La, La, La, La, Kanye West Got His Money Right—Now Worth $6.6 Billion, Reportedly Richest Black Man in the U.S.

Kanye West speaks on stage at the “Kanye West and Steven Smith in Conversation with Mark Wilson” on November 07, 2019.

Kanye West speaks on stage at the “Kanye West and Steven Smith in Conversation with Mark Wilson” on November 07, 2019.
Photo: Brad Barket/Getty Images for Fast Company (Getty Images)

Remember when Kanye West first burst into the mainstream scene and referred to himself as “Kanye Cheddar?” Well, now he has a lot of damn cheese.

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According to People, the 43-year-old rapper-businessman (and recent Grammy winner in the gospel realm) is now worth $6.6 billion. Various reports say that this new wealth valuation makes him the richest Black man in the United States. More than half of that wealth is thanks to his Yeezy brand (i.e. his sneaker and apparel business with Adidas AG and Gap Inc.) which, according to Bloomberg, is valued at $3.2 billion to $4.7 billion by UBS Group AG. ‘Ye has full ownership and creative control of Yeezy, which certainly helps the boost in his net worth. The new collaboration with Gap, which hits stores this summer, could possibly generate $970 million of that total.

In a September 2020 article, Business Insider noted that there are 614 billionaires in America with only seven of them being Black. Topping that list at the time was investor and Vista Equity Partners founder Robert F. Smith, who had a reported net worth of $5.2 billion. At the time, Kanye ranked at No. 5 on the list, when he was worth $1.3 billion as Forbes reported in April 2020.

In terms of ‘Ye’s new wealth designation, People further reports:

The “Famous” rapper also has $122 million in cash and stock and $110 million from his music catalog, alongside $1.7 billion in other assets, including estranged wife Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS business.

The question on most minds is whether a huge chunk of that wealth will go toward Kim as the recently split couple will be undergoing divorce proceedings after Kim filed for divorce in February of this year. According to The Guardian, the two are “seeking joint legal and physical custody of their four children, daughters North, seven years old, and Chicago, two, and sons Saint, five and Psalm, 19 months.”

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Like any high-profile divorce, money is absolutely a factor and whatever the settlement the court agrees upon will certainly be up for much discussion, though it has been reported that the two have a prenuptial agreement so that would avoid any major financial fights should neither of them contest it. Shout-out to “Gold Digger,” I guess! Regardless of what happens, it looks like the two will be business partners in some fashion with his SKIMS investment.

Speaking of giving up some dough, there is also the fact that crew members (including performers, hairstylists and makeup artists) have an ongoing class action suit worth $30 million against Kanye, claiming mistreatment and unpaid wages.

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Though Kanye’s most recent tweet at the time of this blog post is still the wistful continued political campaign for president in 2024, hopefully his new billions will be enough to buy a damn clue and he decides to scrap those pipe dreams to focus on himself and his children.

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