Hip hop great Rick Ross has almost 10 years’ worth of experience in the rap and hip hop industry. His first album was released in 2006 and was entitled Port of Miami. Since 2006, Ross has gone on to release six more albums, most recently in Hood Billionaire in 2014. Closely linked to other hip hop greats like Diddy, Jay-Z, and John Legend, among others, he has a Rick Ross net worth of $35 million. He has been signed to Mayback Music Group and Def Jam Records.
With a net worth of $35 million, it would be easy for fans to assume that Rick Ross has been in the business for a considerable amount of time. However, prior to 2006, he attended Albany State University of a football scholarship and later worked as a correctional officer, a job that lasted for approximately 18 months before he finally signed with Suave House Records and later Slip-n-Slide Records and began recording his own music. His first album release in 2006 was followed closely by his second album release, Trilla, in 2008. From Trilla, he released songs like “Speedin”, a song that featured R. Kelly, and “The Boss”, a collaboration betweeen Ross and T-Pain.
Along with rapping and performing, Rick Ross adds to his net worth by acting. In fact, he has starred in 2008’s Days of Wrath, as well as Magic City, released in 2013. He also routinely promotes his brand by appearing on talk shows and late night programs. As a firmly established hip hop mogul, Rick Ross now regularly collaborates with acts like Jay-Z and Kanye West. Up and coming stars also look to Rick Ross to help them create and record music so that they too can follow in his footsteps and become hip hop legends in their own right.
How Much Is Rick Ross Worth Now?
The Rick Ross net worth today stands at an estimated $35 million. However, this figure stands in stark contrast to his humble beginnings in Mississippi and Florida. In fact, he attended college on a football scholarship and then entered the workforce as a correctional officer at a prison in his hometown. This occupation understandably has been called into question by his hip hop contemporaries, as the hip hop industry and law enforcement in the U.S. generally have an uneasy, if not contentious, relationship with each other. Nonetheless, Rick Ross has proven that he can hold his own in the hip hop arena and that his days as a law enforcement officer are behind him. He has even been arrested a few times himself, primarily on gun and weapons charges.
It has also been reported that Ross perhaps tried to hard to prove himself as a hip hop star and rapper in his earlier days. Prior to accumulating his current net worth, Ross is reported to have embellished his stories about his assets. The rapper 50 Cent in particular tried to undermine Ross’ success in this industry. However, Ross has overcome that challenge and now is widely respected as a rapper and hip hop star. He regularly partners with other stars like Jay-Z and Kanye West as he continues to write, record, and perform his own music.
His latest album, entitled Hood Billionaire, was released in late 2014. This record, just like his others, has songs that include collaborations with R. Kelly, Jay-Z, and others. Ross also appears as a guest on the show Sisterhood of Hip Hop, a role that arguably adds income to his current net worth. Despite being in the industry less than 10 years, Ross has proven that he has the makings of a solid performer and someone who can accrue a net worth that is on par with even the most successful hip hop stars today.