Forbes: Rihanna Now World’s Richest Female Musician

Published: Tuesday 4th Jun 2019 by Sam

While debate has raged for years about Rihanna‘s gravitas as a performer, there’s next to no doubt about her abilities as a savvy entrepreneur.

It’s been clear for well over a decade that the star has an ear and eye for what’s hot as well as a well-rooted understanding of her own brand.

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Recent years have seen her combine these various streams of knowledge into several self-made brands – including the instantly popular cosmetics giant Fenty Beauty, lingerie line Savage, and fashion house Fenty. The latter of which was launched in partnership with LVMH.

All, alongside Rih’s music fortune, has seen her become the the richest female artist in the world — according to Forbes.

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In a new profile feature, the publication touts the Bajan belle’s empire at being $600 million.

Should the number be true, it means she currently tops the likes of Madonna ($570 million), Celine Dion ($450 million) and Beyoncé ($400 million).

Whatever the case, she’s slaying many a lane.

It’ll be interesting to see what this means for her music career.

We say this because for most acts wealth and winning is anchored in the album-tour-endorsements formula. With Rih’s coins flying in from comparatively unconventional ventures, does she even “need” to the “usual” anymore? Then there’s the question of whether she’ll even have time to.

For now though…

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  1. I hate blaccck n whyte June 4, 2019

    Whaaaaaattttttt f*** the flea b****, Hive..the gorgeous Rhianna, brown beaute, hotty, my b****,

    Rhianna call me

    • I hate blaccck n whyte June 4, 2019

      Should the number be true,??? R more than Beyonce, Celine, Madonna.
      Now Forbes list is questionable????
      Asshole it’s true,

      that Rhianna c** just won’t let up.

  2. TheOneAndOnly June 4, 2019

    Fenty Beauty really gots her set for life. She doesn’t need another business vemture. Little sad to see she only owns 15% of Fenty Beauty tho. Hopefully she buy it back in small fragments over time. Had this been 50% She would have easily been valued at $1b by now.

    • Wonder Woman June 4, 2019

      She’ll get there with her Fenty clothing Line

  3. Wonder Woman June 4, 2019

    Just like the first comment, watch the next 20 comments be about Beyoncé

    • I hate blaccck n whyte June 4, 2019

      Read again b****, did you take reading and comprehension in 5 the grade. It’s about Rhianna you mad cause we won f*** flea Hive,. Keep on kummmming Rhianna darling

      • Wonder Woman June 4, 2019

        @Dumb fuuck

        Pretty sure flea and hive falls under the supreme first lady of music, you could have congratulated your fave , took the W and kept eating your food.

        But the very first sentence was dedicated to the Fleahive….

    • Danny Bey June 4, 2019

      Right you spoke too soon lmaooooo. Congrats Rihanna. Another win for black women!

    • pat June 4, 2019

      chi… shouldn’t you be somewhere buying adidas

  4. Wonder Woman June 4, 2019

    Hghhkojg no more tours, atleast…

  5. ??? June 4, 2019

    Hahaha when will the puppet master’s puppet?

  6. Danyboo June 4, 2019

    Go Rihanna! The Roc is in the building this week! Ain’t no competition in that family. They all getting money.

  7. QUEEN RIHANNA June 4, 2019

    KARMA IS SUCH A B****
    Sam, please, don’t hurt yourself.
    Poor hives, yall are really gonna start breaking in…. hives. lol

    Who are the corporate slaves now?

    • Jasmine1999 June 4, 2019

      Beyonce and her husband are worth over a billion dollars why would be mad at any of their success it’s not like us fans are getting that money. So many delusional people online.

      • Juju June 5, 2019

        Beyonce and her husband? What happened to independent? 😂 You want the navy to bring in the Saudi prince, cause that is not just money that is POWER.

  8. Meme June 4, 2019

    Yes sir! And the youngest to do it. Every time this woman adds a new accomplishment to her list, I’m reminded of how much she was ridiculed thru her career but how hard work and determination conquers all

    • ouop June 4, 2019

      My queen! I stanned since her Rehab days!

    • KIB June 4, 2019

      Exactly especially by people in her own community such as this sorry excuse of a “journalist” Sam.

      SMH some black people move in such jealousy and hate for others they know they can’t help but show their true colors in pitiful attempts at shade like how this faceless author begins this article.

      Sam just tell us what rih did to or didn’t do for you that started your hate for her and maybe we’d understand.

      That aside congrats RIHANNA, you have been a HUGE model for not just black women but all immigrants who travel here to start their dream.

      • Wonder Woman June 4, 2019

        She declined an interview back in the day when TGJ was still poopin, since then Sam has been pressed, bothered, biased and in his feels…. Literally can’t write an article without attempting to drag/shade

      • Wonder Woman June 4, 2019

        Poppin*

  9. Keith June 4, 2019

    She certainly also seems to be taking a page from JayZ’s book…congrats to her! Im still waiting on something from the Fenty line that I want to covet

  10. Barbed June 4, 2019

    Musician?

    • Bye June 5, 2019

      I had the same reaction, people like to give their idols talents they don’t even have. I can’t believe how stupid fans can be.

  11. Danny Bey June 4, 2019

    I’m so here for this. A black woman SLAYING! I’m still gagged of the epicness that Fenty Beauty has become. Not often do celebrity names hold big weight when it comes to high fashion brands and Rihanna stands with the likes of all the beauty competitors. And she’s so pro black which makes me love her even more. Ive always loved her but I may have to stan whenever she releases this album. YASSS ROBYN!!!!

  12. Dee June 4, 2019

    These people are so freaking disrespectful to Rihanna bout if the numbers are true. would y’all say the same to Jays being a billionaire. How many years later Rihanna continues to stay in her lane and make historical moves and y’all still coming with the disrespectful bs. Do better

  13. Ratedxxx June 4, 2019

    Beyondfake is not worth 400 million..because last year there was an article about the fake bish only worth 200 million…

    Rihanna has been the queen since day one..everything she touches has been. Great…

    I like rihanna she actually talks and hugs her fans

    • Jasmine1999 June 4, 2019

      Even if she was worth 200 million that’s more than you have and very accomplished. Also her and her husband are worth over a billion dollars combined. You need help.

  14. Dom June 4, 2019

    Laughs in house of dereon

    • ??? June 4, 2019

      lmaoooo house of who? lmfaooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  15. Ratedxxx June 4, 2019

    Everytime a black woman is shining here comes the carters are worth. A billion..

    Keep shining baby girl..soon youll be worth a billion…

    • Echo June 4, 2019

      Right! And the same ones 🍆 riding them aren’t worth ish!!! Always in someone else’s pockets. Do better Hives!

  16. Datredd23 June 4, 2019

    This isn’t even calculating all of her ventures! A company just invested a 100 million into her Savage lingerie line! Like she is winning on so many fronts female artist of the decade for music accomplishments and in another year she will be a billionaire. Plus her man is a billionaire she is winning winning wow I live stanning Navy!

  17. Truth! June 4, 2019

    I can’t stand this ugly, satanic trash. This dumb, ghetto b**** must be sucking a lot of illuminati d*** to be in the position she’s in now. Rihanna’s a talentless, evil puppet.

  18. Tyty June 4, 2019

    I’m so proud of how far Rihanna has come she really is shining bright like a diamond and I’m glad she has found her passion. But I really hope her only having 15% share in Fenty beauty is a mistake cause she literally is the brand she should have a much bigger stake.

    • Datredd23 June 4, 2019

      Her rep declined to comment that. That is a minimum figure she could be worth waayyy more then that even if she really does own 50 percent ! I wonder how much she owns of Savage lingerie? I know she owns 55 percent of her new Fenty House either was she is making them coins!

  19. PCIO June 4, 2019

    Musician? LMAO

    • Datredd23 June 4, 2019

      Yes musician !

      • Bye June 5, 2019

        She’s not a musician, she’s a singer. What kind of instrumental does she control ? Is she superman too ?

  20. Dc June 4, 2019

    BUT y’all say bey queen not overrated at best 😂

  21. ??? June 4, 2019

    lmaoooooo guuuuurrllll, the roaches are slitting their wrists and jumping out of their projects windows right now as we speak lmfaoooooo, bishhh cant sell more than 14k albums now Queen Riri done snatched her bald with her coins. poor roach nest,not even netflix can help the struggle roach lmfaoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • Jasmine1999 June 4, 2019

      Hey Beyonce number 1 Fan! You’re in need of serious therapy you come here everyday for the last few years and say the same thing. Why??? Who cares Rihanna has made her money and Bey has hers and her husbands worth over a Billion. While you come to comment on this page everyday of your life with how much you “hate” her and roach this and that she’s still living her life making major moves. What a shame this person really needs mental evaluation. Like how much energy that has to take to come on here everyday for the last couple of years to say the same thing about Beyonce? Sheesh

  22. Smanaya June 4, 2019

    I was going to read the full article until I started reading it. They immediately started off the article by trying to demean Rihanna as a subpar artist. I mean who does that? Bring her down before you praise her up huh?

    • KIB June 4, 2019

      what makes it worse is that he’s a black man who for years has been trying to tear her down. It’s disappointing that it comes from your own community with a high enough platform to support but instead undermines at any given opportunity. But god creates individuals like Sam to show the contrast of internal hate against people who live and lead their life in happiness and positivity and what rewards come when you follow in the latter

  23. My third eye June 4, 2019

    All that money and and not a dime going to any one of my bills 💅🏽

  24. ROCK June 4, 2019

    I thought I read somewhere that madonna was worth 800m?
    Anyway this is just an estimation of the value of her clothing line.
    The real money in the bank is another story entirely.

    • thry June 4, 2019

      madonna is worth more than 800million. she refuses to provide Forbes with financial info so they keep her in the 500m bracket. Forbes is just PR, like Grammy and Oscar awards, it’s all paid for

      • Datredd23 June 5, 2019

        You think Rihanna has disclosed all of her money ? The 15 percent figure is just the minimum amount she actuallly owns more of Fenty then that so her net worth is probably already at 1 billion

  25. Lana Del Fan June 4, 2019

    Rihanna is like the Cardi B of her time. Everyone compared her to Beyoncé. Everyone said she couldn’t sing. No one thought she was a great performer. But NOW she’s not only got hits on top of hits, but she has a crazy successful beauty line, her style is hella influential, and she’s literally a pop queen/icon. Rihanna is and always will be that bish! Congrats!!

    • SMH June 4, 2019

      Lmao the cardi b of her time? LMAO cardi b is still on the 10th minute of her 15-minute clock, so how about we wait until she can last past that before comparing her to a 10 year veteran who actually SOLD albums without streaming.

  26. Haterz Gon‘ Hate June 4, 2019

    Firstly – there’s no questioning her business acumen – congrats 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 But to all those haterz mentioning Beyoncé – Reading is FUNDAMENTAL – this is about ESTIMATED VALUE OF BUSINESS VENTURES – one look at Homecoming and even Stevie Wonder could see that Beyoncé is a different kind of performing beast – and if you MUST compare with Rhi in terms of performance – YOU WILL GAG AND DEAL with the fact that Beyoncé is LIGHT YEARS ahead of Rhi when it comes to putting on a performance.

    • Datredd23 June 4, 2019

      Who cares Rihanna is still richer though lol Both are great In their own lanes no need to compare

      • Haterz Gon‘ Hate June 4, 2019

        Tell that to everyone above who can’t keep Beyoncé’s name out dey mouth and needed to be reminded of the inescapable facts if they must compare 🤷🏾‍♂️

      • Datredd23 June 4, 2019

        Why not respond to them directly instead your looking just as pressed smh

    • Echo June 4, 2019

      Girl stfu! Rihanna is the riches female musician period dummy! It said absolutely nothing about stage presence clown 🤡. The Beehive really are dumb! 😂😂😂😂

      • Haterz Gon‘ Hate June 4, 2019

        What’s dumb is the self read you just vomited – READING IS FUNDAMENTAL CHILDREN – she is the richest female MUSICIAN – and do you know what musicians have in common? THEY PERFORM ON STAGES 🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️

    • Haterz Gon‘ Hate June 4, 2019

      The facts I stated are clearer than you Mamas 70 Page STI results analysis – so instead of riding my d*** why don’t you hop of my reply thread and go and play blindfolded in traffic. These children 🙄 SMH 🤦🏾‍♂️

      • Datredd23 June 5, 2019

        And how many stages had Rihanna performed on across the world hmmmm? From sold out European stadiums to the Grammies etc etc you sound really mad sis

      • Datredd23 June 5, 2019

        How many stages has Rihanna performed on across the world hmmmm? From sold out European stadiums to the Grammies etc etc you sound really mad sis she performed on countless stages lmao

  27. Caleb June 4, 2019

    Congrats!!!🎈🍾🎉

  28. Maxx June 4, 2019

    Good for Rihanna. Like someone else said, she ain’t paying my bills with any of it, so really I don’t care & I stan for Rihanna, but I could care less how rich she is unless she asking me how much I need to pay my bills! This woman money is not going to do anything for nah one of ya’ll…chill.

  29. Sweetnothings78 June 4, 2019

    Good and glad for her. She’s smarter than a lot of people/gossip columns/press have her credit for. Let’s see how she silences them even more when new music lands and she does a full 360 with all her fingers in that pie.

    Good girl got richer better and more and more savvier 🙌🏼

  30. DIABETES UNBOTHERED June 4, 2019

    That billionaire rih dates must’ve given RIH SCHEDULED a financial loan

    if this is true how come RIH SCHEDULE has NEVER topped the forbes list. i never even seen rihanna make more than $50 in 1 year but now all of a sudden magically near billionaire status 😂😂😂

    Forbes – Highest-Paid Musicians of 2018

    1. U2 ($118 million)

    2. Coldplay ($115.5 million)

    3. Ed Sheeran ($110 million)

    4. Bruno Mars ($100 million)

    5. Katy Perry ($83 million)

    6. Taylor Swift ($80 million)

    7. Jay-Z ($76.5 million)

    8. Guns N’ Roses ($71 million)

    9. Roger Waters ($68 million)

    10. Diddy ($64 million)

    11. Beyoncé ($60 million)

    12. Kendrick Lamar ($58 million)

    13. The Weeknd ($57 million)

    14. The Eagles ($56 million)

    15. Depeche Mode ($53 million)

    16. Pink ($52 million, tie)

    16. Luke Bryan ($52 million, tie)

    18. Jimmy Buffett ($51 million)

    19. Lady Gaga ($50 million)

    20. Calvin Harris ($48 million)

    21. Paul McCartney ($47.5 million)

    22. Drake ($47 million, tie)

    22. Jennifer Lopez ($47 million, tie)

    22. Foo Fighters ($47 million, tie)

    25. Elton John ($46 million, tie)

    25. Metallica ($46 million, tie)

    27. Garth Brooks ($45.5 million, tie)

    27. The Chainsmokers ($45.5 million, tie)

    29. Billy Joel ($43.5 million)

    30. Rolling Stones ($39 million)

    • Dee June 4, 2019

      Your double chin , cinnamon roll neck having a*** need to worry about your health. You just mad that you fat, sour and unattractive.

    • Datredd23 June 4, 2019

      Your big big mad lol Fenty Beauty is valued over 3 billion hun

  31. Come Now June 4, 2019

    “You know you that B***** when you cause all this conversation.” Yall completely ignored Madonna and Celine Dion lol. I bet all of you are black. When they see us!

  32. Martaevia La’Wayne June 4, 2019

    Crazy how people try to count money celebrities have. No one knows how much these rich folks have but them. … s*** they probably don’t even know.

  33. Dc June 4, 2019

    Sad Beyoncé has to make 17 music videos for each album perform her heart out with stadium tours to only sell 2 million records and Rihanna quietly slays doing less work 😂😊😊

    • Jasmine1999 June 4, 2019

      Also Bey and husband combined worth over 1 billion y’all people are really lunatics on here. Remember Rihnis signed to Roc Nation when it comes to music founded by Jay Z

  34. GG June 4, 2019

    But she Hasn’t topped Mariah lol haha

    • thry June 4, 2019

      Mariah ain’t even in the top 5 fool

  35. thry June 4, 2019

    while it’s admirable what Rihanna has achieved, this list is not accurate at all. it’s all PR. they’ve had Madonna at 500mil since 2000, and just with the Sticky & Sweet Tour she pocketed over 200million and over 100million for Confessions Tour plus the other tours, her huge Live Nation deal and much more. M refuses to provide them with any financial info so they keep her in the 500mil bracket.
    I’m sure it’s the same with a few other artists.
    so NO, Rihanna is not the world’s richest female musician

    • Nicky June 4, 2019

      Lmao!

      Do you understand the meaning of net worth?

      Assets-Liabilities.

      You assume that your assets only increase overtime. If your liabilities outpace, your networth goes down

  36. Ropeburn June 4, 2019

    All of these “richest” lists should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s not like the heffa showed them her bank statements. And as a fan of music I really don’t care whether my fav is a millionaire, billionaire or trillionaire. They’re all rich af. I’m here for the music.

    • JOHNVIDAL June 7, 2019

      Exactly. It´s ridiculous to stan for other people´s money. Plus it definitely is not related to talent 🙂

  37. Gurlwepa89 June 4, 2019

    Congrats to Rih!! So proud of her!! Why some of you can be happy for a successful black female instead of pitting them against one another, praise them.

  38. ME June 5, 2019

    Congratulations Rihanna!! She has come a long way and it’s so good to see Black females like Rihanna and Beyonce bringing in big bucks. If you’re black you should be happy, I know Rihanna is from the islands and I know she will give do more to help those in need. If she continues to bring in this much, she’ll become the first billionaire female singer.

  39. JOHNVIDAL June 7, 2019

    LMAO Because she is not a musician NOW. That´s why. The rest of people make music and have a real music career and love for music. She just has gone business now. Nothing related with talent.

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