Who Is Richer Jay-Z or Kanye West? The Hip-Hop Entrepreneurs Are All Billionaires But Here’s Their Net Worth

Who’s richer, Jay-Z or Kanye West? Jay-Z’s net worth stands at $1.3 billion, and Kanye West’s $2 billion, which makes Ye richer by $700 million.

According to BET, West and Jay-Z were the highest-paid hip-hop artists in 2021. Jay-Z reportedly earned $470 million that year, and West earned $250 million. Additional income for Jay-Z came about when he sold portions of his streaming service, Tidal, and Armand de Brignac champagne. The rapper reportedly sold 80% of Tidal to Jack Dorsey’s Square for a $350 million profit.

Kanye West and Jay-Z clasp hands at a white tie event for our kanye west net worth vs jay z feature
Kanye and Jay-Z at Sean Combs 50th birthday bash, 12/2019 | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sean Combs

However, when it comes to Grammy Award wins, Jay-Z knocks West down. Jay-Z made history in 2021 as the person with the most Grammy nominations at 83. West earned 75 Grammy nods for his music.

Shrewd moves that shot Jay-Z into the upper ranks in the highly-anticipated hip hop artists list by Forbes editor Zack O’Malley Greenberg also include investments in Uber and SpaceX.

Who else is in the Hip-Hop Billionaire Club?

An animated Rihanna poses against a colorful backdrop at an event in 2018
Rihanna drops by the Stance for the Clara Lionel Foundation in NYC, 2018 | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Stance

While Kanye West’s net worth means he leads the pack for the hip-hop billionaire club … lookout … Rihanna has just entered the building!

According to Billboard, Rihanna is known as Barbados’ first billionaire, and a lot of her earnings come from Fenty Beauty Cosmetics and her Savage x Fenty clothing line. Additionally, her music and acting catapulted her career, especially early on. Rihanna’s net worth stands around $1.7 billion.

At the time of this writing, Jay-Z rounds off this ultra-exclusive trine. Jay-Z’s net worth, which we know stands at $1.4 billion, is largely thanks to his work on the global music streaming service Tidal, his fashion line Rocawear, his prestige champagne brand Armand de Brignac, and his cognac D’Usse. He also founded the sports management division of Roc Nation, titled Roc Nation Sports.

Finally, Kanye comes out on top with his $2 billion net worth. His work with Yeezy, Yeezy Adidas, Yeezy x Gap, Yeezy/Gap by Balenciaga, and G.O.O.D. Music brought his wealth to where it is in 2022.