Rihanna told us all along she was calling the shots. Out there, collecting money from all manner of … people.
Now it turns out the singer, actress, cosmetics and lingerie mogul is a billionaire.
Not only that, she’s become “the wealthiest female musician in the world and second to Oprah as the richest female entertainer,” according to Forbes.
The publication, which has been crunching the numbers behind the Barbadian star’s empire, estimates her net worth at a whopping $1.7 billion.
Surprisingly, the vast majority of it has nothing to do with her record-breaking hits. In fact, most of it — approximately $1.4 billion –has been accumulated one lipstick, mascara tube, and blush brush at a time: the oodles of cash raked in from her Fenty Beauty makeup line launched in 2017 in a 50-50 partnership with luxury brand LVMH.
The brand bucked traditional cosmetic industry standards when it was first unveiled and drew praise for the daring step of including 40 shades of foundation that would provide coverage from deep skin tones to albino skin, and anyone in between. The strategy sparked a movement to be more inclusive within the industry.