Creative genius Kanye West has been recently named as the third highest-earning celebrity in the world by Forbes, and contrary to popular belief, the bulk of his income comes from other sources asides music.
Forbes valued his pretax income at $150 million over the past year and this is due to his Yeezy line with Adidas. Kim has earlier mentioned that he had been able to build a billion dollar empire in only 4 years entirely on his own terms while owning it 100%.
The Forbes exclusive details Kanye West’s early years, his passion for design and thoughts on being defined as crazy as well as a quick dive into his creative process.
“West’s design obsession dates back as far as his passion for music. Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago, he often got in trouble as a middle schooler for sketching sneakers in class. When West’s mother, a college professor, took him to see the Japanese cyberpunk flick Akira, he found inspiration in the film’s shapes and color palettes; he also remembers his father, a former Black Panther, taking him to auto shows, where he became obsessed with the Lamborghini Countach. “There’s a little bit of Lamborghini in everything I do,” West says. “Yeezy is the Lamborghini of shoes.”
Kanye goes on to talk about being termed “Crazy”
“‘Crazy’ is a word that’s not gonna be used loosely in the future,” West says. “Understand that this is actually a condition that people can end up in, be born into, driven into and go in and out. And there’s a lot of people that have been called that ‘C’ word that have ended up on this cover.”