Nelly is a prominent rapper, recording artist, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor, and actors. He started his career in 1993 and has since become a household name thank to his many successful ventures and projects. Nelly has won numerous awards in the field of music and is known today as a prominent figure in the music industry.
From Humble Beginnings
Born Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. on November 2, 1974, Nelly was an only child. His father, a military servant, and his mother divorced when he was still a young boy which forced him to move with his mother. He became interested in hip-hop and rap music which became his escape from the turmoil of family life. When he was in high school, Nelly became part of a singing group which rose to local popularity. They had a few catchy singles that gained the attention of people around their town. After some time performing with his group, Nelly decided he wanted to go solo. He tried to feel around for his next career move and was eventually signed on to Universal Music Group. It was said that Nelly wasn’t very liked at the record company. Most of the time, he would get unbelievably horrible reviews and feedback from his colleagues and bosses at the studio. They felt as though he wasn’t a true rapper and that his style was a little too pretentious.
Nelly released his first album in 2000, entitled Country Grammar. The success of the album was enough to get him to rank #3 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. The album produced numerous hit singles, and this was the beginning of Nelly’s career. Countless albums and hit singles later, Nelly was able to break the initial stigma about his lack of style and originality by becoming a popular fan favorite. He then moved on to try other ventures including a partnership with Nike, a bunch of Ford commercials, and his own clothing line.
Assets and Net Worth
Nelly is worth an estimated $60 million USD. He owns multiple estates all over the United States and enjoys going on frequent vacations to different tourist destinations all over the globe. The man owns an extensive collection of vintage and sports cars and prides himself as an avid car collector. Aside from all of his assets and estates, Nelly also likes to spend his hard-earned cash on charities. He is known to be a strong supporter of 4Sho4Kids Foundation which he frequently gives hefty donations to.