- Full Name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty
- Occupation: Songwriter, singer, actress, entrepreneur
- Date of Birth: 20th February 1988
- Parents: Ronald and Monica Fenty
- Active Years: 2003 – present
- Place of birth: Barbados
Rihanna’s Net worth
Robyn Rihanna Fenty, popularly known as Rihanna, is the wealthiest female musician in the world, with an estimated net worth of $600 million (2019).
Rihanna has sold over 250 million records and singles and has released eight studio albums, two compilation albums, one reissue, and two remix albums since the beginning of her career in 2005.
Making her one of the bestselling artists of all time. Some of her hit songs include “Unfaithful,” “Umbrella,” “Disturbia,” “Take a Bow,” “We Found Love,” and “Diamonds.” Rihanna has also won multiple industry awards, including Grammys and MTV awards.
Rihanna was born on 20th February 1988 in St. Michael Parish on the Caribbean island of Barbados to Ronald and Monica Fenty.
Her mother, Monica, is from Guyanese and was an accountant, and her father Ronald Fenty, from Barbadian, and was a warehouse supervisor. Rihanna is the eldest of three children.
Growing up with her parents in Barbados, Rihanna’s childhood wasn’t such a pleasant one as it was tainted by her father’s struggle with addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol, coupled with her parent’s marital problems.
She was just 14 when her parents separated. She struggled with crippling headaches for several years in her childhood and attempted to hide her condition from people around her so that they would not think she was abnormal.
As a young girl, she turned to music to help her escape from all the drama caused by her parents. She listened to Caribbean music, like reggae, as well as American hip-hop and R&B. She enjoyed singing and, at some point, created a trio group with two of her friends in school.
Together, they scored an audition with an American record producer Evan Rodgers, who was visiting the island with his Barbadian wife. However, Evan found Rihanna’s beauty and talents worth taking to the next level and decided to take her to the U.S.
He helped her record a demo, which helped her secure an audition with the rapper Jay-Z, who was head of Def Jam record label at that time. Jay-Z signed the budding vocalist into the label, and for her professional career, she adopted her middle name, Rihanna.
Just Eight months after she was signed to Def Jam, Rihanna released her first single “Pon d replay,” a reggae-influenced club hit song that reached the Number 2 spot on the U.S. Billboard charts. Rihanna immediately captured an international audience and was announced as the next up-and-coming pop star.
The success of the song made sales for her debut album, Music of the Sun was released in 2005, which conventional R&B ballads shared space with Caribbean-flavoured dance-pop that showcased her melodious Barbadian lilt.
It reached No. 10 on the Billboard albums chart and also featured the single “If It’s Lovin’ That You Want.” The album went platinum despite poor reviews from Rolling Stone magazine, who deemed it “lacking ingenuity and rhythm.”
Rihanna soon followed with the release of her second album, A Girl like Me (2006). This album, however, fared better with critics. It features two major hits “Unfaithful” and “S.O.S.” The up-tempo club hit song “S.O.S” became Rihanna’s first song to top the Billboard singles chart. During this time of her career, Rihanna was seen to be a cute teen pop princess.
She decided to effect a transformation into an ultimate superstar and sex symbol by abandoning her tropical rhythms that had decorated her first two albums and recorded a collection of polished R&B that exemplified her as a fiercely independent and rebellious woman. This was expressed on the release of her third album, “Good Girls Gone Bad.”
The album turned out to be one of the most sold albums at the time with the assistance of such high-profile collaborators as Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, as well as the hit single “Umbrella.” The song features an introductory rap from Jay-Z, and became one of the biggest hits of the year and earned Rihanna a Grammy Award.
Rihanna has been dubbed one of the most consistent hitmakers in pop music as her seven albums and collaborations with legends Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye West, and Calvin Harris.
She has topped charts and won countless awards, including Grammys, Brits, MTV awards, and World Music Awards among others. She demonstrated her sex symbol status in her albums, with songs like “Hard,” “Rude Boy,” “S&M” and the like and repeatedly topped Sexiest Women Alive lists for her stage performances and music videos.
Rihanna’s Love Life
Her love life hasn’t been moving as smoothly as her music career. It is known that Rihanna and Chris Brown were in a relationship as in late 2007, and the couple kept their relationship intensely private.
Not until 8th February 2009, a 911 call was made after a party that the couple had attended. Rihanna was already hurt when the police arrived at the scene.
It was later reported that she had found text messages from another girl on Chris’s phone and after repeatedly taunting him on the subject, which resulted in a heavy argument which left Rihanna assaulted, to the point of almost losing consciousness.
Chris was convicted of assault. After the incident, She made another album with the song “Rude Boy” which was a major hit
In early 2011 the album’s sexually provocative single “S&M” became her 10th number one Billboard hit, making her the youngest artist to achieve this at age 23.
There were other outstanding music projects by her, such as “Love the Way You Lie” (2010) featuring T.I. and Eminem, Talk That Talk (2011), which produced the widespread international hit “We Found Love,” and Unapologetic (2012), which was anchored by the hit “Diamonds.” The latter release also featured a duet with Chris Brown. In 2016, Rihanna released her eighth studio album, Anti.
Rihanna also ventured into acting alongside her musical career, Rihanna acted in movies like Battleship (2012), and This Is the End (2013). Her vocals were also featured in the animated adventure Home (2015).
Rihanna later starred as a hacker in Ocean’s 8 (2018). In 2019 she starred alongside Donald Glover in the musical Guava Island, which premiered at the Coachella Valley Festival before streaming on Amazon.
Rihanna launched her own line, Fenty Beauty, in 2017. The brand was exuberantly embraced by fans and was praised for its inclusive nature in offering 40 different shades of foundation.
By 2019 it was announced that Rihanna was partnering with LVMH Moët Hennessy and Louis Vuitton to create the fashion line Fenty. She thereby became the first black woman to head a fashion house at LVMH, the largest luxury-products company in the world. Fenty’s first collection was released later in 2019.
Rihanna is eager to put her fame and fortune to good use, as she is involved in many charity ventures. She founded The Believe Foundation in 2006 to help terminally ill children, she also joined H&M for their Fashion Against AIDS campaign and was the face of the Gucci UNICEF campaign.
In 2012, Rihanna also launched the nonprofit Clara Lionel Foundation, after her grandmother.
The foundation helps supports and funds education and early response programs around the world. Rihanna was honored with the President’s Award at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards. For her philanthropic works.