Akon is an R&B singer, rapper, record producer, songwriter, actor, and even an entrepreneur. Since he likes giving donations, he is also a philanthropist. So, what is his net worth? This thing is surely interesting to talk about. And here, we will reveal his net worth for you together with the other information about him.
What Is His Net Worth?
It is known that Akon has a net worth of $80 million. During 2011, he grossed $13 million. Previously, in 2010 which was called his peak as a solo artist, he could earn $21 million. In 2009, he earned $20 million and in 2008, his earnings were $12 million.
Besides as an artist, he is also an entrepreneur. Since his success as an artist, he has been involved in a lot of entrepreneurial ventures. One of them is a clothing line which he started in 2008. The name of this clothing line is Konvict Clothing. Around the same time, he also launched a brand which offers more high end clothing named Aliaune.
He is popular for his philanthropic work, especially which is related to his home nation of Senegal. Creating a hyper-city just a few miles away from the capital of Senegal is his most ambitious plan. This city is futuristic and it would run on his own personal bitcoin called, Akoin, where all the transactions will use this monetary system. In this endeavor, he has gotten full support from the government of Senegal. In 2020, there was a report that the plans have been completed for the new city.
How Is Akon’s Early Life?
Akon’s complete name is Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam. In St. Louis, Missouri, he was born on April 16th, 1973. Even though he was born in the United States, however, he has strong roots in Senegal. Most of his youth was spent flying between the United States and Senegal. When he was seven years old, he settled in Newark, New Jersey, permanently.
When he was still spending half of his time in Senegal, he learned music from his parents. His mother, Kine Gueye Thiam, was a professional dancer and his father was a percussionist, Mor Thiam. When Akon was young, he learned how to play five instruments. Two of them were guitar and drums. For Akon, settling permanently in the United States was not easy. As a young child, he had problems adjusting with other children when he grew up in New Jersey. When his family decided to move to Atlanta, he was left with his older brother to complete their high school. Akon was a student of William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City.
How About Akon’s Career?
In 2003, he approached the music industry. At that time, he had a strong determination to be known in this industry. Initially, he obtained Devyne Stephens’ attention. He is a man who had been involved in the creation of artists such as Usher. Stephens’ label then gave contract to Akon and then a number of tracks were recorded at that time. These tracks were brought to the attention of producer “Knobody” who pushed Akon to produce a debut album and helped him in the process.
In 2004, Akon released his debut album entitled “Trouble”. In the Billboard Top 200, it reached the number 8 which then it became a launching pad for his career. From this album, there were two successful and popular tracks namely “Locked Up” and “Lonely”. Several years later, he was able to collaborate with some artists. One of them was Jeezy in his album entitled “Let’s Get It:Thug Motivation101”
Then, he had a good reputation in the music industry and this good thing made his second album entitled “Konvicted” more successful than his first album. On the Billboard Top 200, this album debuted at the number two and it sold 286,000 units in its first week. There was the legendary track entitled “Smack That” in this album which featured Eminem. Besides, there was also Snoop Dogg on the album and gave contribution to the track “I Wanna Love You”. On Billboard Hot 100, this track became his first number one single.
Then, he released his third album in 2008 entitled “Freedom”. In this album, a number of artists also contributed such as Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne, who collaborated on the track “I’m So Paid” with Akon. Akon was also working as an executive producer for a number of artists like Flipsyde. He helped them to be able to release their albums. In 2008, Akon also co-wrote “Just Dance” which was a hit from Lady Gaga.
Several years later, Akon collaborated with the other artists again. Some of them were Damien Marley, David Guetta, Gucci Mane and many more. During this time, Akon featured on a lot of albums of other artists. However, he did not produce more for himself and it made fans think that his productivity decreased. Then, he made an announcement about his album entitled “Stadium”, but it never came to fruition.
Akon tried to do Latino music world in 2019 with the album entitled “El Negreeto”. During this time, he also made an announcement about his another album entitled “Konnect”.
Akon as A Philanthropist
In 2014, he began a project named Akon Lighting Africa. This project provides electricity in 15 countries of Africa. He also launched Konfidence Foundation, his own charity for underprivileged children in Africa. In Pitbull’s official music video “I Believe That We Will Win (World Anthem)”, Akon was involved. All proceeds from the sales, streaming and views of the song are donated to Feeding America and the Anthony Robbins Foundation as relief to those who got effect from the Covid-19 pandemic.
There are a number of awards which have been achieved by Akon and here are some of them.
- In 2007, he won American Music Award for Favorite Soul/ R&B Male Artist.
- In 2007, he won the Billboard Music Award for Artist of the Year awards.
- In 2007, he won some World Music Awards for World Best Selling Internet Artist, for World Best Selling African Artist and also for World’ Best Selling R&B Artist.
- In 2008, he won BET Hip Hop Awards for Producer of the Year.
- and many more.