Vanilla Ice Net Worth
Vanilla Ice net worth: Vanilla Ice is an American rapper, actor, and television host who has a net worth of $12 million. He is best known for his 1990 hit"Ice Ice Baby" and his cover of "Play That Funky Music" off his debut album To the Extreme. "Ice Ice Baby" was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts.
Early Life: Vanilla Ice was born Robert Matthew Van Winkle on October 31, 1967, in Dallas, Texas. He never knew his biological father. His last name is the name of the man his mother was married to when he was born. His mother divorced that man when Ice was four and he grew up moving back and forth between Dallas and Miami, where his new stepfather worked for a car dealership. He got into hip hop at an early age and began learning how to breakdance with he was 13, which led to his friends nicknaming him Vanilla because he was the only one in the group who was white. He disliked the nickname, but it stuck. Not long after he began battle rapping at parties and his friends started calling him MC Vanilla. When he joined a breakdancing team, his friends started calling him Vanilla Ice, which was a combination of his nickname and one of his movies called "The Ice." Ice's stepfather was offered a better job in Carrollton, Texas so the family moved back. He formed a breakdancing group called The Vanilla Ice Posse. He wrote "Ice Ice Baby" when he was 16. The lyrics are based on a weekend he had with disc jockey D-Shay in Florida where the two were on a drug run that ended in a drive-by shooting.
In 1985, 18-year-old Ice was focusing on a career in motocross and won three championships. When he broke his ankle during a race, he lost interest in racing for a bit and used the spare time he had while his ankle was healing to work on his dance moves. During this time Ice used his beatboxing and breakdancing skills as a street performer with his friends at local malls. One evening he visited City Lights, a South Dallas nightclub, where he was dared to go on stage by his friend Squirrel during an open-mic. He won the crowd over and was asked by City Lights manager John Bush if he wanted to perform regularly, which, of course, he accepted. As a performer for City Lights, Ice opened up for N.W.A, Public Enemy, The D.O.C., Tone Lōc, 2 Live Crew, Paula Abdul, Sinbad, and MC Hammer.
In January 1987, Ice was stabbed five times during an incident outside of City Lights. He spent 10 days in the hospital and eventually signed a contract with the owner of City Lights, Tommy Quon and his management company, Ultrax. Two years later, Ice would open for EPMD, Ice-T, Stetsasonic, and Sir Mix-A-Lot on the Stop the Violence Tour.
Career: During the Stop the Violence Tour, Quon saw commercial potential in Ice's rapping and dancing. Buying studio time with Quon's earnings from City Lights, they recorded songs that had been perfected on stage by Ice. It took two years to make the album, which was distributed by an independent record label called Ichiban Records in 1989. "Play That Funky Music" was released as the album's first single, with "Ice Ice Baby" appearing as the B-side. Tommy Quon sent out the single to various radio stations around the U.S., but it single was seldom played. When disc jockey Darrell Jaye in Georgia played "Ice Ice Baby" instead of the single's A-side, the song gained a quick fanbase and other radio stations also started playing the single. Quon financed $8,000 for the production of a music video for "Ice Ice Baby", which received heavy airplay by the music video channel The Box.
After the success of "Ice Ice Baby," Suge Knight and his two bodyguards were eating at The Palm in West Hollywood at the same time that Vanilla Ice was. Knight and his bodyguards sat down in front of Ice and asked him "How you doin'?" Knight later showed up at Ice's hotel suite on the 15th floor of the Bel Age Hotel on Sunset Boulevard. According to Ice, Knight pulled him out onto the balcony and led him to believe he would throw him off the balcony unless he signed over the publishing rights to "Ice Ice Baby" to Knight. Suge then used that money to fund Death Row Records.
Ice's debut album that he recorded with Quon, was re-released only a year later with SBK Records under the name To the Extreme. That re-named album has gone down in history as being the fastest-selling hip-hop album of all time. As DJs across the country discovered "Ice, Ice, Baby" on the B-side and started playing it heavy rotation, the single went on to sell more than 1 million copies. At this point, the record company ceased producing the single so fans were forced to buy the full-length (and pricier) album. The album topped the Billboard 200 in its 16 weeks on the charts. He released four more studio albums, Mind Blowin, Hard to Swallow, Bi-Polar, Platinum Underground, and a cover album Vanilla Ice is Back
!Vanilla Ice contributed to the soundtrack of the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze with the song Ninja Rap, which Vanilla Ice performed in the film. In 1991 he was paid $1 million to appear as the star of the critically panned movie Cool As Ice. Years later, Vanilla appeared on season two of the reality television show The Surreal Life. Since 2010 he has starred in the DIY Network show "The Vanilla Ice Project." The show follows Ice as he flips houses in Florida.
Personal Life: Vanilla Ice dated Madonna for eight months in 1991-1992.
Ice attempted suicide with a heroin overdose on July 4, 1994, but was revived by his friends.
In 1995, Ice took a break from music, rather focusing on motocross and jet skiing in Florida. By the summer, Ice was the world's No. 6-ranked sit-down jet ski racer, competing nearly every weekend and earning a Kawasaki sponsorship.
Ice married Laura Giaritta in 1997; they have two daughters, Dusti Rain (born 1998) and KeeLee Breeze (born 2000).
Divorce and financial status: In November 2018, Vanilla Ice's wife of 21 years, Laura, filed documents connected to their divorce which showed that his monthly income averages $68,000 (around $800,000 per year). We also learned that Ice has $3 million worth of liquid assets, owns 15 properties, eight cars and a boat that are worth around $5 million total. His real estate portfolio might be worth MUCH more, depending on market conditions and valuations. After receiving this information, a judge ordered Ice to pay $121,000 in previous support payments plus $10,000 per month until a final settlement is reached.
Real Estate: In 2018, Vanilla Ice put his Melbourne Beach, Florida house on the market for $4.8 million. The waterfront home, which was featured on The Vanilla Ice Project, has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths.
|Net Worth:||$12 Million|
|Date of Birth:||1967-10-31|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Profession:||Singer, Actor, Record producer, Rapper, Musician, Presenter|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Vanilla Ice Earnings
- Cool as Ice$1,000,000