Birdman’s Net Worth and How He Makes His Money


Quick Facts of Birdman

NameBryan Christopher Williams
"Baby With The 32"
"Golds Stunna"
Net Worth$80 Million
Date of BirthFebruary 15, 1969
Place of BirthNew Orleans, Louisiana
ResidenceMiami Beach, Florida
Record Producer
Famous ForRap albums
Links with Li'l Wayne
Southern Hip-Hop
LabelsCash Money
Universal Republic
RelativesRonald "Slim" Williams (brother)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (nephew)


Birdman is an extremely American rapper, record executive, and entrepreneur who’s also known by the names of B-32, Baby with the 32, Golds Stunna, Beatrice, Bubba, and Atrice. He is the public face and co-founder of Cash Money Records along with Ronald “Slim” Williams, his big brother, back in 1992.

Birdman’s Life

Born Bryan Christopher Brooks on February 1969, Birdman had for about a month no given name, which led to him being called “Baby” as a nickname. Birdman and his siblings were taken custody by their uncle after their mother died and they spent 2-3 years in Prince George, British Columbia in Canada.

The siblings then ended up in foster care when they returned to New Orleans. Their biological father, Johnnie Williams, then had a long legal battle in the mid-seventies to get them back from the foster home, which led to them being in custody with him and his wife Patricia. That’s when Bryan Brooks became Bryan Williams.

He lived in the Magnolia Projects in Central City, New Orleans, developing a strong friendship with his stepbrother Eldrick Wise. Wise and Williams ended up selling heroin and committing robberies before getting arrested at age 16 and age 18. Birdman served 18 months before he got acquitted.


LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 01: Rapper Birdman and family arrive at the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images For BET)

Birdman’s father is Johnnie Williams (September 20, 1920 – July 13, 1996). Johnnie owned a number of small New Orleans businesses, such as a launderette and multiple bars. In 1996, Johnnie was killed in an accident. Birdman’s mother, Gladys Brooks, passed away at a young age in 1975.

Birdman’s big brother is Ronald Williams, also known as Slim, one of ten brothers plus twelve sisters or twenty-two siblings. In 2006, Birdman’s younger sister Tamara was killed in a car accident. He was close with his stepbrother named Eldrick Wise, who was killed in 1991 in an unsolved murder. His nephew is BenJarvus Green-Ellis.


After he was released from prison, Birdman and his brother Slim began paying attention to the emerging subgenre of hip-hop that was becoming popular in New Orleans in the 1990s. Birdman then came up with forming their own record label in 1992.

Birdman released his eponymous debut album, Birdman, in 2002. He then ended up releasing four solo studio albums so far. Aside from his career as a solo artist, he also became part of Big Tymers, a hip-hop duo with Mannie Fresh. Aside from that, he also released collaboration albums and loads of tracks with ward and fellow rapper Li’l Wayne.

He discovered Li’l Wayne and took him under his wing when he was nine years old. Williams also raised his stock and reputation by contributing to the making of Young Money Cash Money Billionaires or YMCMB, which combines his “Cash Money” and Li’l Wayne’s “Young Money Entertainment” groups together. This then brought attention to artists such as Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug.

How Does Birdman Make Money?

Birdman built most of his fortune from his songs, albums, and collaborations as well as his Cash Money record label he started with his brother. He is also a smart investor and entrepreneur who has invested in oil and gas exploration and start his own clothing line known as “Respek”. His association with his ward Li’l Wayne and him helping out young artists like Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan has also helped him make more money through the years until 2018-2019, where he lost about $100 million of his own net worth.

Here is the list of Birdman’s money sources.

Birdman mostly makes money from the sales of his records, songs, and albums both standalone and collaborative. This includes the following.

  • Baller Blockin’ (with Cash Money Millionaires; 2000)
  • Birdman (2002)
  • Fast Money (2005)
  • Like Father, Like Son (with Li’l Wayne; 2006)
  • 5* Stunna (2007)
  • Priceless (2009)
  • Lost At Sea 2 (with Jacques; 2018)
  • Just Another Gangsta (with Juvenile; 2019)

Birdman, together with his brother Slim, started the Cash Money record label that releases Birdman’s own albums along with other successful artists under their label.

Birdman also earns money through the “Bronald” Oil and Gas, LLC. It’s a joined venture between him and his brother Slim. The name of their company is a combination of his name, Bryan, with Slim’s name, Ronald.

He even has a clothing line named “Respek” that was based on him disparaging The Breakfast Club hip-hop radio show during a live interview, telling them to “put some respek(sic) on my name.” It features merchandise that has catchphrases from the incident.

Birdman’s Net Worth From 2010 – 2019

  1. In 2012, Birdman’s net worth was $115 million.
  2. From 2013 to 2015, Birdman’s net worth was $170 million.
  3. From 2016 to 2017, Birdman’s net worth was $180 million.
  4. From 2018 to 2019, Birdman’s net worth was $80 million.

He made a total of $197 million for his entire career since 2007. His net worth for 2010 and net worth for 2011 aren’t archived. However, he did make $10 million in 2010 and $15 million in 2011. However, he lost $100 million in 2018 due to various financial issues like his eviction from his $14 million 20,000-square-foot mansion in Miami and a $12 million foreclosure lawsuit.

How Much Does Birdman Make In A Day?

During his highest grossing year of 2014, he earned $24 million or $65,753 a day.

During his lowest grossing year of 2009 he earned $9 million or $24,657 a day.

Across the years, he earned $65 million for 5 years or 13 million a year or $35,616 a day.

However, he lost $100 million in a year and has been stuck at $80 million as his net worth for 2 years now.

What does Net Worth Mean?

What is a Net Worth?

It is a quantitative concept which measures the value of an entity. It is applicable ranging from an individual to companies, organizations, sectors and a country as a whole. To put it simply, it is the difference between assets and liabilities. A positive net worth means assets are greater than liabilities, whereas negative net worth mean liabilities are greater than assets.


Net Worth = Assets – Liabilities

A little more into Net Worth Concept:

Net worth conveys the financial health of any entity. Asset is anything that is owned and has a monetary value to it while liabilities is a commitment that deplete resources. Assets can be liquid or which can turn into liquid ( example: bank check ). They are non-liquid when they take time to turn into cash (like for example Home). Whereas liability is an obligation that has to be repaid ( example: home loan, car loan etc.,)

Any financial institution or 3rd party look at your assets and liabilities to understand the financial position. Positive net worth or increasing asset base indicates good financial health while negative net worth or increasing liabilities means a bad financial health condition.

It is always a good habit for any entity to maintain a reduce liabilities and increase or maintain a balanced asset base.

What does a Net Worth Mean to a person?

In simple terms, it means the value that is left after subtracting liabilities from assets. Few Examples of liabilities include car loans, student loans, home loans, credit card bills, and other mortgages etc., whereas an individual’s assets are amount in the savings account, home, vehicle, bonds, stocks and other material that has value.

In other words, whatever is left after paying off all the personal debt from asset base is net worth. It is important to understand that value of net worth varies as per the market value of assets and current debt costs.

For example:

Consider a case of Ramu Johnson. His assets include a house valued at $350000, shares worth $150000 and a car worth $35000. His liabilities include a mortgage balance of
$150000 and an outstanding car loan $15000 to be paid.

Now Ramu Johnson’s Net Worth = ($350000+$150000+$35000) – ($150000+$15000)
= ($535000 ) – ($165000)
= $370000

Assuming Ramu Johnson’s financial position after five years as follows –
House value at $350000, Shares value at $180000, savings $ 40000 and car value $25000. While mortgage loan $120000, car loan $0 (paid off).

The Net worth after 5 years would = ($350000+$180000+$ 40000 + $25000 ) – ($120000)
= $595000 – $120000
= $475000

Here it is understood that, although the fact that the value of a house and car decrease, the net worth have increased to $475000. It is because a decline in house loan is less than the overall asset base and decrease in liabilities.

Note that, an individual’s net worth can be negative if his asset base is less than liabilities.

What does net worth mean for celebrities?

Most often celebrities fall under High Net worth Individuals. And what does HNWI mean?

People with considerable net worth as called as HNWI.

Independent Charted Accounts, wealth managers and investment counsellors stay close to them making them as prime markets.

As per Securities and Exchange Commission( SEC), investors more than 1Million are considered as accredited investors to invite them to invest in unrequested securities.

Is 401k part of net worth?

As per the definition, 401K is also a part of net worth if it is calculated in terms of assets and liabilities. But, in this case, 401K have no specifics as in, therefore it cannot be measured.

What is the average American net worth?

Like any entities net worth a countries net worth can be calculated as below. It is a sum of net worth of all individuals (citizens), companies and organizations reside in America, plus countries net worth. In America, this measure is referred to as financial position.

As on quarter 1 2014, America’s financial position =
Assets ( $269.6 trillion) – liabilities ($145.8 trillion ) = $123.8 trillion.

What is a good net worth by age?

Age of HouseholdMedian Net Worth
Under 35 years$6,900
35 to 44 years$45,740
45 to 54 years$100,404
55 – 64 years$164,498
65 – 69 years$193,833
70 – 74 years$225,390
65 – 75 Years$202,950
75 + Years$197,758

What is the net worth of the top 1%, 5%, 10%?

As in America, wealth distribution is as follows
Richest 1% of the population owned 35% of the country’s total wealth
Richest 5% of the population owned 11% of the country’s total wealth
Richest 10% of the population owned 12% of the country’s total wealth

Birdman Lifestyle (Houses And Cars)

During the peak of his richness before 2018, he owned a $30 million condominium in Miami. He also claimed to buy 100 new cars every six months, giving old ones away to his family and friends. He wears several million dollars worth of jewelry as well, which includes $500,000 grill on his teeth, matching earrings, and a 15-carat black diamond ring.

However, in turn, he lost 20 houses and 50 cars that includes 4 Ferraris and 2 Maybachs because of Hurricane Katrina. He has indeed lost $100 million of his fortune from 2018 onwards, reducing his net worth from $180 million to $80 million.

3 Success Lessons From Birdman

1. From Rags to Riches

Birdman is a true-blue rags-to-riches story. He has experienced multiple personal losses in his life and has gone from living with his mother to his uncle to a foster home to his father. His mother died early, his father eventually died in 1996 by accident, his stepbrother died in 1991 by an unsolved murder, and his sister died in 2006.

2. Facing Financial Troubles

Curiously, Birdman’s trials and tribulations as a child are far longer, more detailed, and probably more interesting to read than his successes in hip-hop. Regardless, even when faced with financial troubles since 2018 and a troubled relationship with his ward Li’l Wayne, Birdman should be able to persevere and regain his wealth slowly but surely.

3. Turning Tragedy into Success

He made $20 million in 2017 and 2018 regardless and is on track to make about as much in 2019. He’s been making double-digit earnings consistently since 2010. Most importantly, he knows how to turn tragedy into success, like in the case of his flub with The Breakfast Club turning into a profitable clothing line that’s essentially making fun of himself.

5 Famous Birdman Quotes

I’m a hard worker, and everything with me is, if I work hard, I should get paid for it. Everything with me, I try to symbolize something flashy like jewelry or a car. The rubbing hands is a symbol of hustling, so it goes back to the money.

I try to wear $1 million a day. At least.

One of my motivations in life is to be a billionaire.

Drake was a fan before a friend. He already was a Cash Money millionaire. When opportunity came, maybe we put the most on the table. That was my thinking because I just thought that this was a very talented young man. We saw a future with him, so it was about him being comfortable.

I was a young-un when I got my first million. Then I realized if I got one, I could get two. If I could get two, I could get ten. If I could get ten, I could get a hundred.





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