Better known as Ludacris, famous and probably most influential of the “Dirty South” artists, Christopher Brian James is a sensational American hip hop artist and actor. Ludacris became a renowned and common name among youngsters and millennial after the success of his hit 2000 album Back for the First Time.
In Champaign, Illinois, the United States on September 11, 1977, Ludacris was born to Roberta Shields and Wayne Brian Bridges. Raised in Illinois, Ludacris moved to Atlanta and started rapping at the early age of 9. Since an early age, he loved music and identified a talent within him belonging to the similar craft. Both of Ludacris’ parents are African American and it is believed that the rapper has English and Native-American ancestry as well. He is also believed to be the distant cousin of late comedian Richard Pryor.
Ludacris had his first daughter, Karma Bridges on 2001 from a relationship with an Atlanta attorney. Despite having a relationship with Gabonese model Eudoxie Mbouguiengue since 2009, he had a second daughter CaiBella Bridges in 2013 from long-time friend Tamika Fuller. In 2014 he tied the knot with Eudoxie and welcomed a baby girl the following year.
Ludacris started his career as a DJ and later on moved on in 2000 released his US chart busting album “Back for a First Time”, a 3X platinum album and has ever since released several album which were all either 2X or 3X platinum. He stepped on to the silver screen with 2 Fast 2 Furious, which was an obvious success like rest of the movies belonging to the franchise. He has also appeared in the movies “Crash” and “Hustle Flow”.
Education: After moving to the Chicago area from Illinois at a young age, Ludacris attended Emerson Middle School in Oak Park, and Oak Park & River Forest High School for a year. Later he attended Centreville High School for a year after moving to Centreville, Virginia. In 1995, he graduated from Benneker High School in Atlanta, Georgia and from 1998 to 1999 he studied his craft of music management at Georgia State University.
Ludacris Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $35 Million US Dollars
The actor and singer have been at the peak of his career since its beginning. The recognition he gained in both the fields made him wealthy. Undoubtedly he is loaded with talent and earnings are pretty high. Currently, Ludacris is worth a staggering $35 million US dollars as estimated by 2017.
With chart busting platinum albums, successful business endorsements and movie contracts, no wonder the musician turned actor ooze extravagant amounts of bling. A long career is waiting ahead this amazing talent and surely the net worth figures are going to increase soon enough.
Ludacris has several real estate holdings among which his 10,000 square feet Atlanta property projects itself well enough on Google Maps with a tennis court, a basketball court and several small pools and a lake. At the end of 2013, he bought his $4.8 million home in Hollywood Hills and sold his penthouse condo in West Los Angeles for $879,000. He listed a second condo in the same building for a similar figure the following year. His Hollywood Hills property is over 5800 square-foot with four fireplaces, five bedrooms and over six bathrooms.
Along with traditional luxury features these homes come with, it also has a wine cellar and an infinity edge swimming pool.
Like every rapper Ludacris has an insane car collection which include the likes of Ferrari 458 Italia( over $230,000), Rolls Royce Drop-Head Phantom( over $450,000), Ferrari FF( over $290,000), Bentley Continental GT( over$190,000) and his favourite among the lot,Acura Legend which got renovated after having over 230,000 miles on it. He also owns a private jet and few private boats.
Ludacris Business Model
Along with being a successful musician and actor, Ludacris recognizes the powerful capitalism fuelled compound interest and manages to indulge him in lucrative investments. Along with his manager Chaka Zulu, he is the co-founder of Disturbing the Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings; he is also the cofounder of Conjure Cognac liquor. Like the legendary Dr. Dre, Ludacris released his own line of headphones called ”Soul by Ludacris”, manufactured by Soul Electronics.
Even though the Pepsi endorsement did not work out for this talented rapper, courtesy of Bill O’Reilly, Ludacris has signed some endorsements contracts with Puma and got his own limited edition “Clyde x Puma” sneaker. In 2016, Ludacris entered the hospitality industry by opening a restaurant named “Chicken n Beer” at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.
His hip-hop career was extremely successful from it’s beginning only and with time he grew to be an internationally acclaimed actor. Ludacris has released a lot of over the top successful albums which include:
• Word of Mouf
• Move Bitch
• Act a Fool
His few successful films include:
• 2 Fast 2 Furious
• Lil’ Pimp
• The Heart of Game
• American Hustle
The icon is always on the news because he is one busy man. From guest appearing in the shows to creating new catching music, we always find him creating news. The whole Hollywood was in severe shock on hearing the news of sudden death of Paul Walker. Being closely related to the deceased actor, Ludacris could not stop recalling the good old memories of his mate and his recent Instagram post explains it.
The photo of Throwback Thursday came with the caption, ‘#tbt always missed, never forgotten. Rip’. However, there is good news for the Ludacris fans. Fast & Furious 8 has released its poster and Ludacris is a part of this successful series. It has been named as the Fate of the Furious and it is already breaking all the records. The icon had also featured on the latest Petaluma native film which is loved by all.
Ludacris is a man of talents. A diverse actor, hip hop artist and a good human being, the world needs more talents like him. The icon will be remembered by all and no one can take his place in this industry. Happy Knowing!