Slim Shady throws down: Eminem’s net worth on his 45th birthday

One of the most successful, acclaimed and controversial musical artists in history, Marshall Mathers — aka Eminem, aka Slim Shady — turns 45 on Oct. 17. Volumes have been written about the firebrand rapper’s poor, unstable childhood, his ongoing vendettas with his mother and ex-wife, his public attacks on pop culture icons — including his most recent freestyle rap at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, where he unleashed a wave of scathing criticism directed at President Donald Trump — and his unlikely rise to fame after being discovered by rap legend Dr. Dre. But did you know that Eminem has broken records in both ticket and album sales while amassing a nine-figure fortune? Here’s a look at the vitriolic wordsmith’s career and net worth on his 45th birthday, and how his earnings compare to the profits of the world’s biggest rappers.


Eminem Net Worth: $190 Million


In 1996, the world had not yet been introduced to Eminem, the Real Slim Shady or Marshall Mathers. When the soon-to-be megastar released “Infinite” that year, the album sold just 1,000 copies and didn’t crack the charts. It was just another album flop. All that was about to change, however — along with Eminem’s net worth.

Three years later, with production help from hip-hop legend Dr. Dre, Eminem released the landmark album “The Slim Shady LP.” It peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s album chart and sold 18 million copies, catapulting the recently down-and-out, struggling Detroit rapper to global superstardom. It would be the last time an Eminem album didn’t reach No. 1.

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Best selling album from every year

2015: Adele — "25"

Copies sold: 7,441,000  

Notable singles: "Hello," "When We Were Young"

Photo: Columbia Records


2014: Taylor Swift — "1989"

Copies sold: 3,661,000  

Notable singles: "Shake It Off," "Blank Space," "Bad Blood"

Photo: Big Machine Records


2013: Justin Timberlake — "The 20/20 Experience"

Copies sold: 2,430,000

Notable singles: "Suit & Tie," "Mirrors"

Photo: RCA Records


2012: Adele - "21"

Copies sold: 4,410,000

Notable singles: "Someone Like You," "Set Fire to the Rain," "Rumour Has It"

Photo : Colombia Records


2011: Adele - "21"

Copies sold: 5,824,000

Notable singles: "Rolling in the Deep"

Photo : Colombia Records

2010: Eminem — "Recovery"

Copies sold: 3,415,000

Notable singles: "Not Afraid," "Love The Way You Lie"

Photo: Aftermath Entertainment

2009: Taylor Swift — "Fearless"

Copies sold: 3,217,000

Notable singles: "Love Story," "You Belong With Me"

Photo : Big Machine Records


2008: Lil Wayne — "Tha Carter III"

Copies sold: 2,874,000

Notable singles: "Lollipop," "A Milli"

Photo : Cash Money/Universal Motown


2007: Josh Groban — "Noël"

Copies sold: 3,699,000

Notable single: "The First Noel (feat. Faith Hill)"

Photo: Reprise Records


2006: "High School Musical" (Soundtrack)

Copies sold: 3,719,000

Notable single: "Breaking Free"

Photo: Walt Disney Records


2005: Mariah Carey — "The Emancipation of Mimi"

Copies sold: 4,969,000

Notable singles: "We Belong Together," "Shake It Off"

Photo: Island Def Jam


2004: Usher — "Confessions"

Copies sold: 7,979,000

Notable singles: "Burn," "Confessions Pt. II," "Yeah!"

Photo: Arista Records


2003: 50 Cent — "Get Rich or Die Tryin'"

Copies sold: 6,536,000

Notable singles: "In da Club," "21 Questions"

Photo: Shady Records/Aftermath Entertainment


2002: Eminem — "The Eminem Show"

Copies sold: 7,608,000

Notable singles: "Without Me," "Sing For The Moment"

Photo: Aftermath Entertainment


2001: Linkin Park — "Hybrid Theory"

Copies sold: 4,813,000

Notable single: "In The End"

Photo: Warner Bros Records



2000: NSYNC — "No Strings Attached"

Copies sold: 9,936,000

Notable singles: "Bye Bye Bye," "It's Gonna Be Me"

Photo: Jive Records


1999: Backstreet Boys — "Millennium"

Copies sold: 9,446,000

Notable singles: "I Want It That Way," "Larger Than Life"

Photo:Jive Records


1998: James Horner and Celine Dion — "Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture"

Copies sold: 9,338,000

Notable single: "My Heart Will Go On" 

Photo: Sony Classical


1997: Spice Girls — "Spice"

Copies sold: 5,302,000

Notable singles: "Wannabe," "Say You'll Be There"

Photo: Virgin Records


1996: Alanis Morissette — "Jagged Little Pill"

Copies sold: 7,380,000

Notable singles: "You Oughta Know," "Hand In My Pocket"

Photo: Reprise Records


1995: Hootie and the Blowfish — "Cracked Rear View"

Copies sold: 7,020,000

Notable singles: "Hold My Hand," "Only Wanna Be With You"

Photo: Atlantic Records


1994: Elton John/Hans Zimmer — "The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"

Copies sold: 4,934,000

Notable singles: "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," "Circle of Life"

Photo: Walt Disney Records


1993: Whitney Houston/Various Artists — "The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album"

Copies sold: 5,460,000

Notable single: "I Will Always Love You"

Photo: Arista Records


1992: Billy Ray Cyrus — "Some Gave All"

Copies sold: 4,832,000

Notable singles: "Achy Breaky Heart"

Photo: Mercury Records

1991: Mariah Carey — "Mariah Carey"

Notable singles: "Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time"

Photo: Colombia Records


1990: Janet Jackson — "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814"

Notable singles: "Miss You Much," "Rhythm Nation"

Photo: A&M Records


1989: Bobby Brown — "Don't Be Cruel"

Notable single: "My Prerogative"

Photo: MCA Records


1988: George Michael — "Faith"

Notable singles: "One More Try," "Father Figure"

Photo: Colombia Records


1987: Bon Jovi — "Slippery When Wet"

Notable singles: "You Give Love A Bad Name," "Livin' On A Prayer"

Photo: Mercury Records


1986: Whitney Houston — "Whitney Houston"

Notable singles: "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love Of All"

Photo: Arista Records


1985: Bruce Springsteen — "Born in the U.S.A."

Notable singles: "Dancing In The Dark," "Born In The U.S.A."

Photo: Colombia Records

1984: Michael Jackson — "Thriller"

Notable singles:  "Billie Jean," "Beat It"

Photo: Epic Records

1983: Michael Jackson — "Thriller"

Notable singles: "Thriller," "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"

Photo: Epic Records

1982: Asia — "Asia"

Notable single: "Heat of the Moment"

Photo: Geffen Records

1981: REO Speedwagon — "Hi Infidelity"

Notable singles: "Keep on Loving You," "Take It on the Run"

Photo: Epic Records

1980: Pink Floyd — "The Wall"

Notable singles: "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)"

Photo: Colombia Records


1979: Billy Joel — "52nd Street"

Notable single: "My Life"

Photo: CBS Records

1978: "Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track"

Notable singles: "How Deep Is Your Love," "Stayin' Alive"

Photo: RSO Records

1977: Fleetwood Mac — "Rumours"

Notable singles: "Go Your Own Way," "Don't Stop"

Photo: Warner Bros. 

1976: Peter Frampton — "Frampton Comes Alive!"

Notable single: "Show Me The Way"

Photo: A&M Records

1975: Elton John — "Elton John's Greatest Hits"

Notable singles: "Your Song," "Daniel"
Photo: MCA Records

1974: Elton John — "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"

Notable single: "Bennie and the Jets"

Photo: MCA Records

1973: War — "The World Is a Ghetto"

Notable single: "The Cisco Kid"

Photo: United Artists Records

1972: Neil Young — "Harvest"

Notable single: "Heart of Gold"

Photo: Reprise Records

1971: "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Notable single: "Superstar"

Photo: MCA Records

1970: Simon and Garfunkel — "Bridge over Troubled Water"

Notable singles: "Bridge over Troubled Water," "The Boxer"

Photo: Colombia Records

1969: Iron Butterfly — "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"

Notable single: "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"

Photo: Atco

1968: The Jimmy Hendrix Experience — "Are You Experienced"

Notable singles: "Purple Haze," "Foxy Lady"

Photo: Track Records

1967: The Monkees — "More of The Monkees"

Notable single: "I'm A Believer"

Photo: Colgems Records

1966: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass — "Whipped Cream & Other Delights"

Notable single: "A Taste of Honey"

Photo: A&M Records

1965: "Mary Poppins (Original Soundtrack)"

Notable singles: "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"

Photo: Walt Disney Records


1964: "Hello, Dolly! (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "Hello, Dolly!"

Photo: RCA Victor Records

1963: "West Side Story (Soundtrack)"

Notable single: "I Feel Pretty"

Photo: United Artists Records

1962: "West Side Story (Soundtrack)"

Notable single: "Maria"

Photo: United Artists Records

1961: "Camelot (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "If Ever I Would Leave You"

Photo: Colombia Records

1960: "The Sound of Music (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "Do-Re-Mi," "The Sound of Music"

Photo: Colombia Masterworks

1959: Henry Mancini — "Music from Peter Gunn"

Notable single: "Peter Gunn"

Photo: RCA Victor Records

1958: "My Fair Lady (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "With A Little Bit of Luck"

Photo: Colombia Records

1957: "My Fair Lady (Original Broadway Cast)"

Notable single: "The Rain in Spain"

Photo: Colombia Records

1956: Harry Belafonte — "Calypso"

Notable singles: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)," "Jamaica Farewell"

Photo: RCA Victor Records




Eminem: Lose Yourself in Album Sales


Just one year after “The Slim Shady LP” made him the hottest act in hip-hop, Eminem followed up with even greater critical and commercial success when 2000’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” sold 32 million copies and became a No. 1 hit. He quickly followed up with the now-classic albums “The Eminem Show” in 2002 and “Encore” in 2004, which sold 27 million and 21 million copies, respectively. 

After a five-year hiatus, Eminem returned in 2009 with the album “Relapse,” followed by “Recovery” in 2010 and “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” in 2013. The later albums never achieved the commercial success of the masterpieces from his heyday, but they all charted at No. 1 and “Recovery” sold 15 million copies.

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Eminem Songs, Albums, Tours and Movies


Eminem sold more albums during the 2000s than any other artist in the world. He’s not only one of music’s most successful stars, however — he’s also one of the most prolific. He’s released eight studio albums, six of which have been No. 1 hits, as well as 31 music videos, 37 singles and 78 collaborations. In all, Eminem has sold 172 million albums worldwide.

His fortune can also be traced to the success of his concerts. Eminem launched four tours between 2000 and 2012: “Up in Smoke,” “Anger Management,” “Home & Home” and “Recovery.” They combined to sell 11.94 million tickets for a total gross of $751 million.

In 2002, Eminem crossed over to acting when he starred in “8 Mile,” a semi-biographical film about a struggling Detroit rapper desperate to escape a broken home. Produced on a budget of only $41 million, “8 Mile” earned critical acclaim, an Academy Award for Best Original Song and $242.88 million at the worldwide box office.


Eminem Albums, Tours Add $85 Million to his Fortune


Over the last five years, Eminem has earned a combined $85 million even though he turned in only a few performances a year, didn’t release an album and shunned the types of business ventures that made many of his peers rich. The continued success of his back albums and the massive per-show fees he commands are enough to keep him at or near the top of the annual Forbes highest-paid Hip-Hop artists list.

In 2012, Eminem raked in $15 million on just a few tour dates and back catalog sales. 2013 was also a good year for the rap superstar when he pulled in $10 million. In 2014, Eminem earned $18 million thanks to a handful of high-paying tour dates and a nice clip of back catalog sales.

Eminem had a monster year in 2015, when he earned a whopping $31 million, thanks mostly to the more than $5 million per show he earned co-headlining the Monster Tour with fellow superstar Rihanna. Two shows at MetLife stadium alone raked in $12.4 million — more than Jay Z and Beyoncé earned at the same facility on their own two-night run.

In 2016 Eminem earned $11 million, once again thanks to continuing sales of his classic hits and a small but lucrative touring schedule. He performed just three shows, but all of them were in front of massive crowds at South America’s version of Lollapalooza.

Eminem defined rap music in the late ’90s and 2000s and pushed the boundaries of the already controversial genre even farther. His success was so total that he continues to earn more than all but a few rappers with just a handful of show dates and no new albums.

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