Rihanna is a world-famous R&B singer and songwriter with an estimated net worth of $280 million, largely derived from her incredible music career.
With her passionate style of singing and hard-hitting lyrics, Rihanna has ruled the hearts of urban and pop music lovers over the last ten years. Her songs have consistently been topping music charts—some of her popular tracks include ““Umbrella,” “Disturbia,” “Only Girl,” “Diamonds,” and “We Found Love.” Rihanna has also brought in amazing collaborations with some of the biggest artists around, including Sir Paul McCartney and Kanye West (“FourFiveSeconds”), Eminem (“Love the Way You Lie”), and Drake (“Take Care”).
Forbes had ranked Rihanna as the fourth most powerful celebrity in 2012, with over $50 million in earnings within a year. That same year, Time magazine honored Rihanna with being one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” The singer made it onto Forbes Celebrity 100 list again in 2013 (at number 13) and in 2014 (at number eight).
Rihanna was born and brought up in Barbados in an Afro-Guyanese family. Her childhood was deeply affected by her father’s drug addiction, and by the time she turned 14, her parents had gotten divorced. Rihanna grew up listening to reggae music and chose to pursue a musical career after high school. She was first discovered by record producer Evan Rogers, who heard her sing a beautiful rendition of the Destiny’s Child song “Emotion.”
Rogers kept sending Rihanna’s demo tapes to labels and the first to respond was Def Jam Recordings, which at the time was headed by rapper Jay Z. Under the mentoring of Jay Z and talent mogul L.A. Reid, Rihanna released her debut single “Pon de Replay” in 2005, and the song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that year. After releasing another album and a few more singles, Rihanna got an even bigger break with her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad, in 2007. The album’s lead single “Umbrella,” featuring mentor Jay Z, got Rihanna her first Grammy win, putting her on the world’s music map.
Today, the eight-time Grammy winner has sold over 40 million albums and 150 million singles from albums Rated R (2009), Loud (2010), Talk That Talk (2011), and Unapologetic (2012). Her singles sales have brought in $298 million in revenue, benefiting Rihanna’s net worth by an estimated $19 million. And her album sales have added another $30 million to it.
In January 2016, Rihanna released her eighth album, Anti, which was her first studio album release since signing fully with Roc Nation (the label founded by Jay Z) in mid-2014. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and has since been certified platinum in the U.S.
Concerts and YouTube Revenue
Rihanna’s five album tours have contributed a major chunk to her overall net worth. Her Diamonds World Tour revenue, for instance, stacked up to a whopping $121 million. Rihanna’s net worth beefed up even more with ticket sales from tours like the Rihanna: Live in Concert Tour (2006), Good Girl Gone Bad Tour (2007), Last Girl on Earth Tour (2010), Loud Tour (2011), and, of course, the Diamonds World Tour (2013). This has earned $270 million for Rihanna, who earns 85% of the total sales revenue.
Rihanna also has massive earnings from her VEVO channel on YouTube. She likely gets around $7 for every 1,000 views, and her channel has garnered 7 billion views, adding about $43 million to Rihanna’s net worth.
Investments and Endorsements
The “Rihanna” brand makes an estimated $4 million per assignment. Her endorsement deals include top brands like Puma, Gucci, CoverGirl, and Armani. The star has also inked deals with Nivea, Kodak, Secret Body Spray, Optus, and is the face of her home country, Barbados, acting as the nation’s official tourism ambassador. These deals are believed to bring in around $20 million a year. What’s more, Rihanna’s investment income hikes her wealth by 10%. The 2009 financial crisis drained 40% of Rihanna’s investments, but the singer has reportedly banked a cool $80 million in invested income since then.
Rihanna’s Safe Haven
In 2013, Rihanna purchased a $22 million beachside home in Barbados. This 10,000-square-foot mansion down the lane from the five-star Sandy Lane Hotel has five en-suite bedrooms with private terraces and dressing rooms. The huge entrance and massive pool in the front gardens is just a few of the many elegant features of Rihanna’s island abode.
In 2014, Rihanna scoped out an $18 million luxury apartment in the TriBeCa area of New York. The apartment is on the 10th floor with all-side open views of Manhattan. The contemporary-styled apartment has over 5,000 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and baths, tall walls of windows overlooking the city, and smooth pale interior walls.
The R&B queen also owned a $12 million home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. The seven-bedroom villa had a spectacular entrance pool and is a walk away from prime West Coast neighborhoods. The mansion is surrounded by gardens of Oak and Sycamore trees and sits on an acre of lush green land. After renting the place out for a few months for a whopping $65,000 a month, the singer eventually listed it for sale in 2014 for $15 million.
In 2013, Rihanna sold her old Beverly Hills mansion to Grammy-winning singer John Legend and his famous wife Chrissy Teigen for about $10 million.
Breakdown of Rihanna’s Net Worth by Year and Source
|Year||Estimated Net Worth|
|Current Net Worth||$281.6 million|
|Concerts & Tours||$271.1 million|
|Record Album Sales||$29.7 million|
|Tax Cuts||$297.2 million|
The 27-year-old soulful singer has garnered a whole lot in wealth and is quickly rising even higher to the top. As we previously mentioned, Rihanna has just dropped her next album, Anti, this year and her $280 million net worth is expected to grow by another hundred million dollars when she begins her Anti World Tour, which starts on March 12 in Jacksonville. The tour is scheduled to include over 65 shows throughout North America and Europe.
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