I think it’s pretty obvious by now that rappers are usually loaded, and I’m talking about cash son! The Forbes Cash Kings list features stars such as Dr. Dre, Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Puff Daddy all raking in millions. So, the question is: how do these big earners spend their money? Well, a lot of them are throwing down big bucks for some outrageous mansions.
Such is the case with this list, which includes opulent and luxurious properties owned by famous rappers. Feast your eyes on these!
15. Rick Ross
Rick Ross is one of the most successful rappers in the industry. The money must be rolling in because last year, he ended up purchasing a sprawling mansion in Fayetteville, GA. The estate was formerly owned by Evander Holyfield and here are just a few of the stats: 105 acres, 12 bathrooms, 21 baths, a 7-stall barn, a baseball field, indoor pool, bowling alley and even a movie theater.
14. Will Smith
Will Smith is estimated to have a net worth of $250 million, and his wife Jada Pinkett is a huge earner too. The Smith family owns a truly amazing mansion in Calabasas, CA. The mansion occupies 150 acres and there is a total living space of 25,000 sq. ft. It also includes an 8-car garage, several fireplaces, and a double height entryway. There’s even a man-made lake, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts and an imposing swimming pool that has been specially constructed to look like a lagoon.
Bryan “Birdman” Williams is one of the richest moguls in the rap industry. He is the CEO and co-founder of Cash Money Records and for close to 20 years, he has been eating very well from the rap game. In 2012, Birdman purchased an insane mansion in Palm Island, Miami, for $14.5 million and it has 9 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms and occupies a whopping 19,000 sq. ft. The mansion also has an in-ground pool and an exclusive private dock that allows direct access to the water.
12. 50 Cent
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is one of the most entrepreneurial moguls in the rap industry. In 2003, 50 Cent purchased the Connecticut mansion formerly owned by Mike Tyson. It has 52 rooms in total including 25 bathrooms, a dance club and a casino. He has been trying to sell it for the last few years, but no one seems to be interested in it.
Dubbed as the YOLO mansion, Drake’s sprawling mansion in the Hidden Hills area of Calabasas, CA is nothing to play with. He got it in 2012 for $7.7 million and it was originally owned by Larry Pollack, the owner of Saddle Ranch Chop Houses. This ultimate player hideaway has 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms and occupies a very spacious 7,444 square feet. Some other really cool features of this mansion include: a 5 stall horse facility, a huge pool with cascading waterfalls, a grotto, a sand volleyball court and a 24-seat theater.
10. Kanye West
Mr. Kanye West. Kanye and his wife Kim also decided to buy a home in Calabasas, CA where other rappers like Drake and Tyga also own homes. The couple reportedly purchased the mansion for $20 million dollars, and it occupies 16,000 square feet. The estate features a couple of swimming pools, eight bedrooms, a wet bar, a library, a theater, a game room and yes a vineyard.
9. Sean “Diddy” Combs
Diddy purchased a mansion in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles for $40 million. The house is a new construction and it occupies 17,000 sq.ft and features a 35-seat theater, a gym and a spacious wine room. The grounds of the house are extremely impressive with additional features like a lagoon-style swimming pool and a grotto that connects to an underwater swimming tunnel.
West Coast rapper Tyga is only 25-yrs-old but he’s been earning large amounts of cash for quite a while now. In 2012, the “Rack City” rapper purchased a mansion in Calabasas, CA for $6.5 million. The mansion has a movie theater, 7 bedrooms, swimming pool, waterfall, fully operating gym and 8 bathrooms. It occupies 9,200 square feet, several fireplaces and a multi-camera security system to ward off any intrepid intruders.
7. Dr. Dre
Rapper, producer and tech mogul Dr. Dre is well on his way to becoming rap music’s first certified billionaire. Last year, Dre plopped down $40 million for the Brentwood mansion that was formerly owned by Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen. The eco-friendly property boasts 9 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms, a moat and a sauna.
6. Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne is one of the living icons of the rap game, and this lavish Miami Beach mansion proves it. He purchased it in 2011 for $11.6 million and it has 9 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and occupies 15,101 square feet. It also has sky terraces, a 3-bedroom guest house and two-floor master suite with a glass elevator.
Eminem will forever be considered as perhaps the best white rapper to ever rock the microphone. In 2003, he bought a truly expansive mansion in Oakland County, Michigan. It was formerly owned by a CEO of K-Mart and it has 15,000 square feet of living space, 6 bedrooms and nine and a half bathrooms. The price he paid when he scooped it up was $4.8 million.
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is a rapper that’s having a great 2015 so far. Luda recently purchased a $4.8 million mansion in his new, adopted city. His new West Coast pad has 5-bedrooms, 6,000 sq-ft, an infinity pool and wrap-around balconies.
The St. Louis rapper has had a long run in the hip-hop game earning tons of cash. Nelly paid $1.4 million for his mansion and it sits on 6 acres, the property includes a living area of 9,000 sq. ft. Other highlights of this estate located in Eureka, Missouri include a large pool and an actual-size basketball court.
Pharrell lives inside a Miami penthouse, situated right on the Miami waterfront and it has a living space of 98,000 square-ft. The swanky pad features 5 bedrooms, 61/2 bathrooms, a spacious home theater and a 3-story main room with a staircase. Other highlights include floor to ceiling windows, a roof-top terrace, an outdoor kitchen and a private pool.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé are two of the biggest stars on earth, and together, this superpower couple is worth over a billion dollars. Just check out their mansion in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. According to Refinery 29, they are still renting the place, and the rent is an amazing $150,000 a month. Some of the stellar features of this L.A. crib: 7 bedrooms, 8 and a half bathrooms, two libraries, a tennis court and an infinity pool.