The list of the richest musicians in the world is headed by the holder of the record for the most Grammy wins - Kanye West. According to recent estimates, the American rapper, who has taken the stage name Ye, has more than $1.8 billion in his account. The secret of his financial success is simple: in addition to high professional skills, the musician also has excellent business acumen. Kanye West has his own label, GOOD Music. He also worked in fashion design and the restaurant business during his career, and since 2015, Ye has been co-owner of the Tidal streaming service.
The name of this Barbadian singer shone in the musical firmament back in 2005. Since then, Rihanna has become not only a real R-n-B star, but also a successful businesswoman. Today she is the co-owner of the cosmetic brand Fenty Beauty and the company Savage x Fenty, which specializes in the production of lingerie. Thanks to her business success, Rihanna became the richest female musician last year. She takes second place in the overall ranking this year. According to the latest data, her personal net worth is approximately $1.7 billion.
American Sean Corey Carter, better known as Jay-Z, began his musical career back in the 1990s. Today, he is considered the recognized king of hip-hop and is on the list of the best-selling artists of all time. In addition to high-profile achievements in the musical field, Jay-Z can also boast of success in business. He owns Roc-A-Fella Records, shares in The 40/40 Club, shares in the streaming platform Tidal, and his own clothing brand, Rocawear. To date, the musician's fortune is estimated at more than $1.3 billion.
Many believe that the time spent by Paul McCartney as part of the legendary Liverpool four The Beatles, overshadows everything that came after. Despite this opinion, the solo career of the British artist was still a success. This confirms the fact that Sir Paul McCartney consistently tops the list of the richest musicians in the United Kingdom. In the world ranking, he occupies the fourth position. At last count, his net worth is about $1.2 billion.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
On the same line with Paul McCartney is his countryman - English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, with a fortune of $1.2 billion. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber has achieved great success and earned substantial fees in the field of musical theater. His «pen» belongs to such musicals as «Jesus Christ Superstar», «Cats», «Evita», «The Phantom of the Opera» and many other Broadway and West End hits. In 2001, The New York Times named Andrew Lloyd Webber the most commercially successful composer in history.
Many musicians have started their own record labels after becoming stars themselves. But Sean Combs did the exact opposite. First, he built a successful production business and only after that began his career as a rapper. ean Combs became famous under the pseudonym Puff Daddy. His debut single, Can't Nobody Hold Me Down, reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and his first album, No Way Out, was certified 7x platinum in the US. Today, the musician continues to set records for earnings and has one of the largest fortunes among musicians, which is estimated at $ 900 million.
Herb Alpert, an 87-year-old American jazz trumpeter and «father» of The Tijuana Brass, which was popular in the 1960s, is ranked sixth in the ranking of the richest musicians. His fortune today is estimated at $ 850 million. However, this is not surprising, given the former merits of Herb Alpert. During his career, he has recorded 14 platinum and 15 gold albums. In addition, in the past, the musician led the record label A&M Records, which introduced the world to the duo The Carpenters, singer Janet Jackson and many other famous performers.
Next year, the famous American singer will celebrate the 40th anniversary of her musical career. However, Madonna is still at the peak of popularity and continues to collect full houses around the world. British magazine Gigwise recently claimed that Madonna is the world's highest-grossing solo touring artist. And earlier, the singer was recognized as the best-selling performer of all time, for which she received a mention in the Guinness Book of Records. According to the latest estimates?Madonna's net worth is estimated at $850 billion.
American rapper Dr. Dre has also managed to amass quite a lot of capital over the course of his long career. Today, his fortune is estimated at $820 million. However, Dr. Dre is known not only as a performer. He also became a successful producer: in 1998, his center signed a contract with Eminem, and in 2002 with 50 Cent. Also Dr. Dre has done well in business. In 2008, he founded Beats Electronics, a high-end audio equipment company (headphones and speakers), which was later sold to Apple and became a division of the tech giant.
The tenth place in the ranking of the richest musicians in the world of our time is occupied by the Queen of Country Dolly Parton, whose fortune is estimated at $ 805 million. The American singer writes songs herself and is known for her rather high productivity. During her career, Dolly Parton wrote more than 600 songs, many of which became real hits. Thanks to them, the performer rose to the top of the Billboard country chart 25 times. In addition, Dolly Parton has a good entrepreneurial streak. She owns the Dollywood theme park, which today is a major tourist attraction in Tennessee.