Earlier this month, Forbes declared Jay-Z the first billionaire hip-hop. So of course, Beyoncé’s husband leads this year’s ranking of the richest hip-hop stars. But who will be the next billionaire in the rap world? The answer is: probably one of the names below.
See, the list the richest rappers in 2019 below:
Worth: US $ 150 million
A decade ago the 32-year-old Canadian was the youngest on the list and is gradually gaining ground on the old hip-hop guard. His fortune grew 50 percent over last year, boosted by stakes and investment ranging from real estate to Virginia Black whiskey, as well as a lucrative tours and new venture, the XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.
"Every year I want to be better prepared for touring and other activities that can deliver financial returns," he told Forbes in 2013. His gross average rose from $ 500,000 to over $ 2 million per show. "That's pretty much my goal every year, as well as making good music."
Worth: US $ 240 million
A former friend of Jay-Z, the super-producer has recently promoted the Sunday Service, a guest-only meeting in Southern California, attended by people like Courtney Love and Tyler. In April, he took the show to the road in a performance at Coachella during Easter Sunday with appearances by Chance the Rapper, DMX and a gospel choir.
Despite declaring $ 53 million in debt and pleading for $ 1 billion from Mark Zuckerberg to fund in 2016.
The rapper's wealth calculation by Forbes is entirely based on a conservative estimate of brand value. As he continues to grow, he may one day join his sister-in-law, Kylie Jenner, and join the billionaires club.
Worth: US $ 740 million
"I started my business career at age 12, delivering newspapers," Diddy said in 2017 in Forbes centennial edition. "Since then, I've always understood that if I give the best for my clients and serve them differently, whether with my music, clothes or vodka, I will receive a return from all the hard work."
The artist, formerly known as Puff Daddy, ranks 3rd on this list as industry trends weigh in on some of his appearances, including Revolt and the Sean John clothing line (although Diddy sold a large portion of his share on Monday , it retains considerable participation). But Ciroc, the main source of his fortune, has returned to growth after volumes have fallen to record highs in recent years - which makes the businessman perhaps the most likely candidate to join Jay-Z in the club of billionairs.
Worth: US $ 800 million
It's been five years since Dr. Dre declared himself a billionaire. Forbes, however, does not agree with the assessment made after he sold of Beats By Dr. Dre, his line of earphones to Apple for $ 3 billion in 2014. The super-producer owned about 20-25% of the company in season. And of the $ 2.6 billion cash paid in advance by Apple, $ 295 million was earmarked to cover debt, leaving Dre with just over $ 500 million.
According to Forbes, he spent a lot over the years on properties (he paid $ 40 million for Tom Brady's mansion and Gisele Bundchen's in Los Angeles) and charitable donations - in partnership with Jimmy Iovine, Beats co-founder, Dr. Dre donated about US $ 70 million to open a school at USC (University of South Carolina). And with its formal involvement in Apple seemingly ending, Dre will likely need to return to the festival circuit - or start a new company - if he wants to meet his 2012 statement.
Worth: US $ 1 billion
Despite being the first hip-hop billionaire, Jay-Z's leadership is way ahead of the rest of the pack if all his family's fortune is taken into account: he and wife Beyoncé together accumulate $ 1, 4 billion, largely thanks to the notion that music is a dying business.
"Convincing artists that you can not live on art and making money was the biggest trick people have ever done in music," Jay-Z told Forbes in 2010. "I think the portion that was making millions was who said that . "