Kanye West's Yeezy-Driven $6 Billion Reported Net Worth Disputed

After Bloomberg reported Kanye West as the richest Black man in U.S. history with a net worth of $6.6 billion, Forbes is disputing the numbers.

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UPDATED 3/18, 2 p.m. ET: Forbes has published a lengthy analysis of the assets that contributed to West’s reported $6.6 billion net worth. In its findings, the actual number is said to be closer to $1.8 billion. 

Forbes’ breakdown focuses on two areas of Bloomberg’s numbers in particular: the Yeezy sneaker brand and the still-unlaunched Yeezy Gap collaboration, which Bloomberg tallied at a combined $4.7 billion. According to Forbes, Yeezy footwear sales hit $1.7 billion in 2020, which after operating costs is worth $1.5 million.

The publication notes that Bloomberg used forecasted numbers rather than current figures, predicing over $3 billion in sales by 2026. However, as Forbes notes, sneaker buyers are a fickle bunch, and it’s too early to say for sure if the Yeezy growth will maintain its current pace. As for the Yeezy Gap line, Forbes points out that the line hasn’t sold any clothing yet, so it’s not jumping the gun on valuation. 

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Kanye West is the richest Black man in U.S. history, according to new reports by People and Bloomberg.

West’s net worth is estimated at $6.6 billion, in large part due to his Yeezy sneaker business, which Bloomberg places between $3.2 billion and $4.7 billion after reviewing private documents. Bloomberg also reports that West’s upcoming Gap collab could be worth as much as $970 million, with additional income coming from his music catalog, cash, stocks and business investments such as estranged wife Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS underwear brand.

Documents also reveal that Gap expects West’s clothing and apparel collection to break $150 million in sales in its first full year in 2022. The company also envisions it becoming a billion dollar revenue brand within 8 years, with potential to exceed $1 billion as soon as 2023. Sales for Yeezy’s Adidas sneakers have continued to grow during the pandemic, increasing nearly 31% to nearly $1.7 billion in annual revenue last year. Yeezy’s footwear partnership with Adidas currently runs through 2026.

West’s Yeezy line with Gap is expected to launch as early as this July. Adidas introduced and sold out of its latest Yeezy sneaker model, the 450, earlier this month.