Celebrity: Wyclef Jean
Date of Birth
Wyclef Jean’s Net Worth: $10 million dollars
American rapper, singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and politician Wyclef Jeanelle Jean popularly known as Wyclef Jean born on the 17th of October, 1969, in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti has a net worth of $10 million dollars.
Wyclef Jean who is most famous as a former member of The Fugees (The Refugee Camp) whose name was inspired by the plight of refugees from Haiti, before growing to be a very successful solo artist, relocated to the US with his family when he was nine years old. He came to limelight in the early 90s as a member of The Fugees that were catapulted into fame in 1993 after the release of their debut album, titled ‘Blunted On Reality’. The group that also featured the likes of Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel’s greatest success was the 1996 album, titled ‘The Score’ that sold over 6 million copies and earned the group two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rap Album.
Wyclef Jean who later broke up with his Fugees bandmates to create his own solo albums, in 1997, released his first solo album, titled ‘The Carnival’, that eventually went multi-platinum. He released his second album, titled ‘The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book’, including guests like Youssou N’Dour; Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Rogers, The Rock and Mary J. Blige three years later. He released several other albums including Masquerade, The Preacher’s Son and From the Hut, to the Projects, to the Mansion.
Asides his successful music career, Wyclef Jean who filed for candidacy in the 2010 Haitian presidential election on the 5th of August, 2010 was unfortunately ruled ineligible by the Electoral Commission to stand as he had not met the requirement to have been resident in Haiti for five years, though his charitable organization Yéle Haiti, has been actively involved in a variety of charitable works in Haiti.
Wyclef who has faced a number of financial struggles over the years in the mid-2012, had $2.9 million filed against him by the IRS and state tax authorities for unpaid taxes. While he was also sued by many creditors who claimed he never paid them for services including $133,000 to a New York law firm called Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman rendered.
The law firm sued Wyclef and was awarded a $100,000 judgment that was not paid and the law firm had to email his business manager/accountant with the threat to file formal judgement for the full amount. But Wyclef’s accountant surprisingly responded to the email with “File it. In my most professional verbiage… there ain’t no money,” implying that Wyclef Jean has no money and may even be broke.