blankAkon owns a South African diamond mine, but it was Lady Gaga who cemented his fortune, The Huffington Post reports.

"She's pretty much retired me," the singer said of Gaga, who is signed to his KonLive imprint at Interscope Records. "She was definitely a blessing. She came at the right moment. I'm glad I believed in her, boy. That goes to show you, if you believe in something strong enough, it will pay off."