On June 4, 2019, Forbes released a list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women . While the list included 80 women, there were six female musicians in the top 60. But who are the richest black female musician in the world?
1. Rihanna – $600 Million
Source of wealth: Music, Cosmetics, Fashion
Robyn Rihanna Fenty, popularly known as Rihanna, is a Barbadian singer. She came to the limelight in 2005 after releasing the single Pon de Replay. Her years in music have made her a pop icon and an influential recording artist. In 2006, she became an actor. In 2010, Rihanna ventured into business and launched her first fragrance line, Reb’l Fleur.
She is currently the wealthiest female musician in the world with a $600 million fortune.
The amount comes from her earnings in the music industry over the years, endorsements, acting career, and her cosmetics company Fenty Beauty.
Rihanna’s title as wealthiest female musician beats out singers like Madonna, with an estimated $570 million fortune; Céline Dion, with an estimated $450 million, and Beyoncé, with an estimated $400 million.
2. Beyonce Knowles – $400 Million
Source of wealth: Music, Business
Beyonce Knowles Carter is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She first came to fame in the 1990s when she was part of the Destiny’s Child. In 2003, she released her solo album Dangerously in Love which made her famous worldwide. Since then, Beyonce has produced 64 singles and six studio albums. She has sold over 30 million albums to date.
She’s the fourth Richest Female Musician in the world.
From 2008 to 2018, Beyonce has consistently been on the list of Forbes’ highest-paid women in music. She appeared in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018. As of June 6, 2019, her net worth is $400 million. The money comes from album sales, business interests, and touring. In 2014 during her On The Run II tour with her husband Jay-Z, the duo pulled more than $250 million. Jay-Z is now the first ever billionaire rapper.
3. Mariah Carey – $300 Million
Source of wealth: Music
Born to an Irish and a Black/Afro Venezuelan, Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. She started her career in music in 1988 and rose to fame in 1990. Within a short period, she became one of the world’s best-selling recording artists of the 1990s.
Early on in her career, she was often mislabeled as a white girl with a strong voice, a move that made her more digestible to mainstream audiences. To date, her song One Sweet Day featuring Boyz II Men is the longest-running USA number-one single in history.
Mariah Carey has an estimated net worth of $300 million . She has earned her money from music sales, touring, and private performances.
In 2002, Mariah ranked number seven among Forbes’ highest-paid celebrities. To date, she has sold over 200 million records worldwide.