And the answer: Barbados.
On February 20, 1988, Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in St. Michael Parish, Barbados to a Barbadian father and Guyanese mother. She frequently returns to her home country for The Crop Over harvest festival, and is known for wearing stunning outfits while in attendance.
In 2021, the Barbadian Prime Minister honored an unforgettable national hero: none other than Rihanna Fenty herself. During the ceremony, Prime Minister Mia Mottley expressed her hopes for the Barbados native in a perfectly fitting address:
"May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your works, by your actions and to do credit wherever you shall go.”
Rihanna has given back to her home country of Barbados for much of her career. In fact, the celebrity has served as a cultural ambassador since 2008, and an “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” since 2018. While the two titles aren’t too different, the more recent position gives Rihanna the “specific responsibility for promoting education, tourism, and investment for the island.” In short, this allows the celebrity to promote Barbados tourism with a more prestigious title in her home country.
From her chart-topping albums such as Anti (2016), back to her first number one hit, Pon de Replay (2005), Rihanna has enjoyed one of the most successful musical careers in recent years. Combined with the wealth accrued through other various business ventures, Forbes estimated Rihanna’s fortune at $1.7 billion in 2021, making her the world’s richest female musician at that time. Some of that wealth has been diverted to her Clara Lionel foundation, named after her grandparents, which has frequently benefited Barbados with emergency hurricane relief, healthcare, and education programs.
Learn more about Rihanna’s career and impact here.