Nicki Minaj Net Worth: $50 Million
Nationality: Trinidad & Tobago
Nicki Minaj, born Onika Tanya Maraj, hails from Trinidad and Tobago where she was raised by her grandmother and mother. She had quite the upbringing, with her father being a drug addict and mother scared to death of her husband. It was the relationship between her mother and father, as well as the almost impoverished conditions that she lived in, that gave her the motivation to find ways to earn her own money. Music was her outlet and she developed a love for it at an early age. Once moving back to the United States, she began participating in theater productions and writing her own raps.
The start of her music career was slow-going. She began as a backup singer for unsigned rap artists. When she grew tired of this, she started writing her own material. After eventually signing with label Dirty Money, she met rapper Lil Wayne, and her music career was officially launched. He recorded numerous songs with her, and she was featured in a few remixes with more famous rappers, but her success didn’t come until 2010. She released her first album Pink Friday that reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and quickly went Platinum. Her second album, Pink Reloaded: Roman Reloaded really started her building her net worth. She has many popular songs, such as Anaconda, Bang Bang, and Super Bass in which she earns millions each year.
She also earns her money from numerous endorsements, movie roles, and reality TV roles. Most notably, she served as a judge on the vastly popular reality singing competition show, American Idol. She was included on Forbes 2014 Cash King List and is the only woman to appear on this list.