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Is Kaney West Actually a Billionaire?

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By Joe Allen

Kanye West certainly lives large. The musician just bought a ranch in Wyoming for $14 million, and he has a collection of cars that suggests he's got plenty of money to spare. In addition to his wildly successful career in music, Kanye also runs a shoe and fashion line called Yeezy. According to Money Inc., West made the majority of his money on album sales. That's not all that shocking, especially considering what a major presence Kanye was on the music scene earlier this decade.

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That's not to say that Kanye's fashion line has been a failure. In fact, the opposite is true. In fact, the brand has been hugely successful as Kanye partnered with Adidas.

In recent reports from Business Insider, Kanye has suggested that all of his various business ventures have made him a billionaire. In typical Kanye fashion, he also claims that he has receipts that prove his billionaire status. If you actually look at his finances, though, Kanye's not quite as rich as he claims.

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In fact, Forbes estimates the musician's net worth at closer to $240 million. That's nothing to sneeze at, especially when you pair it with his wife Kim Kardashian West's estimated $370 million. The two of them make quite a power couple, and it's not as if they ever have to worry about paying for anything. Kanye may not be a billionaire, but does he need to be? What does Kanye need that his hundreds of millions of dollars can't buy him?

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Kanye and Kim also own quite a bit of real estate. Their main house is in the Hidden Hills in Los Angeles, but they also have a Condo in Miami and two ranches in Wyoming. Of course, both Kanye and Kim travel to places where they don't own property, and in those instances, they always take private jets.

Basically, they have more money between them than most people will ever see in their lifetimes, and that money allows them to live extravagant lives.

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Kanye may not be a billionaire, but Yeezy is expected to make a billion in sales in the coming year, so he does have his name on a billion-dollar brand, and that's not nothing.

Of course, having all the money in the world won't make you happy if you don't have a happy life for other reasons. Money is nice to have, and it can be crucial for people who don't have it. When you do, though, it's not the thing you rely on for joy.

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