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Kanye West is Reportedly the Richest Black Man in U.S. History With an Estimated $6.6 Billion Net Worth

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If given the choice to save either his music or his YEEZY sneaker brand, it's safe to say a large chunk of Kanye West fans would choose the first option. For Ye himself, though, the decision would likely be much tougher after seeing these latest valuations.

Word on the street is that Kanye West's partnerships with Adidas and Gap could be worth anywhere from $3.2 billion to $4.7 billion combined, and the Gap deal makes up as much as $970 million of that total, according to Bloomberg.

Along with other personal revenue sources like $122 million in cash and stocks, a music catalog worth roughly $110.5 million and more than $1.7 billion in other assets like an investment in Kim Kardashian's SKIMS underwear line, Ye's estimated net worth has skyrocketed to around $6.6 billion.

Wow: All of that together reportedly makes him the richest Black man in U.S. history. (Forbes, on the other hand, isn't convinced.) Documents also show that Gap believes Kanye's clothing collection – expected to launch this July – will surpass $150 million in sales in its first full year in 2022.

On the Adidas side of things, YEEZY sales have continued to surge despite the pandemic, growing 31% to almost $1.7 billion just last year. $191 million of that went straight to Kanye's pockets thanks to royalties.

Obviously, there have been a lot of rumors and storylines surrounding Kanye over the past year, from his failed presidential bid to his wild divorce. But watching this vintage clip of a hungry Yeezy in Chicago map out how he'll succeed as a rapper and land a #1 album, you can't help but feel inspired.

Comeback kid: Not to mention just four years ago he was $53 million in debt after pouring money into various self-funded fashion ventures. As the cherry on top, the 43-year-old recently won his 22nd Grammy – 2nd most among rappers – for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for 'JESUS IS KING.'