HEAD TO HEAD Rappers vs footballer: Who has the biggest net worth? 


Ever wondered who the richest rappers in the world are? Most of the rappers who are experiencing their lavish lives came from suburbs. They struggled so hard under the curb of poverty, but over time, their talent made them into what they are now. Most of the rappers haven’t started their careers at the top. They began rapping on streets. But their skills paved the way to the extravagant life they are living now.
They don’t have to take loans from banks for any major projects. Here is the list of 15 Richest Rappers in the world who have trendy homes, expensive cars, and sumptuous lives. Ranging from Pharell to Diddy, there are so many passionate rappers who are doing really well in the rapping domain. The fortunes of these money-making machines will blow the minds. Let’s see who makes it into the list of Top 15 Richest Rappers in the world, where they came from and how much they are worth.

Top 15 Richest Rappers in the world as of 2018

15. Nelly

Nelly is an African American who was born on 2nd November 1974 in Austin, Texas, USA. His full name is Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. He is one of the most successful rappers, singers, actors, entrepreneurs and investors in America. He kicked off his musical career in 1993 when he first performed collaborating with St. Lunatics, a Southern hip-hop group. Later, he started his solo career and debuted with his first album Country Grammar which is the best-selling album to date with more than 8.4 million copies sold in the US itself.
Ever since then, Nelly became successful with chart-topping hits and immense fan following. Nelly won Grammy awards for his music in 2003 and 2004. Currently, his net worth is a huge $60 million.

14. Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American who was born on December 8th, 1982 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. Her full name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She is a singer-songwriter. She has released three mix-tapes from 2007-2009 which brought her public attention. Her debut Pink Friday went viral shortly after the launch in 2011. She released her second album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in 2012. Both the albums topped in U.S.Billboard 200. Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List. Minaj is the only woman to be featured on Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list. She is never shy about earnings and openly claims that she earns $50000 for guest verses. Her current net worth is $70 million.

13. Timbaland

Timbaland is an American record producer, singer, songwriter, DJ and rapper who was born on March 10th, 1972 at Norfolk, Virginia, US. His full name is Timothy Zachery “Tim” Mosley. He initially launched some albums with his friend Magoo but started his solo career by releasing Tim’s Bio in 1998. Timbaland got roped in and became the part of Swing’s crew where he became writer, producer as well as a performer. He worked as a hit-producer for Aaliyah and Missy Elliott and as executive producer for hit TV series Empire and became more famous for his Cry Me a River, 4 Minutes, The Way I Are and Give It to Me. His net worth is $85 million.

12. Drake

Drake is a Canadian rapper, singer, record producer, songwriter and actor who was born on October 24th, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His full name is Aubrey Drake Graham. In the initial stages of his career, he got recognition as an actor in TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Drake’sgrowing passion towards rap made him depart the series and release a mix-tape in 2007. After two more independent projects, he finally signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in 2009. Drake launched his first album Thank Me Later in 2010 which soon went Platinum by RIAA. He won a total of 3 Grammy Awards from 27 nominations and recently surpassed Adele’s record of most winnings at Billboard Music Awards. His net worth is $90 million.

11. LL Cool J

 LL Cool J
LL Cool J is short for Ladies Love Cool James. He is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, and author who was born on 14th January 1968 in Bay Shore, New York, US. James began rapping at the age of 9 inspired by a hip-hop group The Treacherous Three. He signed for Def Jam records at 14 years of age and released “I Need a Beat” which got a tremendous response, and over 100000 copies got sold. LL Cool J left school and recorded his debut album Radio to which the fans responded positively. Cool J started his acting career in 1997 by appearing in B.A.P.S directed by Robert Townsend. He worked as a host of a celebrity competition Lip Sync Battle in 2015. His net worth is $100 million.


Pharrell is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and film producer born on April 5th, 1973 in Virginia, US. His full name is Pharrell Lanscillo Williams. He met Chad Hugo when he was in seventh grade and played keyboards, drums. They started a band name Skateboard P. Later joining with their friends they formed a group of 4 and entered a talent show. After schooling, they signed for Riley. This “Happy” singer is one of the most diversified performers on the Celeb 100 list. Pharrell received four Grammy’s out of eight nominations. He also got so many awards for his best work as a producer too. His net worth is $150 million.

9. Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg is an American rapper and actor who was born on October 20th, 1971 in California, US. His full name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. With the sheer passion towards rapping, Snoop started his music career in 1992 with Dr. Dre of N.W.A. His first solo album Doggystyle got released in 1993 and had listed in so many top charts by selling over a million copies in the first week of release itself. He is well-known for his freestyle of lyrics. Snoop got nominated 17 times for the Grammy awards but without a single win. Keeping his rapping skills aside, he also gained fame for his acting skills too. His net worth is $143 million.

8. Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne is an American hip-hop recording artist who was born on September 27th, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. His full name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. He started his career at 15 years with Cash Money Records which went double Platinum and occupied the 3rd position on Billboard. Lil released his solo album Tha Block Is Hot in 1999 which instantly became a hit. Wayne launched his first Rock album titled as Rebirth which got #2 place on MTV’s list of hottest MC’s. His sixth album Tha Carter was nominated for eight Grammy awards and pocketed four of them. His riches worth around $150 million.

7. Kanye West

Kanye West
Kanye West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur who was born on June 8th, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. His full name is Kayne Omari West. West started producing hit singles for rappers like Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, etc. in the early 2000s. His debut album The College Dropout came out in 2004 and became a commercial success. Kayne is one of the most praised musicians of the the21st century. Most of his albums are the best-selling ones with more than millions of copies sold. He won a total of 21 Grammy awards and became the most awarded artist of all the time. His net worth is approximate $145 million.

6. Eminem

Eminem is an American rapper, actor and record producer who was born on 17th October 1972 in Missouri, U.S. His full name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III. His first album Infinite got launched in 1996 which immediately brought him to sign Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. Eminem is also a member of Midwest hip-hop groups Soul Intent and D12.Eminem is known as “Rap God” in the present music industry. His ventures like Shady Records introduced some talented artists like 50 Cent. He is the second best-selling male artist of Nielsen Sound Scan Era and ranks 83rd on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 greatest artists of all time. His net worth is about $160 million.

5. Birdman

Birdman is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur who was born on February 15th, 1969 in Lousiana, U.S. His full name is Bryan Christopher Williams. He served 22 months in prison for selling heroin at the age of 16 and again in 18 for drug possession. However, things went pretty well for him after that. Birdman joined DJ Mannie Fresh in 1997 and released the first album Big Tymers in 1998. They went on launching some bestselling albums later on. He co-founded of Cash Money Records with his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams. Not only as a musician, but Bryan also succeeded in entrepreneurial. His total riches are worth about $170 million.

4. Master P

Master P
Master P is an American rapper, businessman, actor, investor, author, former basketball player and also a philanthropist. He was born on April 29th, 1968 in New Orleans, Lousiana, U.S. His full name is Percy Robert Miller. Miller launched his debut solo album Get Away Clean in 1992 which followed by his second release Mama’s Bad Boy. He joined with group TRU and released Who’s da Killer album. His most successful album till date is MP Da Last Don. The album crawled up to the first place on Billboard by selling 400000 copies in a week and got certified Platinum four times. He is the founder of P. Miller Enterprises and Better Black Television which got shut down by the online television network. His net worth is $350 million.

3. Jay Z

Jay Z - Richest Rappers
Jay Z is an American rapper and businessman who was born on 4th December 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. His full name is Shawn Corey Carter. As no major label came forward to make a deal, Jay started selling his CD’s with Damon Dash and Kareem Biggs. Later they created their own label in 1995. After gaining a smashing hit with his work, he released his first album Reasonable Doubts in 1996. Jay owns the record for most number of albums by solo artist. Rolling Stone ranked him 88th on the list of greatest artists of all time. Jay Z co-created clothing Rocawear and is also an MLB sports agent. His net worth is $810 million.

2. Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre-Richest Rappers
Dr. Dre is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur who was born on February 18th, 1965 in Compton, California, U.S. His full name is Andre Romelle Young. He started his career as a member of World Class Wreckin’ Cru. The chronic album marked his solo debut in 1992. His debut album itself made him one of the best-selling American performing artists.Dre is the third richest figure in hip-hop world who also got credited as a vital figure in West Coast G-funk. He has won 6 Grammy awards, and Rolling Stone ranked him at 56th in the 100 greatest artists of all-time list. His net worth is $740 million.

1. Diddy

Diddy - Richest Rappers
Diddy is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur who was born on November 4th, 1969 in Harlem, New York, U.S. His full name is Sean John Combs. He worked as a talent director initially but stopped after starting his own label Bad Boy Entertainment. His debut No Way out still tops the list and got certified Platinum seven times. Not only in music but also earned loads as an entrepreneur and songwriter and as the producer of MTV’s Making the Band. One of his best hits of all time is the Last Train to Paris. He is the chairman and CEO of Combs Enterprises and won three Grammy awards. His net worth is incredible $820 million.


Top 10 Richest Footballers in the World 2018

Although football is a favorite love in only certain parts of the world, the footballers for many teams are fan favorites as well. Some of the footballers are the highest paid in the league and their skills as well as their professionalism makes them a commodity to their team as well as their country. These footballers has shown that hard work and great work ethic goes a long way if they are willing to get on the field and work hard to keep the pride of their country going strong. Below is a list of the top ten richest footballers in the world who has been on top financially in their league.

10. Andres Iniesta

Andres Iniesta - richest footballers
Number ten on the list of being The Richest Footballer in the World is Andres Iniesta. His hard work and love of the game have shown in midfield while playing with Barcelona. Iniesta is not only the top ten greatest footballers in the world, he is truly one of the top ten richest in the world as well. Iniesta is so popular that he draws in around $218 thousand a week and his investments have also helped his net worth rise. With his commercial endorsements from Nike, Sony, Nissan, and the beer Estrella Damm, he has not missed a beat with being smart with his money. He has even invested in a couple of real estate properties. This intelligent footballer’s net worth is $90 million.

9. Ezequiel Lavezzi

Ezequiel Lavezzi - richest footballers
Ezekiel Lavezzi, a former PSG and Napoli footballer, stands at number nine for being the Richest Footballer in the World in 2017. Lavezzi’s high salary of about $530 thousand a week as well as his endorsements and business deals helps him with his high net worth also. This Argentine was trying to leave the Chinese Super League with the more handsome amount of money, but he did not get what he wanted. Even though the deal fell through with the Chinese Super League, France Football estimates his net worth at $96 million.

8. Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney
The eighth Richest Footballer in the World, is Wayne Rooney, a United Kingdom Native, who is also the 10th highest paid footballer in the world. Even though his popularity has been on a slow decline, he has still managed to bring in $20.6 million a year. Although his popularity may be a slow downfall, his investments, business ventures, and commercial endorsements have placed in the place of being one of the richest footballers in the world. His business deals with Nike, Harper Collins, Coca-Cola, and EA Sports along with some investments at a hotel in New Castle and other real estate property has generously brought his net worth up. Wayne Rooney’s net worth is $128 million.

7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Having played for all almost all of the top clubs in Europe, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is number seven on the list of being The Richest Footballer in the World. This Swedish player has won title leagues with almost all of the clubs he has played on, except for his current club, Manchester United. Ibrahimovic has represented, Ajax, Inter Milan, AC Milan, and PSG. In 2003, Zlatan’s name was trademarked, which means that he received the exclusive right to sporting goods and clothing and anything else his name was trademarked on. Along with his trademarked sporting goods and clothing, he recently signed a contract for a business deal with Nike. Along with all of his business ventures he has with these well-known companies, he also has his own sportswear and he is an ambassador for Volvo. Zlatan’s net worth is $160 million.

6. Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale - richest footballers
One of the richest footballers in the world, and a footballer for Real Madrid is Gareth Bale. He comes in at number six on the list as The Richest Footballer in the World. This popular footballer recently signed a deal for $23.8 million a season. His endorsements with Adidas, Nissan, Foot Locker, EA Sports, and Lucozade as well as many others. Being the face of Adidas, Bale $26.5 million in endorsements alone with this company. Although he has not had invested into any major business or other business ventures, he does own his own business, PrimeSure Limited, where he is the 60% stakeholder. Gareth Bale’s net worth is $165 million.

5. Neymar

Neymar - richest footballers
Number five on the list of being the Richest Footballers in the World is Neymar. This well-known footballer is so popular that he is third on the list having the most followers on social media behind Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo. This footballer makes around $364 thousand a week by playing for Barcelona. Neymar also earns more from his endorsements than he does from his salary playing football. He earns 61% of his earnings from endorsements and some of his sponsorship deals include Nike, Gillette, Panasonic, and Red Bull among others. Neymar is also a partner in a company with his mother, called, NN Consortium. Neymar’s net worth is $190 million and is only set to grow even more in the coming years.

4. Dave Whelan

Dave Whelan - richest footballers
Dave Whelan a former footballer, comes in the list of being the Richest Footballer in the World at number four. Whelan used to play for Blackburn Rovers and Crew Alexandra. However, he is more known for his skills in business, than on the field playing football. He is the former owner of DW Stadium. Dave Whelan got into marketing after he opened Whelan stores, which was later taken over and afterward, he took over JJB Sports, renaming it to DW Sports. He is the only footballer to have owned a club that has played in the Premier League. Dave Whelan’s net worth is $210 million.

3. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi - richest footballers
Lionel Messi, a very popular and much-loved footballer, comes in at number three on the list of being the Richest Footballer in the World.He is the only footballer to ever win Ballon d’Or five times. Currently, Lionel Messi is the second most valuable player in the world. With Messi’s market value being $158.9 million, he earns around $437 thousand a week in salary. With his sponsors, he earns than $20 million a year. Some of his sponsors include Adidas, PepsiCo, Gillette, and Turkish Airlines. Recently, Adidas released a limited edition commemorative Messi shoe after he broke Barcelona’s all-time scoring record and it sold out in an hour in the U.S.The net worth of this popular footballer is $295 million.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo - richest footballers
Cristiano Ronaldo, the highest paid sportsman in the world, comes in at number two of being the Richest Footballer in the World. He also earns about $53 million a year in bonuses and has earned a $40 million sponsorship deal from Nike, based on his performance. Cristiano Ronaldo is known as the world’s most popular athlete, with 43.8 million Facebook and Twitter followers. He even has his own underwear line, called CR7. His net worth has risen in over $80 million in over a year. With this rise in his net worth, it comes from two hotels named Pestana CR7 in his home country in Portugal. He has also invested in a chain of gyms with the company Crunch, in which the first gym will open in Madrid. With all of his business ventures keeping him busy as well as his career in football, Ronaldo’s net worth is $400 million.

1. David Beckham

David Beckham - richest footballers
David Beckham, the very well known and extremely successful is the Richest Footballer in the World. He has played for some of the most prestigious clubs in the football industry, such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and PSG. He also has endorsements with Adidas, H&M, and Armani among many others. In 2014, MLS announced that Beckham had exercised the option to buy an expansion team for $25 million, and his Miami team now is looking for a stadium so they can start playing by next season. David Beckham’s net worth is $450 million.


Although these players are hard at work being football players for their clubs, many of them seem to have invested their money smartly in businesses or real estate that will pay in the future for them. The endorsements that have been invested in these men, have been well worth it. Not only are they the face of these corporations, but also the pride of their countries. The success and their net worth will only continue to grow as the years go on.