Capital: € 75 million
Age: 37
Born: 12/08/1982
Country of origin: Trinidad and Tobago
Source of wealth: Singer, rapper
Last updated: 2024

Short introduction

Nicki Minaj, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago with the real name Onika Tanya Maraj, is one of the most famous rappers in the world. She works closely with her explorer Lil Wayne and lives in the United States. Nicki Minaj is also successful as a songwriter, R&B singer, actress and entrepreneur. In autumn 2019, she married her friend Kenneth Petty. So far, the couple has no children. Nicki Minaj is considered the most commercially successful rapper in the world.

Early life

Onika Tanya Maraj was born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago and initially grew up with her grandmother in simple circumstances. It has Indian and African roots. At the age of five, she moved to Queens, New York, to live with her parents in the United States. Her youth was marked by her father’s alcohol and drug excesses, who also became violent against his family. She knew early on that she wanted to be a singer and that she wanted to make a living from music. She attended LaGuardia High School for Music and Drama in Manhattan and graduated in 2003.

With her degree in her pocket, she started as a background singer and sang some hooks for rappers in New York. At the same time, she presented her own songs on her MySpace page. Fendi, the chairman of the Dirty Money Recordings label, became aware of these songs and signed the young talent. After a first publication, her later mentor and supporter Lil Wayne became aware of her.

In April 2007 her first mixtape “Playtime is over” was released on which Lil Wayne could also be heard. The mixtape “Suckka Free” followed the following year and she was able to win the Female Artist of the Year Award. In 2009 she released her third mixtape “Beam Me Up Scotty”, which was rated very positively by the music world. As a result, she signed a contract with Lil Wayne at Young Money Entertainment. From then on she produced commercially successful solo albums and her career was unstoppable.


The rapper released her first solo album “Pink Friday” in 2010. The album immediately went to number 2 in the US Billboard Charts. After eleven weeks in the charts, the album even made it to the top. In addition, Nicki Minaj produced numerous singles in cooperation with well-known musicians such as, Ludacris, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and Usher. She was the first woman in the world to place seven of her songs on the US Billboard Charts at the same time.

In 2011 she went on tour with the pop star Britney Spears. Her second album “Pink Friday; Roman Reloaded ”became an even bigger success for Nicki. The album reached platinum status. In the same year, she was on the American Idol jury, which significantly increased her popularity in the United States. Her account should also have been delighted with this place on the jury, because participation in the jury earned her between 10-20 million US dollars, according to estimates.

The album “The Pinkprint”, released in 2014, surpassed the successes of its predecessors quite a bit. It was sold approximately 2.5 million times. In addition to producing his own albums, Nicki Minaj always relied on working with successful musician colleagues. This brought her a number of chart singles and a corresponding number of records sold.
The latest album “Queen” reached number 2 in the American charts. Well-known colleagues such as Eminem and Ariana Grande were also heard here.

Nicki Minaj is the first rapper who has been able to double her fortune since the beginning of her career in 2004. This makes her the most commercially successful rapper in the world. Also lucrative advertising contracts with Adidas and Pepsi let their assets grow. Nicki Minaj turns out to be a good businesswoman. She has already launched several of her own perfume lines that sell well.

Career highlights

Nicki Minaj has won the Best Female R’n’B & Hip-Hop Artist BET Award six times, pushing her colleague Missy Elliott off the throne. For her single “Super Bass” she received an MTV Video Music Award. For her album “Pink Friday” she was awarded the American Music Award. Nicki reached her 76th place in the charts in 2017, breaking Aretha Franklin’s record. She is the first to have seven songs on the Billboard Charts at the same time.

With approximately 113 million records sold, she is considered one of the most successful rappers of all time.

Famous quotes

“Your victory is just around the corner. Never give up.”

“I tell all the girls that they are beautiful and sexy because they have to be told that and if there is no one to tell them and really mean it, I will do it. ”

“People always want to define me and I don’t want to be defined.”

Amazing facts

Nicki Minaj has a weakness for expensive cars. It has a Range Rover, a Lamborghini and a Bentley, all in pink.
There is a Barbie doll from Matel that looks exactly like Nicki Minaj. It is a one-off and it was auctioned for a good cause for $ 15,000.

Pepsi’s advertising deal, which Nicki Minaj was able to secure, was the largest sum the company has ever spent on advertising, at $ 12 million.


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