Kanye West, known to the world as a rapper, record producer, fashion designer, songwriter and entrepreneur and has a net worth of around $160 million. His career started as a producer and built into a rapper. Let us have a little closure on his life and total earning during the past years.

Early Life

Kanye Omari West was born on June the 8th, 1977 in Atlanta, US. West completed his high school but dropped out from Chicago State University during College. The mogul is married to TV sensation Kim Kardashian West, and the two have three children together.

Earnings included in Kanye West Net Worth

His Music Career

It was tough for West to land a record deal for rapping because he was a producer and no one thought he was talented enough to be a rapper. In 2002, Kanye met with an accident and broke his jaw. Kanye’s jaw was wired shut, and he wrote and recorded a song called ‘Through the Wire’ which opened up new opportunities in the world of music for him.

  • Kanye’s debut album ‘The College Dropout’ was released in 2004 and hit the #2 spot on the Billboard 200. The album earned $4 million worldwide and brought for Kanye 10 Grammy nominations
  • In 2005, Kanye released his second album ‘Late Registration’ which sold more than 2.5 million copies in the United States alone and brought in $4.6 million
  • In 2007, West released his third album titled ‘Graduation’ which hit the #1 spot on the Billboard chart and also sold more than 900k copies in just the first week and a total income of $3.8 million
  • His fourth album was released in 2008 called ‘808s & Heartbreak’ earning $2.5 million and its lead single ‘Heartless’ which is one of his biggest hit and remains in the hearts of many fans until today
  • In 2010, Kanye West released his fifth studio album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ cashing in almost $1.6 million
  • He also released the then famous song “Forever” along with Drake, Eminem, and Lil Wayne
  • In 2011, he released an album in collaboration with Jay-Z titled ‘Watch the Throne’ which saw almost $3.5 million added to his account
  • His sixth album was released in 2013 titled ‘Yeezus’ and earnings from it were around $900,000
  • In 2015 he collaborated with Rihanna and Paul McCartney on ‘FourFiveSeconds’ which is an amazing collaboration and a great song
  • His seventh album saw name changes almost four times before he released it in 2016 with the title ‘The Life of Pablo’ and made available the entire album on the streaming site ‘TIDAL’ for free and earned only $110,000

Touring

  • Kanye earned $30 million from his tour ‘Glow in the Dark’ in 2008
  • His tour with Jay-Z titled ‘Watch the Throne’ earned $75 million in 2011
  • The Yeezus tour in 2013 brought an estimated $19 million to his net worth
  • His earnings from his ‘Saint Pablo Tour’ in 2016 brought in almost $32 million

Production Career

  • He first officially produced tracks on the album ‘Down to Earth’ in 1996 for an artist named Grav
  • He was a member and producer of a group called ‘Go-Getters’ who released an album in 1999 titled ‘World Record Holders’
  • In the 1990s he produced many songs for famous artists like Foxy Brown, Harlem World, The Notorious B.I.G and many more
  • His first big production was for Jay-Z’s album ‘The Blueprint’ in 2000 in association with ‘Roc-A-Fella Records’
  • He has also made hit songs for artists like Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson and Ludacris in 2002
  • In 2004, Kanye produced songs for John Legend, Brandy and Common

Movie Appearances

He made small appearances in movies such as:

  • State Property 2
  • Entourage
  • The Love Guru
  • We Were once a fairytale
  • Runaway
  • Cruel Summer
  • Anchorman 2

Property

  • Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian owns a home in Hollywood hills situated in LA which is worth $20 million. The huge property’s size is three acres consisting of eight bedrooms, ten bathrooms, two swimming pools, a vineyard, two spas and eight fireplaces
  • Kanye West owned another home in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles worth $3.995 million which was later sold for $2.95 million
  • He also owns another home in LA, California which worth $3.3 million
  • Kanye owns an apartment in New York which is worth $4.5 million
  • His Bel- Air mansion like home was sold for $18 million

Vehicle Collection

  • A Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren
  • Mercedes G500 worth $115,400
  • 2012 Lamborghini Aventador worth $400,000
  • A Lamborghini Gallardo worth $200,000
  • Ashton Martin DB9 worth $289,291
  • Rolls Royce Phantom
  • Prombron Red Diamond SUV
  • Mercedes S Class

Endorsements and Ventures

  • In 2004, Kanye founded the record label and management company called ‘GOOD Music’ and brought under it artists like John Legend and No I.D
  • In 2015, Kanye partnered with Adidas to launch his very own clothing line called ‘Yeezy’ whose deal was valued at $10 million. The brand consists of clothes for both men and women and most importantly shoes
  • Kanye is the founder and owner of the creative content company named ‘DONDA’
  • He also designed a shoe line for Louis Vuitton in 2009’s ‘Paris Fashion Week’
  • He owns a women’s fashion label called ‘DW Kanye West’
  • Kanye also owns a chain of Fatburger restaurants in Chicago
  • He is also the co-owner of ‘TIDAL’

Books

  • Through the Wire: Lyrics and Illuminations in 2009
  • Glow in the Dark in 2009

Social Work

  • Kanye is a co-founder of the charity ‘Donda’s House’
  • In 2015, Kanye donated $133,000 to Donda’s House from the money that was raised from a ‘Louis Vuitton’ concert. The primary goal of the charity is to reduce the number of drop out kids
  • Kanye donated a CD of compiled songs whose sale proceeds went towards the victims of Hurricane Katrina
  • He also made a lunchbox for an auction that helped ‘The Lunchbox Fund’

Some other foundations and charities that Kanye supports are:

  • Red Cross
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Live Earth
  • Robin Hood
  • Save the Children
  • Doctors without Borders
  • Stand up to Cancer and many more
  • He also supports causes such as Literacy, Education, Children, Cancer, Poverty, Abuse and Disaster relief

Conclusion

Kanye West is very creative in both his music and the fashion industry. He is talented and most importantly, a philanthropist. Kanye West has made a name for him in the rap industry even though it was initially very tough. Kanye, You are appreciated!