How rich is Kanye West?

Name: Kanye Omari West
Born: 8 June 1977
Occupation: Rapper, Songwriter, Producer, Film Director, Fashion Designer

Kanye West.  Photo: David Shankbone.
Kanye West at the Tribeca Film Festival. Photo: David Shankbone.

Although Kanye had been born in Atlanta, he moved with his mother when he was just three to Chicago when his parents divorced.  After high school Kanye studied at both the American Academy of Art and Chicago State University.  He was a good student but decided to leave school to pursue his career in music.  He began by producing albums for local artists and quickly moved up the ranks to producing for bigger names such as Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri.

With his success as a producer it was difficult for others to see him as a rapper.  He kept on and was finally given a chance to both rap and sing and appeared on Jay-Z’s song The Bounce.  Kanye’s first album was titled The College Dropout and was a huge success, and went triple platinum.  His second album, Late Registration, was another huge success and garnered a whopping eight Grammy nominations.

Soon after the success of his second album, Kanye spread out and began fashion designing for his own line, Pastelle Clothing.  While continuing the clothing line he returned to the studio for his third release, Graduation, another success.  Kanye has also made guest appearances on television shows such as Entourage and The Cleveland Show.

Kanye has also ventured into the restaurant business but continues to work in fashion with the likes of Nike and Louis Vuitton.  Kanye has never been married but is currently in a relationship with the reality star Kim Kardashian.  Kanye hasn’t slowed down since he started and because of his great commercial success we estimate his net worth at $90,000,000 (56,500,000 GBP).

So how much is $90 million dollars really?

Many of us have seen the horrible footage from the VMA Awards where Kanye ruins Taylor Swift’s time in the spotlight.  Seriously, what grown man steals the mic from a sweet young thing like Taylor?  Well, we’ve got an answer for him.  Buy your own.  Yep.  We’re pretty sure you can afford it.  While you can no longer find the incredibly popular Mr. Microphone, you can buy a relatively good portable microphone for only $200.  For that price he could have 450,000.  He could keep one in his car, his bathroom, his bedroom, his kitchen, every pair of pants… you get the picture.
See also: The Kardashians, Taylor Swift, André 3000.



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