The 7 Richest Rappers

When you think about rap stars, you’re likely to think about fast cars, lots of cash, and (of course) their entourage, but that doesn’t begin to truly describe the best in the business. The most successful stars in rap are certainly no shrinking violets, and they do tend to find controversy from time to time, but they’re also great businessmen, which explains why the best of the best all have a net worth in excess of $100 million dollars.

Here are the 7 richest rappers on the planet:

Birdman: $150 Million

Bryan “Birdman” Williams is not the only rapper on this list to come out of the musical hotbed of New Orleans – there’s something about life on the Bayou that seems to encourage musical talent and Birdman continues that proud tradition. Through some astute business deals he’s managed to take his net worth to more than $150 million dollars, although most of his money has been made from his involvement in Cash Money Records – helping to establish such famous acts as Lil Wayne. Like all of the other guys on this list, Birdman’s had a lot of success making money in the rap industry.

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Eminem: $170 Million

It’s hard to believe that a guy with a net worth of $170 million dollars began life growing up in a trailer park, but that’s where Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem, began life. Although it was a struggle at first for him to be taken seriously as one of the few white rappers in the game, through perseverance he became one of the most successful rappers of all time. From the Slim Shady LP to The Eminem Show, Eminem has churned out hit after hit.

In his early days he was one of the most controversial figures in rap, but he seems to have got himself on track, branching out as a producer and an actor – it doesn’t look like the Eminem Show will end any time soon.

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Usher: $180 Million

Usher’s been around the music industry a long time, but believe it or not, he’s still only in his mid-30s – that’s because he hit stardom at the tender age of 15. Most that rise to fame at an early age tend to burn out early, but not Usher – he’s still going strong. While he isn’t involved in as many ventures as most of the guys on this list, he is a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and his music career continues to fire along at an impressive pace – to date, he’s sold more than 65 million records worldwide.

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