Akon Net Worth
|Net Worth:||$80 Million|
|Salary:||$10 Million Per Year|
|Real Name:||Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam|
|Date of Birth:||16th April 1973|
|Age:||49 years old|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)|
|Profession:||Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer, Philanthropist|
|Updated:||24th June 2022|
Akon (Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam) or just Aliaune Thiam was born on April 16, 1973, in St. Louis, Missouri, but grew up in Senegal. His mother, Kine Gueye Thiam, was a dancer, and his father, Mor Thiam, was a percussionist. They moved to Union City, New Jersey, when he was seven. Before settling in Newark, New Jersey, he spent time between the United States and Senegal. Akon attended high school at William L. Dickinson High School, Jersey City, while his family relocated to Atlanta, Georgia.
This Senegalese American singer is a multi-talented artist. Besides singing, he is also an actor, songwriter, and producer. Akon’s debut album was released in 2004 and spawned the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single “Locked Up.” Since then, he has released five more albums. He is also well known for his philanthropic work, especially in Africa.
Akon is known to have great vocals, and as a result, he has featured in over 300 guest appearances. In addition, his two songs, one featuring Snoop Dog and the other Eminem, secured number 1 and 2 slots twice on The Billboard Hot 100. This made him the first artist to hold the top 2 spots twice.
The artist’s success in the music industry is enormous, as seen from the sales of each Akon album. But do you know Akon’s net worth?
Akon Net Worth?
Akon’s net worth is estimated to stand at $80 million as of 2022, and he is the 2nd richest musician in Africa. According to Forbes, Akon grossed about $13 million in 2011. Also, he had earned $21 million, $20 million, and $12 million in 2010, 2009, and 2008, respectively.
Akon’s Fun Facts
- After being involved in an auto theft, singer Akon was sentenced to three years in prison. This explains his song’s signature of clanking jail cells and the singer’s use of the word “Konvict.” However, there have been speculations that the musician has never been in a car theft gang, nor has he been in jail.
- The R&B hitmaker has six kids with three different women, but he has kept his family away from the limelight.
- Akon is a partial owner of a diamond mine in South Africa, and he says the profits are donated to local communities.
- The hip-hop singer had difficulties interacting with other children when they moved to New Jersey.
- He dropped out of Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, after attending for one semester to concentrate on his career.
- Akon laid the first stone for his $6 Billion billion worth city in Senegal on September 1, 2021.
- Akon’s full name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam.
Akon’s Music Career
Akon entered the music industry in 2003, and immediately Devyne Stephens recognized his talent and signed him to his production company. Stephens started grooming him, and after recording some songs, nobody came into the picture. His breakthrough came in 2004 following the release of his debut album Trouble. This album featured songs like “Locked Up,” “Lonely,” and “Ghetto.” “Locked Up” reached number 8 in the United States, while “Lonely” was among the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2005.
Akon’s second album, Konvicted, earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. It also debuted at position two on the Billboard 200.
Konvicted, released in 2006, received platinum certification after seven weeks. Also, after sixteen weeks, it received double Platinum Certification, and in November 2007, the album received triple platinum certification.
“Smack That” and “I Wanna Love You” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song “I Wanna Love You” became his first number one on the Hot 100.
In 2008, Akon released his third studio album, Freedom. It was certified platinum by the RIAA, selling over 1 million copies in its first weeks of sales. Akon also co-wrote Lady Gaga’s hit “Just Dance” in the same year, which was a great success.
In 2009, he launched his fourth album El Negreeto, Akonda, his fifth, and still in the same year, Konnect was launched. Akon has worked with big names in the music industry, including Eminem, Whitney Houston, Sean Paul, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, and Iggy Azalea.
Akon’s Other Ventures
Although most of Akon’s wealth comes from his singing, he’s also an entrepreneur and has other ventures in and out of the entertainment industry. This diversification has helped increase Akon net worth.
After his success, Akon founded Konvict Muzik and KonLive Distribution record labels. These labels have served several artists, including Kardinal Offishall, Lady Gaga, and Ali Vegas. In addition, he launched a record label in 2019, Akonik Label Group.
In 2007, the multi-platinum selling artist launched two clothing lines, Konvict Apparel and Aliaune.
The former caters to urban streetwear consumers, including t-shirts and denim jeans, while the latter is for high-end consumers, including blazers and dress shirts.
The American rapper and entrepreneur Akon founded Akoin, a cryptocurrency, and blockchain. The goal of Akoin is to provide a better life for African citizens, specifically in energy, agriculture, and technology areas.
The Akoin includes a crypto-based ecosystem with a suite of merchant and consumer-focused applications. These include a digital asset exchange, a merchant gateway, an e-commerce platform, and a mobile payment system.
People will use the currency to support the development of “Akon city,” a futuristic city built in Senegal and Uganda.
Akon has starred in movies such as Black November(2012), American Heist (2014), and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping(2016). Among the three, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping was considered a box office hit after grossing $9.5 million.
Akon is known to have expensive houses and cars.
Akon has a great collection of luxurious cars, including two Lamborghini, Dartz Prombron SUV, Porsche Panamera, Ferrari 458 Italia, Spyker C8 Aileron, Audi R8, and Mercedes Benz SLR.
The R&B singer owns two palatial homes in Atlanta, Georgia. He purchased one for $1.6 million and the other for $2.7 million in 2007.
To give back to Africa, Akon and his mother launched Konfidence Foundation in 2007. The foundation aims at helping the less privileged access to education, clean water, scholarships for higher learning, and more.
In 2014, Akon founded Akon Lighting Africa, a project that provides solar-powered electricity to African countries. By 2022, the initiative has already powered over 25 countries. This has enabled approximately 32.3 million people across Africa to experience sustainable energy at low costs.
In addition, the multi-award-winning rapper was involved in “I Believe That We Will Win (World Anthem)” by Pitbull. They donated all the sales proceeds towards the COVID-19 pandemic relief.
What’s Next For Akon?
For the time being, all eyes are on Akon’s futuristic city in Senegal, dubbed “Wakanda city.” However, the award-winning musician was also granted land in Uganda to develop the second Akon City. Both cities will use Akoin. When this project materializes, Akon net worth will skyrocket.