“It’s really hard to be the first something in 2022, so ahhhhh,” Megan, 27, said as she learned of her historic feat during a sit down with Forbes’ Jabari Young.
Forbes estimates the rapper raked in $13 million this year from royalties, ticket sales, endorsements, and merch.
“I can’t slow down right now,” she told Forbes. “I’ll take a break when I’m dead.”
Meg first landed on Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 list three years ago as she leaped from performing at $500 gigs in her hometown of Houston to collaborating with the likes of Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, BTS, Dua Lipa, Cardi B and more.
“She’s so empowering and so sexy,” Cardi B said. “She’s mega-million Megan.”
The 27-year-old has grown her empire through her endorsement deals with billionaire dollar brands such as Nike, Revlon, Cash App, and Popeyes.
“The cultural influence that hip-hop and artists like Megan now have is unmatched,” says Stacy Taffet, a marketing executive of Frito-Lay, who partnered with Megan to promote its Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. “Our Super Bowl campaign with her outperformed a lot of what we’ve done in the past and exceeded all our expectations.”
On the horizon for Megan is her 2023 world tour, another studio album, and a Netflix deal to create and produce several shows, including a comedy based on her childhood, Forbes reports. Time Inc. is also paying the rapper $3 million to produce a documentary on her life.
Through all of her success, Megan said one of the biggest lessons she’s learned is to “save your money.”
“I still haven’t made a stupid, crazy purchase,” Meg said. “My jewelry is expensive, and my house was expensive, outside of that, I’m not buying 100 cars. Learn how to make your money work for you.”