When we talk about richest musicians, most people would think about artist that are doing well in the entertainment industry.
But apart from having the talent you have to have something extra to stand out.
Most time artist who tend to have more money, are those that have been in the industry for longer period of time.
The following are the top 10 musicians in 2021 to take note of.
1. Youssou N’Dour – net worth $145
Youssou N’Dour, also known as Youssou Madjiguéne Ndour, born October 1st, 1959, is a Senegalese singer, songwriter, composer, occasional actor, businessman, and politician.
The singer started his career at a young age,at age 12 he performed with the Star Band, Dakar’s most popular group, during the 70s.
The singer has a great voice and was once described as the most famous singer alive in Senegal.
He was successful in both fame and fortune, making him the richest musicans in Africa. With an estimated net worth of 145 million dollars.
Youssou owns the biggest media house in Senegal with radio and Tv stations.
2. Akon – net worth $80 million dollars.
Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, aka Akon was born on April 16th 1973. He is a Senegalese -American Hip-hop artist.
Akon is a talented musician who has been in the music industry for a very long time. He is also an actor and has ventured into different businesses. He has accumulated wealth over the years because of his versatility and ability to venture into other investment areas.
Currently, he is ranked as the second richest African artist. He has an estimated net worth of $80 million. As the richest musician in Africa, he writes songs and is also engaged in producing them. His sound recording and advertising deals also add an extra coin to his pocket.
He enjoys great popularity among listeners around the world. Akon has sold more than 35 million albums and has been nominated for Grammy Awards five times. Forty-five of his songs hit the Billboard Hot 100 songs list.
3. Black Coffee – net worth $60 million
Black Coffee, whose name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, is South Africa’s richest musician and the third wealthiest in Africa’s continent. He was born on March 11th, 1976, in Umlazi, South Africa.
He has a net worth value of $60 million. He comes from KwaZulu-Natal but was raised in the Eastern Cape province.
He is a celebrated artist and has lots of awards. He my not be know in the west because but he rules in the south.
In addition to that, he is also extremely popular abroad. His creativity appeals to fans that appreciate the electronic music genre.
He started his career in 1995 and released five albums under his label. He made significant growth steps in 2004 when he was chosen for Red Bull Music Academy held in Cape Town. In 2005, he won the Breakthrough DJ Of The Year award at the DJ Awards in Ibiza. He also owns luxurious and fancy cars like Mercedes Benz G Station wagon, CLK Mercedes, Bentley, and Maserati. He also owns a private jet.
4. Davido – net worth $40 million
David Adedeji Adeleke popularly known as Davido, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 21st, 1992. He is popularly known for his excellent songs, which tend to become household names in Nigeria.
He has made tremendous achievements in showbiz, especially in West Africa. Davido has many nominations, awards, and profitable endorsements. According to Forbes, his DMW label also brings in a substantial amount of cash, contributing to his $40 million net worth value. Who is the richest musician in Nigeria? The net worth of Davido makes him the richest musician in Nigeria.
His ability to transform music from being a hobby and talent to so much more that it became a business is a secret to success. It took him only a few years to get a high status in the world of African show business. In 2011, the single Back When was released. It was the starting point of his success.
5. Wizkid – net worth $30 million
Wizkid, whose real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, is a talented and versatile Nigerian singer. He was born on June 16th, 1990, and is currently one of the richest Nigerian musician. Wiz Kid has a net worth value of $30 million.
He is a Top Hot 100 song holder, Top R&B Song, and Top R&B Collaboration awards. Many fans call him the king of African music because he hits every time he gets behind the mic.
The artist tries to spread national motives all over the world. He has signed contracts with popular brands, including the Empire Mates Entertainment (EME), in 2009.
His extra links and endorsements also earn additional income, with a good example being when he cooperated with Pepsi.
He began as an ordinary boy singing in church. Who would have thought that after a while, he would work with the world-scale stars and receive cosmic revenues!
6. Don Jazzy – net worth $17.5 million
Don Jazzy was born on November 26th, 1982. His real name is Michael Collins Ajereh.
Although he has no song of his own, Don Jazzy is among the richest artists in Africa owing to strongly expressed talents in producing, writing, and performing songs, and entrepreneurship. His current net worth is $17.5 million.
He has won numerous awards throughout his career, including when he became an ambassador for the MTV brand.
He founded his record label and helped many talented artists achieve success. He is also engaged in business related to real estate and produces Wi-Fi in Nigeria.
7. Rudeboy – net worth $16 million.
Rudeboy was born on November 18th, 1981, as Paul Okoye.
Paul, alongside his twin brother Peter, was once a duo known as P-Square. Together they were considered the most successful duo in Nigerian music industry history. They produced and released their albums through Square records.
In 2017, the two decided to pursue solo careers after 15 years of performing together. The two brothers were worth $150 million before their split.
After sharing their assets, Rudeboys personal net worth is now estimated to be $16 million.
He owns a mansion in Parkview estate in Lagos, Nigeria, and drives many exotic cars.
8. 2Baba aka 2Face Idibia – net worth $15 million.
2Face, whose real name is Innocent Ujah Idibia, was born on September 18th, 1975, in Nigeria. 2 Face is a popular Nigerian actor, record producer, singer, and songwriter. He started as a member of the Nigerian R&B group Plantashun Boyz.
However, he gained fame in 2006 through his solo hit African Queen. As a famous musician, he has produced more than seven albums and won over 40 awards. 2 Face has invested greatly in real estate across Nigeria. He is also a brand ambassador of the real estate brand Pazino Homes and Gardens.
In 2009 he was appointed as a brand ambassador to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. He was also appointed as regional Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in 2020. He has also signed endorsement deals with Guinness brands, which earned him $125,000, and Airtel earned him $139,000.
Currently, he has an estimated net worth of $15 million and is considered one of the successful Afro pop artists in Africa.
9. Mr. P – net worth $11 million
Mr. P, aka Peter Okoye, follows his twin brother Paul closely as one of Africa’s wealthiest musicians.
Mr. P has had several solo projects, most notably the TV show Dance With Peter.
He has also released several songs and continues to earn money from commercials and being a brand influencer. He owns mansions worth 2 billion naira and a collection of several classy cars. His current net worth is estimated to be $11 millon.
10. D’Banj – net worth $11 million
D Banj, also known as Koko Master, is a famous Nigerian singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and television personality.
He was born on June 9th, 1980, as Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo. D Banj has won several awards as a musician. He is the first African artist signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music label.
He was also a campaigner for president Jonathan Goodluck. He has a chain of Koko lounges, a chain of high-end clubs in Nigeria. A TV station paid him $1 million on his reality show, Koko Mansion. He has also endorsed many different brands earning more.