Ludacris stands out as one of the few hip hop stars who has a college education to his credit. In fact, he studied music management at Georgia State University, experience that undoubtedly has helped him build a lucrative career in the music industry and also helped him build a Ludacris net worth that stands at $25 million. After college, he worked as a radio DJ in Atlanta. It was through his deejaying career that he came into contact with established acts like Timbaland, Dallas Austin, and Jermaine Dupri.
By 1998, Ludacris began work on his own solo career as a hip hop artist. He called his debut album Incognegro and followed it with his second album, entitled Back for the First Time. These two albums featured singles like “Southern Hospitality” and “What’s Your Fantasy.” He collaborated with artists like Foxy Brown, Timbaland, Pastor Troy, and Trina on his earliest works. His first two albums were commercial successes and were followed by a series of equally successful albums that spanned from 2001 to today. His career has brought him into professional partnerships with recording stars like Sean Garrett, Chris Brown, Kanye West, T.I., T-Pain, and Rapper Jay-Z, among many others.
Despite being in the music industry for less than two decades, Ludacris has been recognized as one of the most noteworthy acts in the business today. He counts to his credit a host of awards, including five BET awards, three Grammy awards, and three MTV awards. He is married and has two daughters. Being a father to two young daughters, he is also passionate about several humanitarian causes. In fact, he uses his net worth to fund causes like childhood literacy and book drives. Ludacris started his own foundation, the Ludacris Foundation, that encourages children to get an education and create memorable experiences through learning.
How Much Is Ludacris Worth Now?
The Ludacris net worth right now is estimated to be around $25 million. However, this fortune is not built entirely on the star’s musical talent. Ludacris has also ventured into acting and has numerous acclaimed roles to his professional credit. He is very well known and respected for his appearances in the Fast & Furious films in which he portrays the character Tej Parker. He appeared in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast & Furious 6, and the upcoming Furious 7. In addition to his recurring role in this film series, he also had a starring role in the movie Ball Don’t Lie, which was released in 2009. In this movie, he starred as the character Julius.
Along with appearing on the big screen, Ludacris has also ventured into TV acting. His first TV role came in 2006 when he guest starred on the show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as the character Darius Parker. He then went on to appear in the show Being Mary Jane as the character Terrence Mitchell. His most recent TV role involves being a judge and an expert on the competition show Rising Star. He has also done voice over work on the legendary animated show The Simpsons.
When he is not making music or acting, Ludacris contributes to his net worth by heading up his own record label, Disturbing the Peace, which is a division of Def Jam Recordings. He has also partnered with Soul Electronics in creating a line of headphones that are called Soul by Ludacris. A businessman in his own right, Ludacris recently became a co-owner of the cognac brand known as Conjure. He also recently partnered with Puma to create his own shoe line, which is called Disturbing the Peace.