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Kanye West Spent Months Fuming Because Forbes Didn’t Label Him A Billionaire

Kanye West Spent Months Fuming Because Forbes Didn’t Label Him A Billionaire

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He recently shared his financial records with the publication.

Last summer, Kanye West graced the cover of Forbes. According to Kanye and the publication’s senior editor Zack O’Malley Greenberg, however, something about the feature was off.

West griped to industry colleagues and Greenberg that Forbes’ story never officially acknowledged him as a billionaire. After sharing his financial records with staff, they rectified the mistake in a story on Friday. Take a look at the inner workings of the Yeezy brand in the full article.

“I showed them an $890 million receipt and they still didn’t say ‘billionaire,'” West allegedly told an industry panel.

Last month, the publication posted its annual billionaires list. Once again, West didn’t make the cut.

“You know what you’re doing,” he allegedly texted staff members. “You’re toying with me and I’m not finna [lie] down and take it anymore in Jesus’ name.”

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The frustrations grew to the point where Kanye gave Forbes an insider’s look at his company. The result is an all-encompassing appraisal of Kanye West, Incorporated. Highlights include revelations that West receives around 11 percent of Yeezy revenue from Adidas. The article speculates on the sustainability of the company should West sever ties with Adidas.

“It’s not a billion,” Kanye allegedly texted staffers. “It’s 3.3 billion since no one at Forbes knows how to count.”

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