Kanye asks Zuckerberg for $1.4b

LOS ANGELES • Rapper and fashion designer Kanye West, who says he is US$53 million (S$74 million) in debt, has asked Facebook's chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg to invest US$1 billion in his "ideas".

West asked his Twitter followers to urge Zuckerberg to support him. "World, please tweet, FaceTime, Facebook, Instagram, whatever you gotta do to get Mark to support me...," he tweeted.

The rapper also asked Alphabet Inc chief executive Larry Page to help him with his financial troubles.

West, who claimed he was "still 53 million dollars in personal debt", said people do not give money to "real artists" such as him but rather open schools in Africa.

Neither Zuckerberg nor Page has a verified account on Twitter, the microblogging website. Some Twitter users have reached out to Zuckerberg via Facebook Messenger asking him to help the rapper out.

West, who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian, has been putting tens of millions into his fashion label.

According to the Business Insider website, his latest clothing line is selling high-end coats and jackets for as much as US$3,000 to US$4,000.

The Kanye sweatpants alone cost US$510.

In an interview with Black Entertainment Television last year, the controversial rapper said he incurred US$16 million in debt from his fashion business.

Via online streaming, more than 20 million viewers watched him debut his new album, The Life Of Pablo, and his clothing collection during a New York Fashion Week runway show last Thursday.

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