For most performers, it amounts to a net worth in the low millions. However, many performers (like rapper Too Short) diversify their income portfolio to ensure they continue to make money after they’re performing career is over.
Net Worth of Famous Rappers
Individuals on the list of the “richest rappers” have all been able to diversify their income. For instance, Jay Z also owns a record label and clothing company. Dr. Dre has been able to make millions from his deal with Beats headphones as well as signing great artists like fellow millionaire Marshall Mathers, also known as Eminem. Here are what the 10 richest rappers are worth:
- Dr. Dre – $830 million
- Sean “P. Diddy” Combs – $820 million
- Jay Z – $810 million
- Russell Simmons – $340 million
- Master P – $250 million
- Eminem – $190 million
- Usher – $180 million
- Ronald Slim Williams – $170 million
- Kanye West – $160 million
- 50 Cent – $150 million
But what about Dipset’s Too Short? He’s definitely not on the list of the richest rappers right now. He has recently signed with Jay Z and has a number of other projects going on as well. So, how has Too Short’s net worth been impacted by his career in the spotlight?
Too Short’s Career
If you’ve not ever heard Too Short’s name, many people know him as one of the original members of The Diplomats (a.k.a. Dipset). Too Short began recording music as a young boy in the 1980s. His official career really began to take off in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The rapper’s first album, “Life is…Too Short,” lead to work with big names in hip-hop, like Tupac Shakur and Biggie. Almost in an instant, Too Short’s career exploded. He appeared on most of the hottest songs on the radio, produced several studio albums and continued collaboration work with rappers like P. Diddy.
Some of the star’s singles have appeared on Grand Theft Auto and he has been featured in a number of endorsements throughout the years as well. After 30 years of rapping, what is Too Short’s net worth?
Too Short’s Net Worth
Too Short’s net worth of $15 million isn’t that impressive when stacked against the names mentioned above. However, Too Short has been out of the spotlight for a few years now. At one time, he was listed among the highest paid rappers in the world.
Throughout his career, he has earned more than $96 million and continues to earn about $1.7 million each year. Endorsements make up about $392,000 of his annual income. The rest stems from album sales and other work.
It should also be noted that Too Short has practically doubled his net worth over the past five years. In 2012, he was only worth $8.5 million. However, that year proved to be a successful one for album sales for the rapper. His albums made more than $10 million in 2012. Since then, his annual earnings have been trending upwards.
Unlike other rappers, Too Short hasn’t begun to seriously diversify his income yet but has plans to do so in the future with his clothing company. He will also be releasing a new album on December 15, 2017. The album, titled “The Pimp Tape,” will be Too Short’s first release under Jay-Z’s label and it will probably contribute to his net worth nicely.
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Amanda Blankenship is the Director of Social Media for District Media. In addition to her duties handling everything social media, she frequently writes for a handful of blogs and loves to share her own personal finance story with others. When she isn’t typing away at her desk, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and dog. During her free time, you’re likely to find her with her nose in a book, hiking, or playing RPG video games.