Kanye West declared a billionaire by Forbes but rapper insists they have 'undervalued him'

The rapper was unhappy at being 'undervalued' by the magazine, despite being listed as worth more than make-up mogul sister-in-law Kylie Jenner.


Kanye West is officially a billionaire, according to Forbes magazine.

The outlet says the rapper and fashion designer, who has long coveted the status, provided an eye-catching glimpse into his personal finances and valued his net worth at a whopping $1.3 billion which translates to £1.05 billion.

The figure includes valuing his stake in the Yeezy sneaker line, which Forbes describes as "one of the great retail stories of the century," at $1.26 billion (£1.02 billion).

Added to that, Forbes said the statement of assets supplied to them by West's team lists $17 million in cash (£13.7 million) and 35 million in stocks (£28 million).

West's other notable assets, according to his team, are $81 million (£66 million) in property and 21 million (£17 million) in land.


Kanye is reported to have text Forbes and asked them to change the article after they 'snubbed' his wealth

West and his wife, the reality TV star Kim Kardashian, are known to own several properties in Los Angeles and Wyoming.

There is also the matter of the rapper's music. The 42-year-old is one of the most biggest-selling artists of the last 20 years.

In total, his GOOD Music and the rights to his back catalogue is worth at least 90 million (£73 million), Forbes said.

The news makes Kanye hip hop's second billionaire after his former mentor Jay-Z.

However, Forbes, which stressed there was a lack of independent verification for the figures, also listed West as having debt of about $100 million (£81 million).


Kanye and Kim have built up quite an empire between them


Sister-in-law Kylie was declared a 'self made billionaire' by the magazine last year

That adds up to the $1.3 billion total, the magazine said, placing him above sister-in-law Kylie Jenner, who has a comparatively modest $1 billion net worth, largely from her cosmetics business.

Despite now being officially classed as a billionaire, West was unhappy with Forbes and claimed they had undervalued him.

"It's not a billion," West reportedly text them. "It's 3.3 billion since no one at Forbes knows how to count."

He had been left displeased with an article from the magazine last year, in which Forbes refused to class him as a billionaire.


The Kardashians support Kanye at the launch of Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Gardens in 2016
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