Vanilla Ice is a well-known American rapper who is also a television host and actor. His debut album entitled ‘Hooked’ was released in 1989. His hit single called “Ice Ice Baby” was the first hip-hop song to appear at No. 1 on Billboard charts. In 2009, Ice became the host of DIY Network’s ‘The Vanilla Ice Project.’ Let’s find out in 2018 how much is Vanilla Ice’s net worth And how did he manage to accumulate all the wealth and fame.
Robert Matthew Van Winkle, better known by the name of “Vanilla Ice” was born on October 31, 1967, in Dallas, Texas. He has never known about his biological father.
He went to R. L. Turner High School but soon dropped out. At the age of 16, he went on to write the song “Ice Ice Baby.”
In 1997, Vanilla Ice got married to Laura Giaritta. The couple has two daughters named Dusti Rain and KeeLee Breeze born in 1998 and 2000 respectively. In 2016, his wife filed for divorce. He has also dated Madonna in 1990 for eight months.
In 1988, he was arrested for drag racing illegally in South Dallas. He was also arrested in 1991 on charges of threat. In 2001, he was arrested for assaulting his wife. He was further arrested in 2008, for hitting and kicking his wife. He got arrested in 2015 for stealing items from a home in Florida.
Vanilla ice started his career by racing professionally in motocross. He went on to win three championships before breaking his ankle. He then started to perform in nightclubs. In 1987, he got stabbed in a nightclub which led him to open Stop the Violence Tour.
In August 1990, he released his first album called ‘To the Extreme.’ It went on to become a multi-platinum album and peaked at No. 1. In 1994, he released his second album ‘Mind Blowin’’. This was followed by ‘hard to Swallow’ in 1998. ‘Bi-Polar’ became available from October 2001. In 2005, he went on to release ‘Platinum Underground.’
His most recent studio album called ‘W.T.F. (Wisdom, Tenacity, and Focus) was released in 2011. He has also released the live album ‘Extremely Live’ in 1991. Ice has released one remix album and two compilation albums.
Ice has also released many hit singles including “Ice Ice Baby,” “Play That Funky Music,” “I Love You,” “Cool as Ice,” and “Jump Around.”
He made his film debut in 1991. His television and film credits include ‘That’s My Boy,’ ‘The Ridiculous 6’, ‘The Vanilla Ice Project,’ ‘The Helix… Loaded’, ‘Big Money Rustlas,’ ‘Da Hip Hop Witch,’ The New Guy,’ and ‘Cool as Ice.’
Awards & Achievement
In 1991, Vanilla Ice was nominated for the Grammy Awards in the category of Best Rap Solo Performance. He has won the 1991 People’s Choice Award for “Ice Ice Baby.” In the same year, he went on to win two American Music Awards out of four nominations. In 2011, his show ‘The Vanilla Ice Project’ won The Factual Entertainment Awards for Best Home Show.
Net Worth of Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice has an estimated net worth of more than $18 million. This fortune comes by releasing a number of albums and singles in his career. His debut album ‘To the Extreme’ went to sell over 15 million albums across the world. He has also appeared as a featured artist for various other artists. His wealth also comes by appearing in many television shows and films. Additionally, his home in Miami is worth $14 million.
Vanilla Ice is considered one of the most popular rappers in the world. He found considerable success by releasing the single “Ice Ice Baby.” The song has been recreated in many other forms. He is one of the earliest rappers to achieve success. He performs with a DJ and live drummer. He is also known to play keyboards, drums, and bass.