Rihanna is America’s youngest self-made Billionaire. She is a well-known singer, songwriter, model, dancer, actress, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and music producer of Barbadian and American nationality. Her first album sold more than two million copies worldwide and she went on to release more albums and an array of hit songs.
She was a global pop star and she has also won multiple industry accolades, including Grammys and MTV awards. She is No.21 on the list and the youngest on the entire tally to have a net worth of more than one billion dollars.
Her $1.4 billion comes primarily from the success of her cosmetics line.
How did she make it? How did she become popular and what is her success story? Read to know.
The early life of Rihanna
Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in Bridgetown, Barbados on February 20th, 1988. She is the daughter of Monica Braithwaite who was a retired public accountant and Ronald Fenty, a commercial supervisor from both Barbados and Ireland.
She went to Charles F. Broome School, where she attended elementary school, and Combermere School, where she won both the talent contest and the beauty pageant in 2004.
She has two brothers from her parents and three half-brothers from his father’s side. Her childhood was ruined by her father’s struggles with addictions to alcohol and crack cocaine. Also, her parent’s marital problems caused issues.
When she was 14 years old, her parents got divorced.
The struggles in her life
She was being bullied at school due to her skin color. She was mocked and the bullying did not stop her even when she was older.
She faced constant bullying and it helped shape her and prepare her for a life in the limelight, a life that can be cruel and unforgiving.
And had to deal with a broken family. She felt her father was the reason for the break-up of her family. He was addicted to drugs and her mother was disapproving of her father’s behavior constantly.
The constant arguments her parents maintained due to Ronald Fenty’s addiction to cocaine caused her severe headaches. She hid this condition from her friends and classmates so they would not think she was abnormal.
The headaches went on from the age of 8 until Rihanna was 14, but the doctors had no answers for the migraine-like attacks. They believed that Rihanna may have a tumor of some sort, cause it was that intense.
When she was young, her father sold clothes on the street or out of his car to make a living. She used to join and sell stuff on the side of the street.
Her entrepreneurial spirit
As the oldest child in the family, her upbringing made her staunchly independent. Her father helped mold her into the woman she would become. He taught her how to fish, how to swim, how to run, and how to ride and he really toughened her up.
She’d come outside of the store and put up a rack and sell hats and belts and scarves. She would also buy sweets, put them in packages and take them to school to sell to her friends for a profit.
It was that entrepreneurial spirit that Rihanna’s father thought that she would end up in business.
Her musical career
When Rihanna was a teenager, she turned to sing as a release from her troubles at home. She formed a girl group with two of her classmates. At the age of 15 years old, they scored an audition with a music producer Evan Rodgers who visited the place with his Barbadian wife.
A friend of Rihanna’s contact with his wife and told him about her. He was convinced by his wife and called the trio to an audition. She prevailed before her two companions with her vice, singing emotionally. He was impressed by the talented Rihanna. He felt like the two other girls didn’t exist the minute Rihanna walked into the room.
When Rihanna was only 16 years old, she left Barbados to move in with Rogers and his wife in Connecticut and work on recording a demo album. She didn’t look back instead she thought that she wanted to do what she had to do.
He arranged a second audition, but this time without her partners and in the presence of her mother. He invited Rihanna to record a demo in the United States, which was sent to different record companies.
Rihanna’s success in career
Rihanna signed a contract with DefJam Recordings and brought out her debut album, named ‘Music of the Sun’ in 2005. It debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Also, it sold over two million copies worldwide although it received only mixed reviews from critics.
Then the next year she released her second album ‘A Girl Like Me’. This album became a huge commercial success to be charted in the top ten in 13 countries. Moreover, it also established the young singer Rihanna as a teenage sensation. It was more special to feature the hit single ‘SOS’ which peaked at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
She received more success and went on the Glow in the Dark Tour in 2008 with Kanye West, Lupe, and others. They traveled to Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand and received appreciation.
She released an album ‘Rated R’ in 2009. In this album, she adopted a new musical style and it was well-received by her fans reaching No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 chart and featuring the single ‘Rude Boy’ which topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks.
In the year 2010, her album ‘Loud’ went on to become a super-hit prompting the artist to embark on the Loud Tour to promote it further. It received numerous hits including ‘What’s My Name’, ‘Only Girl (In the World)’, and ‘S&M’.
Rihanna also featured on many hits by other artists, including Jay-Z’s ‘Run this Town’, Eminem’s ‘Love the Way You Lie’, and ‘All of the Lights’.
In 2011, her next album ‘Talk That Talk’ was released. This album was a dance-oriented pop/R&B crossover album with elements of hip-hop, dubstep, electronic, and house music. It debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200, and featured the singles ‘Talk That Talk’, ‘We Found Love’, and ‘You da One’.
She brought out the album ‘Unapologetic’ in the year 2012, which is mainly a pop and R&B album that incorporated elements of dubstep, hip-hop, EDM, and reggae, featuring seven singles including the international hits ‘Diamonds’ and ‘Stay’. In 2015, she released her album home.
In addition to her musical career, she also achieved her dream of being an actress by appearing in small roles in movies. She co-starred in the sci-fi flick Battleship in 2012, ‘This Is the End’ in 2013, ‘Annie’ in 2014, and ‘Home’ in 2015.
In the year 2017, she made recurring appearances in season 5 of Bates Motel and earned a prominent role in the science fiction flick Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Rihanna co-starred with Donald Glover, the following spring in the Amazon musical Guava Island.
Rihanna is a successful businesswoman
In February 2021, her Savage x Fenty business raised $115 million in Series B funding valuing her company at $1 billion.
Over the past few years, she also collaborated with notable brands and which gave her the chance to reach a diverse network of customers. Rihanna sang at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and then she collaborated with LVMH on Fenty Beauty through their Kendo division.
This is what sparked the idea of her luxury brand Savage X Fenty. It was in 2013, the first concrete sign that she had an interest in fashion was revealed when the debut of her River Island collection at London Fashion Week.
She was motivated to work harder and eventually branch out to other creative endeavors. She became the co-owner, with various other music artists, of the music streaming service Tidal. She had endorsement deals with Nike, Gucci, CoverGirl, and Clinique.
Personal struggles of Rihanna
As she is an International Superstar, it is well known that she would have had a lack of privacy and constant rumors. She has been criticized for a variety of reasons, even for her music. In 2016 her full album “Anti” was released and went number one on the billboard 200 giving hits. It was her greatest work to date but her fans were not satisfied as they won’t move from her.
For Rihanna, it seems that every single celebrity she talks to becomes reported to be in a relationship. Several tabloids suggested that she and other celebs were together and were linked romantically.
Rumors have sometimes come from within. After Rihanna was assaulted by Chris Brown her father sold information to the press. Later, Ronald Fenty would later sell more gossip about his famous daughter, making her question what she has become to her father.
Rihanna was exposed to and experienced things as a child that most people never do. When she was 16 years old her father moved out and her mother had to work, making Rihanna the young teenager to look after her younger brother.
Personal life of Rihanna
For several years, the singer dated fellow musician and collaborator Drake on and off. They went from friends to partners and delighted fans. But it was short-lived as they both split ultimately.
For three years, the singer was with a Saudi billionaire named Hassan Jameel. She was focused on making the relationship work and shared that she would clear her calendar for days at a time to be with Jameel, but unfortunately, her efforts fell short as the two couldn’t make their schedules work.
Rihanna spoke with Oprah Winfrey about her relationship with Brown who worked together with her on the song “Birthday cake”. The two officially dated for a time, with Rihanna maintaining in a Rolling Stone interview that Brown had changed and that any form of abuse would be unacceptable.
She also had lots of joy, like learning she was expecting a child with her boyfriend A$AP Rocky. In 2022, she made headlines for her pregnancy. But as she was in the spotlight, there was no good part that came without overshadowing it. People started saying that she was faking her pregnancy while Tweets and YouTube videos documented the outlandish theory. But Rihanna did not make any response.
Another rumor came at the hands of an influencer who claimed wrongfully that A$AP Rocky was cheating on Rihanna.
The charity work
She has been known for being dedicated to helping children in need and created her Believe Foundation in 2006 to help terminally ill children. With partnerships with charities across the nation, she has performed a number of concerts to raise funds for both charities and the Foundation.
After her performances, she met children from local charities, signed autographs, and posed for pictures with her young fans.
She has launched the Clara Lionel foundation. It supports groundbreaking and effective education, health, and emergency response programs around the world. With the voices of Rihanna and her fans, the foundation also engages in global advocacy with the goal of improving the quality of life for young people everywhere.
The youngest self-made billionaire, Rihanna has achieved in music and acting and has engaged in many philanthropic works. She has proven her ability to not stop at breaking pop music records.
She had faced a lot of problems and overcame them. She had a lack of privacy that made it hard for her to keep things personal, and it became mentally stressful. And in her early life, she experienced many things and became mature enough to handle things.
She is also a successful businesswoman who collaborated with many and developed her business.
She holds the Guinness World Record for Female artists with the most U.S. number-one singles in the year 2010, the Most consecutive years of UK No.1 singles in 2011, and The Best Selling Digital Artist (U.S.) in 2012.
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