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Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., better known by his stage name Nelly, is an American rapper, singer, and entrepreneur. In 2022, Nelly's net worth is estimated to be $30.5 million dollars.

March 29, 2022

Words by Matthew Taylor

Nelly Net Worth

$30.5 million

Est. Range $24M - $37M

Medium Confidence

Nelly is a famous rapper, singer, and entrepreneur from the United States. He started his music career with the Midwest hip hop group St. Lunatics in 1993 and then signed to Universal Records in 1999. Nelly released his first solo album, Country Grammar, in 2000. The album's title track and the single "Ride wit Me" were both top ten hits. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and became Nelly's best-selling album to date, selling over 8.4 million copies in the United States. Nelly's fifth studio album, Brass Knuckles, was released in 2008 after several delays. It produced the singles "Party People", "Stepped on My J'z" and "Body on Me". Nelly has won multiple accolades throughout his career, including three Grammy Awards and nine Billboard Music Awards.

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Richest Musicians

From rock stars to jazz musicians, musicians are performers at heart. However, for most, music isn’t a very lucrative career at all. In the United States, the average musician earns only $35,300 annually from their music career, counting income from a variety of sources. For most, performing and teaching make up the majority of the amount and most need side gigs (or day jobs) to make ends meet.

However, for the lucky few, music is more than a vocation – and it does more than just pay the bills. It propels them to stardom and with the associated royalties and endorsement opportunities, they’ll have more money than they’ll ever need. Not only can they dress up in leather pants or skin-tight dresses and perform around the world, but they can keep earning money on every track they sell.

Yes, record labels can be tough and the changes in the music industry and the pandemic have hit musicians in the pocket. However, there are still many musicians with more money than they know what to do with. And, of course, fame gives them the opportunity to earn more through photo appearances and product endorsements, while licensing tracks for commercials and movies provide ongoing opportunities. And, due to royalty laws, musicians can keep earning money on their songs long after they’ve died.

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