Onika Tanya Maraj, known as Nicki Minaj, is an American rapper and pop star, born in Trinidad, but settled in New York. Minaj studied acting before recording three music demos between 2007 and 2009 and signing with Young Money Entertainment. The debut album, Pink Friday, was released in November 2010 and quickly became a commercial success. The first Nicki Minaj perfume was launched in 2012.
What is Nicki Minaj’s net worth?
Niki Minaj is a well-known Trinidadian-American R&B singer-songwriter, rapper, actress and model with a net worth of $130 million at the time this article is written.
During her career, Niki Minaj has endorsed several products. In November 2010 she had her first collaboration with MAC Cosmetics for the lipstick “Pink 4 Friday”. In order to promote her album “Pink Friday”, this product was sold for four consecutive Fridays.
Niki Minaj was involved in the launch of Nokia Lumia 900 in Times Square in April 2012. Also, that year, she appeared in internet and television commercials for Pepsi’s “Live for Now” campaign, that featured a remix of her song “Moment 4 Life”.
In 2012 she, together with Ricky Martin was involved in the Viva Glam campaign, which raised $270 million in funds to the Mac AIDS.
Niki Minaj was the face of the Roberto Cavalli spring/summer 2015 campaign and in 2017 she appeared in the H&M’s holiday campaign.
Niki Minaj has her own line of fragrances which is very successful.
The singer also received $12 million for appearing as a judge on American Idol, and owns 3% of Jay-Z’s streaming company TIDAL, which Forbes valued at $600 million.
Nicki Minaj, whose full name is Onika Tanya Maraj, was born on December 8, 1982, in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad-Tobago.
She grew up in a troubled family with a father who was an addict. In an interview with The Sun, Nicki Minaj said that she came from a poor family in New York, where she grew up in constant fear of her father, who was addicted to illegal substances and a drunkard.
“During my childhood and adolescence, I lived with the fear that my mother might be hurt by my father. This thing made me behave very badly with men. It strengthened me. I am an emotional person, but I am strong. It was very hard for me to have an alcoholic and addict parent. I had a mother with no money. We didn’t have many options then, and when you don’t have options, you feel helpless”, revealed the artist, according to the cited source.
She discovered her passion for music and theater during her childhood, during which she learned to play the clarinet and acted in several plays. She studied singing and acting at LaGuardia High School, but like many other big stars, she started her singing career as a vocal soloist for other artists.
Career beginning and success
Her talent was first noticed by Young Money CEO Fendi on MySpace and she was later recruited for the Carter Edition of Young Money’s “The Come Up” DVD series. Her rapping ability caught the attention of Lil Wayne who later tagged her for a series of collaborations on his songs.
Nicki Minaj debuted in music in 2007 with a series of mixtapes, but in 2010, with the release of her debut album, “Pink Friday”, she enjoyed huge success among the public, being called “the new queen of hip-hop music”.
Throughout her career she released three studio albums, the most recent being “Queen”, released in 2018, she has received ten Grammy Award nominations, won five MTV Video Music Awards and set a record as the solo artist with the most Billboard 100 chart presences.
In 2019, she announced her retirement, but has since released more music.
Niki Minaj career income by year
- 2010: $4 million
- 2011: $6.5 million
- 2012: $15.5 million
- 2013: $29 million
- 2014: $14 million
- 2015: $21 million
- 2016: $20 million
- 2017: $16 million
- 2018: $10 million
- 2019: $20 million
- 2020: $10 million
- 2021: $18 million
Total: $184 million
Nicki Minaj lives with her husband and their child in a $10 million house in the Flats area of Los Angeles. The house has almost 7,000 square feet of living space, eight bathrooms and six bedrooms.
Nicki Minaj has been married since 2019 to Kenneth “Zoo” Petty, a man with a not-so-clean history. He was convicted of violent crimes.
Before her current relationship, Nicki was in a relationship with Meek Mill. The former couple broke up in 2017. Before Mill, the artist had a long-term relationship with Safaree Samuels.
Nicki Minaj became mother for the first time in September 2020. The child’s father is Kenneth ‘Zoo’ Petty, whom Nicki married in 2019.