Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj, the rapper, singer and songwriter, was born in Trinidad and raised in Queens, New York City. Minaj has received numerous awards and accolades, including six American Music Awards, 11 BET Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards, 4 MTV Video Music Awards, a Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award, and 10 Grammy Award nominations. The Hip Hop/Pop superstar has sold over 20 million singles as a lead artist, 60 million singles as a featured artist, and 5 million albums worldwide, ranking her among of the best-selling music artists in the world.
With all of her accomplishments, it’s not uprising that sh’es also one of the highest paid in her genre. Minaj is listed as No. 15 on Forbes Magazine’s Hip-Hop Cash Kings, currently, the only woman on the list. Besides music, Minaj first made her debut in a motion picture in 2012 in the animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift, and in 2013, she was a judge on the twelfth season of American Idol. She has played supporting roles in the films The Other Woman (2014) and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016). She has a stake in streaming service Tidal and is a philanthropist who has awarded dozens of college tuition scholarships to her fans.
Born in Atlanta, Kanye West has become one of the world's most popular and wealthy rappers. West first became known in the 2000s, as a producer of the famous Roc-A-Fella Records, and then went on to release his first solo album in 2004, called 'The College Dropout'. Then, he founded his own record label, GOOD Music. The rapper is known for having experimented with a broad range of styles, from hip hop, soul, electro, gospel, and indie rock, to baroque pop, synth-pop and industrial.
In recent years, Kanye West has become super famous for another reason - being the husband of the famous Kim Kardashian. Also, he's attracted a significant amount of media attention for his very outspoken and controversial views and his conduct at public events and shows.
Jackson was an influential singer, songwriter and dancer. Commonly named the "King of Pop", he is remembered as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century.. He is regarded as one of the greatest entertainers of all time. His fame in music, dance, and fashion, along with his spotlighted personal life, made him a figure in popular culture for over four decades.
He is the third best-selling music artist of all time - with sales of over 350 million records worldwide. He has won well over 100 awards, which makes him the most awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. He is also one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame.
Also known as the goddess of pop, Cher has made her way in a male-dominated industry. She is known for her unique distinctive voice and for having worked in many different areas of entertainment throughout her 60-year career.
Cher has won an impressive amount of awards during the last six decades. She has a Grammy Award and an Emmy Award - she also has an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and a Cannes Film Festival Award, among several others. She has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Cher has become one of the best-selling music artists in history. Additionally, she’s the only artist to date to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart for six consecutive decades!
Born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, this rapper/lyricist is known my his moniker, Eminem. The rap artist broke the chains of poverty and now one of the richest rappers in the world. Like Snoop Dogg, who we mentioned before, Eminem's fate was sealed when he met Dr. Dre. In 1997, under Dr. Dre's mentorship, he began to slowly rise to fame, but he didn't have an easy path by any means. Ironically, he faced much scrutiny and discrimination for being a white rapper in a majorly black and brown industry, which he depicted in first motion picture 8 Mile. Throughout his career, Eminem has sold nearly 50 million albums in the United States alone, and 100 million albums worldwide. Having bagged 15 Grammy wins (43 Grammy nominations) and an Oscar award for Best Original Song for "Lose Yourself" from his "8 Mile", he among the most celebrated rappers in history.
Eminem might have dabbled with TV and film a bit, but the vast majority of his wealth comes from his legendary music catalog. According to Forbes, he's the best selling rapper of all time. So although Eminem doesn't have huge business ventures like his mentor Dr. Dre, he knows what he's strongest in, music. And he surly makes it work for him. Along with his track sales, performances, and arena tours, he also owns Shady Records, which a relatively successful record label. Needles to say, his bank account is solid.