Kanye West Net Worth, Money and More

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Net worth: $ 100 million

Profession: Rapper, Actor, Fashion designer, Producer

Did you know the fame name Kanye West of the best selling album The College Dropout, really is a college dropout. Kanye, who was born in Atlanta, raised by his mother, dropped out of college in order to pursue a career in music industry, starting out initially as a producer for Roc-A-Fella records, before signing with Jay-Z.

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Now, that’s called beginner’s luck

West who started off by producing for upcoming local artists in the 1990’s made it big with every consecutive album, with most of his songs topping the charts in the U.S. Billboards 200 within the first week of their release. Albums like Chyna Doll, World Party and The Movement were a instant hit with the audience. At the close of the century, Kanye West produced six songs for the hit album Tell ‘Em Why U Madd, an album that was released by D-Dot under the alias of the Madd Rapper, a fictional character he created for a skit on the The Notorious B.I.G’s second studio album Life After Death. West’s songs featured guest appearances from rappers such as Ma$e, Raekwon and Eminem.

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He got his big break when he signed with Roc-A-Fella Records and worked with Jay-Z on the bestselling album The Blueprint in 2001. Kanye West spent four years honing and perfecting what would become his debut album, The College Dropout, which came in at number two on the Billboard 200 and is still Kanye West’s best-selling album in the US to date. Subsequent albums, Late Registration, Graduation and 808s & Heartbreak and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy were also chart-toppers that received critical and commercial success.

West’s debut album,The College Dropout, got him into the Best Rap Album slot at the 2005 Grammy Awards, three MOBO Awards, and Best New Artist at the BET Awards. His second album, Late Registration, earned him seven Grammy nominations, two nominations at the BRIT Awards, and Best Rapper at the Vibe Music Awards.

He has been known to have worked with the best of the industry talents, like Jay-Z, Beyonce, John Legend, Alicia Keys and Janet Jackson.

The big bucks follow

Estimated yearly earnings:

2013                      $20 million

2012                      $35 million

2011                      $16 million

2010                      $12 million

2009                      $25 million

2008                      $30 million

2007                      $17 million

2005                      $10 million

2004                      $5 million

 

Record earnings:

Record Sales 2013

Estimated Earnings  from Yeesus Sales (630 Thousand Copies) – $1,500,000

Record Sales 2011

Ticket sales and earnings of Watch the Throne tour- $48,300,000

Record Sales 2010

Estimated earnings from My Beautiful Dark Twisted fantasy Album- $3,000,000

Record Sales 2008

Estimated Earnings from 808 & Heartbreak Album Sales (1.7 Million Copies)

Record Sales 2007

Estimated earnings from Graduation Album(2.7 million Copies)- $5,000,000

Record Sales Aug. 2005

Estimated Earnings from Late Registration Album Sales (3.1 Million Copies)

Record Sales Feb. 2004

Estimated Earnings from The College Dropout Album Sales (7.3 Million Copies)

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Jay-Z and Kanye West who performed together 31 times, last year selling out their concerts 15 times earned a total of nearly $50 million. Reportedly, the duo charges $1.5 million per night for their performance.

The businessman in me

West is also a seasoned businessman with a chain of Fatburger restaurants designated for the Chicago area, a line of athletic shoes for Nike called Air Yeezy, and another shoe line with Louis Vuitton. He launched a women’s fashion label called DW Kanye West.

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Talk about getting the right crib!

To start off with his Beverly Hills home, West bought of property for $1.75 million in 2003 and listed it in 2010 for $3,995,000. Soon after purchasing it Kanye stared a makeover of the house by Desiridata Design and it took three long years to renovate. He also owns a mansion in Hollywood Hills, which is estimated to be around $3.9 million, in addition to a magnificent apartment in New York.

I got the right cars.

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He owns a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, along with an Aston Martin DB9. He could not settle for one Merc, can he? He also owns a Mercedes G500. He is the proud owner of not just one but two Lamborghini series, a 2012 Laborghini Aventador which he got it for $400,000 and a Gallardo.

Time for charity

His philanthropic ventures include The Kayne West Foundation which benefits education for African American and Latino children, in addition to contributing time, talent and money to Hurricane Katrina relief, World Water Day, and Live Earth, among other organizations. He also funds Doctors Without Borders which is an organization that provides aid to more than 80 countries. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people in crisis regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation. Kanye West is closely associated with The Art of Elysium, an NGO founded in 1997. The foundation supports the children with serious ailments and encourages the actors, singers and other celebrities to volunteer for the cause by spending some time with these children.

My string of relationships

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West has had his string of relationships before he found his soul mate. He first dated designer Alexis Phifer, and got engaged in 2006. The pair ended their 18-month engagement in 2008. Later he dated model Amber Rose for a couple of years before they broke-up. Since then he has been in a relationship with reality television star Kim Kardashian. The two have a daughter named North Nori West. The couple got engaged after the birth of the daughter, in October 2013.

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