Lauryn Hill Net Worth

How much is Lauryn Hill worth?

Net Worth:$50 Million
Profession:Professional Singer
Date of Birth:May 26, 1975
Country:United States of America
1.61 m

Who Is Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter who began her career in the 1990s. Before she focused on her solo career, Hill was a member of the hip-hop group Fugees. Her debut solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” became one of the best albums of the century that won her many awards and even broke several sales records.

In addition to making a name for herself in the music industry, Lauryn also starred in a variety of television projects such as “As the World Turns”, “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit”, and “Restaurant”.

As of 2021, Lauryn Hill has a net worth of $8 million dollars.

How did Lauryn Hill earn her net worth?

The talented rapper became rich after the formation of the iconic hip hop group — The Fugees. Pras (Prakazrel Michel) first met Hill when she was a freshman in high school. At first, the two formed the duo “Translator Crew”. Shortly after, Michel’s cousin Wyclef Jean joined to form The Fugees in 1993. When they signed with the label Ruffhouse, distributed through Columbia Records, the rappers were able to earn more than $5,000 in just a few months time.

Before the trio was officially disbanded in the late 1990s, they managed to release two commercially successful studio albums — “Blunted on Reality” and “The Score”. Even now, the group’s sophomore album is considered one of the best hip hop albums not just from 1996 but of all time. It was a chart-topper in 10 different countries and, in just a few months time, it also received gold, platinum, and silver certifications in 18 countries around the globe. From the album alone, The Fugees received over $50,000.

Why is she so famous?

Lauryn Hill is famous because of her unique rapping skills. She was born on May 26, 1975, in Newark, New Jersey. She spent most of her adolescence in New York and New Jersey and has cited Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder as her inspirations. She began singing when she was in middle school. Before a basketball game, she performed the anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner”, which was her first performance.

At the time she was still attending the Columbia High School, Hill took acting lessons in Manhattan. Her career as an actress began at the age of 16. In early 1991, she appeared in “Club XII”, which was soon followed by an off-Broadway hip-hop rendering of William Shakespeare’s play “Twelfth Night”. Thanks to her promising acting skills, she landed a recurring role in the soap opera “As the World Turns”. In 1993, she starred with Whoopi Goldberg in the classic “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit”, which would amass more than $59 million and become a box-office hit.

With the Fugees

Around the time that the Fugees formed, Lauryn dropped out of Columbia University to pursue a career in entertainment. In 1993, she appeared in the film “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit,” performing two songs. The Fugees’ debut album, Blunted on Reality, was released in February 1994. Although it only peaked at No. 62 on Billboard’s R&B;/Hip-Hop albums chart, it eventually sold over two million copies. It was group’s second album, The Score, which came out in 1996 that made The Fugees a household name. The Score sold over six million copies, with much of the credit going to Lauryn’s distinctive rapping and singing.

Going Solo

After the success of The Score all three of the group’s members started working on solo projects. Lauryn’s, which was titled The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released in August 1998. Miseducation established Lauryn as a music industry superstar. As of 2011, it has sold over 10 million copies in the United States alone. Much of the album dealt with the friction within the Fugees, particularly the married Wyclef Jean publicly revealing that he and Lauryn had had an affair. The album, which had it’s name inspired by two books with similar titles, spawned multiple hit singles and won five awards at the 1999 Grammys.

Hiatus & Comeback

After the phenomenal success of Miseducation, Lauryn took a major step back from the public eye. In 2000, she stopped doing interviews and according to sources close to her became increasingly religious. She also began to raise her young family in Miami with her boyfriend, Rohan Marley, son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley. The couple met & started dating in 1996 while the Fugees were touring in support of The Score. In July 2001, Lauryn made a short-lived comeback when she taped an MTV Unplugged special. Critics were split on the resulting live album, which presented a more raw, stripped-down version of Lauryn.

The Second Coming

Between 2003 and 2010, Lauryn recorded sporadically, including songs with Ronald Isley, Joss Stone and John Legend. She continued to perform live during this time, but sometimes appeared late and dressed bizarrely, such as wearing an afro hairdo and unusual, clown-like makeup. In early 2010, she made a return to touring and throughout the year performed at a series of festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe. In June of that year, she confirmed that she was recording music for a new album. She headline her own small venue tours in late 2010 and early-to-mid 2011.

What makes Lauryn so successful?

What makes the famous hip hop artist so successful was her passion to prosper as a solo artist. Shortly after the Fugees split in 1997, Lauryn began working on her own solo projects. Around the same time, she gave birth to her first child with Rohan Marley, the son of Bob Marley, with whom she began a relationship a year earlier. During and after her pregnancy, the rapper recorded her solo record “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”. The album was officially released in August 1998.

The album became a sensation all over the world. In entered and topped multiple international charts and received gold, platinum, and million certifications in 14 different countries. Thanks to her impressive amount of record sales and touring, Hill earned $25 million throughout 1998 and 1999. Also in 1999, she became the first female to receive ten Grammy nominations in a single year, of which she won five awards.

Shortly after the release of her live album “MTV Unplugged 2”, the rapper left the public eye mainly because she felt disconnected from the music industry. Since the early 2000s, her subsequent activity includes occasional festival appearances and the release of a few songs.


Lauryn Hill is often considered one of the greatest rappers of all time. Besides being a pioneer in the Neo-soul genre, Hill is one of the most respected female artists that broke barriers for female rappers, popularised melodic rapping, and contributed to the mainstream of hip hop as part of the popular music.

Lauryn Hill was born May 25, 1975 in East Orange, NJ and grew up in New Jersey as the daughter of Valerie and Mal Hill. The entire family loved music and although the parents weren’t full-timers in the entertainment industry, Mal did perform as a singer occasionally and Valerie played the piano. Lauryn’s older brother Malaney was a multi-instrumentalist who played the guitar, drums and piano, among other instruments. Lauryn has said interviews that as a child, she would listen to her parents’ 1960s soul record albums. She grew up singing, and in 1992 formed hip-hop trio The Fugees with friends Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel.

She has served as an inspiration to eminent artists such as Adele, Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, and many others. Throughout her career, Lauryn has won a lot of awards including eight Grammys, five Soul Train Music, five MTV Video Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Billboard Music Awards.

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