Ron Artest net worth and salary: Ron Artest is an American professional basketball player who has a net worth of $35 million. Ron Artest, also known as "Metta World Peace", was born on November 13, 1979 in Queens, New York. He attended high school at La Salle Academy in New York City before spending two years at St. John's University. He was the 16th pick in the first round of the 1999 NBA draft, selected by the Chicago Bulls. Artest spent three seasons with the Bulls before being traded to the Indiana Pacers. On November 19, 2004, Ron Artest was involved in a controversial incident in which several players went into the stands and physically fought Detroit Piston fans. Artest was eventually suspended for 86 games due to his actions during the incident. During his career he has also played with the Kings, and Rockets. Artest has spent his most productive years with the Los Angeles Lakers, which he joined in 2009. Artest officially changed his name to "Metta World Peace" in September 2011. Metta World Peace and the Lakers won an NBA championship in 2010.