 80s and later as a solo artist. He also launched a label called Aftermath which launched the career of artists like Eminem and 50 Cent.
His decline on our list is partially attributable to his recent divorce, which cost him more than $100 million. Dr. Dre is also one of the richest musicians in the world in 2022.
3. P. Diddy ($885 million)
P. Diddy is an American rapper, composer, record executive, and businessman. He has worked with a number of well-known rappers and musicians, including Boyz II Men, Usher, TLC, and others. Sean Puffy Combs is among the top ten richest musicians in the world as well as one of the wealthiest rappers.
He has produced and executive produced several successful albums and singles, including those by Mariah Carey, Usher, and The Notorious B.I.G. Through his Sean John apparel line and perfume line, he has achieved great success. Making the Band, his reality TV program is among MTV’s best programs.
With an estimated net worth of $885 million, P. Diddy is the third richest rapper in the world in2023.
2. Jay-Z ($1.3 billion)
Jay Z’s net worth is estimated to be $1.3 billion, making him the second richest rapper in the world in 2023. He is considered to be one of the most influential hip-hop artists of all time. In addition to his music career, Jay Z has also made a name for himself in the business world. He has investments in companies such as Uber, Armand de Brignac, and D’Ussé. Jay-Z is a well-known rapper, media mogul, and music industry executive.
He has 125 million albums in sales and 24 Grammy Awards among many other accolades. The rapper has a net worth of $1.3 billion and makes between $70 and $80 million yearly. Jay-Z won hip-hop’s first billionaire in 2019, credited to his excellent entrepreneurship.
1. Kanye West ($1.8 billion)
Kanye West (Ye) is the richest Rapper in the world with a net worth of a whopping $1.8 billion.
He is one of the most popular and richest rappers of all time. His net worth is estimated to be around $1.8 billion, and this is only going to increase in the years to come. He has released many hit albums and won many awards, including 24 Grammy Awards.
In addition to his music career, Kanye is also involved in fashion and he has his clothing line. Kanye West is one of the richest musicians in the world with a net worth of $1.8 billion, according to Forbes.
The 44-year-old musician has sold over 160 million copies and earns over $100 million annually. Ye’s wealth comes from his live musical performances, album sales, events, business clothes and shoe companies, endorsements, real estate interests, and a variety of other ventures.