Nicki Minaj is worth a reported $85 million — here's how she built her fortune

  • According to Celebrity Net Worth, Minaj has a net worth $US85 million.

  • She’s made a lot of money from her music, which includes collaborations and features on tracks with other artists

  • She earned millions for appearing as a judge on “American Idol.”


It’s no secret that Nicki Minaj is one of the most successful female rappers in the industry.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Minaj has a net worth of $US85 million. In addition to releasing chart-topping singles and raking in millions from her tours, Minaj’s numerous endorsements, collaborations, and business ventures have kept her flush with cash since emerging as a serious player in the music scene about a decade ago.

Here’s how Nicki Minaj has built her fortune.

She makes a lot of money from her music, which includes collaborations and features on tracks with other artists

Nicki minajJamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesMinaj has been featured on tracks by Little Mix, Kanye West, and more.

Since being signed to Lil Wayne’s label, Young Money Entertainment, back in 2009, the songstress has come a long way. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Minaj sold 5 million albums and 20 million singles as of September 2018. As a featured artist, however, she was able to take home the proceeds from 60 million singles.

The rapper has been featured on multiple Billboard-topping tracks including Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat” and Jessie J and Ariana Grande’s “Bang Bang.” In Kanye West’s song “Monster” in which Minaj and other artists are featured, she alluded that she makes $US50,000 just for “a verse” on a song although the factual accuracy of this cannot be confirmed.

Although her fourth studio album “Queen” didn’t perform as well as she wanted it to, and she’s seen a bit of a decline in album sales over the last few of years, her albums continue to profit.

She’s made millions from her tours and she’s reportedly profited from some smaller-scale private performances and appearances

Nicki minajRobin Marchant/Getty ImagesMinaj has earned some money from private appearances.

Going on tour has been lucrative for the “Anaconda” hitmaker. Back in 2015, Minaj’s Pinkprint Tour topped the highest-grossing tours list that year and it made $US13 million, according to AXS.

Minaj also knows how to work the private circuit. According to TMZ, she made $US50,000 just for showing up at the 14th birthday of Floyd Mayweather’s daughter. Newsweek also reported that Nicki Minaj made between $US300,000 and $US500,000 for performing at a Bar Mitzvah in 2015.

She earned millions for appearing on “American Idol”

Nicki minaj american idol judgeYouTube/American IdolFor appearing on ‘American Idol,’ she was paid more than Ketih Urban.

According to Reuters, Minaj was reportedly paid $US12 million for her time as a judge on the singing competition show. But in 2013, the rapper revealed that she was leaving “American Idol.”

She also has a few acting and voiceover credits under her belt

The other womanTwentieth Century FoxIn 2014, Minaj was in ‘The Other Woman.’

In 2014, she had a role in “The Other Woman” alongside Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz, and Leslie Mann. “The Other Woman” grossed about $US196 million worldwide. In 2016, she starred in “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” which grossed about $US55 million worldwide. It’s uncertain how much Minaj was paid for her roles in these films.

Minaj has also done voiceover work for “Ice Age: Continental Drift” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Minaj has proved herself to be a savvy businesswoman

Not all of the singer’s wealth has come from her Billboard-topping tracks. Minaj also dabbles in investing, having purchased a 3% stake in Jay-Z’s Tidal music streaming service and Forbes reports the streaming service is worth an estimated $US600 million.

In addition, Minaj has her own line of eight different perfumes.

She’s had high-profile collaborations

In 2012, Minaj was the face of MAC’s Viva Glam campaign and she’s done multiple collaborations with the makeup brand since. According to Racked, Minaj’s branded lipstick was the brand’s highest-selling Viva Glam lipstick of all time.

The “Barbie Dreams” star scored a high-profile deal with Adidas. In 2012, she paired with Pepsi and she reportedly earned millions of dollars to represent the beverage. That same year, she teamed up with Beats by Dre and released a nail polish collection with OPI.

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