Former Basketball Player, American born R. Kelly is popular today for his rap songs. He works as a singer, producer, and songwriter. He debuted with ‘Public Announcement’ in the year 1992. Now let’s have a close look at R. Kelly’s net worth in 2018.
R. Kelly Early Life
Born as Robert Sylvester Kelly on the 8th of January in 1967 in Chicago, he was the third of all the four siblings to single mother, Joanne. His mother was a singer, and his father had no role to play in his life due to constant absence.
For the most of his childhood, Kelly and his family lived hand to mouth. At the age of eight, he started singing in church choir. This was also the time when he had a girlfriend for the first time. He lost her forever in a tragic incident when she fell in a river and was taken away by the fast current. Her dead body was found later; Kelly claims her to be his first inspiration towards music. Kelly also suffered sexual abuse by an older woman at a young age and revealed it in his autobiography.
He went to Kenwood Academy and joined the basketball team over there. One of his teachers encouraged him to take up singing instead, and he opted for it after the success of his performance in the choir at the talent show.
He formed his own group with his friends and named it ‘MGM’ (Musically Gifted Men), in 1990 they were able to release their first single that was titled ‘Why You Wanna Play Me.’
In 1996 he got married to Andrea Kelly and had children. The couple, however, got divorced in 2009.
R. Kelly Career
Kelly was passionate about music from a young age and left school to perform in a subway. He also participated in the show ‘Big Break,’ and this actually gave him his big break, as he was able to win the $100,000 prize and release his own album with Jive Records. The album was titled ‘Born in the 1990’s’ and was released in 1993. Today his music is enthusiastically followed by millions who adore his famous tracks.
This was released along with his group and was then followed by his solo debut by the name ‘12 Play’, that went to be certified as 6x Platinum. At the same time, he also started record production for other singers and produced one for the young ‘Aaliyah.’ His own Album ‘R. Kelly’ was released in 2005 and went on to sell 4 Million copies. His single from the album ‘I Believe I can Fly’ also topped charts and won several awards.
In his musical career, Kelly has released a total of 14 Studio Albums, 5 compiled albums, and three albums in collaboration. Apart from success, Kelly has also seen doom in his career. He was charged once for getting sexually involved with a minor and went to jail, however, he was late acquitted of all the charges against him.
Awards & Achievement
Kelly has been awarded 3 Grammys, 1 BET Award, 2 American Music Awards, 11 Soul Train Awards, with 6 NAACP Awards, and several Billboard Music Awards.
Net Worth of R. Kelly
Kelly has not only been active in his singing career but also in his production career. Apart from releasing several successful and award-winning singles and albums, he has also produced records for multiple celebrity singers. His net worth today amounts to $150 million.
Kelly was talented for sure, but he was also a controversial figure. He not only got involved with minors but was also accused of getting secretly married to young Aaliyah.