Big Sean’s Net Worth in 2017: Will the Rapper’s Net Worth Rise with the Release of His New Album?

Big Seans Net Worth in 2017
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Sean Michael Anderson, better known as Big Sean, released his new album I Decided on February 3. The Detroit-based rapper is poised to be the one of the biggest music sensations in recent years with a reported net worth of $12.0 million.

Big Sean once stated to the LA Times, “It’s not about how much money you make or anything,” about measuring success, “It’s about how happy you are.” At that time, his single “IDFWY” was ranking on Billboard and international music charts, he was performing to sold out concerts, and was one of the richest up-and-coming hip-hop artists of the time. His career reached new heights under Kanye West’s GOOD Music, and Jay-Z’s Def Jam Records. He also gained name recognition for dating Ariana Grande, and a rumored romance with his partner from Twenty88, Jhene Aiko. On February 3, he dropped his 2017 album, I Decided, a follow up to 2015’s Dark Sky Paradise. The new album’s lead single, “Bounce Back” was recently certified gold with more 500,000 sales in units, more than 75 million streams on Spotify, 35 million views for its official video on YouTube, and charting on Billboard Hot 100 singles.

Big Sean may not measure success with money, but he’s definitely successful with a net worth of $12.0 million. Find out how much the rapper is worth in Big Sean’s net worth in 2017.

How Rich is Big Sean?

The latest figures estimate Big Sean’s net worth to be around $12.0 million. In the period between 2013-2014, when he was a breakout hip-hop artist with his debut album, Finally Famous, albums like Hall of Fame, chart-topping singles, and sold out concert tours, Forbes ranked him among Hip-Hop Cash Princes of the time.

When he first started, Big Sean had big aspirations for success, “I wanted to be on the radio and be popular. It’s cool having the song of summer … but I want to make songs that people can feel for years to come,” he said later adding that he measures success with happiness now.


At 28-years-old, Big Sean is only a couple of years away from no longer being counted among the Hip-Hop Cash Princes. Not only because the list features artists under 30, but also because of upcoming artists like Fetty Wap and G-Eazy. In 2014, Sean ranked with artists like Travis Scott, Tyga, Azealia Banks, and A$AP Rocky. How does Big Sean’s net worth in 2017 compare to his fellow artists and his mentors, Kanye West and Jay-Z? The following table compares Big Sean’s net worth to other rappers.

Big Sean’s Net Worth $12.0 million
Kanye West $147.0 million (12.25 times smaller)
Jay-Z $610.0 million (50 times smaller)
Travis Scott $2.5 million (4.8 times bigger)
Tyga $2.0 million (6 times bigger)
Azealia Banks $3.0 million (4 times bigger)
Fetty Wap $2.0 million (6 times bigger)
A$AP Rocky $3.0 million (4 times bigger)
G-Eazy $1.0 million (12 times bigger)

How Much Does Big Sean Make a Year?

Big Sean’s reported annual income is around $1.5 million. From 2012, when he debuted, to 2016, his net worth has grown 12 times. He graduated from recording mixtapes and has earned more than a million dollars from album sales alone. Industry experts estimate that his net worth will increase to $15.0 million with the release of his new album, I Decided, one of the most anticipated albums of 2017.

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The following table shows how Big Sean’s net worth has grown since the release of his debut album in 2011.

Year Big Sean’s Net Worth( approx.) Annual Income (approx.)
2012 $1,925,000 $760,000
2013 $4,000,000 $940,00
2014 $6,000,000 $1.2 million
2015 $10,000,000 $1.4 million
2016 $12,000,000 $1.6 million

How Does Big Sean Earn His Wealth?

While album sales are his primary source of income, Big Sean earns a sizeable income from lucrative endorsement deals and his clothing businesses. The following is his earnings distribution from different income sources.

Income Source Earnings
Album sales (total) $1.7 million
Endorsements $300,000
Clothing and shoes line

Big Sean’s personal style is quite famous and makes him a fashion icon. He signed endorsement deals with clothing brands like Stance, A Bathing Ape (BAPE), and Billionaire Boys Club. In 2008, he modeled for the Billionaire Boys Club lookbook. He has also been featured as a model for Ti$a, a line of hats and clothing along with Chris Brown and Tyga.

He signed a highly lucrative endorsement deal with Adidas which reportedly was a major chunk of his endorsement earnings. Through his deal with Adidas, he launched his own line of sneakers called the “Detroit Player.” However, the 28-year-old’s contract recently ended and he has now moved on to Adidas’ rival, Puma. It was reported by Billboard in January this year, that Big Sean ended his five-year sponsorship deal with Adidas and signed with Puma. By this deal, he wore Puma’s burgundy velour T7 pants and black suede sneakers in the music video for his new single, “Moves.”

Big Sean is also a practitioner of the Rosewood clothing style. For those who are not familiar, the Rosewood Movement is a concept started by Kanye West, who has a love affair of his own with fashion. West and the artists of GOOD Music wore dark, sharply-tailored, classic suits everywhere they went and paired them with dark shades.

Big Sean’s dapper Rosewood style and his own personal fashion sense made him an icon of hip-hop fashion. He channelled his style into a business and launched a clothing line, Aura Gold, for which he models as well.

Where Did Big Sean Grow Up?

Big Sean was born Sean Michael Anderson in Santa Monica, California, to Myra and James Anderson. When he was three months old, he was moved to Detroit and was raised there by his mother and grandmother. His mother was a school teacher and his grandmother was the Women’s Army Corps captain in World War II and one of the first female African American police officers in Detroit. His grandmother was the inspiration behind Big Sean’s other hit single, “One Man Can Change the World.” Unfortunately, she passed away before she could hear the song dedicated to her.

He attended the Detroit Waldorf School and graduated from Cass Technical High School with a 3.7 GPA. He began showing his rhyming skills early on when he participated in rap battles hosted by Detroit hip-hop station WHTD. In 2005, when Kanye West was doing a radio interview for 102.7 FM Big Sean headed to the station, and requested to perform for West in an on-the-spot audition. West, though reluctant, gave him 16 bars to rap, and didn’t regret it. After the performance, Big Sean left his demo-tape with West and two years later, he was signed to GOOD Music.

Where Does Big Sean Live Now?

Big Sean has come a long way and earned a sizeable wealth in his career. It’s only natural that he spends his income on some swanky bachelor pads. In 2013, he dropped $1.67 million on a 4500 sq ft bachelor pad in Hollywood Hills. The house boasts five bedrooms, four and a half baths, a large kitchen, media room and other outdoor spaces. Big Sean also has an Audi worth $45,000.

The house that he bought while dating Glee star, Naya Rivera, was broken into while the rapper was away in Dubai. In 2015, Big Sean’s Valley View home was burglarized and the thieves got away with $150,000 worth jewelry as well as some unpublished music. A year later, he moved and listed the house for $2.3 million.

Big Sean also gives as much as he earns. He supports RED, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Autism Speaks, Clara Lionel Foundation, Coudy Rouge Community Action Alliance, and many more charities. He founded the Sean Anderson Foundation that is devoted to helping young people get the education, safety, health, and well-being that they need. The foundation mostly works with school-aged youth in Detroit as well as disadvantaged youth everywhere.

Property/Cars Worth
Hollywood Hills home $1.67 million ($2.3 million in 2016)
Audi $45,000

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