Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by the name of Biggie or The Notorious B.I.G. was an American rapper who was ranked by Billboard as one of the ten greatest rappers that ever lived. Let us find out how much is Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie’s net worth and how did he able to accumulate all the wealth and fame.
Christopher Wallace was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 21, 1972, as the son of Voletta Wallace and Selwyn George Latore who were both of Jamaican descent. He was raised by his mother after his father abandoned them when he was two.
He started dealing drugs at the age of 12. He transferred from “Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School” to “George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School” which was attended by the likes of Jay-Z, DMX, and Busta Rhymes.
In 1989, he was put arrested and put on five years’ probation after being caught with weapons. In 1990, he spent nine months in jail in North Carolina for dealing crack cocaine. In 1993, Wallace’s girlfriend gave birth to a baby daughter T’yanna.
He married R&B Singer Faith Evans in 1994 after they came across each other in a Bad Boy Photoshoot. He was again arrested in 1996 for the illegal possession of drugs and weapons.
Biggie was murdered by an unknown shooter on March 9, 1997, in L.A. He died as a result of four gunshot wounds to the chest.
He was given his first break by Sean Combs, the Uptown Records A&R chief. Combs signed Biggie after creating his record label, Bad Boy Entertainment. This label produced Biggie’s first album Ready to Die in 1994. It gave rise to hits like “Juicy,” “One More Chance/Stay With Me” and “Big Poppa.”
In light of his success, Biggie made several guest appearances, including Michael Jackson’s “This Time Around.” He also started his own label Undeas, which signed with fellow rapper Junior M.A.F.I.A. He produced as well as guest starred on Junior’s debut album.
As Biggie rose to fame, he got caught up in the rivalry between East Coast and West Coast hip-hop scenes with Marion Knight and Tupac Shakur.
Both Shakur and Wallace died within six months of each other; tragically murdered. Biggie’s last album was released barely a month after his death and Life After Death debuted #1 in both hip-hop and R and B charts. “Hypnotize” and “Mo Money Mo Problems,” became hit singles.
The year 1999 saw the release of his posthumous album, Born Again which had guest appearances from the likes of Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
Biggie won the Billboard Music Award for the Rap artist of the year and the Rap single of the year (“One More Chance”) in 1995. He was nominated in different categories for the Grammy awards in 1996 and 1998.
He won the MTV Music award for the Best Rap Video (“Hypnotize”) in 1997. He was nominated for the same category in 1998.
Life After Death won the Best R&B/Soul Album, Male in the Soul Train Music Awards.
He also won four different categories of Rap music in The Source Awards in 1995.
Net Worth of Biggie
Biggie had a net worth of $160 million. His fortunes stem from his career as a rapper. His albums have sold millions of copies in the US alone even after his death.
Wallace was one of the stalwarts of this genre of music. His untimely death took away an artist who could have contributed so much more to hip hop and R and B. He laid the foundations for what rap music has emerged to be today.