Kanye West has become the richest black man in American history 6 months ago

Kanye West has become the richest black man in American history

He is now worth over $6 billion dollars...

Kanye West is now the richest black man in US history, with a staggering net worth of $6.6 billion, it has been revealed.

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It has been a whirlwind few years for Kanye, who, just three years ago, claimed that he was $53m in debt.

A year ago the rapper was reported to be a billionaire by Forbes magazine, who said that the star's sneaker brand was "one of the great retail stories of the century."

The 43-year-old hip-hop star and fashion designer has seen his wealth accumulate over the past 12 months, thanks to his sneaker and apparel brand, Yeezy.

According to a private document seen by Bloomberg, Yeezy is valued between $3.2 billion and $4.7 billion, making up over half of Kanye's net worth.

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The fashion designer's new Yeezy Gap line, which set to be released in US Gap stores in July, is estimated to be worth over $970m.

The bank document revealed that Gap has estimated more than $150 million in sales during its first year of the 10-year-long agreement.

Kanye is set for another successful year, considering he has sole ownership of the Yeezy company.

Part of the rapper's net worth comes from the $1.7bn that he earns from other assets - including his large investment into Kim Kardashian's successful underwear brand, Skims.

Kim filed for a divorce from the rapper last month, ending their six-year marriage.

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