Drake net worth: Drake is a $200 million dollar actor, producer, and rapper who was born in Canada. Drake is routinely ranked as one of the world’s highest-paid celebrities.
Drake was a kid actor on the Canadian adolescent show Degrassi: The Next Generation before becoming a major rap super star.
Drake has earned more than $430 million throughout his career, before taxes and living costs, since achieving mainstream fame.
Drake made $45 million between June 2017 and June 2018. He made a total of $95 million in 2017. He made $75 million between June 2018 and June 2019.
He made $50 million in the following 12 months. Drake’s annual earnings are broken down year by year in the table below.
Drake’s Wiki & Early life
Aubrey Drake Graham was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on October 24, 1986. During his career, Drake’s father Dennis worked as a drummer, performing with artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis.
Sandra, aka Sandi, Drake’s mother, worked as an English teacher and a florist. Drake went to a Jewish day school and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in a ceremonial ceremony.
When Aubrey was five years old, Sandi and Dennis split. His father then relocated to Memphis, where he was eventually convicted and imprisoned for several years on narcotics charges.
Aubrey stayed with his mother in Toronto, however he went to Memphis every summer to see his father (when his father was not incarcerated).
Dennis has angrily refuted Drake’s assertions that he was absent during his upbringing, which he alleges were inflated to sell songs.
Drake and his mother resided on the lower half of a two-story townhouse in Forest Hill, an affluent suburb, from sixth grade on.
Drake lived in the basement, while his mother lived on the ground floor. They were not wealthy; in fact, money was scarce.
Drake discovered his passion for performing and singing while attending Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. He went on to Vaughan Road Academy, where he was bullied because of his bi-racial and religious heritage. He took a break from school for a while, but eventually graduated in 2012.
Drake’s music career
Aubrey – who was now going by his middle name “Drake” as his stage persona – began producing mixtapes in 2006, inspired by rap giants like Jay-Z who obtained record agreements after becoming successful as independent musicians.
His debut mixtape, “Room for Improvement,” was released in February 2005 on his website and his MySpace profile. He was able to sell over 6,000 copies on his own.
The next year, he released his second mixtape, “Comeback Season.” October’s Very Own, his recently founded label, published the mixtape (aka OVO Records).
This mixtape included “Replacement Girl,” which went on to become a hit underground record.
The song’s music video was the first to be broadcast on BET by an unsigned Canadian rapper. A sample of Brisco, Flo Rida, and Lil Wayne’s song “Man of the Year” was spliced into one version of the song.
Jas Prince, the founder of Houston-based Rap-A-Lot Records, heard the song and recommended it to Lil Wayne.
Lil Wayne was so impressed that he called Drake and invited him to join his Tha Carter III tour in Houston.
Drake and Wayne created and recorded numerous songs on the tour, including “Brand New,” “Forever,” and “Ransom.”
Young Money Entertainment is a production company based in Los Angeles
Drake, contrary to popular belief, has not yet signed with Wayne’s record label. In 2009, he released his third mixtape, “So Far Gone.” On his OVO website, he made the mixtape available for free download.
Lil Wayne, Lloyd, Trey Songz, Omarian, and Bun B all made cameos on the album.
The mixtape was later certified Gold by the RIAA after being downloaded 2000 times in its first hour and peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The mixtape was later turned into an EP, which charted at #6 on the Billboard 200 and received the 2010 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year.
Drake, who was still an independent artist, was in high demand in the music industry.
Various labels competed to sign him, resulting in a bidding war. The desperate situation has been dubbed “the largest bidding battle in music history,” however this has yet to be substantiated.
Drake signed a deal with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment on June 29, 2009.
Young Money and its parent firm Cash Money collaborated on the record contract, with Universal Music handling distribution.
Success in the Mainstream
“Thank Me Later,” Drake’s debut studio album, was released on June 15, 2010. The album debuted at number one in both Canada and the United States.
It debuted at number one on the Billboard 100, R&B/Hip Hop, and US Rap charts in the United States. The record was later certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
“Take Care,” his second studio album, also charted at #1 in various countries and was certified six times platinum.
Since then, every album has gone platinum at least four times.
Drake is one of hip-and hop’s the music industry’s most successful and dominant figures.
He’s collaborated with a slew of music’s biggest names, including Kanye West, Eminem, Jay-Z, and Travis Scott. Drake has received numerous award nominations.
He has won over 180 major prizes, including four Grammys, from over 40 nominations as of this writing.
Drake’s concerts bring in around $1 million every show.
Drake’s Real Estate investment
Drake has called Hidden Hills, California home since 2012, when he purchased a huge estate for $7.7 million in cash from the former owner of Los Angeles’ Saddle Ranch Bar.
The YOLO Estate, as it is known, is a multi-residential property with a 12,000 square foot main house and a 2,000 square foot party house.
The estate includes equestrian stables, a 25-seat movie theatre, a full-sized basketball court, a sand volleyball court, and one of Southern California’s largest privately owned pools.
His lagoon-style pool has numerous waterfalls, a swim-up bar, an 80-foot water slide, and a Playboy-mansion-style grotto that loops around the outside of the home.
Drake revealed in a Rolling Stone interview that he had his eye on this property for years after seeing it on a Google search for “craziest residential swimming pools” and finding it as one of the results.
For years, he used a snapshot of the pool as his computer’s background image to keep him motivated. In 2009, the house was listed for $27 million by its previous owner.
When the previous owner ran out of money in 2012, Drake stepped in and bought it for $7.7 million.
He bought the nearby 1.6-acre estate for $2.8 million in 2015 to expand his property. He extended the property once more in 2018 when he paid $4.5 million for an adjacent house.
His private estate presently encompasses 6.7 acres of continuous land at the end of a cul-de-sac, representing a total investment of $15 million in real estate.
Drake purchased a block of land in Birdle Path, a suburb of Toronto, for $6.7 million in 2016. On the two-acre land, he proceeded to construct a 50,000-square-foot home.
The home has a 10-car garage, an NBA-size basketball court, a gym, an awards room, and much more. The master bedroom is 3,200 square feet in size.
He also has a condo in Toronto’s downtown district.
Drake owns real properties worth at least $25 million in total. When his upgrades are factored in, his real estate assets (especially the Hidden Hills compound) are likely worth substantially more.
It’s feasible that the Hidden Hills estate might fetch $20-30 million on its own right now. In May 2019, a 2-acre estate in the same neighbourhood was advertised for $15.5 million.
Over the years, Drake has had a number of high-profile romances.
Between 2009 and 2016, he dated Rihanna on and off. Later, he would refer to Rihana as “the woman I’ve loved since I was 22 years old.”
Sophie Brussaux, a French model, actress, and artist, gave birth to his son Adonis in October 2017. Drake didn’t reveal he was a parent until 2018.