How Drake’s net worth was built
Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as Drake, is one of the world’s richest rappers. The Canadian-born hip-hop artist amassed his wealth through multiplatinum recordings, high-grossing tours and lucrative endorsement deals.
Drake started his entertainment career when he quit high school to play a high school student in the TV series “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” filmed in his native Toronto.
He began rapping and singing in 2006 and — even while he was still unsigned — gained recognition from “Billboard” and high-profile artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z and Lil Wayne. After signing on with Universal Motown in 2009, his success continued.
As of October 2017 Drake’s net worth was pegged at $90 million, according to Forbes. In his song “Western Road Flows,” Drake says he plans to retire by 35 and that his retirement is already funded.
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- Born: 1986
- Birthplace: Toronto
What he’s up to now
Drake is known for his emotional and autobiographical lyrics. He often has been praised — and criticized — for his sensitive approach. The lyrics of his most recent studio album, 2016’s “Views,” revolve around his hometown of Toronto.
“Views” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and would spend 13 weeks in that position, on and off.
In May 2017, Drake became the first artist to spend eight straight years on the Billboard singles chart, either with his own material or featured on other performers’ songs. His string was finally broken three months later.
Drake also keeps busy with endorsement deals from the Toronto Raptors, Nike, Sprite and Apple Music. He has branched out into a clothing line and music label with October’s Very Own (OVO), and he is the co-creator of Virginia Black Whiskey.
Drake is the most-played Spotify artist ever and also has won Juno and Grammy awards. He won a record 13 honors at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, including Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Rap Artist.