Celebrity Net Worth: $100 Million
Real Name: Onika Tanya Maraj
Husband: Kenneth Petty
Date of Birth: December 8, 1982
Country of Origin: Trinidad & Tobago
Source of Wealth: Rapper/ Actor/ Endorser/ Businesswoman
Last Updated: 2021
With a net worth of $85 million, Nicki Minaj has earned several awards during her career in the music industry which included 10 BET Awards, six American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, and four Billboard Music Awards.
She is a highly successful Trinidadian-American rapper, R&B singer-songwriter, actress, and model who has 10 Grammy Awards nominations under her belt.
Born as Onika Tanya Maraj on December 8, 1982, Nicki grew up in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago with her four other siblings. As a child, he lived with her grandmother while her mom, Carol, attended Monroe College in New York City.
When Nicki turned five, her mom took her and her siblings from Saint James to Queens, New York to live with her.
Nicki’s father was alcoholic and a drug addict who had a rough temper. And in 1987, it was reported that his father burnt their house down in a raging episode.
As a teenager, Nicki aspired to become an actress and soon she was accepted to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in high school.
Right after high school graduation, Nicki got a role in “In Case You Forget,” an Off-Broadway play. To make ends meet, she had take a second job at Red Lobster in the Bronx.
But she got fired from the job because she was rude to the customers. And according to Minaj, she was fired from a total of 15 jobs for the same reason.
Nicki Minaj started her career when she was discovered by Lil Wayne, another American rapper who owns a record label and management firm called Young Money Entertainment.
Soon, Minaj signed her first recording contract with Young Money. Minaj released several mixtapes which included “Sucka Free.” In 2008 at the Underground Music Awards, she was awarded Female Artist of the Year.
Her third mixtape was released in 2009 and appeared in a magazine called XXL. Minaj released “Beam Me Up Scotty,” another mixtape, in the same year.
In 2010 under the Young Money Entertainment record label, Minaj released her debut album , “Pink Friday.” 4 million copies across the globe were instantly sold.
A second album in 2012 with the title “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” was released. This album was a hit and became a certified platinum in no time.
On top of these, Nicki Minaj was picked by American Idol to be one of their celebrity judges for the 2013 season. The Pinkprint, her 3rd studio album, was released the next year and has sold more than 650,000 all over the world.
In 2018, her fourth studio album, Queen, debuted at the Billboard 200. Nicki earned the no.2 spot for this album. With a total sale of $1 million in the United States, “Queen” became a certified Platinum.
Aretha Franklins record on the Hot 100 which lasted for 40 long years, was whelmed over by Nicki Minaj in 2017.
But note that Aretha was solely credited for all 73 tracks while Nicki, on the other hand, was a featured artist on most of her tracks.
Nicki has over 100 distinguished awards which included 10 BET Awards, six American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, and four Billboard Music Awards.
With 10 Grammy Awards nominations, Nicki Minaj is yet to win one.
At the peak of her career, Nicki Minaj was a sought-after endorser of several prominent products.
Her collaboration with MAC Cosmetics was her first endorsement deal in 2010. The product is called “Pink 4 Friday” lipstick which was sold to promote her “Pink Friday” album.
In 2012, Nokia hired Nicki for the launching of Nokia Lumia 900. The next month, Pepsi got her for their “LiveForNow” campaign and appeared in several internet and TV ads. In Pepsi’s campaign, it featured her single, “Moment 4 Life,” remix.
She also advocated for AIDS by participating with Ricky Martin in the Viva Glam campaign. The campaign raised money for the Mac AIDS Fund and collected a total of $270 million donation as a result.
Nicki Minaj became Roberto Cavalli’s face for his 2015 Spring/ Summer collection in 2014.
Three years later, Nicki was part of H&M’s holiday campaign.
Nicki Minaj is also a successful business owner who runs a line of fragrances.
In 2000, Nicki dated her fellow rapper, Safaree Samuels. After 4 years of dating, Nicki and Safaree broke up. In early 2015, Nicki dated Meek Mill and eventually broke up in 2017.
In 2018, Nicki began to date Kenneth “Zoo” Petty, her childhood friend. After just a year in August, they got their marriage license and officially announced it in October.
A tragic event took place in Nicki’s life when Nicholas Telemaque, her cousin who was living in New York, was killed. Nicki took reference of this incident in her songs, “All Things Go” and “Champion.”
In July 2011, her cousin Nicholas Telemaque was murdered near his home in Brooklyn, New York, an incident she references in her songs “Champion” and “All Things Go.”
Another unfortunate event in 2017 took place right inside her home when it was ransacked by burglars and stole expensive items including jewelry which amounted to $200,000.
And as if this isn’t enough, her brother, Jelani, was sentenced to 25 years to life in 2020 for sexual assault against a child and child welfare endangerment by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.
Below are Nicki Minaj’s notable achievements in the music industry.
2010 $4 million
2011 $6.5 million
2012 $15.5 million
2013 $29 million
2014 $14 million
2015 $21 million
2016 $20 million
2017 $16 million
2018 $10 million
2019 $20 million
Total = $156 million (before taxes)
While dating Meek Mill in 2016, Nicki Minaj and Meek rented out a Beverly Hills mansion for a staggering $35,000 per month. The mansion was built on the site of the former residence of Frank Sinatra.
The home boasts of 10,3400 square footage with a spectacular view of both the city and the mountains.
It has the following distinct features: two-story high foyer, arched French doors that lead outside the home, a huge living room with a beautiful fireplace, a library with wood-lined decor, a family room, a large dining room, an eat-in kitchen, and of course, eight big bedrooms.
If you take a look at outdoor features, they also do not disappoint: a beautifully designed pool, spa, and a barbecue area where their family and celebrity friends met.
When Nicki and Meek broke up, Nicki remained in the mansion until 2018.
It’s a well known fact that Nicki Minaj loves wearing colorful, bold, and elegant ensembles with matching jewelry.
One of the ways Nicki Minaj spends her money is through giving away college scholarships to the underprivileged.
She is also know for extending her generosity to her fellow music artists in the industry including Cardi B.
Nicki Minaj admitted to magazines that she used to squander a total of $50,000 monthly on luxury brands such as YSL, Versace, Giuseppe, and Fendi shoes.
She made quite the entrance at the MTV Movie Awards in 2014, arriving in her $500,000-Maybach 62s and $30,000-cutom painted car.
A popular American magazine recognized Nicki Minaj as “The Most Influential Female Rapper of all time.”
Born on December 9, 1982, Nicki grew up in Trinidad and Tobago to parents of mixed origins. Her mom is Afro-Trinidadian, while her dad is Indo-Trinidadian (Half Indian).
Nicki is proud of her dad’s ethnicity and added in an interview that he has the best chicken curry recipe in the world.
According to reports, Nicki has been supporting a village in India by sponsoring education, technology, and most of all, clean water in the area.
Nicki felt proud to be part of the village’s development where she has put up a school for tailoring, a computer hub, a reading program, and a total of two water wells inside the village.
Recently, Nicki collaborated with Colomban reggaeton singer-songwriter, Karol G, and released the single, “Tusa.”
Now, take a look at the life lessons that we can learn from this super successful female artist.
“Be you. Make sure that your art isn’t being done to please anyone but you, because something magical happens when you do what you love.”
“Really I just kept at it. I work, work, work, work, work, I don’t believe in, I hate lazy people, I hate laziness, I just don’t like procrastination, I don’t like people that make up excuses, just get it done.”
“It’s a ladder, you want to climb the ladder to success. Some people don’t appreciate the first two or three steps. You know what I’m saying? They just want to get to the top. And I always said, I didn’t want a rushed album, I didn’t want to rush anything.”
“And don’t ever give up, I’m mean, I could have given up a million times and there’s always something, you know, I guess in the back of my head that just says, not yet. You should always listen to that voice that tells you, not yet, don’t give in just yet, because there’s always a billion people waiting to take your spot.”
“I’m not forgetting anybody, but I just also have to be true to me. And the truth is, I started seeing different things. I started going different places. I started eating different things. It would be fraudulent to rap the same way, and look the same way, and act the same way, because I am not the same, period, I’m not.”
“Ya know? It just happened, but the other day I realized, even when things are bad or going crazy, I have so much to be thankful for. Those little tiny things that I have, like those people in my life that I can count on, You know what I mean? I can reflect now and be super appreciative of everything.”
“I think that being an underground artist was the best thing I could have ever done in my life. Being independent and not signed to a major label was amazing because, ya know, it teaches you to be your own boss.”
“I don’t read them. Anything about me, really I don’t read them. Even if there’s an article somewhere about me and people call me and tell me, I won’t read them. It puts you in the mind frame of a victim too much.”
“You have to be a beast. That’s the only way they respect you. I came up under Wayne, and Wayne has his way of doing things. When Wayne walks on the set and say, “Don’t talk to me. “Have my music ready. “Get the up out of my face, “and I’ma blow this “in your face all day,” it’s cool.”
“And I think, if I had it my way, that’s what they’d all do. I mean, everybody’s not going to like Nicki Minaj. You know what I mean? Everybody’s not going to like the way look, and what I do. But I think if you’re smart, you would take from me, and figure out why everybody’s talking about me, ya know.”
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The record label, Young Money Entertainment, tweeted, “Nicki Minaj has become the first female rapper in history to amass a $100 million net worth.”
However, Cardi B is one successful female rapper to watch out for.
Her net worth is close to Nicki’s and it isn’t going to be a surprise if she hit her $100 million mark in the next few years.
Not yet, but she could be!
In 2020, it was reported that Nicki Minaj has reached a net worth of $100 million, rendering her as one of the most influential female artists of her time and the first female rapper to amass this unprecedented wealth.
Nicki Minaj is undoubtedly one of a kind female rapper. Young Money Entertainment, her record label, was proud to tweet this amazing achievement of Nicki Minaj.
Nicki Minaj and her success made her the richest female rapper of her time – such a great feat for a female artist!
With a net worth of $100 million, Nicki Minaj has surely earned herself a spot in the music industry. And Young Money was happy to announce this on social media.
According to reports, Kenneth Petty, Nicki Minaj’s husband has a net worth of $5 million USD which translates to a total of â‚¹37.39 crores. He lives in a luxurious New York apartment.
Kenneth also works in the music industry and has appeared in Nicki Minaj’s videos such as Hot Girl Summer and Megatron.
Minaj and Petty’s combined net worth is at $105 million USD equivalent to â‚¹785.47 crores.
Nicki Minaj’s net worth of $100 million has solidified her status as one of the most successful hip-hop artists of her time and of course, the most distinguished and powerful female hip-hop artist.
Clearly, there is no stopping of Nicki Minaj. With her current net worth , it sure is bound to reach a billion with a few more successful albums.
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