This year, Forbes reported that Rihanna was worth $600 million (£470 million), placing her at #37 on the 2019 Richest Self-Made Women list. In case you're wondering, $600 million is basically 10,000,000 bottles of Fenty Trophy Wife Body Lava, or 30,000,000 Fenty lipsticks. Rihanna is now a full-fledged beauty mogul on top of her prolific music career — and she's become the first Black woman to run a major luxury fashion house. Plus she's now a successful author, after releasing three-tiers of a luxury coffee table book in October. Ahead, we break down just how much she's earned throughout her award-winning career.
Fenty Beauty, which is co-owned by Rihanna and French luxury conglomerate LVMH, reportedly earned £80 million in sales just in its first few weeks and £450 million last year. And according to Forbes, Rihanna owns about 15% of its £2.4 billion worth. The brand debuted in 2017 with an unprecedented 40-shade foundation range, subsequently launching a "Fenty Effect" that influenced other beauty names to prioritise inclusivity. And apparently there's a Fenty skin-care line in our future. Rihanna has since parlayed the success of Fenty Beauty into a size-inclusive lingerie line, Savage x Fenty, which she co-owns with TechStyle Fashion Group.
In May, Rihanna announced Fenty, her new fashion house with LVMH, which includes a range of ready-to-wear, accessories, sunglasses, and jewellery. This line will also embody the inclusive ethos of Fenty Beauty and Savage x Fenty, with a size range of up to 16. But this isn't Rihanna's first foray into fashion — before launching her own lines, she partnered with Puma, as well as designed collections for Manolo Blahnik.
But before there was Fenty, there was Bad Gal Ri Ri, who has made millions from her music and tours. In 2013, her Diamonds world tour raked in £108 million, and in 2016 she earned £17.5 million from streaming (her music was streamed 3.3 billion times), sales, touring, and publishing. She's also a part owner of Tidal.
So basically, there's a reason we haven't seen new music from her in a while. She's been busy. But if the rumours are to be believed, Ri Ri is away at work on a new album, on the island she may or may not have rented. No big deal.