These 3 Hip-Hop/R&B Artists Took Spots on Forbes’ ‘Billionaires List’ (2023)

byCatherine Walthall

Yep, you read that right, we’re talking about the Billionaires List with a capital B.

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Forbes recently released their “36th-annual ranking of the planet’s richest people,” and found that there are currently 2,668 billionaires in the world collectively worth a staggering 12.7 trillion dollars. The business magazine “used stock prices and exchange rates from March 11, 2022, to calculate net worths.” Unsurprisingly, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos took the top two spots on the list with Musk worth 219 billion dollars and Bezos 171 billion.

But also on that list are artists Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Ye (formerly Kanye) West.


Now, the only thing Rihanna needs is an umbrella for the storm of revenue raining down on her. The singer and businesswoman is reportedly the first billionaire from her home country Barbados with a net worth of 1.7 billion dollars. This assessment puts Rihanna at number 1,729 on the list.

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Rihanna’s wealth not only stems from her successful music career but from her stake in her cosmetic and fashion businesses—Fenty Beauty and Savage X Fenty, respectively.


The rap giant and music mogul comes in at number 2,076 on this year’s Billionaires List with a net worth of 1.4 billion dollars. Jay-Z owes his wealth to his staggeringly successful music career, including his role in the Roc Nation entertainment agency (which he also founded). Forbes also noted Jay-Z’s dealings with TIDAL and Armand de Brignac champagne as further sources of wealth.

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Ye West

Not to be outdone by mentor and collaborator Jay-Z, West ranked at the number 1,513 spot on the list with an estimated net worth of 2 billion dollars. This estimation has West advancing more than 200 spots on the list from the 2021 report.

West’s income comes from his lucrative Yeezy clothing brand and partnerships with Adidas and Gap, in addition to his music.

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These 3 Hip-Hop/R&B Artists Took Spots on Forbes’ ‘Billionaires List’? ›

But also on that list are artists Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Ye (formerly Kanye) West.

Who is the richest rapper on Forbes list? ›

Jay-Z is the richest rapper in the world, according to Forbes' real-time billionaires list. As of April 2023, Jay-Z's net worth is estimated at $2.5 billion. The Brooklyn-born artist, whose real name is Shawn Carter, became hip-hop's first billionaire in 2019.

Who is the top 3 richest rappers? ›

Check out the richest's rappers in the world for 2023.
  • Snoop Dogg's Net worth: $150 Million.
  • Lil Wayne's Net Worth: $160 Million.
  • Ice Cube's Net Worth: $160 Million.
  • Ronald 'Slim' Williams' Net Worth: $170 Million.
  • Drake's Net Worth: 180 million.
  • Pharrell William's Net Worth: 200 million.
  • Master P's Net Worth: $200 Million.

Who in hip-hop is a billionaire? ›

Forbes has unveiled its list of billionaires of 2023 and JAY-Z is the only rapper to have made it. As per Forbes, Hov's current net worth sits at $2.5 billion USD and has more than doubled his fortune ever since being named hip-hop's first billionaire in 2019.

Who was the third billionaire rapper? ›

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Who is the black billionaire music artist? ›

Jay-Z: $1.4 billion

In June 2019, Jay-Z became Hip-Hop's first proven and viable billionaire, thanks to what Forbes called a “sprawling and diverse empire.”

Who is richer Jay-Z or Kanye West? ›

Is Kanye richer than Jay-Z? Yes. Kanye West is richer than Jay-Z. Kanye West Net worth is significantly higher than Jay-Z.

Who is the only billionaire rapper? ›

Yes, Jay-Z Made History As Hip-Hop's First Billionaire — But How'd He Get There? - AfroTech.

What singer has a billion dollars? ›

Rihanna has a net worth of $1.4 billion, making her the richest musician and the second wealthiest female entertainer, after Oprah, who is worth $2.5 billion, according to Forbes magazine. While music is what made Rihanna famous, it's her Fenty beauty line that has taken her wealth into the stratosphere.

Who is the richest R&B singer? ›

The 10 Richest R&B Artists Of 2022, Ranked
  • 9 Mariah Carey. mariahcarey. ...
  • 8 Lionel Richie. lionelrichie. ...
  • 7 Usher. usher. 10.8M followers. ...
  • 5 Alicia Keys. aliciakeys. 25.4M followers. ...
  • 4 Chris Brown. chrisbrownofficial. 134M followers. ...
  • 3 John Legend. johnlegend. 15.3M followers. ...
  • 2 Ne-Yo. neyo. 3.8M followers. ...
  • 1 Mary J. Blige. therealmaryjblige.
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Who is the number 1 rapper artist? ›

#1 Jay-Z. Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, is an American rapper who hails from NYC—a fact he raps about consistently over the course of his nearly three-decade career. He quickly rose to fame in the mid-1990s when he released his debut studio album, Reasonable Doubt, from his own record label Roc-A-Fella Records.

Is Cardi B richer than Nicki Minaj? ›

Is Cardi B the richest female rapper? No, Cardi B isn't the richest female rapper. That title belongs to Nicki Minaj.

Who is the first millionaire rapper? ›

Through his business ventures, Jay-Z became the first hip-hop billionaire in 2019. In 1999, he founded the clothing retailer Rocawear, and in 2003, he founded the luxury sports bar chain 40/40 Club. Both businesses have grown to become multi-million-dollar corporations, and allowed him to start up Roc Nation in 2008.

Who was the first rap billionaire? ›

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Who is the richest female rapper? ›

In this article, we'll look a the 25 richest female rappers in the world.
  1. Nicki Minaj – $150 million. Nicki Minaj - Super Bass. ...
  2. Cardi B – $80 million. ...
  3. Queen Latifah – $70 million. ...
  4. Bhad Bhabie – $52 million. ...
  5. Missy Elliot – $50 Million. ...
  6. Bahamadia – $32 million. ...
  7. Iggy Azalea – $15 million. ...
  8. Sandra Denton – $15 million.
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Who is the youngest billionaire in music? ›

Rihanna Is America's Youngest Self-Made Billionaire.

Who are the big three rapper? ›

Who are the Big Three? Young Money Entertainment is a label that is responsible for serving as a platform for many hip-pop artists during the 2000s. Three of their most famous rapper are Lil Wayne (the founder), Nicki Minaj, and Drake.

Who was the first Triple Platinum rapper? ›

By April of the following year, the album was certified 3x platinum, making Run-D.M.C. the first hip hop act to go multi-platinum.

Who is richer Beyonce or Jay-Z? ›

What is Beyonce's net worth? Beyoncé's net worth is $500 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Beyoncé is worth $800 million less than her husband, Jay-Z, who is worth $1.3 billion, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Is Jay-Z on the Forbes list? ›

Jay-Z stands alone as the only rapper to appear on Forbes' 2023 World's Billionaires List. The list was published on Tuesday (April 4), listing Hov as the world's richest rapper, accumulating a $2.5 billion net worth—an increase from his previously reported $1.5 billion net worth.

Is 50 cent a billionaire? ›

50 Cent has said that he's technically been a billionaire since 2007, but that “public perception” made it so he hasn't been deemed a billionaire.


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