Here’s Why Donald Glover Will Be Richer Than Kanye West and Jay-Z

Is there anything Donald Glover can’t do? If there is, we haven’t found out about it yet. Glover as Lando Calrissian is one of the main reasons you should see Solo: A Star Wars Story, yet acting is just one of the many things he has on his resume. Donald Glover is an incredibly talented actor/singer/writer/producer with a long career ahead of him. Here’s why he will surpass Kanye West and Jay-Z’s net worth over the next 10 years.

After we remind you what Jay-Z and Kanye are up to these days, we’ll discuss how Donald Glover will beat them at their own game (page 7) and one area where he’s already miles ahead of both (page 8).


Honoree Jay-Z accepts the President's Merit Award onstage during the Clive Davis

Jay-Z | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for NARAS

  • He’s probably more famous for being a businessman these days.

Sure, music is the first thing we loved about Jay-Z, but that’s not his main enterprise these days. He’s made only two solo albums since 2009, and he’s probably better known for his business interests, such as being part owner of the NBA’s very expensive Brooklyn Nets, Roc Nation Sports, and Cohiba cigar line, among others. When you put it all together, Jay-Z is worth about $900 million.

Next: We don’t have any answers

Kanye West

Kanye West in white t-shirt speaking into a microphone

Kanye West | Jewel Samad/Getty Images

  • We don’t know what’s happening with Yeezy right now.

You can make the case that Kanye West is the musical artist that defines the early part of the 21st century. The question is, how long will he hold that title? It seems like he’s losing his mind and that no one really likes him anymore. West is worth about $160 million now, but if he keeps making albums like the poorly-reviewed Ye, how long will that last?

Next: All the way Jay-Z and Kanye can’t match Donald Glover.

Comedy is one of Donald Glover’s many talents

A bearded Donald Glover, looking into the camera in front of an HBO background

Donald Glover | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

  • Donald Glover already has two specials to his name.

This is one territory where Donald Glover already has Jay-Z and Kanye beat. He already has two stand-up comedy specials on his resume, a Comedy Central Presents special in 2010, and Weirdo from 2012. It’s hard to imagine either Jay-Z or Kanye doing a stand-up special, let alone doing two before turning 30, as Glover did.

Next: Glover’s first showbiz gig was way behind the scenes.

Glover got his big break in showbiz as a writer

Jack McBrayer, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and Alec Baldwin visit 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center

Donald Glover’s first job was as a writer for 30 Rock. | Theo Wargo/Getty Images

  • TV shows, internet shorts, and comedy specials.

It might sound shocking, but Donald Glover joined the writing team for the NBC show 30 Rock when he was just 23 years old. Since then he’s written his own comedy specials and for the TV show Atlanta, which we’ll talk about more in a minute.

Next: Nothing surprising here

Creator and producer

Actor/recording artist Donald Glover attends "Atlanta Robbin' Season" Atlanta Premiere

Glover is the genius behind Atlanta. | Paras Griffin/Getty Images

  • He’s the creative force behind Atlanta.

Comedy and writing just scratch the surface when you’re talking about Donald Glover’s talents. He showcases both in the TV show Atlanta, which isn’t too surprising considering he’s the creator and producer for the show. Oh, and the show just happens to be a critical darling that is absolutely killing it on every level.

Next: Hitting the trifecta

Donald Glover, director

Donald Glover takes part in SiriusXM's Town Hall with the cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story

Glover has also directed episodes of Atlanta. | Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM

  • Surprise, surprise, Glover directs Atlanta, too.

He created the show and he writes for the show, and Donald Glover completes the Atlanta trifecta as a director. He directed two episodes in each of the first and second seasons of the show, which shows he’s comfortable in front of or behind the camera. If he keeps creating, directing, writing, and acting in acclaimed TV shows, we’re sure he’ll be one of the richest entertainers of his generation eventually.

Next: Taking it to the next level.

Donald Glover’s musical alter ego is wildly popular

Glover as Childish Gambino in the ‘This Is America’ music video | Donald Glover via YouTube

  • Childish Gambino is about to take over the world.

Jay-Z and Kanye West are talented musicians, there’s no doubt about it, but Donald Glover is poised to be bigger than either of them.

As we mentioned a minute ago, Jay-Z’s musical output is slowing down, and Kanye seems to be losing his way. Meanwhile, Glover went platinum in less than a month with the single This is America” under his Childish Gambino moniker. Plus, the video for the song was an instant viral hit because of all the secret references that demanded multiple viewings to see.

Next: Glover’s best is yet to come in this artistic endeavor.

Glover is a superb actor

Actor Donald Glover attends the world premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story

Glover starred in Solo: A Star Wars Story. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

  • He’s already starred in some blockbusters, and the best is yet to come.

Donald Glover’s acting credits date back to some TV shorts in 2005, but he’s been on fire ever since starring in the cult TV hit Community and we think the best is yet to come.

He appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and he’s hinted that he might star in a spinoff movie. Fans who’ve seen Solo are already clamoring for Glover to reprise his role in his own Lando Calrissian movie. Plus, he’s going to voice the main character Simba in Disney’s live-action Lion King remake in 2019. That’s three years and three mammoth movies, something many full-time actors can’t say.

Next: What Donald Glover can say that Jay-Z and Kanye can’t.

Donald Glover is multi-talented

Actor Donald Glover arrives for the premiere of the film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Glover is multi-talented. | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

  • He does everything equally well.

As we’ve discussed, Jay-Z and Kanye West are extremely talented musicians, but they don’t have the artistic breadth of Donald Glover. He writes, he produces, he directs, he acts, and Childish Gambino might be the biggest thing in music right now. Glover is worth about $12 million, but he does a little bit of everything, he does all of it well, and he goes back and forth between all of them with ease. That’s why he’s already a star and will be richer than Kanye and Jay-Z sooner than you think.

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