Fact: Lil Wayne Isn't Actually a Billionaire
Well, homie ... It's true. Despite squashing his $5.6-million beef with the IRS, slanging 1.92 million copies of Tha Carter IV in this totally shitty economy, ranking among Billboard's Top Artists for the last three years, scoring a multimillion-dollar book deal for his prison memoir, and needing to be constantly "wiped ... down cuz i'm filthy rich," Weezy still hasn't managed to stuff a billion bucks into his portable bank, i.e. the rolling suitcase that houses his infamous freezer bags full of motherfuckin' money bricks.
As a matter of fact, America's foremost biweekly chronicle of the wealthy, Forbes (AKA "The Capitalist Tool"), has estimated Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.'s net worth to be less than $100 million.
So needless to say, the Young Money maniac isn't a realistic candidate for the international Black Billionaires Club, which only counts four individuals -- Nigerian magnate Aliko Dangote ($13.8 billion), African Rainbow Minerals oligarch Patrice Motsepe ($3.3 billion), American TV empress Oprah Winfrey ($2.7 billion), and Globacom chairman Mike Adenuga ($2 billion) -- among its certified membership.
Lil Wayne didn't even make the 2011 list of Hip-Hop's Five Wealthiest Artists. But does it matter? The YMCMB philosophy isn't really about being a billionaire. It's about thinking like a billionaire.
In the Weezy's words, "I'm lookin' in the mirror and I see a dollar sign."
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