Drake, whose full name is Aubrey Drake Graham, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and entrepreneur.
He first gained recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian television series, Degrassi: The Next Generation, in the early 2000s.
However, Drake rose to international fame as a rapper with the release of his mixtape, So Far Gone, in 2009.
Since then, he has released several successful albums, including Thank Me Later, Take Care, Nothing Was the Same, Views, More Life, Scorpion and Certified Lover Boy.
Drake has won numerous awards throughout his career, including four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and 27 Billboard Music Awards.
He is widely regarded as one of the most successful and influential artists of his generation.
Drake’s early life
Drake was born on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Canada.
He was raised by his mother, Sandi Graham, who is Jewish and worked as a teacher, while his father, Dennis Graham, is African American and worked as a drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis.
Drake’s parents divorced when he was five years old, and he was raised primarily by his mother in Toronto’s Forest Hill neighborhood.
He attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, a high school in Toronto, where he began acting and performing.
Drake also played basketball and was a member of the school’s team.
After graduating from high school, he attended Vaughan Road Academy, where he studied music and continued to hone his skills as a performer.
In 2001, at the age of 15, Drake landed a role on the Canadian teen drama series, Degrassi: The Next Generation.
He played the character Jimmy Brooks, a basketball star who becomes paralyzed after being shot.
Drake appeared on the show for eight seasons, from 2001 to 2009, and his acting career helped him gain recognition and build a fan base.
Throughout his early life, he was exposed to a diverse range of musical influences, including hip-hop, R&B and pop.
Drake began writing and recording his own music while still in high school, and he released his first mixtape, Room for Improvement, in 2006.
The mixtape was well-received and helped Drake gain attention in the music industry.
Drake net worth
According to Capital XTRA, Drake has an estimated net worth of $250 million.
How does Drake make his money?
Drake is one of the richest rappers in the entertainment industry and one of the biggest stars in music.
He makes most of his money from his music career, including royalties from physical sales, downloads and streaming.
Drake has released several successful albums, including, Certified Loverboy, which earned 613,000 sales in the week of its release.
He also makes money from acting ventures, business endorsement deals and investments.
Further, Drake co-runs October’s Very Own, an umbrella company for his clothing line, record label and radio station, and is an ambassador for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.
How does Drake spend his money?
Drake spends his money on a variety of things, including luxury items, real estate and charitable donations.
He is known for wearing expensive outfits and accessories.
For example, he wore an outfit worth nearly $1 million after wrapping up his Assassination Vacation tour gig at The O2 in London in 2019.
He also owns a custom diamond chain worth $200,000 and a Richard Mille RM 69 watch worth $750,000.
Drake also owns several properties, including a luxury house in Toronto worth $150 million, which features a huge NBA regulation-size basketball court.
He has also invested millions in a palatial house in LA and Toronto, and plans to build a 35,000 square foot chateau-style house on newly purchased land.
Drake has donated a significant amount of money to various causes.
For example, he budgeted about $1 million for the God’s Plan music video so that he could give away the money to deprived people.
He also gave away $50,000 to a student at the University of Miami and has supported Sophie Brussaux, the mother of his son.
Further, Drake co-runs October’s Very Own, an umbrella company for his clothing line, record label and radio station.
He is also an ambassador for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.
Drake’s music career began in 2006 with the release of his first mixtape, Room for Improvement.
He followed this up with two more mixtapes, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, which helped establish him as a rising star in the hip-hop world.
In 2009, Drake signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment label and released his debut studio album, Thank Me Later, in 2010.
The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum.
Since then, Drake has released several more highly successful albums, including Take Care, Nothing Was the Same, Views, Scorpion and Certified Lover Boy.
He has also collaborated with numerous other artists, including Rihanna, Future, and Travis Scott, and has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards and 27 Billboard Music Awards.
In addition to his music career, Drake has also pursued a number of other ventures.
He has acted in several films and television shows, including Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Saturday Night Live and has hosted the ESPY Awards and Saturday Night Live.
Drake has also launched his own record label, OVO Sound, and his own clothing line, OVO Clothing.