What is Drake’s Net Worth? $100 Million
How did Drake earn his wealth and money?
Drake, with his estimated $90 million, has been ranked fifth on the Forbes Five – a list of the world’s wealthiest hip-hop artists – for 2017. Canadian born, Audrey Drake Graham (commonly known as Drake) is only 31 years of age. He started his career in 2001 by starring in the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation; after seven years on the show, he left to move forward in his career as a rapper. Over the years, via multiplatinum records (which means that he has sold two million and/or more copies of an album), remunerative endorsement deals, and highly expensive tours, Drake has collected his massive wealth.
Drake’s rapping debut, in 2006, was a self-released mixtape called Room for Improvement after which he went on to self-release two more mixtapes – Comeback Season (2007) and So Far Gone (2009) through his self-founded label, October’s Very Own. Two songs, Best I Ever Had and Successful, from his third mixtape, bagged Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Best I Ever Had reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 leading to the mixtape being released again as an EP; the EP featured four songs from the mixtape and two new additions, namely I’m Goin’ In and Fear. The EP scored position number six on the Billboard 200, and also bagged a Juno Award for the Rap Recording of the Year in 2010.
In 2009, it was confirmed that Drake had gone on to associate with, and signed a contract with Lil’ Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment. Thank Me Later, Drake’s debut studio album, released in 2010 was No. 1 on the US Billboard 200, and pretty early in its days, it was declared platinum by the RIAA. Drake went on to release his next album called Take Care in 2011. The single HYFR from this album went on to become Gold certified. This album bagged the accolade of quadruple platinum in America; it also led to Drake bagging his very first Grammy for Best Rap Album. Whereas the next album, Nothing Was the Same, released in 2013, was triple platinum.
After, in 2015, came two mixtapes by the names of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and What a Time to Be Alive, respectively which earned platinum certification in America. His fourth album, Views, was released in 2016 and broke various chart records. It reigned at the Billboard 200 for ten successive weeks and went on to become the first by a male solo artist to do so in over a decade. One Dance and Hotline Bling brought numerous accolades Drake’s way, from chart-toppings to Billboard leads to platinum status to Grammy awards.
Drake has had 154 songs charted, the most as far as solo artists are concerned. OVO (October’s Very Own) Sound record label was co-founded by Drake alongside Noah “40” Shebib. Drake’s also a producer, songwriter, has created a whiskey, and is a restaurateur. So, his earnings from all these avenues coupled with his endorsement deals, concerts, YouTube views, and record sales is how he is among the richest rappers of 2017.
What are Drake’s highest selling songs?
1. Take Care: 2,338,000
2. Thank Me Later: 1,830,000
3. Nothing Was The Same: 1,783,000
4. Views: 1,607,000
5. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late: 1,233,000
6. What a Time to Be Alive: 564,000
Cover Photo Courtesy: Billboard.com