Cardi B just hit No. 1 and she's already worth more than most of us will ever be

Taylor Swift has officially been dethroned from Billboard’s #1 spot by upcoming rap superstar Cardi B.

But though it may seem that new queen of the charts came out of left field, Cardi has actually been working her way up through the ranks for years — from the strip club to reality TV.

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The Bronx-born bombshell is currently worth between $4 and 5 million.

Born Belcalis Almanzar, Cardi made waves on VH1’s fan favorite ‘Love & Hip Hop New York’ when she joined in 2015 for season six. 

Cardi was well-known before the show ever became a part of her resume, however. Becoming a stripper at age 19 in NYC, Cardi became a local celebrity of sorts. By 2013, her social media presence began to grow — and didn’t seem to stop (she currently has over 10M instagram followers).

A look at Cardi B out and about:

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Cardi B attends the 3rd Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Cardi B attends the 3rd Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Rapper Cardi B is seen leaving the Blonds fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Cardi B attends the Nylon REBEL Fashion Party at Gramercy Park Hotel on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Cardi B attends NYLON's Rebel Fashion Party, powered by Land Rover, at Gramercy Terrace at Gramercy Park Hotel on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Rappers Offset and Cardi B are seen leaving the Helmut Lang Seen By Shayne Oliver fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Cardi B seen at a music studio in Manhattan on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Rapper Cardi B attends the Fenty Puma by Rihanna show during New York Fashion Week at the 69th Regiment Armory on September 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Danielle Brooks, Cardi B and Leslie Jones pose backstage for the Christian Siriano fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 59 on September 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 03: Rapper Cardi B at 2017 LudaDay Celebrity Basketball Game at Morehouse College - Forbes Arena on September 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 03: Cardi B attends Luda birthday celebration at Compound on September 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Rapper Cardi B performs onstage during the 2017 Budweiser Made in America festival - Day 1 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 2, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 30: G-Eazy surprises fans at Blue Nile on August 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana, with an intimate performance of his new album, joined by musical friend Cardi B. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Bud Light)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Cardi B arrives at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Cardi B performs during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26: Recording artist Cardi B arrives on T-Mobile's magenta carpet duirng the Showtime, WME IME and Mayweather Promotions VIP Pre-Fight Party for Mayweather vs. McGregor at T-Mobile Arena on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Showtime)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26: Cardi B performs during the BIG3 three on three basketball league championship game on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/BIG3/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 25: Cardi B poses backstage during rehearsals for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 25, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
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Her unmatchable personality is decorated with a no-holds-barred sense of humor, vivacious laugh and quick catchphrases — the perfect recipe for a social media superstar. 

Cardi made her debut into music in November 2015 on the remix to Shaggy’s ‘Boom Boom.’

She released her own mixtape called "Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1.” the following March, and its follow up (aptly) titled “Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2” in January 2017.

Cardi B signed to Atlantic Records in February 2017 and watched her hard work pay off this May when she was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the 2017 BET Awards.

The rapper stirred up a buzz across all music circles with he release of ‘Bodak Yellow’ in June, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 September 25, 2017.

And though no one can say for sure what’s next for the rapper/songwriter/media personality/video star, we’d be willing to bet that her net worth will rise just as quickly as she did on the charts.

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Net worth: $2M

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