Last Updated: September 23, 2023
Richest CelebritiesRappers
Net Worth:
$1 Million
Date of Birth:
Apr 16, 1965 (58 years old)
Place of Birth:
Singer, Music executive, Rapper, Pastor
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  1. Early Life
  2. Career
  3. Personal Life

What is Gerardo Mejia's Net Worth?

Gerardo Mejia, better known by his mononym Gerardo, is an Ecuadorian-born American rapper, singer, and actor who has a net worth of $1 million. Gerardo Mejia later became a recording industry executive and then a pastor. Gerardo came to prominence in the early 90s with his hit song "Rico Suave".

Gerardo was only twelve years old when he and his family moved to Glendale, California, the place where his music career came to life. He first entered showbiz as "Ricky" in the 1987 dramedy Can't Buy Me Love before starting his career in music. His subsequent role was playing the character "Bird" in the 1988 crime drama Colors, where he first flaunted his dance skills even though he didn't sing at any point in the film.

It was in 1991, when he released his debut album Mo' Ritmo that spawned his breakthrough single "Rico Sauve". This song, which include verses with lines in both English and Spanish, like most of his other works, has made Gerardo known as a one-hit wonder via media sources including MTV and VH1. Subsequently, Gerardo became the head of A&R at Interscope's Dance division, an American record label, and Gerardo was instrumental in signing new artists such as Enrique Iglesias and Bubba Sparxxx. At the beginning of the new millennium, he got back to the studio to record his fifth album Fame, Sex Y Dinero, which was released in October of 2001. His latest studio album is 2004's 180°, but since his album release he has been focusing most of his career behind the scenes in the music industry and has also become a youth pastor.

He was the star of the reality television series, Suave Says, on VH1 that followed him, his wife, his two daughters, his son, and his mother through their day to day lives while they work to build and strengthen their relationships.

Early Life

Gerardo was born on April 16, 1965 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. His family later moved to the United States and he grew up in Glendale, California. He was raised in a multicultural environment in which he was exposed to many different styles of music. He showed an early interest in music and entertainment. He began to make his own music while still a teenager.


Gerardo began working on his debut album in the early 1990s. The album, "Mo'Ritmo," was released on January 29, 1991 on Interscope Records. It reached the 36th spot on the U.S. charts. Its success in large part was due to the single "Rico Suave," which was featured on the album. The single peaked at number seven in April of 1991 and also made it to the second spot on the Hot Rap Singles chart. The song, as well as many of Gerardo's other songs on the album, featured lines in both English and in Spanish. The song also contains samples of the James Brown song "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose" and the Daiquiri song "Chamo Candela." The music video for "Rico Suave" features Gerardo and various male back-up dancers wearing white t-shirts and black jackets performing a choreographed dance in front of a skyscraper. The video was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video and Best New Artist.

However, the success of the song at the time did not translate to long-term mainstream musical success for Gerardo. Although his following single, "We Want the Funk," a semi-remake of Parliament's "Give Up the Funk," did reach the 16th spot on the charts, Gerardo was unable to match the success of "Rico Suave" in subsequent releases. The singular popularity of "Rico Suave" has made Garardo known as a one-hit wonder by sources like VH1, MTV, and even Gerardo himself. "Rico Suave" is included on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s" and the list of "100 Greatest One Hit Wonders." It also made "Blender" magazine's list of "50 Worst Songs Ever."

Despite his inability to match his early success, Gerardo continued to release music throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s. He released his second album, "Dos," in 1992 followed by his third, "Asi Es," in 1995. In 1995, he released "Derrumbe." In 2001, he released his fifth album, "Gerardo: Fame, Sex y Dinero." His sixth album, "180," was released in 2004 followed by his seventh in 2007 called "La Iglesia de la Calle."

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Outside of making his own music, Gerardo also worked as a producer and music executive later on in his career. He worked as an Artists & Repertoire Executive at Interscope Records. While in that position, he signed rapper Bubba Sparxx.

In terms of Gerardo's acting career, it began in 1987 when he appeared in "Can't Buy Me Love" as the character of Ricky. In 1988, he appeared in "Colors" in the role of Bird. The film was about South Central Los Angeles gang violence. It was the first time that Gerardo's dance skills were showcased as he appeared dancing in one of the film's party scenes. However, his vocals skills were not on display in the film.

Also in 1988, he appeared in the series "Supercarrier" as Luis Cruz. He then took a break from the screen for a few years before being cast as the character of Flaco in "A Million in Juan" and Armando in "Somebody to Love," both in 1994. After nearly a decade away from the screen, Gerardo appeared in "Pauly Shore is Dead" in 2003 in the role of Rico Suave. The same year, he appeared in the film "Mi Casa, Su Casa" as character Miguel Sanchez. The film has also been released with the alternate title of "Loco Love." In 2014, he appeared as himself in "Suave Says," a short-lived television series.

In 2013, Gerardo made an appearance on Katie Couric's show "Katie." In the interview, he discussed his new life direction as a Christian youth pastor. He was ordained as a pastor at Praise Chapel in Kansas City and is the pastor of a church in Ashland, Kentucky.

Personal Life

Gerardo is married to Kathy Eicher, the former pageant queen who had won the title of Miss Virginia USA in 1989. The couple began dating in 1991, got engaged two years later, and got married in 1993.  While Eicher had been in the public eye due to pageants, her level of stardom was much less than Gerardo's who was at the height of his fame. The couple thus attracted attention because of the differences in their lifestyles, as Eicher was generally much more private. However, the couple managed these differences and has sustained a long marriage. Together, they have had three children – Nadia, Bianca, and Jaden. Nadia later became a model who also competed in pageants like her mother. She won the title of Miss California USA in 2016. The couple lives together in Kentucky.

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