Who is Akon and What is net worth of him? The mesmerising voice behind many songs, Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam aka Akon never thought that he would be such big name of the music industry. The Senegalese-American singer, songwriter, successful businessman, rapper, record producer and an actor, this man has a lot of talents that have taken him to the epitome of success.
Akon was inclined towards music from a very tender age and this eagerness to explore music cultivated in the urge to learn play instruments which included guitar, djembe and drums. The singer was born in the beautiful St. Louis, Missouri on 16th April 1973 and a major part of his childhood was spent in Senegal. His father Mor Thiam was a percussionist and mother was a professional dancer. He has an elder brother. Later the whole family moved to Union City in New Jersey and finally settled Newark.
With the help of the Devyne Stephens, Akon had grown into a talented musician. The singer had debuted his first solo album named Trouble on June 29th ,2004 and since then; he has been tagged as a remarkable talent. The song Lonely from his first album was a major hit and was listed in Billboard Hot 100. He even topped the music charts of the UK, Australia and Germany. The proud artist has collaborated with almost all the popular artists of the industry such as Gwen Stefani, Eminem, the legend Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg and so many others to name.
The singer is a Muslim by religion but nothing much is known about his girlfriends or wives. In one of the interviews, Akon said that he has six children in total with three women. Quite interesting!
Akon Net Worth
The star is in the 43rd position of Top 100 Richest Rappers. The ‘Lonely’ singer has a net worth of $88 million. The maximum amount of his earnings comes from his albums, endorsements, business, tours and the rapper is also actively in charity. In just three years from the beginning of his career he had seen major success. By 2008 the net worth had risen to $12 million.
In the recent years, Akon is earning as much as $120,000 per show and his annual salary is 20 million dollars per year. With his rising popularity every year, his income is going to increase soon.
The rich celebrity is enjoying a lavish lifestyle in the posh locality of Atlanta. The 15,000 feet property is situated has a modern outlook and was built back in 1990. Six bathrooms and bedrooms, a sunroom that is fully enclosed by glass, a grand living room and a modern bar area in the dining room, the mansion is grand. The modern house also has two guest houses to accommodate his sudden guests but apart from this, it has indoor and outdoor pools and also a tennis and basketball court.
He owns some of the beasts. Akon enjoys the ride of Porsche Panamera, Roadster, a Lamborghini Gallardo a Lamborghini Murcielago, a Ferrari 458 and a Spyker C8. Impressive enough!
Akon As Business Model
Akon is also a very prominent businessman who also makes large contributions to charity and even runs an organisation named Konfidence Foundation for the sole purpose of helping the underprivileged children. He runs two of most recognised record labels which were co-founded by him under the company Universal and the names are Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.
The multimillionaire also partially-own a diamond mine in South Africa and the maximum percentage of profits coming from the mine are donated to the needy local communities.
From the very beginning of his career, Akon managed to grab three nominations in the Grammys for his second album Konvicted. The talented man was the first ever solo artist who had successfully secured the first and second position simultaneously in the Billboard Hot 100 charts for two times.
Not only English songs but the singer had sung in Tamil, Hindi and even Spanish. Even the Guinness Book of World Records had acknowledged his talents and had listed him as #1 selling artist. Other achievements such as receiving 3x platinum for four songs, 2x platinum for three and more than ten of his songs are 1x platinum and also listed as gold in digital sales. Forbes had listed Akon in the 80th position in 2010 for Forbes Celebrity 100. With a 5th position in the 40 Most Powerful Celebrities of Africa in 2011 and 6th rank in Billboards Top Digital Songs Artists of the Decade.
Apart from all the glitz and bling, Akon is trying hard to light up many nations in Africa with the help of solar power projects. He is already helping 25 countries and recently added the Gambia and Cape Verde to his Lighting Africa Initiative. He also travelled to Gambia to promote youth empowerment.
The man full of noble deeds currently signed Patrick Elis as the official video director of his Konvict Africa. Akon will surely continue to be a major support for millions of people and the singer is surely going to touch new heights.