Every time you want to know something about your favorite personality, you always search for where they are living, how much do they earn, what is their net worth. Well, why not! So this time, we are going to discuss what Akon’s actual net worth is, and for that purpose, keep on reading!
Akon has the real name Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam. He became famous as a rapper. Akon had some big hits, i.e., Smack That, Right Now (Na Na Na) and Lonely.
He also featured on Michael Jackson’s last song, Hold My Hand. Akon collaborated as a producer with artists like Gwen Stefani and Leona Lewis. Today, he’s mainly a businessman and a philanthropist.
Early Life of Akon
Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, also known as Akon, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on the 16th of April, 1973. He was born in a Muslim family to his parents KineGueye Thiam and Mor Thiam; his mother is a professional dancer, and on the other hand, his father is a percussionist.
He matured and lived most of his juvenescence in the African country named the “Republic of Senegal,” which he calls his “hometown,” well obviously, why not!
With the influence of his parents, from an early age, Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, also known as Akon, learned to play several musical instruments, such as drums, guitar, and djembe.
When he was of seven-year, Akon left his hometown and moved with his family to New Jersey, USA. During his adolescence years, he had faced a lot of troubles and has difficulties getting along with other children at school, maybe because of his skin color.
As there is a norm to consider anyone a dark skin tone an inferior, but hopefully, Americans are now evolving. When he and his older siblings reached high school, his parents left them on their own in Jersey City. Moreover, there, in New Jersey, Akon attended William L. Dickinson High School and finished his education.
By profession, Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam is a Singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist. Akon started his music as an occupation in the year 2004 when he made public his first debut music album named ‘Trouble.’
The Trouble album was an enormous success for a newcomer and produced many hit singles such as ‘Locked Up,’ ‘Bananza,’ ‘Ghetto’ and ‘Lonely’ which became the legacy of Akon. After the massive victory of his first music album, he started his own record labels ‘Kon Live Distribution’ and Konvict Muzik.’
His music album named ‘Konvicted’ served him with more success by providing a number of chartbuster singles, which he definitely deserves. The music album rightly acknowledged and received various records by winning multiple platinum certificates for that album. ‘Konvicted’ also featured Eminem and Snoop Dogg as a guest appearance as well.
Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam has pool resources and collaborated with the famous music masterminds such as Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, and Gwen Stafani. Moreover, Akon has also co-written Lady Gaga‘s debut single ‘Just Dance,’ and he also sang a duet with the legendary pop star, Michael Jackson.
In the year 2015, Akon dropped his fourth album ‘Stadium.’ The music album was also released in five different genres, which include Euro, Pop, Urban, Island, and World.
In the year 2016, along with Jeff Chang, he performed in the Chinese reality TV show ‘I Am a Singer.’ Moreover, Akon is the founder of the Konfidence Foundation. The major motive of this foundation is to empower the youth of Africa and the US.
On the other hand, In February 2007, he launched his clothing line, called ‘Konvict Clothing.’ His range includes hoodies, denim jeans, hats, and T-shirts. His brand has an upscale line called ‘Aliaune,’ which has both men’s and women’s clothing. His other business venture is the diamond mine he owns in Africa. He has also invested in film and television.
Awards and Appreciation
There are 36 awards he won throughout his career, and some of them are listed below
- American Music Awards: 1
- World Music Awards: 5
- BET Hip Hop Awards: 1
- Billboard Awards: 1
- MTV Video Music Awards
- Channel O Music Video Awards: 1
- Teen Choice Awards: 1
Following are the discographies of Akon
- Trouble (2004)
- Konvicted (2006)
- Freedom (2008)
- El Negreeto (2019)
- Akonda (2019)
- Konnect (TBA)
- The Konnection (TBA)
Following are the films Akon was associated with
- Black November (2012)
- American Heist (2014)
- Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)
Akon’s Net Worth
In the earlier of 2019, Akon released his fifth music album named “Akonda” and some music singles called “Wakonda” and “Low Key.” Moreover, in the year 2020, he is prepared to release his sixth album, yet the date is not confirmed.
In the year 2021, the net worth of Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam is $80 million. Most of the wealth comes from his music career but also from television, films, and other business, as we have discussed above.
Akon believes in doing charity; thus, he is philanthropically inclined towards his hometown in Africa.
No matter what level of triumph you reach in life, but you should always return to your roots and serve them. We see Akon doing charity in Africa. Moreover, he is also investing in several countries of Africa to make things better for the people of that land and also to provide some job opportunities to them so that their standard of living could also improve.
Akon has a solar project for Africa named “Akon Lighting Africa” where he funds clean, sustainable solar systems to bring energy to African villages. He is one of the famous singers in his genre. We hope his efforts could bring a change in Africa.
Latest Update: January 1, 2021