Forbes Reveals Richest Athletes, Rappers And Self-Made Women

What do Rihanna, Lionel Messi, and Jay-Z have inc common? Spoiler alert: It’s a whole lotta money.

Earlier this month, Rihanna was named by Forbes as the richest female musician in the world, and her early mentor Jay-Z as hip hop’s first billionaire. Surprised? Don’t be, cause Forbes has some more news for you. Since the start of the month, Forbes has released *three* separate lists—the 2019 list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women, the World’s Highest Paid Athletes, and just today, Hip-Hop’s Next Billionaires: Richest Rappers.

Although Rihanna doesn’t top the list as the richest self-made woman of 2019 (that spot belongs to Diane Hendricks, co-founder and chairperson of ABC Supply, with a net worth of $7 billion), she does come in at No. 37 with her $600 million fortune powered by Fenty Beauty and most recently, her newest high-end fashion venture “Fenty” in partnership with LVMH. Other big names we recognize include Oprah at No. 10 with a $2.6 billion net worth, and Kylie Jenner at No. 23, whose lip kits have managed to garner her a $1 billion fortune. Music world heavyweights like Madonna ($570 million), Celine Dion ($450 million), and Beyoncé ($400 million) slide in behind them at No. 39, 46, and 51 respectively. Who knew running a cosmetics empire was more lucrative than being a pop diva?

Meanwhile, Jay-Z leads the pack as hip hop’s richest artist with a very diverse portfolio of assets, including stakes in champagne, cognac, Uber, and a massive art collection, to name a few. Lagging just $200 million behind is Dr. Dre, who sold his Beats By Dr. Dre line to Apple for $3 billion dollars in 2014. Rounding out the list is Diddy in No. 3, Kanye West in No. 4, and our very own Champagne Papi—Drake clinches spot No. 5. As the youngest name on the list by a decade, Drake’s fortune has grown “50 per cent over the past year, boosted by holdings ranging from real estate to his Virginia Black whiskey, as well as a lucrative tour and new residency” at a Las Vegas Nightclub, Forbes reports.

On the sports side of things, soccer stars exude their dominance this year with the iconic Lionel Messi beating out fan-favourite G.O.A.T player Cristiano Ronaldo to top the list for the first time. The top 100 players this year span 10 sports and 25 countries, with their earnings coming from a combination of prize money, salaries, and endorsements. Drake favourites Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are ranked No.  9 and 10 respectively, beating out Raptors baes Kyle Lowry at No. 43 and Kawhi Leonard at No. 70. Sadly, the only woman on the list is Serena Williams at No. 63, but it’s an improvement from 2018 where no women made an appearance.

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