Birthday: July 6, 1975
Profession: Rapper, actor, businessman, investor
Place of Birth: New York, U.S.A.
Net Worth: $20 million
50 Cent, or Curtis James Jackson III, was born on July 6, 1975 in South Jamaica, Queens, New York. He was raised by his mother who was a drug dealer however she died when he was just 8 years old.
Jackson followed suit selling drugs at the age of twelve and later got arrested for it. Fortunately, he attended a boot camp where he earned his GED diploma, instead of being imprisoned. There, he began honing his talents in rapping.
Even though 50 Cent decided to leave drug-dealing to pursue a musical career, he was shot in 2001 and sustained critical injuries. In 2002, he self released his “Guess Who’s Back?” album and Eminem took note. Eminem signed 50 under his Shady Records (an imprint of Interscope).
Dr. Dre and Eminem worked together to produce and launch 50 Cent’s first major-label album, “Get Rich or Die Tryin.” Upon its release, 50 became one of the world’s best-selling rappers.
For someone like 50 Cent, reaching a $20 million net worth is not hard. He appeared in quite a number of movies and television shows. He played the main role in “Get Rich or die Tryin’” as Marcus “Young Caesar” Greer. He has also produced, directed, and wrote for films and hit TV shows. He appeared in TV shows like “Entourage”, “The Simpsons”, “Power” and “X Factor”, to name a few.
His broad variety of businesses and investments include film production, artist management, apparel, health drinks, fragrances, headphones, real estate, financial market, and even fashion.
With all the success in his businesses and investments, he became the second richest rapper next to Jay-Z in 2007. In 2015, he ranked number five among the wealthiest rapper, reaching a $155 million net worth.
In July 2015, he filed bankruptcy protection claiming he was in debt and charged with various lawsuits. Because of his many resources and properties, 50 was able to bounce back from all his financial and legal troubles making him reach a current $20 million net worth.