Kanye West net worth: Kanye West is an American producer, rapper, fashion designer and actor who has a net worth of $120 million. Kanye West was born in Atlanta but raised by his mother first in Chicago and then Oak Lawn, Illinois. He dropped out of college to pursue his career in the music industry, starting out initially as a producer for Roc-A-Fella records. Kanye eventually persuaded label head Jay-Z to sign him on as a rapper.
Kanye West spent four years honing and perfecting what would become his debut album, The College Dropout, which came in at number two on the Billboard 200 and is still Kanye West's best-selling album in the US to date. Subsequent albums, Late Registration, Graduation and 808s & Heartbreak and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy were also chart-toppers that received critical and commercial success. His production credits include an impressive role call of talent including: Jay-Z, Beyoncé, John Legend, Alicia Keys and Janet Jackson. West is also a seasoned businessman with a chain of Fatburger restaurants designated for the Chicago area, a line of athletic shoes for Nike called Air Yeezy, and another shoe line with Louis Vuitton. His philanthropic ventures include his the Kayne West Foundation which benefits education for African American and Latino children, in addition to contributing time, talent and money to Hurricane Katrina relief, World Water Day, and Live Earth, among other organizations. To date, Kanye West has won more than 40 significant awards, among them fourteen Grammys, seven BET awards, and two American Music Awards. Kanye is currently dating and expecting a child with girlfriend Kim Kardashian.