Celebrity: R. Kelly
Date of Birth
R Kelly Net Worth:
Ace American singer, musician and record maker, R. Kelly who has a net worth of $40 million, was born Robert Sylvester Kelly on the south side of Chicago on the 8th of January, 1967.
R. Kelly who dropped out of secondary school so he could perform as a subway musician earned his enormous break when he won a $100,000 prize on the TV talent show ‘Big Break’, and later signed with Jive Records in 1991 while he went ahead to release the album “Born into the 90s” with his group Public Announcement in 1993. Shortly after that, Kelly released his solo debut “12 Play”, that was in the long run certified six times platinum. While at the same time, he started a new career creating producing records for others, including the debut album of the young American singer, Aaliyah. Then in 1995, his self-titled album “R. Kelly” sold four million copies, while his single “I Believe I Can Fly” topped the charts and won three Grammy Awards.
Kelly released a series of multi-platinum albums in the 2000s, with the multi-part hip-hop opera Trapped in the Closet, that he released to radio stations in short segments. Later in the spring of 2010 he eventually released the final part of the song to the public. Kelly who secretly got married to late singer, Aaliyah in 1994 but has the marriage dissolved, went ahead to marry dancer Andrea Lee in 1996 and they had three children together before their separation in 2009.R.Kelly whose music career has had its own share of controversies and scandals over the years was arrested and charged after he purportedly had sex with an underage lady but in the end got cleared of each of the 14 charges.
R Kelly who has released 14 studio albums, five compilation album with three collaboration albums, plus his three Grammy’s, has won many awards including a few AMAs, a BET award and numerous Billboard awards. His most recent albums “Black Panties” and “The Buffet” were released in 2013 and 2015,respectively. R.Kelly has also partaken in 12 official tours around the world from 1994 to 2013. While he is now preparing to make his debut as a movie director and producer in the following couple of years, while also preparing to take his music, Trapped in the Closet, to Broadway.
If not for the legal issues he had, R Kelly’s net worth would have easily topped $150-200 million, because over the years, he has purportedly paid countless dollars to allegedly settle many of the lawsuits made by women who claimed they were sexually abused by the Kelly. This also affected his music career a lot. In 2012 it was disclosed that Kelly owed $5 million in unpaid taxes dating back seven years. While in 2013, he lost a house to foreclosure and in 2017, he was compelled to scratch off an entire tour due to low ticket sales after new allegations surfaced. In addition he also allegedly lost a substantial part of his net worth after separating from Andrea Lee, whom her married in 1996 and divorced in 2009, the most lucrative years of his career.