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Is Rihanna A Billionaire? Sure. Why Not.

On Wednesday morning, Forbes announced that Rihanna had officially entered the billionaire ranks with a net worth of $1.7 billion. Is it real? Sure. reason not

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On Wednesday morning, Forbes announced that Rihanna had officially entered the billionaire ranks with a net worth of $1.7 billion. A thousand tag-along pieces appeared from all across the internet over the course of the following few hours. And with good reason. The headline is large and impressive.

Just to be clear, I adore Rihanna and would do anything to see her become a multi-billionaire. But, longtime readers of Celebrity Net Worth know that I have picked a bone with Forbes’ assessment of Rihanna’s net worth for several years.

Today I’m surrendering. I renounce. Is Rihanna a billionaire? Sure. reason not

Rihanna Net Worth
(ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

(ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images )

The fairly astounding assertion that Rihanna was worth $600 million was made back in June 2019 by Forbes. We at Celebrity Net Worth, who have diligently tracked Rihanna’s wealth since September 27, 2009, were unaware of that (I just looked in our database). 400 million dollars was nearly four times what we estimated Rihanna would earn before the Forbes article was published.

So I read Forbes’ claims while keeping an open mind. I was at least a little perplexed when I left. Keep in mind, this was just four months after Forbes claimed Kylie Jenner was a billionaire. We also took issue with this assertion, and we were finally vindicated when Forbes was forced to remove their statement a year later.

[Reference: Forbes, June 4, 2019, “How Rihanna Created A $600 Million Fortune – And Became The World’s Richest Female Musician”]

Perhaps Forbes miscalculated in 2019? What else was wrong in 2019 or today, though? And in the past 2.5 years, has Fenty’s value decreased? That also doesn’t line up with the claim in the current article that valuations of cosmetics businesses have sky rocketed…

In other words, I’m not here to start a fight or make a scene. As I said at the beginning of this article, I surrender. I’ll be clear:

Rihanna is a billionaire. 

(ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Best wishes to Rihanna. In addition to being the richest female musician in the world, you are now the sixth-richest celebrity in the world and easily the coolest billionaire in history