Nelly Net Worth

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Nelly Net Worth:
$40 Million

Nelly net worth: Nelly is an American rapper, actor and entrepreneur who has a net worth of $40 million. He burst onto the scene with 2000 album "Country Grammar" which eventually sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Early Life: Nelly was born Cornell Iral Haynes Jr, on November 2, 1974 in Austin, Texas. At the time of his birth, his father was serving in the U.S. Air Force. When he was seven, his parents divorced and he moved to St. Louis, Missouri. As a teenager, Nelly formed the St. Lunatics with his friend Ali, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan, and Slo'Down as well as his half brother City Spud. The group enjoyed moderate local popularity with their single "Gimme What Ya Got" in 1997. Despite being popular in Missouri and the surrounding areas, the group struggled to achieve success outside of St. Louis. The rest of the group agreed to let Nelly go solo after a major record deal failed to appear.

Career: Nelly signed his first record contract in 1999 with Universal Music. He began his solo career the following year in 2000 with his debut album Country Grammar. The title track and the single "Ride wit Me" were top 10 hits. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and went on to peak and number one. Country Grammar is Nelly's best-selling album to date. His following album Nellyville contained the number-one hits "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma" (featuring Kelly Rowland). Other singles included "Work It" (featuring Justin Timberlake), "Air Force Ones" (featuring Murphy Lee and St. Lunatics), "Pimp Juice," and "#1."

With the same-day dual release of Sweat, Suit (2004) and the compilation Sweatsuit (2006), Nelly continued to generate many chart-topping hits. Sweat debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 342,000 copies in its first week. In the same week of release, Suit debuted at number one, selling around 396,000 copies in its first week on the same chart. Nelly's fifth studio album, Brass Knuckles, was released on September 16, 2008, after several delays. It produced the singles "Party People" (featuring Fergie), "Stepped on My J'z" (featuring Jermaine Dupri and Ciara) and "Body on Me" (featuring Akon and Ashanti). In 2010, Nelly released the album 5.0. The lead single, "Just a Dream," was certified triple platinum in the United States. It included the singles "Move That Body" (featuring T-Pain and Akon) and "Gone" (a sequel to the 2002 single "Dilemma" in collaboration with Kelly Rowland).

Nelly won Grammy Awards in 2003 and 2004 and had a supporting role in the 2005 remake film The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.

In September 2010, Nelly released a fitness DVD entitled Celebrity Sweat, which takes viewers through various exercises and weight training techniques.

Nelly is scheduled to perform his debut album Country Grammar at the 2020 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee.

He has two clothing lines, Vokal and Apple Bottoms.

Nelly Net Worth

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Legal Issues: In April 2015, the Tennessee Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop of Nelly's tour bus. Nelly was one of six people on board. After a state trooper said that he smelled marijuana, the troopers searched the bus and said that they found drug paraphernalia and marijuana, as well as a substance that they initially believed to be methamphetamine and several handguns. Nelly was booked into the Putnam County Jail and was released on bail. Nelly was initially charged with felony drug possession, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. However, after further testing proved that the seized substance was not methamphetamine, the felony charge was dropped. In December 2015, the case was resolved when Nelly pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

In 2016, it was reported that there was a $2.4 million tax lien against Nelly due to unpaid taxes owed to the IRS.

In October 2017, Nelly was arrested in Auburn, Washington, outside Seattle, on suspicion of second-degree rape after a woman alleged that he invited her onto his tour bus earlier that morning and raped her.  Nelly was booked into jail and released from custody without charge.

Personal Life: Nelly started dating actress, model, and Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s ex Shantel Jackson in 2014.

Nelly runs the non-profit organization 4Sho4Kids Foundation. The Jes Us 4 Jackie campaign began in March 2003 by Nelly and his sister Jackie Donahue after Donahue was diagnosed with leukemia. The campaign attempts to educate African Americans and other minorities about the need for bone marrow transplants and to register more donors. Donahue lost her battle with leukemia on March 24, 2005, almost two years after the campaign began.

In 2006, Nelly started hosting a "White and Black Ball" in his hometown of St. Louis as a fundraiser to collect funds for scholarships. He has sent two students to college every year for over a decade and even set up a scholarship fund named after Michael Brown was shot and killed.

Nelly played the Main Event at the 2007 World Series of Poker. He has also played The PokerStars European Poker Tour and PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

In 2010, Nelly endorsed Do Something's Tackle Hunger campaign. In a public service announcement he filmed for the cause, Nelly challenged teens to fight hunger by collecting one million pounds of food for the holiday season.

In 2011, Nelly and Vatterott College worked together to found the Ex'treme Institute By Nelly, which is a music production school in the heart of St. Louis.

Real Estate: Nelly owned a five-bedroom, four and a half bathroom, 2,679 square foot ranch style home that was featured on MTV Cribs in 2002. The home was built in 1972 and located near the Hidden Valley Country Club in the St. Louis suburb of Eureka, Missouri. He sold the home in June 2010 for $740,158.

Nelly Net Worth


Net Worth:$40 Million
Date of Birth:Nov 2, 1974 (45 years old)
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Profession:Actor, Entrepreneur, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Rapper, Investor, Music artist, Composer, Singer
Nationality:United States of America
Last Updated:2020
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