Rick Ross was born as William Leonard Roberts II in Clarksdale, Mississippi, on January 28, 1976. He is a rapper, entrepreneur and record executive who is associated with music in the hip hop genre. He has been nominated for multiple awards throughout his career. Ross has enjoyed many successes in his career, and this has led to him becoming a very wealthy man. In fact, it is estimated that he has a personal net worth of around $32 million. So, how did Rick Ross get so rich?
Although he was born in Mississippi, Ross was raised in an impoverished area of Miami in Florida. He became passionate about hip hop music as a teen, and he was a fan of artists such as Ice Cube, Luther Campbell, Notorious BIG, and Tupac Shakur. These artists would later influence his own musical style. Ross won a football scholarship, so he attended Albany State University in Georgia. However, he left after a year to pursue a career in music and began writing rap lyrics.
His music career did not take off straight away, and he worked as a correction officer for two years, says Biography.com. However, his true passion was music, so he gave up this job to concentrate on becoming a rapper. Prior to taking on his stage name, Ross features as Tephlon on a track called ‘Ain’t Shhh to Discuss’ on Sermons compilation of ‘Def Squad Presents Erik Sermon’ in 2000. Following this debut into the music industry, he signed with Suave house records, which is an independent Southern rap label. He then moved to Slip-N-Slide, a Miami-based record label. Also on this record label’s books was Trick Daddy, who Ross later supported on his tour.
The only solo project he released while he was with this record label was ‘Just Chillin’’. This was a promo single that was released in 2003. However, he did support the projects of several other acts who were signed to the same label. Ross’ career really took off in 2006 when he released his debut album ‘Port of Miami’. It was a surprise hit as it debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. The second single from the album, ‘Push It’, later became ‘Scarface (Push It to the Limit)’, and this was the theme song from the film ‘Scarface’.
Two years later, Ross released his second album ‘Trilla’. For a second time, Ross made it to the top of the Billboard 200 album charts. There were also four singles released from this album, all of which did well in the charts. These singles were ‘Speedin’’, ‘The Boss’, ‘Here I Am’, and ‘This is the Life’. ‘Deeper Than Rap’ was the third studio album released by Ross in 2009. Although this album was reasonably successful, it also caused controversy due to some of the lyrics. The following year was far more successful for Ross. He released ‘Albert Anastasia EP’, which was critically acclaimed, followed by his fourth studio album ‘Teflon Don’. The latter debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. The album also spawned two singles; ‘Super High’ and ‘Live Fast, Die Young’.
Another successful aspect of 2010 for Ross was that he was his work with Diddy, who had signed him to Ciroc Entertainment the previous year. They began work on an EP together and released the single ‘Another One’. Ross also released the mixed tape ‘Ashes to Ashes’. Ross had founded the Maybach Music Group, and by 2011, he had signed both Meek Mill and Wale to the imprint. Together they released a compilation album called ‘Self Made Vol. 1’. The following year, they released their second compilation album ‘Self Made Vol. 2’.
Also in 2012, Ross released the mixtape ‘Rich Forever’ and his fifth studio album ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’. This album was particularly successful in the UK, where it peaked at number two on the UK R&B Albums Chart and at eight on the UK Album Chart. In the United States, it debuted at the top spot of the Billboard 200. Next, Ross released his sixth studio album ‘Mastermind’ in 2014. This was another of Ross’ albums that had premiered at number one on the Billboard 200 From this album, he had released the singles ‘No Games’ and ‘The Devil is a Lie’ the previous year. Ross had collaborated with many other well-known hip hop artists when producing this album. ‘Hood Billionaire was also released in 2014, and this received mixed reviews from critics.
‘Black Dollar’ was the full-length mixtape that was released by Ross in 2015, followed by a remix tape called ‘Renzel Remixes’. This was his last project with Def Jam Records as he then signed with Epic Records. The rapper released several singles in 2016 while working on his next album ‘Rather You Than Me’, which was eventually released in 2017. His next project is ‘Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill’. It is expected that this album will be released later in 2019. One of the singles from this album, ‘Green Gucci Suit’, was released in 2018. This single features the artist Future.
Due to the success in his music career sources say that Rick Ross now has a personal net worth of $35 million. This is from a combination of record sales, performances, and his work as a record executive. However, his work in the music industry is not the only way that Rick Ross has earned money through his career as he is also an entrepreneur. His main business venture is owning several Wingstop restaurant locations, and he bought his first Wingstop in 2017. Wingstop is a chain of fast food restaurants that specializes in chicken wings.
In his personal life, Ross has four children called Toei, William Roberts III, Berkeley Hermes, and Billion Leonard. He currently resides in Carol City in Florida and he continues to work in the music industry.