Cardi B is an American rapper, songwriter and television personality who has taken the music industry by storm in recent years. Born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar in 1992, she first garnered attention on social media before becoming a reality television star on Love & Hip Hop: New York. However, it was the release of her breakout hit “Bodak Yellow” in 2017 that propelled Cardi B into superstardom.
As of 2023, Cardi B’s net worth is estimated to be around $40 million. The majority of her wealth has come from music sales and streaming royalties. Her smash hit debut studio album Invasion of Privacy was certified triple platinum and spawned several chart-topping singles. She also earns big paychecks for concert tours, having grossed around $70 million from tours between 2019-2022. On top of music, Cardi has raked in millions from endorsement deals with companies like Reebok, Fashion Nova and Pepsi. She also makes bank from TV appearances.
Biography and Career Beginnings
Cardi B’s real name is Belcalis Almanzar and she was born on October 11, 1992 in The Bronx, New York City. She had a turbulent upbringing and was a member of the Bloods gang in her youth. Cardi worked as a stripper as a young adult before gaining Instagram fame for her humorous videos. This online popularity led to her joining the cast of Love & Hip Hop: New York in 2015. Her time on the VH1 reality show helped increase her profile in the hip hop industry.
Breakout Success with “Bodak Yellow”
While she was making a name for herself on TV, Cardi B was also honing her craft as a rapper. She released two mixtapes – Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 – between 2016-2017. But it was her single “Bodak Yellow” that catapulted her to fame. The infectious track went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2017, making Cardi the first female rapper to top the chart with a solo song since Lauryn Hill in 1998. “Bodak Yellow” was included on her debut studio album Invasion of Privacy.
Invasion of Privacy Album Success
Invasion of Privacy was released in April 2018 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. It spawned several more smash hit singles for Cardi, including “I Like It” and “Money.” She collaborated with other artists like Bad Bunny and Bruno Mars on the album. Invasion of Privacy was critically acclaimed and became one of the most successful albums of 2018. It won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, making Cardi the first female solo artist to win that honor.
Recent Career & Fame Since 2018
Cardi’s fame has continued to skyrocket since the release of her debut album. She’s headlined major music festivals like Made in America and performed on Saturday Night Live. In 2019, her song “Please Me” with Bruno Mars went to number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Cardi has also made TV appearances on shows like Carpool Karaoke and made her film debut in the drama Hustlers alongside Jennifer Lopez. She filed for divorce from husband Offset in 2020 but reconciled shortly after. The couple has two children together.
Throughout her quick rise to superstardom, Cardi has become known for her bold, unfiltered personality and unique fashion sense. She continues to dominate both hip hop music and wider pop culture through her chart-topping songs, collaborations with megastars like Megan Thee Stallion, and larger-than-life public persona.
Cardi B Height, Age & Other Quick Facts
- Height: 5 feet 3 inches
- Age: 30 years old. Born October 11, 1992
- Real Name: Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar
- Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: Mixed descent, including Trinidadian and Dominican
- Parents: Father Carlos Almanzar, Mother Clara Almanzar
- Siblings: Sister Hennessy Carolina
- Husband: Offset (married 2017)
- Children: Daughter Kulture (b. 2018) and son Wave (b. 2021)
From stripper to social media sensation to certified hip hop icon, Cardi B’s rise to fame in the late 2010s has been monumental. With multiple platinum-selling singles and critically hailed albums under her belt at just 30 years old, Cardi’s dominance of the music charts and pop culture zeitgeist shows no signs of slowing down. Her unique persona and outspokenness have made her one of the most popular and influential artists of the 21st century. Thanks to her talent and business savvy, Cardi has already amassed a sizeable fortune estimated to be around $40 million.