Jamaica TakeOut recently released an article “Top 10 Richest Reggae/Dancehall Artists Alive!”, as expected, there was lots of buzz surrounding it. Persons were expecting some artists to be included while wondering how others did not make the list!
Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the third-largest island of theGreater Antilles. The island, 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area, lies about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119 mi) west of Hispaniola, the island containing the nation-states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Jamaica is the fifth-largest island country in the Caribbean.
The Jamaican economy is heavily dependent on services, which accounts for nearly 80% of GDP. The country continues to derive most of its foreign exchange from tourism, remittances, and bauxite/alumina. Remittances and tourism each account for 30% of GDP, while bauxite/alumina exports make up roughly 5% of GDP. The bauxite/alumina sector was most affected by the global downturn while the tourism industry and remittance flow remained resilient.
Saying this to say that, Jamaica still have a few persons that are able to stand among the richest worldwide.
Here is a list below:
10. Maxi Priest – US$ 4.6 Million
Maxi Priest is another hugely successful international Reggae singer, with some r&b influence.
Priest has released some 9 albums since the mid 1980ies, most of which top charts in the UK.
Although Maxi Priest was born in Jamaica his parents move him to the UK at a young age, which influence the r&b flavor in his music.
9. Vybz Kartel – US$ 5.5 Million
Vybz Kartel has accumulated his net worth from his performances from singing and songwriting, successful DJ career and his liquor line called Street Vybz Rum.
He had also launch a cake soap and shoe line. Kartel was born in Kingston, Jamaica and began his music career while a teenager in 1993.
His first single “Love Fat Woman” was released by One Heart, a label owned by Alvin Reid. Kartel owns labels Adidjahiem, Shortboss, Bigga Don Don and Valerie Records.
8. Ziggy Marley – Net Worth 10 Million
Tying with Jimmy Cliff and closing in on Sean Paul is the oldest son of the late King of Reggae Bob Marley. Ziggy Marley has always been regarding as the most successful of the Marley children.
Some may speculate that the bulk of Ziggy worth comes from inheritance, but Ziggy Marley been recoding since he was a teenager. His 2006 album “Love Is My Religion” earned Ziggy his third grammy and sold millions of copies worldwide.
Ziggy is a core figure at the helm of Tuff Gong Worldwide record label which is responsible for distributing Bob Marley music worldwide. Earlier this year Ziggy won his fifth Grammy for Best Reggae Album.
Jimmy Cliff – Net Worth US$10 Million
Jimmy Cliff true net worth is not fully known as data we collected was limited, but from our estimate “The Harder They Come” star is worth in the region of US$ 18 million.
Jimmy Cliff is no doubt the second most iconic personality in Reggae music to date, second only to the King himself Bob Marley. Jimmy Cliff hit movie “The Harder They Come” help propelled the worldwide Reggae music movement of the 1970ies.
Bob Marley may need to credit Jimmy Cliff and his Blockbuster film for some of his success in the 1970ies. In 2010 Jimmy Cliff was also one of five performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Cliff is also a full fledged entrepreneur with several businesses under his belt.
7. Sean Paul – US$ 12 Million
Sean Paul is no doubt the most internationally successful dancehall artist to date. His 2004 album “Dutty Rock” sold 6 million copies worldwide, which pushed him into the mainstream of music.
“Dutty Rock” won Sean Paul a grammy award and several other nominations. Paul also did collaborations with mega stars such as Beyonce Knowles, Rihanna, Keyshia Cole to name a few.
There is no surprise that Sean Paul is on the list of richest Reggae stars of all time.
6. Daniel Sturridge – US$ 19 Million
Daniel Andre Sturridge or more frequently summoned Daniel Sturridge is a professional football player who came from England. He was born on September 1, 1989 in Birmingham, England.Sturridge began his early career at hometown club Aston Villa.
He made his professional debut with Manchester City and played for the team until 2009. Sturrdige In 2009 and 2012 playing for Chelsea. He’s got additionally been on loan at Bolton Wanderers in the second half the 2011-2012 season.
In 2013, Sturridge since age 13, he joined Manchester City Akedemi. Sturridge signed a four-year contract with Chelsea on July 3, 2009.
Nevertheless, Manchester City and Chelsea cannot reach an arrangement because Sturridge is under the age of 24 years. Sturridge joined Liverpool on January 2, 2013, but the total cost of the transport undisclosed.
Daniel Sturridge was received about 3.38 million yearly salary with Liverpool. Now DanielSturridge value with Liverpool is worth 19 Million.
5. Damian Marley – Net Worth US$ 20 Million
Damian “Junior Gong” Marley is another highly successful Marley son. Junior Gong started recording since he was 13 years old and to day earned himself three grammy awards.
His song “Welcome To Jamrock” was named the top reggae song of the last decade by New York Times. Both albums “Half Way Tree” and “Welcome To Jamrock” was certified Gold in the US.
His collaborative album “Distant Relatives” with rapper Nas is also gaining much traction worldwide.
4. Shaggy – Net Worth US$22 Million
Shaggy 2001 album “Hot Shot” sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, making him one of music’s top selling artist.
The mega sales propelled Shaggy to arguably become Reggae’s Richest artist of the current generation. “Hot Shot” peaked at number one on the Billboard charts in the US and UK, and was certified X6 platinum in the US alone.
Despite the huge success of “Hot Shot” Shaggy never release another successful album today and he really doesn’t need to. These days Shaggy is more known for his charitable work in Jamaica, after he launched the Shaggy foundation, which is responsible for the annual Shaggy and Friends concert. All profits goes to the Bustamante Children Hospital in Jamaica.
3. Usain Bolt – Net Worth US$30 Million
Usain Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter who is widely considered the fastest human on the planet and has a net worth of $30 million.
Usain Bolt was born in Jamaica on August 21, 1986 to parents Wellesley and Jennifer. A high school school cricket coach recognized Usain’s speed and encouraged him to focus instead on track and field.
Usain quickly became one of the most talented young sprinters in the world who would eventually set world records in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and 4x100m relay. Usain Bolt won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He won five gold medals and two silver medals at World Championship competitions.
Amazingly, Usain Bolt’s net worth is going to explode even more in the coming years thanks to his performance at the 2012 London Olympics. Considering Usain is only 25 years old today, he is young enough to compete in the 2016 Brazil Olympics.
If that’s the case, and he stays on pace with earnings, Usain Bolt’s net worth should be well over $100 million when he arrives in Brazil in 2016.
2. Rita Marley – Net Worth US$50 Million
She has earned her net worth estimated at $50 million. She is sometimes called “Nana Rita” and also the “Queen of Reggae.” Born Alpharita Constantia Anderson on July 25, 1946 in Santiago de Cuba, she grew up in the upper level of Beachwood Avenue in Kingston, Jamaica.
She was raised by her Aunt Viola while her father went to London to look for work but never returned. She described this in her book No Woman, No Cry: My Life with Bob Marley that was released in 2004.
1. Raheem Sterling – Net Worth US$56 Million [Before move to Man. City]
Born on December 8, 1994, Raheem Shaquille Sterling immigrated to London from Jamaica with his mother when he was five years old.
His rendezvous with football began at Queens Park Rangers after which he was lured to Liverpool by Rafael Benitez in 2010 for £450,000, with the probability of a raise up to £5 million based on number of appearances.
His initial appearance for the first team was against Borussia Mönchengladbach in August 2010 in Germany. Sterling’s first goal, playing for Liverpool’s youth team, came against Hibernian.