Nicki Minaj net worth: Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-American rapper and R&B singer-songwriter who has a net worth of $45 million dollars. Nicki Minaj was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. Minaj's mother moved her to Queens New York when she was five. Minaj is known for collaborating with other recording artists and providing guest raps on popular singles. Minaj was discovered by fellow American rapper, Lil Wayne, and soon after signed a deal with Young Money Entertainment. Minaj released Playtime Is Over, then released her first mixtape in 2007. A number of mixtapes were released after this, including Sucka Free in 2008. Minaj won the Female Artist of the Year award at the Underground Music Awards in 2008. In 2009 Minaj appeared in XXL magazine and released her third mixtape. Minaj released another mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty, in 2009. Minaj's debut album, Pink Friday, was released on the Young Money Entertainment label in 2010. Nicki Minaj was also one of the celebrity judges on American Idol during the 2013 season.