French Montana Net Worth
French Montana net worth: French Montana is a Moroccan-born American rapper who has a net worth of $16 million. The name, French Montana, is a combination of his French roots in Morocco and Tony Montana from the movie Scarface.
Early Life: French Montana was born Karim Kharbouch on November 9, 1984, in Rabat, Morocco. He grew up at the family estate outside Casablanca where he lived for the first 13 years of his life. Growing up his two biggest passions were playing soccer and rapping. When he was 13, French moved with his family to the South Bronx in New York City. He spoke only his native languages of Moroccan Darija and French when he first arrived and learned English in the streets and in the Bronx high schools of Lehman and Roosevelt. After a few years, he moved back to Casablanca, Morocco with his father. After struggling for two years, his father decided they would move back to Casablanca, but his mother opted to stay back with their children citing a lack of opportunities back home. His mother was pregnant with his youngest brother at the time, who was born in the United States shortly after his father departed for Morocco. With three children, his mother was dependent on welfare for financial support. Kharbouch eventually found himself the primary breadwinner for the family.
Career: In 2002, French launched a series of mix-tapes under the label "Cocaine City." French released his mixtape debut in 2007. In 2009, he landed a big break when he was signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik record label. Unfortunately, nothing came of this contract and after two years French abandoned his deal with Akon and instead signed with Diddy's Bad Boy Records. He had his first breakthrough with the single "Choppa Choppa Down" in 2010 Today he has a joint deal that is split by Bad Boy Records and Rick Ross' Maybach Music. His first official studio album Excuse my French was released in May of 2013. The album reached #1 on the US Rap and US R&B/Hip-Hop charts as well as #4 on the Billboard 200 chart and #11 in Canada. His second album Jungle Rules was released in July 2017 and reached #3 on the Billboard 200, US Rap, and US R&B/Hip-Hop charts as well as #2 in Canada. Montana's single "Pop That" (featuring Rick Ross, Drake, and Lil Wayne) reached #2 on the US Rap and US R&B/Hip-Hop charts. His single "Unforgettable" (featuring Swae Lee) reached #1 on the US Rap chart as well as #2 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 in the UK. The album was supported by the single "Unforgettable," featuring Swae Lee, which became Montana's first song as lead artist to reach the top 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
French Montana cites Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Snoop Dogg, and Wu-Tang Clan among the hip hop artists he listened to growing up. He considers himself a music lover in general and admires the work of singers Adele and Amy Winehouse, the rock band Florence + the Machine and singer Lana Del Rey, several of whom he has sampled in his music.
Personal Life: Montana is fluent in his native Arabic and French as well as in English.
In 2003, two gunmen shot at Montana as he left a recording studio in New York, striking him in the head. He survived and was hospitalized for several weeks. One of the gunmen died during the incident, in what is believed to be a case of "friendly fire" by one assailant against the other. Montana was investigated for the incident, but the case was eventually dismissed. According to French, he was set up by someone close to him and his circle.
Montana married Deen Kharbouch in 2007. The couple separated by 2012, and their divorce was finalized in 2014. They have a son who was born in 2010.
French has been the owner of a number of pets, ranging from dogs to exotic animals such as tigers and a monkey. On April 22, 2013, French Montana posted an Instagram picture with the caption "Got so high last night bought 2 baby tigers". The picture was of French outdoors holding two tiger cubs, one on each arm. The tigers, named Ike and Tina, were prominently featured in French's music video for "The Gifted" featuring friend and singer The Weeknd, released later that year. In 2014, he noted that he had given up the two tigers shortly after getting them, citing the difficulty in feeding and caring for the animals.
In April of 2014, French Montana was rumored to be dating Khloe Kardashian. In September 2014 it was reported that French and Khloe had broken up. He has also dated rapper/model Trina.
In late-2014, French Montana became the owner of a pet monkey named Julius Ceasor. A video of the animal was uploaded on December 18, showing French and record producer Mally Mall entering a private-jet with French then cradling the infant monkey in his arms.
Montana's charitable work started after he visited Uganda to film his "Unforgettable" video in 2017, a song that gained over a billion streams. His efforts in Uganda raised half a million dollars to build the Suubi hospital which serves over 300,000 citizens of Uganda. In 2018, French was given the honor of Global Citizen Ambassador for his charity work in Uganda. This was the first time the honor has been bestowed upon a rapper.
In June 2018, Montana became a U.S. citizen.
Real Estate: In 2016, French Montana paid Selena Gomez $3.3 million for her 8,000 square-foot Calabasas home. He reportedly spent a large amount of money on various renovations and expansions of the home – including about $400,000 on a recording studio located in the property's guest house. In February 2020, French listed the home for sale for double what he paid, $6.6 million. He reduced the price to $5.999 million a few months after being first listed.
|Net Worth:||$16 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Nov 9, 1984 (35 years old)|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Nationality:||United States of America|