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Rihanna and Kanye West are currently two of the richest musicians in the world. Images: Left: Instagram/@badgalriri. Right: Wikimedia Commons

They are mega superstars with bank balances big enough to make your head spin. Ever wondered who the wealthiest singers in the world are? Here’s a look at the top five richest musicians in the world.

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As the saying goes: ‘Money makes the world go round.’ And in the music industry, there is definitely no shortage of cash. These five billionaire musicians are making the most of their careers.

Here’s a look at the five wealthiest singers in the music industry right now.


With a net worth of f $1.4 billion (estimated at R27.8 billion), Rihanna has multiple reasons to smile. According to Forbes, the soon-to-be mom of two is the richest musician and the second wealthiest female entertainer, after Oprah, who is reportedly worth $2.5 billion. Apart from her singing career, Fenty Beauty generated more than $550 million in sales in 2020, the publication reports.

Rihanna is performing at the Oscars. Image: Instagram/@badgalriri


He might be known for his controversial rantings, but Kanye West’s bank balance cements him as the second wealthiest musician. According to Forbes, his net worth was estimated at $2 billion (about R36.3 billion) in 2022, but he lost $1.5 (about R27 billion) after the termination of his Adidas partnership. Fast forward to April this year, and he is back on the 2023 billionaires list with a net worth of $1 billion (about R18 billion), according to CBS News. His net worth reportedly comprises cash, real estate, the value of his music, and his stake in ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s shapewear brand, Skims.

Kanye West
US rapper Kanye West. Image: Getty Images


According to Celebrity Net Worth, the original Material Girl is worth a whopping $850 million (about R15 billion). Since her second album, Like a Virgin, in 1984, Madonna has released ten more albums and set multiple sales and chart records, the publication reports.

Her Sticky & Sweet Tour is reportedly the highest-grossing tour by a solo artist in history.

Madonna announces major global tour. Image: Twitter/NEWSMAX

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Canadian singer, actress, songwriter, and entrepreneur Celine Dion boasts a net worth of $800 million (about R14.4 billion), Celebrity Net Worth reports. During a single year, Celine earned between $40 million (R727 million) and $50 million (R908 million). The publication states that most of the income was thanks to her Las Vegas residency deal.

Celine Dion
Celine Dion. Image: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images


Known as the lead singer of rock group U2, Irish musician and political activist Bono has a net worth of $700 million (R12.6 billion), according to Celebrity Net Worth. Bono, or Sir Paul Hewson, is widely regarded as one of the most famous and influential frontmen in music, TheRichest.com reports.

U2 frontman Bono says he is ’embarrassed’ about the band’s old music. Image: Twitter/@U2

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This article was originally published by Mariette van Niekerk.