- Full Name: Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam
- Net Worth: $80 Million
- Occupation: Singer, producer, songwriter, entrepreneur
- Marital Status: Single
- Ethnicity: Black
Akon Body Statistics:
- Measurements: 42” chest, 15” biceps, 32” waist
- Height: 5’9” or 175cm
- Weight: 171 pounds or 78kg
- Shoe Size: 11
- Hair Color: Black
- Eye Color: Brown
Akon Net Worth – How Much Is The R&B Top Singer
Akon net worth is about $80 million. Most of his money has come from his music. However, he has also gathered some more as a songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. He came to the notice of the public in 2004, after he launched his debut album, “Trouble”, which consisted the hit single “Locked Up”. Furthermore, he is a proud founder of two well-performing music production labels, which are Konvict Music and Kon Live Distribution. This may explain why his net worth is $80 million. Let’s look at his journey to riches.
His Rise To Stardom
While he is a fully established musician in America, Akon was born in a Southern part of Africa, in Senegal. He lived on the African continent until he was seven years old. Akon real name is Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, quite a long name but you would be surprised how the musician pronounces the name, so easily.
His career as a musician was far fetched. It may be attributed to his growing up in a family where his two parents were artists. His father Mor Thiam Aliaune Thiam was a percussionist and the mother a dancer. Since he was a kid, it was not a challenge for the young Akon, to run his fingers on the guitar. He also played djembe and drum with ease, making him an expert on musical instruments at a tender age.
Although he highly recognizes his hometown to be in Senegal, he was moved to the United States of America, when he was just seven years, meaning he is an American citizen though not by birth. The parents made this decision for themselves. They thought their careers would be more successful if they crossed borders. What they did not know, is that they were creating a window for the success of their son. If it were not for this great move, may be we would not know of Akon or he might not have acquired so much net worth.
They first settled in New Jersey, US. His childhood years were easier. However, as he became a teen, he could not integrate with his peers. The young Akon had a tough time. His teenage life was made even more difficult after his parents left them with the brother and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. This was when they were in high school. It was not an easy ride for the two siblings, trying to eke a living in a foreign country as well as balance their studies. During this time, nobody would have thought that one day, the once abandoned child, could attain such as an enormous net worth, within a short while. You could say that he has beaten life odds, to become popular and he is yet to stop pursuing his dreams in the music industry.
We will be doing you the injustice if we do not talk about how he came out of his quagmire. He started rising to success after he met Devyne Stephens. Akon owes his wealth to this music mogul. He was the one who gave Akon the stepping stones to the pinnacle of the music industry. He provided him with instrumental advice and invited him into his record company. Being an influential person, Stephens made all the songs, which Akon produced under his label to do well globally.
After producing a number of songs with the Devyne Stephens firm, most of the record companies were scrambling for his talent. Universal label succeeded in signing him. Its CEO James Foster was reported saying that after Akon produced his hit song “Lonely”, he knew that he was set for bigger things to come. He would become a sensation in various media streams. He released his debut album in 2004, which made a huge contribution to his net worth. The second one did not do badly either. It earned him more financial breakthrough and gave him three Grammy Awards.
How much is Akon worth? Up to date, Akon has secured 3 platinum certifications by RIAA, he has also six platinum singles and more than 35 singles, which managed to get a slot on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, he also gets some significant collections from the sale of ringtones, more than all the artists. Another thing that contributes to his net worth is Konvict clothing. Lastly, he also pocketed a lot of money from his endorsement deal of 2010 with Pepsi and in Vodka commercial in 2014.
With that, you know what is the net worth of Akon It is expected to keep rising from tens of millions to hundreds of millions, based on his current and expected ventures in the future.