2020/21 Premier League Referees Salaries

2020/21 Premier League Referees Salaries Revealed With Mike Dean The Highest Earner

A new study has revealed the salary for every 2020/21 Premier League referee with Mike Dean earning a reported salary of £200,000.

Referees selected for Champions League, Europa League or international matches can earn up to £200,000-a-year plus a £1,500 match fee.

Assistant and video assistant referees have a basic salary of £30,000 plus a £850 match fee.

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Dean, Michael Oliver and Martin Atkinson all earn a reported £200,000-a-year, according to Sportekz.

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Anthony Taylor and Kevin Friend, among others, earn a reported £70,000-a-year.

Lee Mason and Craig Pawson, to name but a few, earn a reported £48,000-a-year.

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Martin Atkinson – £1,500 – £200,000

Anthony Taylor – £1,500 – £70,000

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Kevin Friend – £1,500 – £70,000

Chris Kavanagh – £1,500 – £70,000

Paul Tierney – £1,500 – £70,000

Jonathan Moss – £1,500 – £70,000

Andre Marriner – £1,500 – £70,000

Stuart Atwell – £1,500 – £70,000

Graham Scott – £1,500 – £48,000

Craig Pawson – £1,500 – £48,000

Lee Mason – £1,500 – £48,000

David Coote – £1,500 – £48,000

Simon Harper – £1,500 – £48,000

Peter Bankes – £1,500 – £48,000

Andy Madley – £1,500 – £48,000

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The Richest Football Referee In The World

Referee is one of the important person in every sport. In officiating and ensuring that all the players strictly follow all the rules of the game.

When it also come to earning, referee earns pretty well, much more than that of some players. But who is the richest referee?. Many fans thought Pierluigi Collina was the most earning referee after doing an advert with Adidas, Mastercard and Opel not forgetting the PS3 and PS4 covers. Collina is however valued at $4.4 million.

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Retired Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers is currently the richest in the world, he is valued at $13.5 million. Bjorn could earn between $2.2 million and 3.3 million in profits each year of his career. He also owns several supermarkets, Bjorn refereed 2014 federation cup, 2018 world cup, 2014 champions league final and Europa finals twice.

Referee salary depends on country, in England there is fixed and variable salary amount for referees. An experienced referee earns between $47,000 and $51,000 and upto $1,300 in variables. Champions league is the most profitable for referees as they can earn upto $6,500 per match.

Highest Paid Football Referees 2020

Football changed with each upcoming years, some league increase the match officials earnings after each season. After 2018-19 season LA Liga increased the salaries of their match officials, according to the reported financial data, A match referee in LA Liga earn (£5,200) as of match fees. Highest paid football referees 2020 confirmed after increment of Premier league referees salaries and La Liga referees salaries.

Highest Paid Football Referees 2020 (Confirmed)
League Match Referee Fees Assistant Referees Fees VAR Referees Fees Base Salary (Maximum)
La Liga Referees £5,800 £2,750 £2,700 £250,000
Chinese Super League Referees £3,500 £1,200 £1,150 £210,000
Bundesliga Referees £3,650 £1,000 £1000 £189,000
Serie A Referees £3,000 £850 £850 £150,000
Premier League Referees £1,500 £850 £850 £200,000
Ligue 1 Referees £2,500 £700 £700 £165,500
Primeira Liga Referees £1,000 £500 £500 £95,000
MLS Referees £1,200 £500 £500 £75,000
Eredivise League Referees £1,000 £550 £550 £70,000
Scottish Premiership Referees £800 £300 £300 £57,500
A-League Referees £750 £250 £270 £50,000
Brasileirão Série A Referees £1,000 £500 £500 £73,500
Swiss Super League Referees £750 £400 £350 £80,000
Russian Premier League Referees £2,200 £850 £850 £120,000
Super League 1 Referees £1,000 £550 £550 £75,000
Superliga Argentina Referees £1,000 £350 £350 £75,000
K League 1 Referees £950 £400 £400 £85,000
Superliga Referees £1,150 £600 £600 £80,000
UAE Pro League Referees £2,500 £1,000 £1,000 £150,000
Süper Lig Referees £1,500 £750 £750 £100,000
Austrian Football Bundesliga Referees £750 £400 £350 £70,000
Indian Super League Referees £1,250 £450 N/A £35,000
Saudi Professional League Referees £2,200 £800 £800 £100,000

In the above table match referees, video assistant referees and lines man salaries ranked randomly. Currently, match officials from LA Liga earn most money than anyother league referees in football. Chinese football league not only famous for most expensive contract deals, but recently a report revealed match referees earned maximum payout (£210,000) for a regular season.

Some match referees work as part-time their earnings differ from the full-time job holders in league. VAR is the technology recently introduce, which increase match officials ratio in match from three to four. LA Liga, Bundesliga, and Chinese Super League video assistant referees are highest. The current details based on the referees selected top sources of football. Further league league match officials data, updated if the details revealed online.

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4 Best-selling rappers of all time

Hip-hop music originated in the Bronx in the 1970s with the rise of legendary rappers such as DJ Kool Herc and Run-D.M.C. The genre now boasts almost five decades of artists, from Ice Cube to Childish Gambino.Article continues below advertisement

The best-selling rappers of all time have provided us with legendary beats.

While many of them are incredibly talented, these are the best-selling rappers of all time. Each and every one of them is bound to take any Spotify playlist to the next level.

1. Eminem


Marshall Bruce Mathers III, aka Eminem, is widely known as the best-selling solo rapper of all time, according to Eminem Pro, after having sold 220 million albums throughout his career. His 2000 LP, “The Marshall Mathers,” nearly sold 11 million copies in the U.S. on its own, and he’s had 10 chart-topping albums in total. Would the real Slim Shady please stand up, and lend us some of your incredible talent?Article continues below advertisement

2. Drake


Canadian rapper Drake used to call us on his cell-phone as an actor on Degrassi, but he decided to start his solo career in 2007, according to Decluttr. His music wasn’t particularly popular until he released “Views” in 2016, which made it onto the Billboard 200 for 13 non-consecutive weeks. These days, he’s considered to be one of the most highly regarded artists out there, with 150 million albums sold. Article continues below advertisement

3. Chris Brown and Kanye West


“Forever” singer Chris Brown and “Graduation” rapper Kanye West have tied for third place on the best-selling rappers list, with a whopping 140 million albums sold each, according to Sa Hip Hop Mag. Both rappers have a few Grammys under their belts, as well as tremendous amounts of controversy, so it’s somewhat ironic they ended up sharing the spot for third place.Article continues below advertisement

4. Jay-Z


Although Jay-Z would be absolutely nothing without Queen Bey, he’s recognized internationally as one of the greatest musicians of all time. He landed fourth on the best-selling list, with 125 million albums sold across the globe. He’s also won more Grammy Awards than any other rapper (22!) and wins the title of having the most No. 1 albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200. He’s got 99 problems, and money definitely isn’t one.Article continues below advertisement

Honorable mention: Tupac Shakur


While Tupac didn’t make it as one of the top five best-selling rappers, the West Coast rapper sold 75 million albums, according to Decluttr, and was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, which documents recordings and tracks with utmost cultural relevance. When he was still alive, Rolling Stone also cited Tupac in the list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Needless to say, he’s a rap icon and deserves a spot on the list.

There are so many fantastic rappers out there, and whether you prefer old-school rap or trap, there’s tremendous variety. The names on this list, however, are forever going down in history as rap legends.

List of artists that sold 250 million or more records

250 million or more records

  • Rihanna
  • The Beatles
  • Michael Jackson
  • Elvis Presley
  • Elton John
  • Madonna
  • Led Zeppelin

  • To ensure the highest level of fact checking and editorial control, this list sources sales figures to news organizations and highly regarded music industry related organizations such as MTV, VH1, and Billboard.
  • The figures of total certified units within the tables below are based on certified units of albums, singles (including digital downloads) and videos.
  • Markets’ order within the tables is based on Retail Value: each market generates respectively, the largest market at the top and smallest at the bottom.

Artist Country / Market Period active Release year of first charted record Genre Total certified units
(from available markets)
Claimed sales
The Beatles United Kingdom 1960–1970 1962 Rock / Pop show
Total available certified units: 281.7 million
600 million
500 million
Elvis Presley United States 1954–1977 1954 Rock and roll / Pop / Country show
Total available certified units: 226.6 million
600 million
500 million
Michael Jackson United States 1964–2009 1971 Pop / Rock / Dance / Soul / R&B show
Total available certified units: 233.5 million
350 million
300 million
Elton John United Kingdom 1964–present 1969 Pop / Rock show
Total available certified units: 193.3 million
300 million
250 million
Madonna United States 1979–present 1982 Pop / Dance / Electronica show
Total available certified units: 173.8 million
300 million
275 million
Led Zeppelin United Kingdom 1968–1980 1969 Hard rock / Blues rock / Folk rock show
Total available certified units: 141.3 million
300 million
200 million
Rihanna Barbados
United States
2005–present 2005 R&B / Pop / Dance / Hip-hop show
Total available certified units: 288.6 million
250 million
Pink Floyd United Kingdom 1965–1996, 2005, 2012–2014 1967 Progressive rock / Psychedelic rock show
Total available certified units: 121.5 million
250 million[102]
200 million]

  • The column for certified sales includes markets, the databases of which contain certifications representing figures of 100,000 and more.

The 10 selling Rappers of All-Time

10. P. Diddy

Album Sales (9.1m), №1 Albums (2), №1 Hits (5), №1 Rap Songs (10)

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If we were ranking the best calendar years a rapper has ever had, it’d be fair to argue that Diddy’s 1997 tops the list. I know what you’re thinking: No Way Out was Diddy’s debut album only technically, because, really, it was a Bad Boy compilation project that saw the headliner (Puffy) outshined by the label’s stable of superstars (Biggie, Ma$e, and The LOX). Still, there’s no denying that Puff Daddy had a massively successful 1997, as the album produced two chart-topping singles (“Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” and “I’ll Be Missing You”), along with two more tracks that peaked at №2 on the Billboard Hot 100 (“It’s All About the Benjamins” and “Been Around the World”); and if you throw in Biggie’s №1 hit, “Mo Money Mo Problems,” Diddy spent 22 out of 25 consecutive weeks (from March 22 to September 6) atop the Billboard Hot 100.

9. 2Pac

Album Sales (16.1m), №1 Albums (3), №1 Hits (2), №1 Rap Songs (2)

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Tupac makes this list largely due to the chart-topping success of his most memorable project, 1996’s All Eyez On Me. By the time he got to Death Row, while he’d already experienced commercial popularity with his most recent album — 1995’s Me Against the World, which debuted at №1 and gave him his first platinum-selling single, “Dear Mama” — 2 Pac hadn’t come close to scratching the surface of his potential as a mainstream superstar. That all came to pass immediately after Suge Knight bailed the controversial rapper out of jail at the end of 1995; the following summer, with All Eyez On Me already certified platinum, ‘Pac hit number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 with “California Love,” before unseating himself with the follow-up hit, “How Do You Want It.”

8. Lil Wayne

Album Sales (13.9m), №1 Albums (3), №1 Hits (3), №1 Rap Songs (12)

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Lil Wayne’s ascent into pop music, and the mainstream success that comes with it, was slow, so much so that, over the first five years of his post-Hot Boyz, solo career, there were no signs that he would ever reach the heights of the commercial giant he’s become. After his first three albums underwhelmed, Wayne started to make noise with the first two efforst from Tha Carter series, before his transcendent mixtape run (from 2006 to 2007) left the world anticipating his forthcoming, 2008 album, Tha Carter III. Its release was a moment, to say the least. Finally, Wayne was King; not just of the underground, the mixtape circuits, or the mind of your rapper’s favorite rapper, but of the genre, if not the entire pop music landscape. Carter III debuted number-one and became the first album — in all of music — to sell over one million copies since 50 Cent’s The Massacre, released three years earlier.

7. Ludacris

Album Sales (15.2m), №1 Albums (4), №1 Hits (5), №1 Rap Songs (6)

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If you asked any casual hip-hop fan to list the five-most successful rappers of the 2000s, I’d expect them to circle back to the following group: Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye, Lil Wayne, Nelly, and 50 Cent. Let’s throw T.I., and Young Jeezy in there for good measure. Point being, Ludacris wouldn’t be thought of, let alone mentioned. Should he be? Well, let’s look at where Luda ranks amongst that group in our four categories: 6th (album sales), 4th (№1 albums), 5th (№1 hits), and 5th (№1 rap songs). In that regard, I suppose not. But, here’s where it gets interesting: from 2000 to 2006, Luda dropped hits clean, amassing 16 top-ten singles over this period, which places him first in that group, ahead of Jay-Z (14), Eminem (13), Nelly (11), 50 Cent (7), T.I. (6), Kanye (6), Wayne (3), and Jeezy (3). For what it’s worth, Luda was, over the first-half of the 2000s, rap’s commercial King.

6. 50 Cent

Album Sales (20.3m), №1 Albums (2), №1 Hits (4), №1 Rap Songs (7)

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Given the magnitude of Fiddy’s earth-shattering run from 2003 to 2005, it’s hard to believe that he only notched three number-one singles and five chart-toppers on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart. After Get Rich or Die Tryin’ debuted at №1 on Billboard’s Top 200 — selling 872,000 copies in its first week to become the fastest-selling debut album in rap history — 50 saw his first two singles (“In Da Club” and “21 Questions”) hit №1 and his third, “P.I.M.P,” peak at №3 on Billboard’s Hot 100; and yet, it may not top the run he went on at the top of 2005 when, on April 2 of that year, he became the first artist to simultaneously occupy the top three positions of Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart, with “Candy Shop,” “Hate It Or Love It,” and “How We Do.”

5. Kanye West

Album Sales (16.3m), №1 Albums (7), №1 Hits (4), №1 Rap Songs (12)

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Kanye may not have a single calendar year that rivals the aforementioned MCs, but what he has had is a consistent presence on the charts. In nine consecutive years, from 2004 to 2012, Kanye had at least one song that charted atop either the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard Hot Rap Songs, or Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including a three-year run (2007–09) in which he posted seven №1 singles. Further, he makes his case as a commercial giant with eight №1 albums and 16.3 million albums sold, which cement him as the №1 rapper of his era in both categories. More than anything, though, when it comes to full bodies of work, Kanye is unrivaled amongst his peers.

4. Nelly

Album Sales (21.2m), №1 Albums (3), №1 Hits (4), №1 Rap Songs (7)

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Nelly is the tragic hip-hop figure of the 2000s, largely because his apex coincided with the peaks of two of the greatest rappers to ever do it (Jay-Z and Eminem), along with the fact that the niche he created — that of the chart-topping crossover star — was erased by 50 Cent, whose subsequent rise is remembered more fondly. For those of us who were there for it, though, Nelly mattered; he was the genre’s biggest rapper-turned-pop-star a decade before Drake was credited with making it a thing, a crossover star who blurred the lines of hip-hop, pop, R&B, and, yes, country, in a way we hadn’t seen before and still haven’t seen since. Nelly’s dominance culminated in the summer of 2002, with the release of his second album, Nellyville. With its first three singles, Nelly practically created the blueprint for impeccable chart success: release one for the club (“Hot N Herre”), one for the ladies (“Dilemma”), and one for the streets (“Air Force Ones”); he wouldn’t have to wait even a year to see his influence take root, as 50 crafted his first three singles, “In Da Club,” “21 Questions,” and “P.I.M.P,” accordingly.

3. Drake

Album Sales (12.1m), №1 Albums (7), №1 Hits (6), №1 Rap Songs (26)

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On his 2013 loosie, “5 AM in Toronto,” Drake famously rapped, “Most number-ones ever, how long did it really take me?” Well, not long. By early 2012, he already set the record for most number-ones on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart (11) and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (10). In the six years since, he’s made a mockery of his own records, notching his 20th and 19th №1s, respectively, this year, giving him a grand total of 26 songs that have topped at least one of the charts. If his career-defining summer has proven anything, though, it’s that Drake’s rap peers are no longer who he’s chasing: last month, with four new top 10 singles to his credit, Drake leapfrogged Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to become the man with the most top 10 singles under his own name (31); and, when it comes to all artists, he only trails The Beatles (34) and Madonna (38).

2. Jay-Z

Album Sales (30.6m), №1 Albums (11), №1 Hits (4), №1 Rap Songs (13)

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In an alternate universe, producer “The 45 King” doesn’t flip the Annie sample, Jay-Z releases his third consecutive flop and never catapults into the mainstream, cementing his legacy as a what-could-have-been star. Thankfully, the opposite happened: Jay-Z turned the Annie-backed “Hard Knock Life” into the biggest hit of his career, helping make his subsequent album, Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life, the first of his career to debut at №1 on the Billboard 200, selling over 350,000 copies in its first week. Naturally, from there, Jigga became the guy who hasn’t wasted a moment to remind us that he’s dropped eleven consecutive number one albums, and is only looking up at The Beatles when it comes to the artists with the most number one albums ever.

1. Eminem

Album Sales (49.1m), №1 Albums (9), №1 Hits (5), №1 Rap Songs (4)

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Not even Eminem ignored the role that whiteness played in his ability to sell records, rapping, “If I was black, I would’ve sold half,” on “White America,” the tone-setter off his third album, 2002’s The Eminem Show. At the time, though, you would have been hard pressed to find anyone — even the most cynical members of the anti-Eminem camp — who actually believed this; by then, he’d already leapfrogged his hip-hop peers to battle the likes of pop music’s finest when it came to sales and chart position. Now, keep in mind, this shouldn’t have been possible: Eminem’s peak coincided with the boy band revolution, an era when the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and Britney Spears sold over a million copies in one week. Granted, this hardly mattered for the Marshall Mathers Machine. On May 23, 2000 — just one week after Britney Spears moved 1.3m units to set the record for highest one-week sales as a solo artist— Eminem’s second album, The Marshall Mathers LP, sold 1,760,000 copies, making it the fastest-selling rap album in history (twice as much as the previous record holder, Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle); then, two years later, his follow-up, The Eminem Show, gave Eminem the two-highest one-week sales for a solo artist, as it moved a not-too-shabby 1.31m units. So, until another rapper comes close to approaching the commercial heights he reached, Eminem is in a stratosphere of his own.


Top selling rappers

Since its emergence in the 1970s, rap music and Hip Hop have conquered the world. Originating in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City, Hip Hop is now being listened in almost all corners of the world. And even though it has been around since the 70s, the 1990s proved to be decade when Hip Hop really began to shine.

Today, rappers belong to the most successful music artists in the world. But there are a few rappers who managed to become especially commercially successful, selling hundreds of millions records all around the world. The following list ranks the 10 best-selling rappers of all time worldwide. The ranking is based on certified record sales of singles and albums in markets that release these official certification numbers.

The 10 Best-selling Rappers / Hip Hop Artists of all Time

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1. Eminem

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227 million units sold

Real name: Marshall Mathers
Born: October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
Nationality: American
Active years: 1988 – present
Best-selling album: The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
Best-selling single: Love the Way You Lie (2010)

Eminem is the best-selling rapper in history. With over 200 million records sold, he is also the 6th best-selling solo music artist of all time. Growing up in Detroit, Marshall Mathers aka Eminem started his rap career at the age of 16. But it took almost a decade until rap mogul Dr. Dre finally discovered Eminem and gave him his first recording contract. It was the starting point for a legendary and unprecedented hip hop career. Despite his many controversial lyrics, Eminem managed to establish hip hop in the mainstream.

For his song ‘Lose Yourself’, which was the main song for the soundtrack to his 2002 movie ‘8 Mile’, Eminem in 2003 also became the first ever hip hop artist to win an Oscar. He was also the first white rapper who managed to really succeed in the rap genre.

2. Drake

152 million units sold

Real name: Aubrey Graham
Born: October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality: Canadian
Active years: 2006 – present
Best-selling album: 
Views (2016)
Best-selling single: 
God’s Plan (2018)

Drake is the most commercially successful non-American rapper. Drake Graham (his surname) was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and was first known as a child actor in the Canadian teen drama series ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation‘. Ultimately Drake decided to switch the acting world for the world of music. And he took it by storm. Drake has been one of the overall worldwide best-selling musicians of the 2010s and is now also the second best-selling hip hop artist of all time.

3. Kanye West

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140 million units sold

Real name: Kanye West
Born: June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Nationality: American
Active years: 2002 – present
Best-selling album: 
Late Registration (2005)
Best-selling single: 
Stronger (2007)

Kanye West first started out in the music business as a songwriter and record producer. But in 2002 the Atlanta-born and Chicago-raised multi-talent turned into a hip hop artist himself. Since then, West became both one of the most critically acclaimed as well as commercially successful rappers in the entire world.

4. Jay-Z

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125 million units sold

Real name: Shawn Carter
Born: December 4, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA
Nationality: American
Active years: 1988 – present
Best-selling album: Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life (1998)
Best-selling single: Empire State of Mind (2009)

Born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z started his rap career as a teenager in rap battles. Since none of the major record labels were willing to sign him, he then simply went on to found his own record label, Roc-A-Fella Records. Today, Jay-Z has become a successful billionaire businessman owning several brands in different branches, but he is still also the 4th best-selling rapper of all-time.

5. Lil Wayne

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110 million units sold

Real name: Dwayne Carter
Born: September 27, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Nationality: American
Active years: 1995 – present
Best-selling album: 
Tha Carter III (2008)
Best-selling single: 
Lollipop (2008)

Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter (not related to Jay-Z), wrote his first rap song at the age of 8. His rap career then started in 1995 when he recorded his first commercial songs at 12 years old. Perviously an A+ honors student, Lil Wayne decided to drop out of high school in his hometown of New Orleans and focus entirely on his hip hop career instead. And it this case, it paid off. Today, Lil Wayne is 5th most commercially successful rapper of all time, worldwide.

6. Nicki Minaj

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106 million units sold

Real name: Onika Maraj-Petty
Born: December 8, 1982 in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Nationality: Trinidadian & American
Active years: 2004 – present
Best-selling album: Pink Friday (2010)
Best-selling single: Super Bass (2011)

7. Flo Rida

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102 million units sold

Real name: Tramar Dillard
Born: September 17, 1979 in Miami Gardens, Florida, USA
Nationality: American
Active years: 2000 – present
Best-selling album: Wild Ones (2012)
Best-selling single: Right Round (2009)

8. 2Pac

75 million units sold

Real name: Tupac Shakur
Born: June 16, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA
Nationality: American
Active years: 1989 – 1996
Best-selling album: All Eyez on Me (1996)
Best-selling single: California Love (1995)

9. Snoop Dogg

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40 million units sold

Real name: Calvin Broadus
Born: October 20, 1971 in Long Beach, California, USA
Nationality: American
Active years: 1992 – present
Best-selling album: Doggystyle (1993)
Best-selling single: Drop It Like It’s Hot (2004)

10. DMX

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34 million units sold

Real name: Earl Simmons
Born: December 18, 1970 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Nationality: American
Active years: 1988 – present
Best-selling album: … And Then There Was X (1999)
Best-selling single: X Gon’ Give It to Ya (2003)

The 10 Best-selling Rappers / Hip Hop Artists of All Time (at a glance)

(as of October 2019)

227 million units sold
152 million units sold
140 million units sold
4. JAY-Z
125 million units sold
110 million units sold
106 million units sold
102 million units sold
75 million units sold
40 million units sold
10. DMX
34 million units sold

source: alltopeverything

the 10 most grossing rap artists

Rapping – also known as rhyming, MCing and spitting, is one of the most successful and largest music genres in the world, more particularly in America.

Rap originally dates back to early Griot traditions, where historians and praise singers would tell stories to the rhythm of a drum beat. Folk artists from the Caribbean would commonly tell stories in rhyme, which also laid the foundations for the rap music we hear today. It was later introduced in America by DJ Kool Herc – an artist who was responsible for the origination of hip hop music, thanks to his breakbeat DJing style.

Having said this, Herc never went on to record in the commercial hip hop scene. Have you ever wondered which rap artist sold the most records? Find out who the best selling rappers of all time are:

Tupac Shakur

Records sold: 75 million

Tupac Shakur’s was so successful, that he was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry – a list of sound recordings holding tracks that are culturally or aesthetically relevant to life in the United States. Outside music production, Tupac is an accomplished actor having starred in Poetic JusticeJuice and Gang RelatedRolling Stone cites Tupac in the list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

The Black Eyed Peas

Records sold: 75 million

The Black Eyed Peas consists of artists will.i.am, aple.de.ap, Taboo, and Jessica Reynoso (though produced the majority of their commercially successful songs with female singe Fergie). Founded in 1995, they only gained traction for their success in 2003 during the release of their third album. They’re one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time.

Their first major hit “Where is the Love?” topped the charts in 13 countries and their fourth album “Monkey Business” gained certified 4x platinum status.

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Flo Rida

Records sold: 80 million

Tramar Lacel Dillard, known by his stage name Flo Rida, fuses rap and hip-hop with EDM beats giving him a unique sound in the rap and hip-hop scene. He broke digital record sales for his 2007 breakout single “Low”, which remained number one for 10 weeks in the US.

He gained further success with his first studio album “Mail on Sunday” in 2008, which peaked at number 4, but his most notable success was producing international hit singles such as “Right Round“, “Good Feeling“, “Wild Ones“, and “My House“.

Nicki Minaj

Records sold: 85 million

Trinidad and Tobago-born Onika Tanya Maraj, known as Nicki Minaj, signed with Young Money Entertainment in 2009 and released her first studio album “Pink Friday” a year later. It peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 and certified triple platinum status. She’s also appeared in other media such as film and American television.

Minaj has been called one of the most influential female rappers of all time. She’s has 10 Grammy Award nominations, won 11 BET Awards and 4 MTV Video Music Awards.

Chris Brown

Records sold: 140 million

The triple-threat artist Christopher Brown (known more commonly as Chris Brown) signed to Jive Records in 2004 and released his first album “Chris Brown” (which included his first commercially successful song “Run it”) and it was certified double platinum, having sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

Lil Wayne

Records sold: 110 million

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A child star, Lil Wayne (or Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) created his first song when he was only 8 years old, but his feature on the 2004 hit release “Soldier” by Destiny’s Child boosted his profile massively. 

He was discovered by Bryan “Birdman” Williams and his success has only gotten bigger and bigger since then. At 17 he kicked off his solo career, and in 2012 he gained the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 charts with 109 songs. His most commercially successful album was “Tha Carter III” which included singles “Lollipop”, “A Milli” and “Got Money


Records sold: 125 million

Most of us know Shawn Corey Carter (Jay-Z) as Beyoncé’s husband, however, he’s one of the most acclaimed rappers of the century. He holds 22 Grammy Awards, the most held by any rapper with thanks to songs like “Ni**as In Paris”, “99 Problems” and “Empire State of Mind”. 

He received a “Salute to Industry Icons Award” at the 60th Grammy Awards back in 2017 and became the first rapper to be honored at the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017. He’s commonly cited as one of the greatest rappers alongside Tupac, Notorious B.I.G and Eminem.


Records sold: 135 million

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The diverse beats and ever-evolving musical style is what made Kanye Omari West one of the most critically acclaimed musicians of our time.

Kanye is known for working within many other industries such as fashion, acting, and politics. He’s won 21 Grammy awards – the most out of artists in his generation. Three of his albums were enlisted on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest  Albums of All Time” and was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world on two occasions (2005 and 2015).


Records sold: 150 million

Originally an actor on the teen drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, Drake embarked on a solo career in 2007. He debuted his first studio album “Thank me Later” in 2010, which topped the US Billboard 200 and was certified platinum. 2011 saw the release of “ Take Care”, which won him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. 

It wasn’t until his fourth album, “Views”, that he gained the majority of his commercial success. The album broke several chart records and topped the Billboard 200 for 13 non consecutive weeks.


Records sold: 220 million

Marshall Bruce Mathers III, aka Eminem and “Kind of Hip Hop”, is known as the best selling solo rapper of all time, and one of the largest selling musicians of the century. Eminem’s LP “The Marshall Mathers” sold almost 11 million copies in the USA alone. He’s had 10 number-one albums (9 of which debut on the Billboard 200 consecutively) and 5 number one singles.

List of the richest actors in Nigeria 2020

1. Desmond Elliot – ₦3.5 billion

Oluwashola Desmond Elliot popularly known as Desmond Elliot is the richest Nigerian actor as at the rent of writing this blog post. He has been in the movie scene for over two decades and has acted in more than 200 movies, soap operas, and TV shows. He hails from Lagos state, although his mother is from Delta. Even though he took a brief hiatus from Nollywood to delve into politics, he still rakes in money from the entertainment industry. The lawmaker representing Sururlere constituency in the Lagos state house of assembly has an AMAA award and African magic award in his library.


Desmond Elliot has one of the most expensive garages too

An interesting fact about this guy is he has donated free school buses to Surulere for local kids’ safety.

Desmond Elliot cars

This actor is seen driving a variety of cars with different price ranges from a ₦2 million Toyota Camry to a ₦24 million Range Rover. Below is the list of luxury cars which we believe belong to Mr. Desmond:

  • A vintage Mercedes-Benz, worth around ₦30 million
  • A Ford Explorer, worth ₦13.8 million
  • A Nissan Versa, worth ₦5.8 million
  • A Toyota 4Runner Classical, worth ₦15.9 million
  • A Toyota HiAce, worth ₦15.3 million
  • A 2010 Toyota Camry, worth ₦2.3 million
  • A Range Rover Evoque, worth ₦23.8 million


Desmond attended his swearing-in, in his vintage automobile

Desmond Elliot house & other properties

The most known house of Desmond Elliot is his multi-million naira mansion in Lagos with luxury design and cutting-edge equipment.

Nollywood-wise, the richest celebrity in Nigeria also owns a movie production and distribution company named Denziot production who has gained the distribution rights for When one door closed in 2014. Desmond operates a charity organization to aid disadvantaged children, especially homeless ones.

2. Richard Mofe Damijo – ₦2 billion naira

Richard Mofe Damijo is one of the pioneers of the Nollywood industry. He hails from Delta state and has starred in a countless number of films both in Nigeria and internationally. He was a news reporter before going into acting in the 90s. Also known as RMD, the legendary actor went into politics for a while, becoming the commissioner for culture and tourism in Delta state. RMD has a lot of awards and recognition to his name while producing a number of movies as well.


Richard Mofe is passionate about luxury SUVs

Richard Mofe Damijo cars

According to our reports, here are the luxury rides inside Richard Mofe Damijo’s garage:

  • Mercedes-Benz GLE 550, worth ₦24.7 million
  • BMW 4 Series Coupe, worth ₦19.8 million
  • Toyota Land Cruiser, worth ₦30.8 million
  • Range Rover Evoque, ₦21.7 million
  • Lexus LX 570, worth ₦35.3 million
  • Toyota Highlander, worth ₦17.1 million
  • Mercedes sedan, worth ₦14.1 million
  • Mercedes G550, worth ₦43.6 million


The legendary actor posing beside his BMW

Richard Mofe Damijo house & other properties

Richard Mofe Damijo is living in his mansion at Imole Phase 1 which has a very environment-friendly wall made of green trees.

The actor is also famous for a luxury lifestyle with expensive watches like a Patek Phillippe Nautilus 5980R-001 priced around ₦25.3 million or a ₦400K Swiss wristwatch.


RMD owns an environment-friendly mansion in Imole Phase 1

3. John Okafor – ₦1.7 billion naira

The list of richest actors in Nigeria can’t be complete without John Okafor. Popularly known as Mr. Ibu, John Okafor is one of the most sought after Nigerian actors. His major movie, Mr. Ibu, shot him to massive fame and he has cashed out ever since. The actor from the eastern part of Nigeria is also a comedian and a producer. He has starred in over 200 movies including Mr. Ibu, 9 wives, Police Recruit, Mr. Ibu in London, and so many more.


The Nollywood star must love white so much that lots of his cars feature this color

John Okafor cars

He’s been discreet with disclosing his other cars and mansion but we have managed to get some information about his car collection here. Check the list below!

  • BMW X6, worth ₦16 million
  • Mercedes-Benz C240, worth ₦15 million
  • Lexus LX 570, worth ₦55 million
  • Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, worth ₦19.4 million


Mr. Ibu has had this BMW X5 for quite a long while

John Okafor’s house and other properties

John has a mansion in Lagos which boasts of simple design, making the best use of space to give the most comfort for its residents.


Outside of John Okafor’s mansion in Lagos

He is also a fan of luxury necklaces which cost up to million nairas. Some of his often seen necklaces are the gold cross necklace priced ₦1.8 million, the Versace necklace priced ₦1.3 million

4. Nkem Owoh – ₦1.5 billion naira

Nkem Owoh is a famous Nigerian actor who is known for his smash role in the movie “Osuofia”. The movie also has several sequels like Osuofia in London and Osuofia in Brazil. He also has an album to his name, with the famous “I go chop your dollar” song which was banned by the Nigerian authorities. He also goes by the nickname, Osuofia. Mr. Owoh has acted in more than 200 movies as well, including the recent “Lionheart”.

Nkem Owoh cars & house

He owns a mansion in Enugu where he’s from and drives a Mitsubishi Montero SUV worth over 10 million naira, and a Mercedes Benz 4matic worth over 15 million naira.


Osuofia has a good taste in cars regardless of his age

Nkem Owoh common questions

We have found some interesting questions people often ask about this guy. Check them below!

  • Is Nkem Owoh married to Chinwe Owoh?

The answer is no. Both of them have confirmed they are not a couple but in-laws instead. Nkem Owoh got married to Ngozi Nkem Owoh who has given birth to 2 pretty daughters for the veteran actor.

  • How old is Osufia?

Osufia was born on February 7th, 1958. He is 61 years old now.

  • Are Nkem Owoh and Patience Ozokwor siblings?

Many people thought these two are siblings due to many similarities between them. However, they are just communal brother and sister who happen to work in the same Nollywood industry. For your information, Patience Ozokwor is of the same age as Nkem.


A lot of people question the relationship between Nkem Owoh and Chinwe Owoh

5. Chinedu Ikedieze – ₦1.3 billion naira

Chinedu Ikedieze is known for acting both as an adult and a kid in his roles. The diminutive but talented actor hails from the eastern part of Nigeria as well and has won over a dozen awards including an African movie academy award for lifetime achievement. He is commonly known as Aki, a role he played alongside his colleague, Osita Iheme. He was once married and rumored to have a son.

Chinedu Ikedieze cars

Though we have spent a detailed post on Chinedu’s house and cars, we will list here his car collection briefly for your reference:

  • Infinity Jeep FX, worth at least ₦20 million
  • Honda Accord, worth ₦10 million
  • Porsche Carrera 911, worth ₦38 million
  • Hummer stretch limousine, worth ₦75.2 million
  • Mercedes-Benz E300, worth ₦19.2 million
  • Toyota Camry, worth ₦13.8 million


The diminutive actor forms a close relationship with Osita Iheme who is enthusiastic about cars as well

Chinedu Ikedieze house & other properties

Being among top richest actors in Nigeria, Chinedu Ikedieze is residing in a beautiful mansion at Omole Phase 1 but will move out to his new house once it’s finished. The information of his new house project hasn’t been revealed much but we are quite sure its luxury can make you jaw dropped.

Also, this man is reported to own several houses in Abia, a fashion brand called Nizik, a football academy, and a traveling agency.https://www.youtube.com/embed/i9jurQp_icI

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6. Osita Iheme – ₦1.2 billion naira

Osita Iheme is also another actor with a diminutive figure. He was partly introduced into Nollywood by Aki, and they acted alongside, where he played the role of “Pawpaw”. He hails also from the east of Nigeria and has a bachelor’s degree. He also has a foundation that inspires budding talents and has starred a lot of movies. He was also honored with the MFR honour by the then President of Nigeria, in 2011.


No matter how the appearance is, Osita Iheme conquers the film industry

Osita Iheme cars

He is rich and has quite a number of cars ranging from Toyota brand to Land Rover. Let’s summarise his car collection as follow:

  • Land Rover LR3, worth 25 million
  • Toyota Harrier, worth 50 million
  • Honda NSX sports car, worth 58 million


Osita Iheme had a lot of cars and buildings in the east of Nigeria

Osita Iheme house & other properties

The actor really knows how to enjoy his life when he spent around 100 million naira to complete his house design. Inside his mansion is luxury furniture acquired from overseas.

Besides the cash flow from the movie industry, Osita also makes money from the hotel business. He is reported to invest a lot of money into real estate as well as construct hotels to generate more profits.


A glance at one of Osita Iheme’s hotels

7. Ramsey Nouah – ₦1 billion naira

Ramsey Nouah is known as the lover boy of Nollywood. In many of his movies, he has played the role of the romantic man with an undying love. This also earned him a lot of recognition and of course, fortune. He’s half Yoruba, half Israeli. He grew up in Lagos and has quite a lot of awards under his belt including one for his role in the box office smash, The Figurine.


A bright star in romantic movies has a romantic relationship with luxury cars as well

Ramsey Nouah cars

Being one of the richest Nollywood actors 2020, Ramsey drives some customized exotic cars with shocking price tags. See it!

  • Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, worth ₦110.8 million
  • 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, worth ₦10 million
  • Range Rover Sport, worth ₦24.3 million
  • Tesla Model X, worth ₦48.1 million
  • Hummer H2 Stretch limousine, worth ₦16.4 million
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom, worth ₦128 million


A type of Ramsey Nouah Range Rover

Ramsey Nouah house & other properties

Like many other rich and famous, Ramsey Nouah is the owner of a luxury mansion in Lagos and leads an extravagant lifestyle.

However, there aren’t many photos uploaded by the actor to flaunt his assets. Check a rare pic leaked out!


Ramsey Nouah house with outdoor swimming pool at night

8. Yul Edochie – ₦900 million

Yul Edochie is one of the most sought after actors in Nigeria at the moment. He’s known for his effortless acting skills and deeper than a deep baritone. He is the last son of legendary actors, Pete Edochie. He has acted in dozens of movies and even owns an academy. He is married with 3 kids.


Yul Edochie is a big name on the screen at the moment

Yul Edochie’s cars

He drives a Toyota SUV which was recently involved in an accident. The car is believed to be worth almost 20 million naira. He also has other automobiles in his garage, including:

  • Mercedes GL 450, worth ₦25.3 million
  • Mercedes C Class, worth ₦19.5 million
  • Toyota Highlander, worth ₦14.5 million
  • 2007 Toyota Camry, worth ₦10.2 million
  • 2010 Honda Accord, worth ₦10.6 million
  • Lexus LX 570, worth ₦32.2 million


Simple but super high-class, that’s Edochie’s style!

Yul Edochie’s house & other properties

The manly actor owns a house in Lekki, Lagos. His house follows modern design to bring most convenience for the householders.

He is also a fan of luxury watches which cost hundred thousands of naira for each.


Take a look at his house and garage!

9. Mike Ezuruonye – ₦750 million

Mike Ezuruonye is a popular Nollywood actor who came into limelight in the early 2000s. He hails from Abia state in Nigeria and is in his late 30s. Before he went into acting, he was a banker with one of the popular financial institutions in the country. He also boasts a lot of awards and was once considered the most handsome actor in the scene. Holding a net worth of ₦750 million, Mike Ezuruonye is among the  richest male actors in Nigeria.


The actor, however, didn’t start his acting career till his late 30s

Mike Ezuruonye cars

Mike drives a red Range Rover worth over 20 million nairas and a 25 million naira Mercedes Benz 4Matic. For this actor, these two cars are enough to match his style.


Mike beside his red Range Rover SUV

Mike Ezuruonye’s house

Though being one of the richest Nollywood actors, Mike is not the type of person to flaunt his wealth to the public. That’s why his house location hasn’t been revealed exactly. Through some of his pictures on social accounts, we are lucky to get a glimpse of his mansion interior.

All the decor goes in harmony and we can be sure of its luxury vibe.


The mansion gives off a luxury but cozy atmosphere

10. Nonso Diobi – ₦500 million

Finally on our list of top 10 Nigerian actors and their cars, is Nonso Diobi. The Nollywood star has been involved in over a hundred movies and has remained a household name in Nigeria. He is also a director and movie producer. A lot of actors credited him for helping them into the scene. He’s famous and rich. He drives some of the nicest cars around including a Range Rover Sport and a Toyota sedan, both worth at least 20 million naira.


Nonso Diobi makes the tenth on the list with his fancy rides


The actor gives his mom an entire mansion on her birthday

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Stock market gains N144bn on blue-chip firms

Equity trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Tuesday closed on a positive note with a gain of N132bn as the bulls recaptured trading activities after three days’ downturn.

The market performance indices, NSE All-Share Index, appreciated by 0.64 per cent with market breathe closing positive with 26 gainers as against 16 losers.

Consequently, the All-Share Index gained 218.78 basis points or 0.64 per cent to close at 34,340.56 as against 34,121.78 recorded the previous day while the market capitalisation of equities appreciated by N114bn or 0.64 per cent to close at N17.94tn from N17.83tn as market sentiment returned on the green zone.

Meanwhile, a turnover of 365.41 million shares exchanged in 6,325 deals was recorded in the day’s trading.

Premium sub-sector was the most active (measured by turnover volume); with 165.79 million shares exchanged by investors in 2,448 deals.

Volume in the sub-sector was largely driven by activities in the shares of Zenith Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc.

Banking sub-sector was boosted by activities in the shares of GTBank Plc and Fidelity Bank Plc followed with a turnover of 73.15m shares in 1,143 deals.