Jay-Z Crowned World’s First Hip Hop Billionaire, See Net Worth

Jay-Z has been crowned the first hip-hop star to become a billionaire, according to Forbes. The 49-year-old, whose real name is Shawn Carter, has managed to reach billionaire status after amassing a fortune through various business interests.

Jay-Z has stakes in fashion, a sports management company and the taxi app Uber, the magazine reported. Jay-Z , who is married to pop star Beyonce , is also a part owner of the streaming service Tidal, which means his net worth “conservatively totals” $1billion, Forbes reports. The magazine said it calculated his total amount by adding up his income before subtracting “a healthy amount to account for a superstar lifestyle”.

It then checked the estimate with outside experts to make sure it was “fair and conservative”. Diddy is the nearest hip-hop figure to Jay-Z. He has an estimated net worth of $825million. It was believed that Dr Dre would be the first rapper to reach billionaire status, especially after he sold his Beats Company to Apple in 2014 for $3billion. According to Forbes though, it is thought that due to taxes, his net worth would have been approximately $800million. Jay-Z married 37-year-old singer Beyonce in 2008, and they have three children together.

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