Kanye West is an American rapper, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. The rapper, whose full name is Kanye Omari West, recently petitioned a court to change his name to just ‘Ye’. He is one of the best-selling rappers in the world. Kanye West initially rose to popularity as a producer of Roc-A-Fella Records which is owned by fellow billionaire rapper, Jay-Z. While there, he pioneered the ‘chipmunk soul’ technique while producing music for several singers and rappers. Kanye later released his solo album ‘The College Dropout’, in 2004. After receiving much success with the album, Kanye founded his label known GOOD Music where he continued his rap career.
Kanye West is recognized as one of the most influential rappers in today alongside Jay-z.
West was born in Atlanta in 1977 and raised in Chicago, Illinois. His parents divorced when he was just 3 years old and he continued to live with his mother. He later met DJ No ID in Chicago who taught him how to produce music and he began to experiment with that. After being awarded a scholarship to the American Academy of Art, he instead switched to Chicago State University where he studied English. He would later drop out at 20 years old to pursue his musical dream. He started by creating beats for musicians in his locality as a way to perfect his craft. His first producer credit came in 1996 when he produced a song for a Chicago rapper known as Grave, on his debut album.
Kanye West is now 41 years old.
- Net worth
Kanye West or Ye, is one of the richest rappers in the world at the moment. The rapper has an estimated net worth of $1.8 billion. This means that he is a billionaire. Kanye West is one of the rappers to hit self-made billionaire status, the first being Jay-Z.
Kanye West may be a billionaire rapper but the bulk of his money did not come from his musical talent, just like most other entertainers and sportsmen who made the bulk of their fortune outside of their jobs, except former professional boxer, Floyd Mayweather who made all his money from boxing. Kanye West reached billionaire status through the sale of his Yeezy fashion line which sold sneakers. This was a collaboration between the rapper and shoe giant, Adidas. The line was later expanded with the release of the Yeezy 350 cleat, Yeezy Powerphase Calabasas, and the Yeezy Boost 700. His share in the Yeezy collection is worth $1.5 billion. Apart from this, the rapper has around $160 million in cash sitting in the bank. Another further $100 million is tied in assets.
Kanye West also owns over $160 million in real estate which adds up to his fortune. The home which he shared with his ex-wife, Kim is a big estate in the Hidden hills of California. The estate now has a value of $60 million and is solely owned by Kim Kardashian after she paid $23 million to gain full ownership of the estate.
The rapper also owns a ranch in Wyoming that is worth $15 million. He tried selling this ranch for $14 million in 2021 but seems to have changed his mind about that. West owns another ranch in Monster Lake which is valued at $14 million. He also owns a business property in Wyoming which is valued at $2 million.
When you are worth more than a billion dollars, there is nothing you cannot afford. The rapper once chopped up Maybach 57 in a music video with Jay-Z for the song ‘Otis’. Kanye West owns some of the fastest wheels ever made. He owns vehicles such as:
- Maybach 57
- Lamborghini Gallardo
- Lamborghini Aventador
- Lamborghini Urus
- Aston Martin DBS
- Porsche Panamera Turbo
- Porsche 991 Carrera
- Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren
- Bugatti Veyron
Kanye West has not been spotted wearing expensive bling. Apart from these cars and mansions, the rapper normally likes to keep it simple when it comes to his fashion. He has not been known to wear bling during his musical career.
Kanye West was married to Kim Kardashian but the pair recently divorced after a lengthy court case. They had four children together. Kim Kardashian currently has custody of the children.
During the court case, Kanye West had hoped that Kim Kardashian might change her mind and save their marriage but that was not the case as she was bent on divorcing him.