|Net Worth||$250 Million|
|Born||June 8, 1977|
|Country of Origin||United States of America|
|Source of Wealth||Professional Rapper|
What is Kanye West’s net worth? Let’s find out. While Kanye West might consider himself to be a God, he is merely a mortal like the rest of us. West was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 8, 1977. West was very close to his mother, Donda, who worked as a teacher and would later become a professor of English at Chicago State University.
Donda divorced West’s father when Kanye was three and moved to Chicago’s middle-class South Shore neighborhood. West would spend the school year with his mother and then visit his father in the summer.
He graduated from Polaris High School and won a scholarship to study at Chicago’s American Academy of Art, but he ended up dropping out of college to pursue music full time.
Trying to start off as a rapper was difficult for West because he wasn’t taken seriously. He was this artsy kid from a middle-class neighborhood who wore pink polo shirts. He didn’t exactly fit in with the crowd. After producing a few hit tracks for other artists, West begged Roc-A-Fella records to let him rap, but they weren’t convinced.
Jay-Z would later tell Time magazine, “We all grew up street guys who had to do whatever we had to do to get by. Then there’s Kanye, who to my knowledge has never hustled a day in his life. I didn’t see how it could work.”
The response was difficult for West to hear. He’d often cry after leaving meetings. In 2002, Damon Dash signed him to Roc-A-Fella, but the deal was mainly to keep him happy and on as a producer. Later that year, West was driving home from a recording session when he was involved in a head-on car collision that left him with a shattered jaw. He found healing through rap and wrote/recorded the experience in a song titled Through the Wire.
While recovering in Los Angeles, he wrote the rest of the album. After completing it, the album was leaked online, and in response, Kanye decided to upgrade it by revising the album and even rewriting some songs. In February 2004, the album The College Dropout was officially released and made West a legit star. By 2014, the album sold over three million copies and earned a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Kanye West’s net worth was growing by leaps and bounds.
The following year, he won the Grammy again for Best Rap Album with Late Registration. Rolling Stone named it the best album of 2005. West proved himself to those who said he couldn’t do it and was walking on sunshine. He was a household name like Beyonce, Kim Kardashian or Eminem.
But then in 2007, his mother unexpectedly died following complications from cosmetic surgery. Her death broke West, and he hasn’t really been the same since. He’s had several ups and several downs since, but at the end of the day, he’s still one of the more influential rappers alive.
Currently, Kanye West’s net worth is reportedly around $250 million, even though his wife Kim Kardashian once claimed he was a billionaire. He still has another $750 million to go, but if there is one thing we have learned, it’s that you should never doubt Kanye. If he wants to become a billionaire, he’ll find a way to do it.