He’s got 99 problems but cash ain’t one.

Jay-Z’s on a throne of his own, having earned the tag as hip-hop’s first billionaire. The New York rapper’s empire, which spans music, art, property, fashion and investments, has made Shawn Carter enormously rich, according to Forbes, a sum which “conservatively totals” more than one thousand million U.S. dollars.

Forbes came to that figure by adding various assets, which include a stake in the music streaming service Tidal, and then “subtracting a healthy amount to account for a superstar lifestyle”.

The U.S. business magazine then checked its numbers with a panel of independent experts “to ensure these estimates were fair and conservative.”

Jay-Z’s “99 Problems”


Raised in Brooklyn’s rough Marcy housing projects, Jay turned his back on a life of crime and embarked on a musical journey, both as rapper and an entreneur with his own label, Roc-A-Fella Records.

Since his breakthrough 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt, Jay’s scooped 22 Grammy awards and over $500 million in pretax earnings. The money has rolled in, thanks to Hov’s shrewd investments in Armand de Brignac (worth $300 million) and D’Ussé ($100 million), a stake in Uber (now worth $70 million, bought for $2 million), artworks and more.