Top 10 Richest Musicians in Ghana 2018 and Their Net Worth
Over the years, the emergence of gifted musicians has given Ghana a significant edge within Africa’s music industry. At the moment, a number of Ghanaian musicians are making great waves with their music skills and this impressively ranks Ghana among the African countries with the hottest musicians across the black continent.
During discussions, questions are frequently asked about how Ghanaian musicians make huge success and by way of providing a reasonable answer, it is said that these musicians make the best part of their money through mega endorsement deals, constant music tours, and regular concerts locally and internationally. Therefore, it wouldn’t be a surprise that all the musicians on our list of Top 10 Richest Musicians in Ghana 2017 make the largest portions of their wealth through the sources stated above.
Now, the big question is:
Who is the Richet Musician in Ghana for 2018?
If you’re interested in finding out these remarkable characters, remain focused on this article.
Top 10 Richest Musicians In Ghana 2018
1. Okyeame Kwame
- Full Name: Kwame Nsiah Apau
- Net Worth: $1.1 Billion
- Date Of Birth: April 17, 1976
- Record Label: Owusek Productions / One Mic Entertainment
Okyeame Kwame is an indigene of Nsuta but he was born in the Ghanaian region of Kumasi. He is prominent as a talented Ghanaian who combines several artistic skills such as singing, songwriting, and directorship. Besides his spectacular presence in music, Kwame has bagged business fortune as an entrepreneur. With music regarded as his major source of income, Kwame is distinguished for his unique music style which encompasses Ghanaian Hiplife, rap, and Afro-pop.
Kwame had the academic privilege which brought him into the Anglican Senior High School –a Kumasi-based secondary school. Having completed his education at the Kumasi-based school, Kwame was given tertiary education at Kwame Nkrumah University –a Ghanaian University. In view of Kwame’s intense passion towards music, he decided to make music his course of study while at the Ghanaian University.
While studying music, Kwame concentrated his academic efforts on classical guitar as an aspect of music. Having finished his academic programme at Kwame Nkrumah University, Okyeame Kwame graduated as a degree holder in Linguistics.
Okyeame Kwame is obviously married to a Ghanaian wife –Annica Nsiah-Apu –and in this regard, the prolific musician is blessed with two children. Significantly, Kwame’s fortune has progressively resulted from his presence on the music floor and based on recent estimates, he is Ghana’s richest musician with the estimated net worth of $1.1 billion.
- Full Name: Owuso Addo
- Date Of Birth: 10 July 1988
- Net Worth: $976 Million
- Record Label: SarkCess Music / Nedjon Media / Duncwills Entertainment
Attributed to the birth name Michael Owusu Addo, Sarkodie is a popular Ghanaian musician who hails from the Ghanaian region of Tema. Through his remarkable presence in the country’s music industry, Sarkodie has been regarded as one of the hottest artists within and beyond the borders of Ghana. Besides being ranked as the second richest Ghanaian musician, Sarkodie’s music fortune has placed him on a continental platform where he is considered one of the richest African musicians.
As a Ghanaian musician, Sarkodie’s music philosophy centers on rapping and song recording. In a very awesome style, Sarkodie focuses his music genre on Hip-Hop and Hiplife.
Sarkodie’s secondary education came about while he was growing up in Tema –his place of birth. During this period, he studied at Tema Methodist High School and soon after he finished his academic course at this school, he advanced to IPMC –the tertiary institution where he obtained an academic degree in Graphic Design.
Besides rocking the Ghanaian music industry, Sarkodie has taken his music to the international scene and featured with several other reputable music stars. Some of these stars are Ghanaian musicians while others are of foreign descents. Just to mention a few of these superstars, Sarkodie has done music with Ice Prince, Castro, Ace Hood, Fuse ODG, EL, Efya, R2Bees, Jazzi, Shatta Wale, DJ Mensah, Tiwa Savage, Hammer of the Last Two, Ball J and Kwaw Kese. As his music fortune continually ranks him high, Sarkodie’s worth is presently estimated at $976 million.
Full Name: Livingstone Etse Satekla
- Date Of Birth: 5 March 1988
- Record Label: VP Records
Stonebwoy is a talented Ghanaian superstar born in Ashaiman in 1988. Since he emerged into the limelight as a musician, he has constantly featured amongst the country’s leading artistes –particularly as a dancehall artiste. Besides his fast-selling songs and the massive returns stemming from his constant local and international concerts, Stonebwoy has boosted his music fortune with a number of endorsement deals.
Like other reputable artistes, Stonebwoy is signed with Samini record label –one of the popular record labels in Ghana.
- Full Name: Rasheed Mugeez and Faisal Hakeem
- Record Label: R2Bees Entertainment
- Net Worth: $888 Million
Without doubts, the presence of R2Bees is an impressive indication that the Ghanaian music industry is blessed with a significant number of Hiplife/Hip-Hop superstars. R2Bees is a group of two talented musicians in the names of Rasheed Mugeez and Faisal Hakeem. Meanwhile, both Faisal Hakeem and Rasheed Mugeez were born in the Ghanaian region of Tema where they grew up.
With the record label R2Bees Entertainment, the R2Bees artistes (Faisal Hakeem and Rasheed Mugeez) have carved out great musical paths for themselves. Within and beyond Ghana, the R2Bees stars have been greatly acclaimed especially for their impressive music genre which centres on Hip-Hop, Hiplife, and Afrobeat.
Right from their early years while growing up in Tema, Faisal Hakeem and Rasheed Mugeez have remained mutual partners. During their childhood, they were given education at the same primary school located in Tema. At the end of their primary education, they still attended the same secondary school and through this, they were able to foster their musical interests as partners. While at the secondary school, Rasheed Mugeez and Faisal Hakeem became known as remarkable rappers and when their music skills eventually captured their teachers’ interests, the school made them its representatives during musical competitions between different schools. Other than that, they were chosen to stand for their school during inter-school rap contests.
R2Bees is undoubtedly a musical blend of two artists who have engaged in musical collaborations with various artists locally and internationally. With regard to their significant presence in the music arena, they have been featured with musicians including Davido, Tinchy Stryder, Asumadu Killbeatz, Criss Waddle, Wizkid, Wande Coal and Sarkodie among others. The R2Bees stars have progressively maintained their remarkable presence and for years to come, they have proved that they can increase their wealth beyond the current net worth of $888 million.
- Full Name: Rebecca Akosua Acheampomaa Acheampong
- Date Of Birth: 15 August 1984
- Record Label: Sony Music Records / Waner Music Norway / EKB Records
- Net Worth: $678 Million
Though Becca hails from the Ghanaian region of Tema, the female singer was born in Kumasi in 1984. Becca –who goes by the birth name Rebecca Acheampong –has a total of three studio albums. Meanwhile, this signifies that she has managed to boost her reputation in Ghana’s music industry.
Currently, Becca is in an endorsement deal with EKB record label and this has given her the opportunity to spruce up her music skills. Through her several musical engagements, she is considered one of the Ghanaian musicians with the potentials of making waves continually.
Through the influence of her musical collaborations with several international superstars –including 2Face, Uhuru, and M.I –Becca has managed to span her music ambit beyond Ghana and based on the latest ranking, she is Ghana’s fifth richest musician with the net worth of $678 million.
6. Fuse ODG
- Full Name: Nana Richard Abiona
- Date Of Birth: 2 December 1988
- Net Worth: $576 Million
- Record Label: 3 Beat Records
Going by the birth name Nana Richard Abiona, Fuse ODG is an England-born Ghanaian artiste. Though his birth came about in London, Fuse ODG spent his childhood in Ghana where he grew up.
Through the academic privilege he had, Fuse ODG studied at Archbishop Lancfranc School –a school located in Croydon. With the record label 3beat, Fuse ODG has fashioned out a great path as a Ghanaian musician. Amongst the superstars who have paved the way for foreign artists to partner with Ghanaian musicians, Fuse ODG is a notable mention and with respect to this, he has done music with reputable stars within and outside Ghana. Just to mention a few of these stars, Fuse ODG has featured with Elephant Man, Wyclef Jean, Shatta Wale, Itz Tiffany, Wande Coal, Dawn ODG, Sarkodie, Sean Paul, Nyla and Major Lazer.
As Fuse ODG continually makes waves with his musical ambit, the star artist is believed to be worth $567 million.
7. Shatta Wale
- Full Name: Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr.
- Date Of Birth: 17 October 1984
- Net Worth: $345 Million
- Record Label: Nedjon Media / SM 4 LYF Records
Going by the birth name Charles Nli Armah Mensah Jnr, this Ghanaian star –Shatta Wale –is undoubtedly one of the country’s richest artists. Born in 1984, Shatta Wale, who previously adopted “Bandana’’ as his stage name, is very popular within and beyond Ghana. Having magnified his musical roles as producer and reggae dancehall star, Shatta Wale has amassed a great fortune for himself and bagged several awards. Among these awards is the “Artiste of the Year’’ –an award segment affiliated to 2014 Ghana Music Awards. Meanwhile, it is widely believed that Shatta Wale’s spectacular song “Dancehall King’’ was the main factor behind his emergence into an award segment of the 2014 Ghana Music Awards.
Besides the great popularity, “Dancehall King’’ has earned Shatta Wale, the song is considered the best hit song ever released by the Ghanaian artiste. With the backbone of his vigorous presence in music, Shatta Wale maintains his soaring wealth and his net worth currently stands at $345 million.
- Full Name: Emmanuel Andrews Samini
- Date Of Birth: 22 December 1981
- Record Label: Samini Musics / K Chero Records
Samini –who goes by the birth name Emmanuel Andrews Samini –began his musical life as a member of a church choir. Since he came into limelight, he has maintained his vibrant presence and with the help of this, he already has four albums in his music gallery. Significantly, Samini’s wealth surges through the high-selling potentials of his albums. After the release of “Linda’’ –which marked his debut single –Samini’s music fortune came about and this earned him great recognition from the ardent lovers of music in Ghana.
Having risen to popularity with the release of “Linda’’, Samini was favoured by musical collaborations with other successful artists. Through these collaborations, he featured in several hit singles. At the moment, Samini boasts of a number of awards as a remarkable musician. Just to mention a few, he bagged the “African Artiste of the Year Award’’ and the “Best African Act’’ in 2008 and 2006 respectively.
Although Samini is not on a par with any of the artists listed above, the star musician has managed to build himself a significant reputation through his hit songs.
- Full Name: Desmond Kwesi Blackmore
- Date Of Birth: 12 January 1986
- Record Label: Black Avenue Music
Popularly dubbed Damian Black, Desmond Kwesi Blackmore is obviously considered one of the industrious characters in Ghana’s music industry. Fortunately, Kwesi Blackmore had talented parents who were prominent as Hip-Hop artists and through this, the star musician was able to develop his music skills at a very tender age. During this period, Kwesi Blackmore recorded rhymes and remained passionate about his music potential.
Blackmore persisted in his passion towards music and only during his late teens, he became the CEO of Sport n’ Life records. As God would have it, Blackmore is currently one of the fortunate Ghanaian musicians who have their names on the payrolls of top endorsement brands. Meanwhile, he is recently signed to rLG for an endorsement deal estimated at $150, 000.
Through his hit tracks, Blackmore has managed to claim a spot among Ghana’s richest musicians. At the same time, it is believed that the entirety of his career fortune stemmed from his presence in the music industry.
10. Kwaw Kese / Abodam
- Full Name: Emmanuel Koffi Botwe
Kwaw Kese –who goes by the birth name Emmanuel Koffi Botwe –is regarded as one of the Ghanaian musicians who became wealthy after having risen from poor backgrounds. Although Kwaw Kese emerged from a poor family background, the ardent passion he had for music made him triumph over poverty and as God would have it, he is one of the richest Ghanaian musicians.
During his teens as a student in the junior secondary school, Kwaw Kese, in the company of his colleagues and friends, organized several musical entertainments at which he rapped and wrote songs.
With the release of his debut hit song, Kwaw Kese became a stunning musician to watch out for and soon, popularity brought him to the eyes of the world. As his musical reputation soars high, he has managed to collaborate with several star artistes among which are Memphis Bleek, Brymo, Sarkodie, Professor J of Tanzania, 2Face Idibia and Wyclef Jean.
Having featured with artists locally and internationally, Kwaw Kese eventually initiated his own record label and this marks one of his notable achievements in the music industry. Likewise, he has a number of assets to his name. Among these assets is one of the wards at Accra-based Panthang Mental Home. The ward is attributed to his name and besides that, Kwaw Kese’s name has appeared in notable musical nominations.
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