Rihanna Net Worth
Rihanna Net Worth: $120,000,000
Sources: Vita Coco, Nivea, Cover Girl, Gucci, Clinique, Parlux Fragrances, Emporio Armani, River Island, acting, modeling
Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty is a singer, actor, fashion designer, and model born in Saint Michael, Barbados. She has a net worth of $120 million. Since her first album came out in 2005, she has won seven Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, 18 Billboard Music Awards, and two BRIT Awards. In 2012, she was named as one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
Rihanna was naturally talented from an early age, and was first discovered by Evan Rogers, who had previously produced albums for pop stars like *NSYNC, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson. Rogers was introduced to the youngster while vacationing in Barbados. After hearing her sing, Rogers helped Rihanna record several demos. These demos attracted the attention of the newly appointed President of Def Jam records, Jay-Z. He invited Rihanna, who was 16 at the time, to audition, and offered her an on-the-spot deal with the label, which she accepted.
In 2005, her first Def Jam single “Pon de Replay,” went straight to number two on the Billboard charts, and her debut album “Music of the Sun” peaked at number 10. Her next album, 2006’s “A Girl Like Me,” built on this success, and delivered three top ten hits: “S.O.S.” “Unfaithful,” and “Break it Off.”
It wasn’t until the release of her third album, however, that this artist was confirmed as a fully-fledged hip-hop celebrity. “Good Girl Gone Bad,” released in 2007, embraced a more up-tempo dance sound than her previous releases, and featured collaborations with Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, Timbaland, and StarGate. This album contained the number one single “Umbrella,” which helped to secure her place as one of the biggest pop stars in the world.
It was around this time that Rihanna entered into her tumultuous and controversial relationship with R&B singer Chris Brown. After a successful worldwide tour with Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and N.E.R.D. in 2008, Rihanna was set to perform at the 2009 Grammy Awards alongside Justin Timberlake. Her performance, however, was cancelled, and reports surfaced that there had been an altercation between her and Brown, and that Brown had been arrested. A month later, Brown was charged with assault and making criminal threats. Brown pled guilty to the felony assault on June 22, 2009. He received five years probation and was ordered to stay fifty yards away from Rihanna, unless at public events.
After this case, and the high-profile public investigation that surrounded it, Rihanna returned with another album, “Rated R,” in 2009. This album marked a darker turn for the artist, and featured the lead single “Russian Roulette.” Her next big hit came in the summer of 2010, when she and Eminem released the song “Love the Way you Lie,” which hit number one on the charts in over twenty countries. She has since released three more albums and been featured on songs by artists like Drake and Coldplay. She has also expanded her career with acting and modeling ventures as well as forays into the fashion and beauty industries and numerous product endorsements. Here are some of her recent projects:
Rihanna launched her runway modeling career at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in 2012. She has also appeared on numerous magazine covers over the years, including Vogue, Elle, Maxim, GQ, Esquire, and Cosmopolitan.
Rihanna’s acting debut came in 2012 when she starred as Petty Officer Cora Raikes in the film “Battleship.” The film received mixed reviews from critics, and so far has grossed just over $65 million. Rihanna is also set to appear alongside actors Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Jay Baruchel in the upcoming film “This is the End,” which is set to be released in June 2013.
Rihanna’s first signature fragrance, “Reb’l Fleur,” was released in 2011. The scent was the result of a 2009 deal that Jay-Z signed with Parlux Fragrances, which included launching fragrances for Kanye West and Rihanna. The name for the perfume comes from Rihanna’s childhood nickname, “rebel flower.” In 2012, Rihanna launched her second fragrance, “Rebelle,” and followed up with a third, “Nude,” later in 2012. All three are sold at Macy’s stores across the U.S.
In 2011, Rihanna teamed up with Emporio Armani to launch her first fashion line, which was a limited-edition denim and lingerie collection. More recently, she has teamed up with London high street retailer River Island to unleash a full clothing line. The line, called “Rihanna for River Island,” was premiered at London Fashion Week in February 2013.
Rihanna’s first endorsement was in 2006, when she was chosen to promote Clinique’s “Happy” perfume. Further endorsement deals followed, with contracts from Cover Girl, Nivea, Gucci, and Vita Coco coconut water. These deals were not without controversy, however. First, in 2009, Cover Girl pulled its TV ads featuring Rihanna following the reports of her beating by Chris Brown. The brand, however, decided to stick with her, and the ads were returned to TV screens a few months later. Later, in 2011, reports emerged that a lawsuit had been filed against Gucci by a former employee, which alleged that Gucci had paid Rihanna less for her modeling appearances because she was not an American citizen. Then, in 2012, a controversy with Nivea emerged when the skincare company dropped Rihanna because their new CEO had decided that Rihanna’s raunchy public image did not line up with the brand’s identity.
Latest Venture: Diamonds World Tour
As of March 2013, Rihanna will be touring to promote her seventh studio album, “Unapologetic.” The tour dates will take her across North America, with a final performance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in May 2013.
In January, 2013, Rihanna broke her long silence over the status of her relationship with Chris Brown, stating that the two were back together. Brown is still under probation because of the 2009 attack. If the couple decides to stick it out, this could prove beneficial to Rihanna’s overall net worth, as Brown’s own net worth is valued at $24 million.