How Nicki Minaj Became the Richest Female Rapper in the World
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How Nicki Minaj Became the Richest Female Rapper in the World

This year, multidisciplinary artist Nicki Minaj, born Onika Tanya Maraj, has hit several milestones in both her career and personal life. Minaj and her worldwide fanbase — known as “The Barbz” — celebrated the birth of her first child, as well as the 10 year anniversary of the release of her debut album, “Pink Friday.”

With over a decade under her belt as a pioneer in female rap music, let’s take a look at how the Trinidadian-American rapper built her empire. 

Celebrity Net Worth recorded Nicki Minaj’s net worth as over $80 million. In addition to her musical success, Minaj derives her income from touring, personal appearances and performances, film and television, and endorsement deals. 

Her journey began in 2009 when the Queens rapper released her infamous mixtape “Beam Me Up Scotty” which featured the hit song “Itty Bitty Piggy” that put the lyricist on the map. That year she also signed to Lil Wayne’s record label Young Money Entertainment and eventually released “Pink Friday” which sold four million records worldwide, according to Celebrity Net Worth. 

In her career, Minaj has released a total of four albums — “Pink Friday,” “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” “The Pinkprint and “Queen”and sold over five million albums and 20 million singles as of September 2018, according to Celebrity Net Worth. 

According to Insider, Minaj revealed in a verse on Kanye West’s “Monster” that she makes $50,000 for a feature. TMZ reported that she was paid the same amount to appear at Iyanna Mayweather’s birthday party and made $300,000 to $500,000 to perform at a Bar Mitzvah in 2015, according to Newsweek.

Touring is where a lot of artists make most of their money. Minaj has headlined three tours in line with her first three albums. The Pinkprint Tour topped the 2015 list of top grossing tours according to Insider, bringing in over $13 million in revenue.

In her one season appearance on “American Idol,” the multi-award-winning musician earned $12 million before leaving the show, according to Reuters

Throughout the years, Minaj has partnered with companies and executives in many different industries. In 2015, she invested in music streaming service, Tidal, with fellow musician, Jay-Z, owning a three percent stake, according to Insider

Plus, she’s also inked deals with MAC Cosmetics, Myx Moscato, Pepsi, and more. 

In March of 2020, Young Money — her record label — announced that Minaj had become the first female rapper in history to amass a $100 million net worth.