Nicki Minaj: The Story
The rapper and singer we know as Nicki Minaj was born Onika Tanya Maraj on December 8, 1982, in Trinidad and Tobago. Growing up with a father of violent temper, she developed several personas in an attempt to reinvent herself. When she settled on Nicki Minaj, she started writing her own rap lyrics and explored her acting capability at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. Her acting didn’t take off so Minaj, inspired by Foxy Brown, was determined to make her way into the music business. Nicki Minaj’s net worth didn’t jump up quickly, but she was determined to succeed. After participating as a backup vocal for some New York City rappers, Minaj was discovered by Dirty Money CEO, Fendi, who got her a contract with the label.
Nicki Minaj collaborated with Lil Wayne on her series of mixtapes. ‘Playtime Is Over’ came first and was followed by ‘Sucka Free’ and ‘Beam Me Up Scotty’. In 2009, she signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money label and appeared on the ‘We Are Young Money’ compilation album of the same year. Next, she collaborated with Trey Songz on the single ‘Bottoms Up’. Minaj went on to release her singles ‘Massive Attack’ and ‘Your Love’, the latter peaking at number one on the Billboard Rap Songs chart. The follow-up singles, ‘Check It Out’ and ‘Right Thru Me’ made her the first female solo artist to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 and MTV’s Hottest MC List at the same time. Minaj also found her place on Big Sean‘s debut album, ‘Finally Famous’ alongside with Rick Ross, Kanye West, and Chris Brown.
Minaj released her debut album ‘Pink Friday’ which went on to be certified platinum. Her ‘Super Bass’ single marked Minaj’s big crossover into the pop music after Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez rapped it in a video that went viral. Next, she was featured on Birdman’s ‘Y.U. Mad’ together with Wayne. Nicki Minaj gained national recognition after performing alongside Madonna at the 2012 Super Bowl. Shortly after, she released her album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ which featured her breakout single ‘Starships’. Her next album, ‘Pinkprint’ featured many star artists including Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Drake, and Chris Brown. The album went double platinum and won the BET’s Best Female Hip Hop Artist award. As stated by Forbes, Nicki Minaj net worth in 2014 put her for the fourth consecutive time at the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list with total annual earnings of $14 million. 2017 was yet another successful year for Minaj, as she made some stellar collaboration with Akon, Future, Drake, and Jason Derulo among others.
While rocking the hip-hop world, Minaj branched out into other areas. She lent her voice for the 2012 ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ and debuted in ‘The Other Woman’, starring opposite Cameron Diaz. She also appeared in the ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ with Ice Cube, and was the subject of the three-part E! Documentary, ‘Nicki Minaj: My Truth’. The rapper appeared as a judge in American Idol in 2012, for which she reportedly got $12 million. As one of the most followed celebrities on Instagram, she has been affiliated with a number of brands and has endorsed a large number of products. Her first collaboration was with MAC Cosmetics which launched the ‘Pink 4 Friday’ collection for promoting her first album. Minaj has also endorsed Adidas, Nokia, Pepsi, Casio, and collaborated with OPI creating a six-piece nail polish collection. Her ‘Pink Pill’ speakers were launched in 2013 as a result of her partnership with Beats Electronics.
All these ventures translate into additional income to the net worth of Nicki Minaj. What’s more to it, she is a shareholder of Jay-Z’s streaming service ‘Tidal’ alongside Kanye West, Beyonce, Rihanna, and other stars, and a part owner of the fruit-infused wine beverage ‘Myx Fusion’. Nicki Minaj has created four fragrance lines, ‘Pink Friday’, ‘Minajesty’, ‘Onika’, and ‘Trini Girl’. As of 2017, Nicki Minaj has a net worth of $75 million. With such fortune, Nicki has even been wealthier from her boyfriends. For example, Meek Mill’s net worth – who is her ex-fiance – is $8 million, as for her ex-boyfriend – Nas’ net worth in 2017 is $17 million.
Nicki Minaj Net Worth & Spending Habits
The hip-hop Barbie is known for her lavish spending on branded clothes. She used to spend up to $50,000 a month to create her extravagant look. Nicki Minaj’s house is a Beverly Hills mansion, worth $11.8 million. The property features a large pool, stone and hardwood floors, wood-beamed ceilings, and six stone fireplaces. It also has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and a stone driveway. The hip-hop icon drives a Range Rover, a Bentley Continental GT worth $200,000, a Lamborghini Gallardo, and a Lamborghini Aventador worth $393,695 – all of them in her signature color, pink.
The hip-hop icon is also pretty generous. She covered student tuitions ranging from $500 to $6,000, and announced that she would launch her official charity organization for student loans and tuition payments in the future. Minaj also donated money to an Indian village to help the people get a tailoring institute, a computer center, a reading center, and water wells. She also accepted Kevin Hart’s challenge to donate $25,000 to the Red Cross aimed at Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The proceeds from her ‘Viva Glam’ collection from the collaboration with MAC Cosmetics went to the MAC AIDS fund. In collaboration with Mattel, the rapper created the Minaj Barbie Doll which reached $15,000 at an auction, and the proceeds were donated to the Project Angel Food.
Nicki Minaj Net Worth: CelebJury Ruling
A rapper, a singer, a songwriter, and an actress – the queen of hip-hop seems to be unstoppable. She conquered the music world with her unique style and became one of the most influential female artists in hip-hop. Nicki Minaj’s net worth will surely reach new heights with her announced 2018 tour dates, so make sure not to miss the latest celebrity net worth updates on CelebJury!