Nelly net worth: Nelly is one of America's most successful rappers, singers, actors and entrepreneurs who has a net worth of $60 million. Nelly was born, Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr on November 2, 1974 in Austin, Texas where his father was serving in the military. When he was seven, his parents divorced and he moved to St. Louis, Missouri. Nelly's career got started in 1993, while he was still in high school, when he began performing with the rap group known as The Lunatics. He signed his first recording contract with Universal Records in 1996 and made his solo debut in 2000 with the single "Country Grammar," a recording that made it to the Top Ten. Nelly's star continued to rise and in his career to date he has sold more than 20 million records. He has also started two clothing lines Vokal and Apple Bottoms. His rap songs have made him one of the best- known recording artists in the United States and he has won two Grammies, in 2003 and in 2004. Nelly branched out to another performance category when he appeared in the hit film, The Longest Yard in 2005. He remains extremely active in several areas of endeavor with many projects in the planning stage or already in production.