It's been a rough year for the rapper, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 49-year-old Busta Rhymes has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid rappers for 2021 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.
UPDATE 04/12/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Busta Rhymes tops annual list of highest-paid rappers
In 2019 it looked like the rapper’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Friday (December 3) that Rhymes is the highest-paid rapper in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between November 2020 and November 2021, a nearly $50 million lead over his closest competition.
People With Money’s factors
In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.
The American rapper-actor-singer-producer has an estimated net worth of $245 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Rhymes Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “New York Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderhymes - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Busta) and a fashion line called “Busta Rhymes Seduction”.
The ranking is significant for many Busta fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.
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