Updated: Dec 22, 2019
The God fearing stunningly beautiful Rihanna alias RiRi, was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in Saint Michael Parish, Barbados, on February 20, 1988.
At the age of 31, Rihanna is the world's richest female artist with a staggering net worth of $600 million as of June 2019 by Forbes. Her enormous wealth emanates from a very successful career as a singer, song writer, and actress, as well as a very successful entrepreneur.
Rihanna's life as an artist began very early, at just 15 years of age, when she met and secured an audition with Evan Rogers, an American music producer who discovered Rihanna when he was on holiday in Barbados in 2003. Two years later, in 2005, Mr Rogers secured an audition to Rihanna with Def Jam Records that was then under the legendary rapper, Jay Z. The record company signed her instantly, and during the next two years that followed, Rihanna produced two albums, namely, "Music Of The Sun" (2005) and "A Girl like Me" (2006).
In 2007, Rihanna produced her third album, "Good Girl Gone Bad". The album and particularly it's masterpiece single, "Umbrella", that features Jay Z, transformed Rihanna dramatically, from the mere cute pop princess she was hitherto, into a fully fledged world class superstar and sex symbol. After the third album, Rihanna's music career just got better and better, releasing one hit album after another, totaling four more albums, namely, "Rated R" (2009), "Loud" (2010), "Talk That Talk" (2011), and "Unapologetic" (2012).
An eighth album called "Anti" was released in January 28, 2016. The album is now been promoted by the superstar, in a world tour with the same name. The Anti World Tour is sponsored by Samsung as part of $25 million contract by which Rihanna also promotes Samsung Galaxy line of products. The world tour entails 74 shows in USA, Canada, Europe, and United Arab Emirates. It began in Jacksonville, Florida on March 12, 2016, and culminated in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on November 27, 2016.
In 2018 Rihanna announced she is working on her 9th album that will be released before the end of 2019.
Rihanna is one of the best selling artists of all time, with over 200 million records sold worldwide. She has been honored immensely for her contribution to the music industry through many music awards, the earlier of which include: 7 Grammy Awards, 5 American Music Awards, 18 Billboard Music Awards, and 2 BRIT Awards.
In August, 2016, Rihanna was awarded the prestigious life-time achievement Michael Jackson Vanguard Award at the Video Music Awards (VMAs). That was followed by three prizes at the 2016 AMAs grand ceremony held in Los Angeles, CA, on November 20, 2016, namely: Favorite Female Artist (Soul/R&B), Favorite Song: Work (Soul/R&B), and Favorite Album: Anti (Soul/R&B).
On November 30, 2017, Barbados government honored Rihanna for her invaluable contribution to the music industry, with renaming a street in the neighborhood she grew up in Bridgetown after her name. The street, Newbury New Road, was renamed Rihanna Drive.
On September 20, 2018, the government of Barbados appointed Rihanna as the country's ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, reported some media sources. Rihanna's new ambassadorial position entails promotion of education, tourism, and investments for the Caribbean island.
As an actress, Rihanna has featured in four big time movies:
1) Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017). 2) Black Mama Widow (2006) 3) All Or Nothing" (2004), and 4) Battleship" (2012)
In November 2016, the superstar began filming some scenes for her part in a movie called Ocean's 8. She played one of the main characters of the movie, called Nine Ball. Other prominent actors in the movie include George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, and Anne Hathaway. The movie's New York City premier was held on June 5, 2018.
As an entrepreneur, Rihanna's business activities so far confine to smart stock investments, and property holdings; as well as lucrative endorsement and sponsorship deals, e.g. endorsement deal with CoverGirl Cosmetics (2007), endorsement deal with the fashion and sports wear giants PUMA as a Creative Director (December, 2014), endorsement deal with Dior as Face of Dior (2015), $25 million sponsorship deal with Samsung (October 2015), etc.
She also owns several restaurants including The Fat Rihanna Burger chain of restaurants, a fashion line called Rihanna Seduction, her own shoe line called Manolo Blahnik Shoes, her own Vodka brand known as Pure Wonderihanna, perfumes including the Rebelle and RiRi fragrances, a football team called St. Michael Angels, etc. In November, 2015, Rihanna launched her own beauty and stylist agency called Fr8me, in Los Angeles.
On September 6, 2017, Rihanna officially launched her own makeup line called Fenty Beauty during New York Fashion Week in NYC. Fenty Beauty is reported to consist of an incredible collection of a wide range of makeup products and accessories for the modern woman.The collection is available in 1600 stores spread over 17 countries.
On May 11, 2018 she launched online, her own indoor outfit collection called Savage x Fenty. The collection consists of at least 90 types of indoor outfits including lingerie, sleepwear, lounge-wear, and beauty accessories. The outfits are available in various sizes ranging from XS to 3XL.
Adding to her beauty and indoor outfit lines, Rihanna on May 22, 2019 launched a brand new luxury fashion label called Fenty, in collaboration with the famous luxury goods brand group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH). Fenty fashion label produces clothing, footwear, and fashion accessories. Fenty is the first fashion label owned by a woman of African descent to partner with LVMH.
In recognition of her immense contribution to the fashion industry and particularly her work at Fenty, Rihanna was on December 2, 2019 awarded The Fashion Awards' Urban Luxe Prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
Also, Rihanna is a very staunch philanthropist, with her own charitable organisation called Clara Lionel Foundation. She founded the latter in 2012, in honor of her grand parents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. The Foundation aims at improving the quality of life in communities, worldwide, in the areas of health, education, arts and culture.
Early in May 2016, Rihanna launched in collaboration with the Clara Lionel Foundation, a global scholarship program that awards full scholarships to young people in Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica, and USA. She said during the launch, that the scholarships enable young people from the above countries to receive full college degree education anywhere in USA.
On September 23, 2016, Clara Lionel Foundation announced a multi-year partnership with Global Partnership For Education (GPE), and Global Citizen, by which Rihanna will serve as Global Ambassador For Education. As a global ambassador, Rihanna will champion education for more that 330 million children in the world and particularly in developing countries, who have no access to education.
Hitherto launching of the Clara Lionel Foundation, Rihanna founded a charity called Believe Foundation, in 2006, that provides support to terminally ill children. Furthermore, she is involved, and contributes immensely to global endeavors concerned with among others: arts education, health education, cities, disaster relief, environment, HIV/AIDS, cancer, hunger, adoption, underprivileged children, poverty, domestic violence, human rights, and homelessness.
On January 27, 2017, Rihanna was in Malawi, to promote global education on behalf of the Clara Lionel Foundation, and as an ambassador for education for Global Citizen and Global Partnership for Education charities. Following the visit, on July 2017 Rihanna through Clara Lionel Foundation launched a bicycle sharing program in a collaboration with Ofo, to help girls in Malawi get to school.
On August 18, 2017, Rihanna through her Clara Lionel Foundation, donated a staggering $2 million to the victims of a recent devastating mudslides and floods in Sierra Leone. The global superstar said the donation was a humanitarian gesture, and an act of solidarity and support for a brotherly affected people; and that it was aimed at providing shelter, food, clothing, and medicines for the victims of the natural disaster.
On September 14, 2017, Rihanna hosted the 3rd Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street, in New York City. The Annual Diamond Ball is a fund raising event for her Clara Lionel Foundation.
The 4th Annual Diamond Ball was held on September 14, 2018 also at Cipriani Wall Street, New York city. Numerous celebrities attended the event, including among others Paris Hilton, Tiffany Haddish, Gayle King, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Meek Mill, Gucci Mane, Odell Beckham Jr, A$ap Rocky, Justine Skye, Childish Gambino, and Issa Rae,among others.
Rihanna's relentless engagement in philanthropy has been been globally acknowledged and honored.
For instance, on March 1, 2017, she was awarded the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian Of The Year Award, for her invaluable engagement in philanthropy. She became the first female music artist to receive the prestigious award from one of world's top universities. In her speech during the award ceremony, the humble and empathetic Rihanna said that one needs not be rich or even college educated, to help somebody.
As a private person, fame and wealth have not affected Rihanna's close relationship with her family, childhood friends, and her country of birth. When with them, she is still the ordinary Rihanna they used to know! Particularly, documentary evidence shows that she has done everything she can to ensure that her parents and grandfather enjoy the appropriate standards of living that match her own. For example, in 2012 she bought her mother Monica Braithwaite, a five bedroom house in Barbados, and in 2016 she bought her father Ronald Fenty, a $1.8 million mansion in the posh Sandy Lane community in Saint James, Barbados.There are even unconfirmed rumors that she is very concerned and takes great care of her childhood friends as well.
With all her accomplishments, her generous material support to the society, and her down to earth approach to life; there is absolutely no doubt, whatsoever, Rihanna is exemplary and one of the smartest beautiful women the world has ever seen.
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Last update: December 22, 2019
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