Akon Net Worth:$80 Million
|Net Worth:||$80 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Apr 16, 1973 (48 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)|
|Profession:||Singer, Record producer, Musician, Rapper, Television producer, Actor, Songwriter|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Akon is a Senegalese-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur from New Jersey. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up” (featuring Styles P), the first single from his debut album Trouble (2004), followed by the second single “Lonely”.
Akon net worth:
Aliaune Thiam, more commonly now known as R&B singer Akon, has a net worth of $80 million. Akon is an extremely well-known figure in the music world, transcending the boundaries of hip-hop to become one of the most influential figures in the entertainment industry. Not only has Akon experienced success as a solo artist, but also as an entrepreneurial figure within the music industry, starting two thriving record labels.
Earnings and Business Ventures:
Akon made an impressive $13 million during 2011. Prior to this, he earned $21 million in 2010 – a period that many consider to be his peak as a solo artist. He also earned $20 million in 2009 and $12 million in 2008.
Akon has been involved in many entrepreneurial ventures since his success. Akon has started a clothing line called Konvict Clothing in 2008. Around the same time, he also launched Aliaune, a brand that offers more high-end clothing.
Akon is also well known for his philanthropic work, particularly in his home nation of Senegal. Akon’s most ambitious plan is to create a hyper-city just a few miles away from Senegal’s capital. This futuristic city would run completely on Akon’s own personal bitcoin currency, Akoin, with all transactions using this monetary system. The government of Senegal has given their full support to Akon in this endeavor, and in 2020 it was reported that plans have been finalized for the new city.
Akon is most famous for songs such as “Smack That” and “Locked Up,” but fans of many genres often hear Akon’s characteristic vocal signature on their favorite songs. In terms of statistics, there aren’t many who can match Akon. He has countless songs that have been certified platinum, including four tracks that went three times platinum.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, more people use his songs for ringtones than any other artist in the world. He also is the only solo artist in history to simultaneously occupy the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 on two separate occasions.
Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam was born on April 16, 1973, in St. Louis, Missouri, to a Muslim family.His father Mor Thiam was born to a Toucouleur family of Quranic scholars in Kaolack, Senegal. He spent a significant part of his childhood in Senegal, which he described as his “hometown”. A child of a dancer mother—Kine Gueye Thiam (née Gueye), and a percussionist father, Mor Thiam, Akon learned to play five instruments, including drums, guitar and djembe.
At age seven, he moved with his family to Union City, New Jersey splitting his time between the United States and Senegal until settling in Newark, New Jersey. Growing up in New Jersey, Akon had difficulties getting along with other children.
When he and his older brother reached high school, his parents left them on their own in Jersey City and moved the rest of the family to Atlanta, Georgia.Akon attended William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City.
He spent much of his youth flying between the United States and Senegal, and it wasn’t until the age of seven that Akon settled permanently in Newark, New Jersey.
While Akon was still spending half of his time in Senegal, he learned a lot about music from his parents. His mother was a professional dancer, and his father was the famed percussionist Mor Thiam.
Over the course of his youth, Akon learnt to play five instruments, including drums and guitar. Settling permanently in the States wasn’t easy for Akon, and he had trouble adjusting as a young child. The situation wasn’t helped when Akon’s family relocated to Atlanta, leaving him and his older brother to finish high school on their own.
The next part of Akon’s life is somewhat controversial. The official story is that Akon spent three years behind bars for his involvement in an auto theft organization. However, as later court documents and interviews would reveal, there is no record of Akon actually being incarcerated or even being convicted of a crime.
That being said, there are apparently records of Akon being investigated by detectives. When confronted with these inconsistencies, Akon claimed that he was in and out of jail during this time and that if those sentences were added together, they would be equal to about three years.
Whether Akon was in jail or not, he approached the music industry in 2003 feeling determined to make his presence known. He first gained the attention of Devyne Stephens, a man who had been involved in the creation of artists like Usher.
Eventually, Akon was signed to Stephens’ label and recorded a number of tracks. These tracks were in turn brought to the attention of producer “Knobody,” who encouraged Akon to produce a debut album and assisted him in the process.
Akon released his debut album, “Trouble,” in 2004. It swiftly reached the number 8 spot in the Billboard Top 200 and became a launching pad for Akon’s career. “Locked Up” and “Lonely” were two especially successful and popular tracks from this album.
His second album, Konvicted (2006), received three Grammy Award nominations for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Smack That” (featuring Eminem) and “I Wanna Love You” (featuring Snoop Dogg). Both singles became Billboard Hot 100 top ten hits, followed up by “Don’t Matter” and “Sorry, Blame It on Me”. His third studio album Freedom (2008) was led by the single “Right Now (Na Na Na)”.
Akon often provides vocals as a featured artist and is currently credited with over 300 guest appearances and more than 35 Billboard Hot 100 songs, resulting in five Grammy Award nominations. He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.
Akon has had four songs certified as 3× platinum, three songs certified as 2× platinum, more than ten songs certified as 1× platinum and more than ten songs certified as gold by the RIAA. He was listed by Guinness World Records as the number-one selling artist for master ringtones in the world.
The next few years saw Akon collaborating with a number of other artists – most notably with Jeezy in his album “Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101.”
With his reputation within the music industry established, Akon’s second album, “Konvicted,” was more successful than his first. This album debuted at the number two spot on the Billboard Top 200 and sold 286,000 units in its first week.
This album would feature the legendary track “Smack That” which featured Eminem. Snoop Dogg also featured on the album and contributed to the track “I Wanna Love You.” This track would be Akon’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2018, Akon announced he was working with the Senegalese government to build a tourist-city with a cryptocurrency-based economy named Akon City. At the time, it was said that three square miles of land minutes from the Blaise Diagne International Airport and around 50 kilometres from the capital of Dakar was given to Akon by Senegal president Macky Sall. It is said to be currently under development and will be the first 100% crypto-based city, with Akon’s own cryptocurrency, Akoin, at the transactional center.
On January 13, 2020, Akon shared on Twitter that the agreements for the city have been finalized and the project is underway. He captioned a photo of himself with Senegal president Macky Sall “Looking forward to hosting you there in the future.”
In June 2020, it was announced that the engineering and consulting firm KE International (the same firm responsible for building Mwale Medical and Technology City) had been awarded a $6 billion contract to build the city. Phase 1 of construction, which is to be completed in 2023, is to include roads, a hospital, residences, hotels, a police station, a waste facility, a school, and a solar power plant.
On September 1, Akon laid the first stone of the $6 billion city. Speaking four days after the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, who starred in the film Black Panther, Akon stated that he was partially inspired by the film in his desire to teach African-Americans in the diaspora about African culture. He further stated: “As you come in from America, or Europe or anywhere in the diaspora, and you feel like you want to visit Africa, we want Senegal to be your first stop