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Understanding Kanye West's super complicated networth

More like Kanye We$t if I'm honest.

By Mehera Bonner
Kanye West.

Kanye West once rapped "they say the best things in life are free," but honestly who cares because dude has more money than he knows what to do with.

Though to be real, Kanye's net worth is a complicated saga filled with financial ups and downs, so let's get right into it, shall we? WE SHALL!

Kanye's Music Has Made a Sh*t Ton

According to The Recording Industry Association of America, Kanye's made $62 million ($83.6 million AUD) in digital singles. He's one of the tippy-top earning musicians in this category, coming in at number seven with Drake, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Eminem, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna beating him out.

He's also sold $13 million ($17.5 million) in albums, which might sound small but most people throw down for singles vs. an entire album, so it actually makes sense. And speaking of singles, let's take a beat to listen to "Good Life" together.

P.S. Kanye's also made money by producing music for other artists (including Jay-Z, John Legend, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Teyana Taylor—we could keep going and going and going) and by starting his own record label: G.O.O.D. Music. Meanwhile when it comes to Tidal, there were reports back in 2017 that they actually owed him money, so it's probably safe to assume our man isn't making a ton through that endeavor.

Yeezy Is Also Making Bank

Kanye claims that his collaboration with Adidas is insane levels of profitable, and he seems especially proud of his sneaker sales:

So humble!

That said, GQ fact-checked the above quote, and pointed out that in 2017, Jordan Brand brought in revenue of $3.1 billion ($4.1 billion AUD). Meanwhile, Kanye also claims that Yeezy will hit a billion dollars in 2018:

Decacorn! Again, humble!

Let's Talk His Real Estate Holdings

Kanye and Kim own several homes together, and like many celebs before them, appear to enjoy flipping them. Back in 2017, the pair sold their Bel-Air mansion for a truly massive profit, flipping it for $17.8 million ($24 million AUD) after originally purchasing it for $9 million ($12 million). Per TMZ, "the sale stands as the most expensive sale ever in the exclusive Bel-Air Crest community."

Kim and Kanye currently live in Hidden Hills, where Ye wants to start a "community" of sorts. "I'm getting into development," he recently said. "Anybody that's ever been to any of my cribs knows I'm super into developing homes. It's just the next frontier for me, to develop."

Oh, and in case you're wondering, Kim and Kanye's Hidden Hills home was purchased for $20 million ($26 million AUD) and is now worth a casual $60 million ($80 million AUD)—according to Kris Jenner!

But Um, Apparently Kanye's Also in Debt? Or at Least He Was!

Back in 2016, Kanye asked Mark Zuckerberg for $1 billion while also revealing that he's $53 million ($71 million AUD) in personal debt.

"I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt," he wrote in a since-deleted tweet. "Please pray we overcome… This is my true heart…My dreams brought me into debt and I'm close to seeing the light of day."

Meanwhile, Here's What Kanye's Said About Money in His Lyrics

On "All Falls Down": "I want to act ballerific like it's all terrific / I got a couple past-due bills, I won't get specific / I got a problem with spendin' before I get it."

On "Good Life": "Having money's not everything / not having it is."

On "Heard 'Em Say": "The devil is alive I feel him breathin' / Claiming money is the key, so keep on dreamin' / And put them lottery tickets just to tease us."

So, What's Kanye's Total Net Worth?

Drum roll please...

The final number, according to Celebrity Net Worth, is a whopping...

$215 Million AUD.

Cool. Same. It's fine. We're fine.

Via: Cosmopolitan US.