- QUEEN LATIFAH
When Latifah arrived on the rap scene in the late ‚Äô80s, she offered a fresh new face for the perception of women in hip-hop. It wasn‚Äôt long before the New Jersey native‚Äôs ‚Äúladies first‚ÄĚ mission shifted from song to screen. While the Queen had bit roles in films and sitcoms before and after landing her beloved portrayal as ‚ÄúKhadijah‚ÄĚ on ‚Äô90s sitcom Living Single, the years that followed propelled the budding actress to superstar status and an Oscar nomination. In addition to running her longtime production/management company Flavor Unit, she‚Äôs a spokeswoman for both Cover Girl and Jenny Craig, does voiceovers for Pizza Hut, and in the process of launching an HSN fashion line. Add that to her executive producing VH1‚Äôs new hit Single Ladies and Latifah‚Äôs sitting at an estimated net worth of $50 million.