It's been a rough year for the rapper, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 51-year-old LL Cool J has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid rappers for 2019 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.
UPDATE 06/12/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
LL Cool J tops annual list of highest-paid rappers
In 2017 it looked like the rapper’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Thursday (December 5) that LL Cool J is the highest-paid rapper in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between November 2018 and November 2019, a nearly $40 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-business man has an estimated net worth of $215 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 LL Cool J Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Bay Shore Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure WonderlL Cool J - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from James) and a fashion line called “LL Cool J Seduction”.
The ranking is significant for many James fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.
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