One year after the birth of close friend Jay-Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy, and days before the birth of ex-girlfriend, Amber Rose’s son, Ye found a way to bring the spotlight back to him and his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, less than one year later announcing the couple’s baby on the way on the stage of the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, NJ this past Sunday (Dec. 30, 2012). As the newly proclaimed fetus has already helped mom and dad make money from a New Year’s appearance, people must start to ask themselves, how much are entertainment’s babies worth?
Well, it turns out that outside of the country’s commonly-populated 99% sits a new generation of one-percenters, better referred to as the baby one-percenters, because by law, these children are entitled to child support consistent with the wealth of their parents as individuals. In other words, at one day old, Kim and Kanye’s baby will be rightly entitled to the wealth of its parents. So somewhere, someone must be singing, “18 years, 18 years, she got one of your kids, got you for 18 years.”
Either way as Kimmy and Kanye happily announced their best-kept secret—a baby KimYe on the way—BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some of Hollywood’s wealthiest children under 10.
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Rumors have circulated for years regarding Beyoncé’s maternal status, but on August 28, 2011, the former Destiny’s Child member unbuttoned her purple sequenced jacket and rubbed her pregnant belly, putting everyone’s chatter to rest. And no less than four months and 10 days later did Bey give birth to Blue Ivy Carter.
As music’s No. 1 heiress made her way into the world, Jay-Z and B did everything to keep her from the public eye, but that didn’t stop them from introducing her to the Billboard charts. Just after Blue Ivy was born, her father took her newborn vocals and laid them down on his tribute song, “Glory,” to his first-born. Musically referenced as B.I.C (Blue Ivy Carter), Beyoncé’s mini me became the youngest person ever to grace the charts. But while the Carter heiress may be taking over music’s headlines, she hasn’t quite raked in any money yet. After all, she is only 11 months old. But living under the combined income of her parents—an estimated $775 million—pop culture’s little princess will have nothing to worry about for the years to come as she epitomizes the new generation of one-percenters.
Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon
First remembered for his classic film, Drumline; 2001 single, “Your Pops Don’t Like Me;” and mid-2000’s MTV improv show, Wild ’N Out, Nick Cannon has made quite the stride from rising comedian/actor/rapper to a young media mogul in the making. In April 2008, Cannon popped the question to Mariah Carey, and the couple secretly said, “I do,” in a private ceremony in the Bahamas. Shortly after, everyone’s favorite goofy drummer was named the Chairman of TeenNick (formerly The N) in 2009, and now currently runs a shoe line called Project Canvas (CAN Visually Achieve Success) and watched his wife give birth to twins, Moroccan Scott and Monroe Cannon, in 2011.
Since coming into the entertainment industry in late ’90s, Cannon has pulled in a net worth of $15 million, and has shown he has every intention of spoiling who he likes to call #DemBabies with his earnings. But as the TV chairman has certainly grown up over the years, no one can forget the twins’ mother! From platinum-selling albums to her most recent appointment as a judge on American Idol, Mariah Carey is no stranger to dangling wealth. In 2000, Carey received a $100 million deal signing with Virgin Records, and has reached an approximate net worth of $500 million. The seven-octave singer is currently bringing in the dough, making a reported $18 million from her appearances on the upcoming season of American Idol. There’s no question, #DemBabies got it made.
Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz
With eight American Music Awards nominations and five wins; seven Billboard Music Awards nominations and 10 wins; and 13 Grammy Awards nominations and 14 wins, it’s no wonder Alicia Keys is sitting with a said net worth of $45 million. And with the recent launch of Keys’ partnership with Reebok for her own shoe line, there’s no telling what her worth will jump to next. But one thing is for sure, the New York-bred songbird’s now two-year-old son, Eygpt Daoud Dean, is living the life under the mandated communal support of his parents.
Three months before Eygpt was born, Keys married legendary producer Swizz Beatz, properly known as Kasseem Daoud Jones. The former Ruff Ryders producer has influenced the entertainment industry since the late ’90s, and now can proudly say he’s part of America’s one percent with an approximate net worth of $65 million. Combined Alicia and Swizz sit on a total worth of $110 million, which Eygpt can legally say—if he could speak in full sentences—he’s entitled to. This curly-haired cutie may not be the richest baby in America, but he’s certainly at the top of the list.
Halle Berry & Gabriel Aubry
Halle Berry has been in countless films, and made history as she became the first African-American woman to win the Oscar for Best Leading Actress in 2002 for her performance in Monster’s Ball. Since her win, the Academy Award winner has appeared in countless films, and now makes an estimated $16 million per film. As her current net worth sits at $70 million, it’s clear she’s made a great impact in film and in the lives of Black women and children who have a dream. But lately, there’s one life she’s impacting more than anything: her daughter, four-year-old, Nahla Ariela Aubry.
As Nahla has seemingly managed to stay out of the public eye more than other Hollywood heirs, it’s hard not to be noticed when your mother holds so much weight in the world. But while her father, Gabriel Aubry may hold a mere net worth of $4.5 million to her mother, the growing toddler could be less concerned as she has nothing to [financially] worry about for the years to come.
Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick
With several reality shows under the Kardashian conglomerate with E! including Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami, Kourtney & Kim Take New York, Kourtney & Kim Take Miami and appearances on Khloé and Lamar; two clothing empires — Dash and the Kardashian Collection with Sears; and multiple party and event appearances, Kourtney Mary Kardashian has an estimated net worth of $12 million. Making an approximated $50,000 per episode with the reality-bred network, there’s no telling what she’s bringing in from her appearances and clothing lines, but one thing is certain: her two children, Mason, 3, and newborn Penelope, 5 months, are going to be taken care of for life.
Unlike many celeb reality stars, the eldest Kardashian sister was hesitant to introduce her first born to the world. Not allowing the three-year-old to appear on any of the family series’ during his first year, Mason Dash Disick finally said hello to reality television June 27, 2010 on the “Scotts-o-phrenia” episode of Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami. Since then, reality TV’s favorite toddler has acquired an estimated net worth of $1,000, not including the trust funds or financially legal obligations his parents are providing for him. And while Mason may now be sharing the family wealth with his new baby sister, the overall Kardashian empire ($65 million as of 2010) fused with his parents’ combined net worth of $14 million (Scott Disick’s approximate net worth is $2 million) is sure to make the latest Kardashian additions two of the richest children under 10.
Amber Rose & Wiz Khalifa
Six months after her very public break-up with hip-hop mogul Kanye West, Amber Rose was spotted on several occasions with Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa. While many thought the developing relationship was just another notch on the former stripper’s belt, the two proved to be more in love than any one person would have suspected. Then, just over a year after meeting via Twitter, the now high-fashion model and MC are set to wed and are expecting their first child, a boy, which is due any day now.
As most of the public thought Rose was just looking for a come up, which may or may not be true, the mother-to-be made her first legitimate “industry” paycheck posing for a 2009 Louis Vuitton print ad. Since then, the blonde beauty signed to renowned model agency, Ford Models, became the sultry voice of Smirnoff Vodka and has been in talks of starting her own sunglasses line. With her growing endorsement deals and event appearances, Rose has raked up a said net worth of $5 million in just three years. And if you think that’s impressive, her soon-to-be-husband has acquired an estimated $11 million since the release of his 2010 hit, “Black & Yellow.”
With the couple’s baby boy due any day now, he won’t be going hungry anytime soon as he’s coming into a home filled with $16 million of wealth!