Okay, let’s get this straight, celebrities are rich, they are super rich. They are so rich that sometimes they leave us with our mouths hanging open out of surprise. However, celebrity gossip is interesting to look at. Aren’t they? Discussing the lives of various celebrities has to be one of the juiciest topics of gossip when we are with our friends. Their net worth, family lives, careers, and everything about them intrigues us. Out of all the things what interests us the most is their net worth because who would not be interested in knowing how much these celebrities earn to be able to sustain their opulent lives.
Hence, this article will strive to provide YOU with the juiciest information about the American rapper Rick Ross. We will focus on his early life, his career, his personal life, controversies in various areas, and legal matters, and of course, our main focus will be on his net worth. We love to gossip about money.
Rick Ross Net Worth
Rick Ross is the professional name of William Leonard Roberts II. He is an American rapper, former athlete, and record executive. The net worth of Rick Ross is approximately $45-55 Million USD. Mr. Ross has made his money by selling hundreds and thousands of his albums and singles all around the world. He has also been at the top list of highest-paid rappers in the world during certain instances. He has also earned USD 90 Million from his music and world tours. There is no denial of the fact that musicians fall under the category of highest earning people all around the world.
Early Life of Mr. Ross
William Leonard Roberts II was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He was raised in the Carol City of Florida. He graduated from Miami Carol City Senior High School. After graduating from school, he attended the historically black college Albany State University on a football scholarship. One interesting fact about Rick Ross is, he worked as a correctional officer for 18 months. He joined his work as a correctional officer in December 1985 and later relinquished his post in June 1997.
Career of Rick Ross
Rick Ross started his career with the small Suave House Records. During this time, he did not gain much prominence or fame and appeared in many music videos.
Later, he was subjected to an important decision early on in his career. He received orders from both Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment and Irv Gotti’s Murder Inc. He had to choose between the two, but he chose the other path. Instead of signing contracts with either of these two companies, he signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Jay-Z on Def Jam Recordings. He was subjected to this tense situation before the release of his debut single “Hustlin” in 2006.
After signing a contract with Jay-Z, he released his debut album Port of Miami. This album hit the top spot on Billboard 200 album chart during the first week of its release. 187,000 units were sold that week. His second studio album was a hit as well. Trilla was released in 2008, and it hit the top stop of the Billboard 200 once again.
Since his debut album, Ross released several albums which charted the lists from time to time. 2010 witnessed various achievements of the rapper. His sixth studio album, Mastermind, hit the top spot on Billboard 200 chart again and sold around 290,000 copies. Even though 2015 was a rocky year for the rapper, he managed to release his eighth studio album Black Market in December of that year. Rick Ross also mixed Kanye West’s “Famous” in 2016.
In 2020, he announced his eleventh studio album titled Richer Than I Ever Been during an interview. The album was later released on December 10th, 2021. Not only his album but also his debut book The Perfect Day to Boss Up hit the 5th spot on The New York Times’s weekly bestsellers list.
Besides Ross’ solo career, he was also the lead member of the group Triple C’s along with rappers Torch and Gunplay. He is even the founder of the record label Maybach Music Group in 2009 on which he released his later studio albums. MTV named Ross the Hottest MC in the Game in 2012. Rick Ross was nominated for the Grammys in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2020. His “God Did” is nominated for the 2023 Grammys.
Personal life of Rick Ross
Rick Ross is a devout person. In an interview with Corey “Coco Brother” Condrey on Lift Every Voice, he confessed to himself that he would not question God no matter what happened.
Rick Ross suffered two seizures on 14th October 2011. He went unconscious and had to be given CPR the following day. He had to be admitted to the hospital after he suffered the second seizure where the doctors ran multiple tests on him.
There was this incident of a drive-by shooting that he encountered in 2013. Ross and his girlfriend were targeted in this incident, luckily neither of them was hurt in during this occurrence. However, they ended up crashing the car they were in to escape the predicament that they were subjected to.
Ross had to undergo another hospitalization in 2018 because he was found unresponsive in his Miami home. He probably had a heart attack and had to be kept on life support. Fortunately, he was released from the hospital after some days.
Presently, Rick Ross has 4 children named Toie Roberts, William Roberts II, Berkeley Hermes Roberts, and Billion Leonard Roberts. The rapper was shortly engaged to Lira “Galore” Mercer in 2015.
Rick Ross and the Law
Rick Ross has faced his share of lawsuits and legal troubles which are not very surprising in the world of rappers. He was arrested for drugs and guns and had faced lawsuits from other people in the industry. Mr. Ross was arrested on gun and marijuana charges in January 2008. The gang task force handled Rick Ross’ case because he acclaimed his associations with the Triple C’s and other infamous gang members. However, Ross’ association with the gang members was not proven.
Ross faced another legal accusation from YouTube entertainer DJ Vlad in August of the same year, 2008. Ross claimed to have created an ambush on Vlad since he was asked questions about his past as a correctional officer.
Rick Ross faced another lawsuit by Ricky Ross in 2010. Ricky Ross claimed that Ross used his name and filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in the California federal court. 3 years later, that is in 2013, the court gave its judgment in favor of Rick Ross giving him the permission and right to keep his name on a First Amendment ruling.
Rick Ross’ Real Estate
It becomes really interesting when we come to discuss the houses of celebrities. They have so many luxurious houses that getting a peek into any one of them is a topic worthy of gossip. Rick Ross purchased a $5.2 Million Mediterranean-style home in 2012. It is a 10,000-square-foot waterfront mansion. The mansion has eight bedrooms with two master suites, a theatre, a game room, a bar, an elevator with a pool with a bar and spa, eleven bathrooms, and two half baths. Ross put this mansion on market in 2014 and sold it for a little bit over $6 Million.
He made it to the headlines in 2014 after purchasing a $5.8 Million mansion outside Atlanta which was previously owned by boxer Evander Holyfield. The mansion is believed to be the largest home in Georgia. The mansion is 54,000 square-foot big with twelve bedrooms and twenty-one bathrooms.
Later, he added 87 acres of land to his Atlanta mansion bringing the total area to 322 acres, he names his property “Promise Land”.
He even owned various Wingstop restaurant locations in 2017. Wingstop is a fast-food chain known for its chicken wings.
Controversy surrounding Rick Ross
Rick Ross has been surrounded by controversies. Reebok was presented with the petition to drop Ross as their spokesperson because of the rap lines, “Put molly all in her champagne / She ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that / She ain’t even know it” that openly condoned rape. Ross tried to clear this controversy by apologizing and stating they were not about rape. A month later Reebok dropped Ross as their spokesperson. Ross noted that since he did not use the word ‘rape’ clearly, the lyrics did not portray so and were misinterpreted. Due to various protests, Rocko had to drop the verse from his song for the radio to play it.
Ross was criticized because he stated in an interview he would never sign a female rapper because he might end up getting sexual with them and thus messing up the business in turn. He then apologized in his Facebook post stating that his comments were “insensitive” and a “mistake”.