Aubrey Drake Graham is a well-known Canadian rapper, songwriter, singer, and actor based in Toronto. His net worth is $180 million as of 2020. He gained recognition when he started working in Degrassi: The Next Generation, a teen drama series. From there on, he tried his luck in the world of rapping and achieved immense success. He is now one of the richest rappers in the world.
Net worth: $180 Million
Salary:$70 Million Per Year
Celebrity Name: Drake
Real Name: Aubrey Drake Graham
Date of Birth: 14th October, 1986
Place of Birth: Canada
Height: 6 ft (1.83 m)
Source of Wealth: Actor, Rapper, Songwriter, Composer, Voice Actor, Record Producer
Drake Net Worth and Salary
Drake’s career in the world of entertainment began when he was just 15 years old. He acted in several TV series until he got a role in Degrassi which made him a star overnight. He made a debut of his rapping career with a couple of rhymes in the same show in 2003. In 2005, he left the show to pursue his rapping career on a full-time basis. Drake is one of the top-paid entertainers across the world. Since he first gained recognition, Drake has earned over $400 million throughout his career including taxes and his lifestyle costs.
Drake earned around $10 million in 2010 and $11 million in 2011. From that point, he kept doubling up the annual money he took home. In 2016, he earned around $40 million. Between June 2017 and June 2018, Drake bagged around $45 million. In June 2017, he earned $95 million. Between 2018 and 2019, he earned $75 million.
Drake rakes in a whopping $1 million for a single musical concert. Over the years, he has made to the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list since 2010. He earned more than the famous rapping king Dr. Dre in 2015 with an earning of $39.5 million. The sky was the limit for Drake after that.
Drake Early Life
Aubrey Drake Graham was born in Toronto, Canada on 24th October 1986. His father named Dennis used to work as a drummer who worked with Jerry Lee Lewis throughout his career. His mother Sandra was an English teacher and a florist. Drake went to a Jewish day school. When he was five, his parents were divorced. His father shifted to Memphis and was arrested and imprisoned on drug charges. Aubrey spent his childhood with his mother though he would visit his father when he came out of jail. Drake frequently says that Dennis remained absent during his childhood but Dennis denies these claims, saying that they are embellished to raise the sale of his records.
From sixth grade onwards, Drake shifted with his mother to the bottom half of a double story home in Forest Hill. His mother lived on the ground floor while Drake lived in the basement. This was a tough time as both were struggling with money.
Drake went to Forest Hill Collegiate Institute and found his love for singing and acting. Later on, he attended Vaughan Road Academy, a place where he had been bullied for his religious and bi-racial background. He even dropped out for some time but eventually graduated in 2012.
At the age of 15, an acting agent, who was a childhood friend’s father, helped Drake get a role in the teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He played the role of Jimmy Brooks in the show. During that period, his mother got ill and he couldn’t work anymore. His paychecks were the only income source to run their household. At that time, he was earning around $50,000 per year from Degrassi. That was around $2,000 a month after taxes. The situation got worse for both with her illness.
Drake says that he was greatly inspired by rap icons such as Jaz-Z who had earned record deals after proving his mettle as an independent artist. Aubrey chose his middle name ‘Drake’ as his stage name and released some mixtapes at the start of his career in 2005. His first mixtape was ‘Room for Improvement’ which he released on his MySpace page and his website. He directly sold around 6,000 copies of the tape.
Drake’s Music Albums
The Canadian rapper released his album Thank Me Later in 2010 which secured the top spot as a debut album in Canada and the United States. In 2011, he released ‘Take Care,’ which was a mega-hit. It earned him a Grammy for the best rap album of 2013 and brought him international acclaim. He managed to sell over 600,000 copies of his second album in the 1st week. His third album namely ‘Nothing Was the Same’ was also a hit. In 2015 he released ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ which instantly went platinum. In 2016 his album ‘View’ sold over a million copies in its 1st week after release.
Though Drake was born in Canada, he has been calling Hidden Hills, California his home since the day he bought the mansion in 2012 for $7.7 million. The mansion has since been nicknamed as the YOLO Estate. The vast property features a main house that spreads over 12,000 square-foot and a party house that is built over 2,000 square-foot. There are stables, a movie theatre, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, and private pools in the mansion. A lagoon-like pool that loops about the outside of the house features waterfalls, a water slide, a swim-up bar, and a grotto. Drake says that he had his eye on the mansion for years. The property was originally listed for $27 million in 2009 but in 2012 the owner was caught up in a cash crunch and he lowered the rate, so Drake grabbed the opportunity and bought it for $7.7 million. In 2015, he expanded the property by buying up a 1.6-acre neighboring property for $2.8 million. In 2018, he made another expansion by buying up a $4.5 million neighboring property.
Drake has won around four Grammys and multiple BET Awards in 2013. He has also won many Billboard awards.
“A relationship can give you a gut-wrenching feeling sometimes. It’s a real emotional ride,” Drake
“When it comes to knowing what to say, to charm, I always had it,” Drake