Nelly Net Worth

How much is Nelly worth?

Net Worth:$50 Million
Profession:Professional Rapper
Date of Birth:November 2, 1974
Country:United States of America
1.73 m

Who Is Nelly

Nelly was born Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. November 2, 1974 in Austin, Texas. He moved with his mother to University City, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, when he was a teenager. While in high school Nelly formed the rap group St. Lunatics. The group had a regional hit single “Gimmie What You Got” in 1996, but they failed to land a recording contract. The group decided that the best approach was to support Nelly as a solo artist. He soon was signed to a contract with Universal.

American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor, and occasional actor Nelly has a net worth of $50 million dollars, as of 2021. He became famous when his album ‘Country Grammar’ became a smash hit.

The St. Lunatics

The St. Lunatics are a rap group formed in 1993 by Nelly, his brother City Spud, and three other rappers. After Nelly was signed as a solo artist with Universal, the group received a recording contract as well. While Nelly was working on his debut solo release Country Grammar, City Spud was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbery. The group and individual group members have appeared on a wide range of recordings by Nelly. Their first album as a group Free City was released in 2001 and reached #3 on the Billboard album chart. A second album City Free is expected in late 2010.

Nelly’s ‘Country Grammar’ Breakthrough

Nelly’s first solo single for Universal, “Country Grammar (Hot Sh*t),” appeared in early 2000. It was based around a children’s clapping game song “Roller Coaster.” The song turned into a top 10 pop hit dominating radio airwaves over the summer. Consequently, when the album Country Grammar was released in June it debuted at #3 then eventually topped the album chart. Country Grammar was ultimately certified nine times platinum and included the top 3 pop smash “Ride Wit’ Me.”


Nelly’s second album Nellyville, released in 2002, was preceded by the chart-topping hit “Hot In Herre.” The song was produced by the Neptunes and incorporated the hook from the Chuck Brown go-go classic “Bustin’ Loose.” Nellyville debuted at #1 and the single “Dilemma” featuring Kelly Rowland replaced “Hot In Herre” at the top. The album was certified six times platinum and included the #3 pop hit “Air Force Ones.”

Nelly’s Top Hit Singles:

  • 2000 – “Country Grammar (Hot Sh*t)” #7
  • 2001 – “Ride Wit Me” featuring City Spud #3
  • 2002 – “Hot In Herre” #1
  • 2002 – “Dilemma” featuring Kelly Rowland #1
  • 2002 – “Air Force Ones” featuring Kyjuan, Murphy Lee, and Ali #3
  • 2003 – “Shake Ya Tailfeather” with P. Diddy and Murphy Lee #1
  • 2004 – “My Place” featuring Jaheim #4
  • 2004 – “Over and Over” featuring Tim McGraw #3
  • 2005 – “Grillz” featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp, and Brandi Williams #1
  • 2010 – “Just a Dream” #3

‘Sweat / Suit’

In between album releases, Nelly was back on top of the pop singles chart in 2003 with “Shake Ya Tailfeather” from the soundtrack to the movie Bad Boys II. In September of 2004 Nelly released a pair of albums. Sweat was rap-oriented and it opened at #2 on the album chart. Suit was more oriented to R&B; and it opened at #1. Suit included the singles “My Place” and “Over and Over” which both reached the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Ultimately the two albums each were certified platinum. They were re-released as a complilation Sweatsuit in 2005 with the new single “Grillz which went to #1.

Commercial Fade

Three years and multiple delays elapsed before the release of Nelly’s next album Brass Knuckles in 2008. The lead single “Party People” featuring Fergie limped to #40 on the pop singles chart and would be the only top 40 hit from the album. Brass Knuckles only managed its way to #3 on the album chart and a gold certification.

Nelly’s Comeback

As 2010 approached and Nelly prepared his next studio album Nelly 5.0, the future did not look bright for his commercial success. However, the midtempo hip hop ballad “Just a Dream” struck a chord with pop fans. It swiftly became Nelly’s first top 10 hit in five years. The album is due to hit stores in November 2010.

How did Nelly earn his net worth?

Almost all of Nelly’s earnings have come from his music albums and tours. He made most of his money in the earl 2000s with the release of his album “Country Grammar” selling over 10 million copies worldwide.

As his success grew as an artist, Nelly began to start ventures and sign deals. He ventured into the fashion industry for both men and women’s apparel. He started two clothing lines namely “Apple Bottoms” for women and “Vokal” for men. He also had a limited sneaker collection known as “Air Derrty”, signing a deal with Reebok.

He invented “Pimp Juice” and sold it as an energy drink. He owns “Mike and Ikes” candy and has endorsements from VapoRub, Cheetos, Got Milk, and the Ford Motor Company advertisement campaigns.

His riches have come from sales of his music albums and, to a lesser extent, entrepreneurial ventures.

Why is he so famous?

In 1996 Nelly and his music group St. Lunatics produced a single “Gimme What You Got” and they found some local success but the success did not last long. St. Lunatics decided that if Nelly went as a solo artist he would be better off and it would also bring more attention to the whole group. It was not long before Nelly got signed to a solo contract by Universal.

Nelly’s solo career began in 2000 with his debut album, “Country Grammar” becoming a huge hit while it featured appearances by St. Lunatics, Cedric the Entertainer, and Lil Wayne. The album went platinum in the United States and it debuted at number 3 on the 200 Billboard chart. It ranked at number 1 on the album chart, and the single ”Country Grammar” ranked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles and number 1 on the rap chart.

The album’s second single “Ride Wit Me’’ featuring a St. Lunatics member City Spud hit number 3 on the Billboard charts. In 2001 Nelly and St. Lunatics headed back to the studio and they released their first album, “Free City”, which was a big success in the United States going platinum.

In 2002 Nelly dropped his second album “Nellyville” which was very successful and the album topped most music charts selling millions of copies around the globe. The album went platinum six times over and the single “Hot in Herre” became a successful hit topping the Billboard chart at number 1. This single gave Nelly a Grammy Award in 2003 for best male rap solo performance. This album also featured singles like “Dilemma” featuring Kelly Rowland, “Work it’ featuring Justin Timberlake, ”Air Force Ones” featuring Murphy Lee and St. Lunatics, “Pimp Juice”, and “#1”.

In 2004 Nelly dropped his third album “Sweat” an R & B album and “Suit“ which was more rap oriented. Suit topped the Billboard album chart at number 1 and “Sweat” debuted at Number 2. With these albums, Nelly kept riding high in the world of music. In 2005 Nelly combined songs from “Sweat” and “Suit” adding three new tracks to come up with the “Sweat Suit” album.

The single “Grillz” from this album was at number 1 on the charts and other singles such as “My Place” and “Flap Your Wings” also burned up the charts.

Nelly launched his fifth studio album “Brass Knuckles” and it reached number 3 on the Billboard albums chart. The single “Party People” ranked at Number 40 on the Billboard 100 and the other singles such as “Body on Me” and “Stepped on My J’Z” ranked at number 42 and 90 respectively. In 2010 he released the 5.0 album that had hits like “Just a Dream”, “Gone” and “Move that Body”. In 2013 he followed up with the album M.O that had collaborations with Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams.

Nelly didn’t just get rich from the music scene, he has also featured in TV shows and Films. He played the role of “Earl Megget “in Adam Sandler’s 2005 comedy film “The Longest Yard”. He also had a role on CSI: NY. He has been involved in reality TV shows such as “Nellyville” for two seasons and also he featured prominently in “Real husbands of Hollywood”.

What makes him so successful?

Nelly developed a huge fan base because he tapped into overlooked music markets. He offered fresh music styles that went well with rap music. He rapped out of the ordinary rap combining a Southern drawl that was mixed with Midwestern slang. With these mixtures of two different genres, it gave his music a unique and memorable quality. His pronunciation of words was unique drawing more people to his music and making him stand out among a crowd of new upcoming rap artists.

He made catchy songs making it easy for pop radio stations to get hooked to his songs. His songwriting was also unique because his songs started with a big memorable chorus that worked well with the beat. Versus like, “It’s gettin’ hot in herre (so hot), so take off all your clothes — I am, gettin’ so hot, I wanna take my clothes off”; were really popular at the time.

Nelly is also a huge sport fan and making sports culture a big part of his music broadened his market and caused more people to listen to his songs. Wearing jerseys of his favorite teams like St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Cardinals he was able to reach the sports community. In return, he got embraced by the sports community by using his songs as theme songs.


Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. is better known by his stage name Nelly, who was born on November 2, 1974, in Austin Texas. At the age of seven, his parents divorced and Nelly and his mother moved to St. Louis Missouri. Growing up he had interests in basketball and rap and while in high school he formed a musical group known as St. Lunatics together with his friends. Since 2014 he has been dating Shantel Jackson, he has four children. He is a rapper, entrepreneur, and actor.

Nelly is a famous award-winning American rapper, actor, and entrepreneur who has a huge fan base. His crossover appeal distinguishes him from other artists. He has been considered as one of the biggest stars in rap music. He started his music career during his high school days with the group St. Lunatics. He has a distinctive signature style that has made him famous in front of his audiences and fans. Nelly has won three Grammy awards, trophies from MTV and American Music Awards.

In addition to his rapping, acting, and being an entrepreneur, Nelly is a philanthropist. He has given back to society by contributing to different philanthropic causes. He runs a non-profit foundation known as 4Sho4Kids. He is also involved in raising money for scholarships through hosting St. Louis “White and Black Ball”. The scholarships send two students to college every year.

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