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Birdman Net Worth

Birdman Net Worth
Net Worth$80,000,000
NameBryan Christopher Brooks
Date of Birth/AgeFebruary 15, 1969 (age 50)
State/City of originNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Years active1990–present
Occupation(s) Rapper, songwriter, record producer.

Net Worth

Birdman net worth is $80 million dollars.

He was ranked by Forbes, among the wealthiest hip hop artists like “Jay-Z” and “Sean Combs‘ until 2017.

In 2017, Birdman’s net worth was estimated at $110.0 million, which dropped since he reached his peak in 2012 at an estimated $125.0 million.

The Hip hop star earned approximately $15.0 million in profits from Cash Money In 2011 and in 2013 his net worth of $21.0 million ranked him among the highest-earning hip-hop artists.

But soon his net worth declined as he had some steep financial woes. In 2018, according to Forbes, Birdman was replaced in his ranks by Eminem.


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Birdman has faced several lawsuits by former and current artists of Cash Money due to failure to pay royalties. He has also been known to risk millions betting on boxing matches and NBA games.

Because Williams reportedly was under huge debt that he was unable to pay, he was forced to default in 2017 on a $12.0 million loan that had accrued $800,000 in interest.

The Miami mansion he purchased in 2012 for $14.5 million was listed as collateral and foreclosed on to recover losses. Birdman also lost the office building he bought for $1.7 million.

Bryan Christopher Williams, aka “Birdman” is an American rap artist, a producer, and an entrepreneur.


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He is the co-founder of “Cash Money Records,” which he launched with his brother. He is also a founding member of “Young Money Cash Money Billionaires,” a combination of him and his brothers Cash Money and Lil Wayne’s company Young Money Entertainment.

Birdman’s net worth in 2019 is estimated at $80 million, which is down from his peak net worth in 2012 when he was up to $125 million, but he is still one of the richest rappers in the world.

In 1998, Birdman collaborated together with “DJ Mannie Fresh” to create “Big Tymers”.

The hip hop duo released their debut album “How Ya Luv That” in 1998 followed with the release of “I Got That Work” in 2000 and the single “Hood Rich” in 2002.

Soon after, Birdman released a single called “Birdman,” which was his first solo album.

Later in 2005, Mannie dropped the group causing the Big Tymers to collapse.


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How Much Birdman Make a Year

The following is what Birdman earned each year:

2007 = $12 million
2008 = $10 million
2009 = $9 million
2010 = $10 million
2011 = $15 million
2012 = $20 million
2013 = $21 million
2014 = $24 million
2015 = $18 million
2016 = $18 million
2017 = $20 million
2018 = $20 million

Total: $197 million


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How does Birdman make his money?

Not only does Birdman earn a huge amount of cash from the record label he launched with his brother back in the 90s, but he also earns a big chunk as a rapper releasing his own music.

In addition, the rapper has his own clothing line called, “Respek,” which was named after one of the quotes he recited during an interview with “The Breakfast Club”.

However, most of his earnings come from his venture into the oil business.


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Cash Money Records (CMR)co-founded by Birdman is arguably the only major record label in the whole world to actually stay relevant for 20 years.

Although there were a few flaws, CMR still managed to sell millions of recordings each year since their deal with Universal.

Birdman stated publicly that the ultimate goal of Cash Money Records is to release at least 100 albums per year from every single music genre.


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Bryan Christopher Williams was born on February 13, 1969, in New Orleans at Charity Hospital to Johnnie Williams and Gladys Brooks.

As a child, Birdman and his family lived above his father’s bar. His father owned several businesses in New Orleans, including two taverns and a Laundromat.

In 1975, when he was just 5 years old, his mother became ill and died, and when Williams was 27, he lost his father who died in a car accident.

In 2006, Tamara, Birdman’s younger sister, was also killed in an auto accident.


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After their mother died, Birdman and his three siblings; Ronald, Kim, and Ray, were sent to live with their uncle, in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, for two to three years.

Then, they spent at least two years in foster care when they returned to New Orleans.

When their father, Johnnie found out that his kids were in a foster home, he went through a long legal battle in the mid-’70s that he eventually won.

After gaining full custody the kids went to stay with their father Johnny and his wife Patricia and Bryan’s name was changed to Bryan Williams.


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Birdman had a rough childhood and was raised with his brother, Ronald Williams in the Magnolia crime-ridden Projects in New Orleans, where he sold heroin, committed robberies, and was arrested at age 16.

At the age of 18, he was again arrested for possession of drugs, and sentenced to 3 years in the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, but was acquitted of his charges just 22 months into his sentence.

Personal life

Birdman was married in September 2012, to a Venezuelan model “Diana Levy”, but the couple later divorced. He has a son named “Bryan Jr born 1997.” and a daughter named “Bria” born 1998.

He later got engaged, in February 2018, to the singer, “Toni Braxton” after dating her almost 2 years; however, they recently broke up in January 2019.


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The hip hop artist is very close friends with Lil Wayne whom he partnered with to create multiple songs, including “Leather So Soft“. In fact, the two sometimes refer to each other as father and son.

They also started their own label “Young Money Cash Money Billionaires,” a combination of him and his brothers Cash Money Records and Lil Wayne’s company Young Money Entertainment.

In total, Birdman had twelve sisters and ten brothers, including Ronald “Slim” Williams the co-founder of CMR, alongside Birdman.

Birdman’s step-brother Eldrick Wise, whom he was very close to, was murdered in 1991, however, his killer remains unknown.


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In the 90s Birdman’s step-brother, Eldrick gave him and his brother, Ronald, $100,000 (Eldrick allegedly earned from selling drugs) to help them start their own record label they called, “Cash Money Records”.

At present, Birdman net worth is $80 million dollars.

They started off by signing a few artists, and would literally sell their music from the trunk of their car and also set up performances here and there and soon gained the attention of the major labels who they later teamed up with.

Although they were young and knew nothing about running a record label, they managed to build an empire that is still running till this day.

Birdman’s rapping career originally started as a duo with producer, “DJ Mannie Fresh” when the two released several albums, including their most successful “I Got That Work!”, which sold more than 1 million copies in the US, and was certified platinum.


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The group split up in 2005, and later that same year CMR signed Lil Wayne to the label whom Birdman teamed up with to release the album,”Like Father, Like Son” that was certified Gold.

The CMR label also worked with many talented well-known artists, such as, “DJ Khaled,” “Tyga,” “Rick Ross,” “Young Jeezy,“ “Richie Homie Quan,” “Young Thug,” and many more.

On November 26, 2002, Birdman released his major label self-titled debut album, “Birdman” and by January 15, 2003, the “Recording Industry Association of America” (RIAA) certified it gold after it sold 500,000 copies in the US.

The album featured guest appearances by “Mannie Fresh,” “Jazze Pha,” “Lil’ Wayne,” “Puff Daddy,” “Toni Braxton,” “Jermaine Dupri,” “T.I.,” “Clipse,” “Cameron,” and “Keith Murray” among others and peaked at number 24 on the Billboard 200.


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Interesting Facts

  • For nearly a month after his birth, Birdman was not given a name, so people just called him “Baby” and this nickname stuck with him as people still refer to him by “Baby”.
  • Because his father didn’t sign his Birth certificate, Birdman was given his mother’s surname, which he retained for many years until his father finally changed it later.
  • Birdman’s stepbrother who was a drug dealer gave him and his brother Ronald, $100,000 to start their record Cash Money Records label.


Some of Birdman’s highlights of his career are as follows:

1991, Founded Cash Money Records
2002, Birdman
2005, Fast Money
2007, 5* Stunna
2009, Priceless
2013, Rich Gang: All-Stars

Favorite Quotes from Birdman

“I’m a hard worker, and everything with me is, if I work hard, I should get paid for it. Everything with me, I try to symbolize something flashy like jewelry or a car. The rubbing hand is a symbol of hustling, so it goes back to the money.” – Birdman

“I was a young-un when I got my first million. Then I realized if I got one, I could get two. If I could get two, I could get ten. If I could get ten, I could get a hundred.” – Birdman


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Tips for success from Birdman

3 success tips from Birdman:

1. “Make A Positive Difference” – Birdman

2. “Be Aggressive” – Birdman

3. “Just Do It” – Birdman


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