Nicki Minaj, real name Onika Maraj, is a Grammy-nominated musician who's topped the Billboard charts and is the highest-selling female rapper of all time. Minaj has also worked as an actress, and as a judge on American Idol, and she plans to release a new album later this year. Minaj is married to Kenneth Petty, who also works in the music industry, and the two share a child.
Minaj often boasts about the money she makes, and the money she spends, in her lyrics. In fact, her latest single is called "Seeing Green." As proof of her money-making abilities, the rap maven has been featured in Forbes as one of the highest-earning musicians in hip-hop. Through her music, acting, and business ventures, and Petty's job in the music industry, the couple is worth a combined $85M. How does this music power couple spend their millions?
Minaj, like many of her contemporaries, has been known to rap about her affinity for automobiles, and the musician has lots of expensive cars to rap about. Her personal collection includes a Range Rover, a Maybach worth $500K, a Lamborghini she paid $30k to have painted pink, and a 1965 El Camino.
9 Real Estate
Most stars live in large, expensive homes, and Minaj and Petty are no exception. The two share a home in Beverly Hills, one of the most expensive zip codes in the world. Their 11,500 square feet Mediterranean style mansion reportedly costs the couple $30K a month.
With her massive net worth, Minaj can afford to escape her busy work schedule and visit almost any place she'd like. Minaj has traveled on tour, but she's seen the world on luxurious vacations, as well. She and her husband have been spotted in Cabo san Lucas, Mexico together, and she has posted on Instagram a travel photo from their trip to her home country of Trinidad and Tobago. Minaj was spotted all over the world before dating him, as well.
7 Private Plane Travel
Minaj has to get to her luxury vacation spots somehow, and she does so by flying on her very own private jet, which could have cost her anywhere from $43M-$72M. In addition to the initial cost to buy the plane, the rapper has to pay for each trip. The star flies in a Gulfstream V with custom interior, which she's used to give fans an Instagram tutorial on exactly how to board a private plan.
Minaj is known for loving fashion. A regular attendee of the Met Gala, Minaj is almost always dressed in designer duds, often donning monogrammed pieces, letting onlookers know exactly where she purchased them. The rapper regularly shows off her fashion choices on Instagram, and has been seen in clothes made by prominent and pricy designers like Jeremy Scott, Pamella Roland, and Marc Jacobs. Her husband Kenneth Petty is often seen in designer outfits, too.
Petty and Minaj are jewelry lovers, and both are willing to pay hefty prices for their pieces. Minaj often adorns herself with expensive gems and jewels, including her iconic diamond Queen and Barbie necklaces. Her engagement ring from Petty cost a reported $1.1M.
Minaj has never been shy about her love for shoes, especially expensive shoes. Not only has she rapped about purchasing footwear without looking at the price tag, she's admitted to spending $50k a month on designer shoes, including Versace, YSL, and Fendi. Recently, though, Minaj has been seen sporting a much more affordable shoe, a pink pair of Crocs. Petty has been known to wear expensive shoes, too, often photographed in an enviable pair of sneakers.
Given her love for fashion, jewelry, and shoes, it's no surprise that Minaj loves purses, too. According to Medium, "25% of Nicki's songs include a reference to a fashion brand." Those brands include legendary fashion houses Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and Chanel, all of which she's been seen carrying. And the rapper has an extensive, expensive collection, some of her bags retailing for $11k.
Minaj is known for spending her money, but she's generous with it, too. The mogul gave $25k for disaster relief after Hurricane Harvey landed in Houston, has helped fans pay off college debt, and sends money to small villages in India. Per a post on her Instagram account, her money has provided citizens in India with an education, places of worship, computers, sewing machines, and water wells. Minaj came from poverty, and she clearly does her part to give back.
1 Their Baby
Not only does she spend money on herself, Minaj loves to spend money on her son too, particularly his wardrobe. Minaj often dresses her progeny in Burberry, Versace, Gucci, and Fendi. She also makes sure he's properly accessorized, walking him in a Fendi stroller, and adorning him with chains and watches. He's one well-dressed baby.
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