Lil Kim is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, model and actress. Her net worth is estimated at $18 million.
Lil Kim Net Worth: Beginnings
Kimberly Denise Jones was born in the mid 1970’s in Brooklyn, New York where she also grew up. After her parents separated, Kim lived with her father who eventually threw her out. She resorted to living with her friends and sometimes on the streets.
A high-school drop out struggling to get by, she met rapper NOTORIOUS B.I.G who introduced her to his Brooklyn based group Junior M.A.F.I.A. Lil Kim was only 19. The group released their debut and only album “Conspiracy” in 1995. It debuted at #8 on the Billboard charts and was also successful in the market.
Lil Kim Net Worth: Breakthrough and Successful Album Sale
The next year, Lil Kim went solo. After featuring in a number of R&B albums, she released her debut solo album “Hard Core” in 1996. The album which was certified double platinum debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200, #3 on R&B albums and sold 2.4 million copies domestically and 4.5 million copies worldwide. A hit from the album was “No Time” a duet with rapper turned businessman Diddy.
Her sophomore album “Notorious K.I.M.” was released in 2000, it was certified platinum at debuted at #4 on Billboard 200. It was also very successful commercially. Between the 4 year gap before the release of the second album, Lil Kim went on tour including Diddy’s “No Way Out” tour which is one of the highest-grossing hip hop tours of all time.
She was also active in modelling for brands like Versace, Baby Phat, Candice and Iceberg. Her Queen Bee entertainment label was also launched during this period.
Lil Kim Net Worth: Continued Music Success
Lil Kim was featured in the remake of “Lady Marmalade” for the soundtrack of 2001 movie Moulin Rouge. The single became a top hit and stayed atop the Billboard Hot 100 for more than a month. It also brought Lil Kim her first Grammy Award.
Lil Kim’s subsequent albums have all been successful both on the charts and in the market including the forth studio album “The Naked Truth” which she released while doing time in a Federal prison following a conspiracy. She has so far sold 12 million albums globally. She has worked and shared the stage with artists such as DMX, Beyonce, Rick Ross, Ludacris, and T. Pain.
In addition to the Grammy, she has won 2 Billboard Music Awards, 3 MTV VMAs, and 2 Soul Train Awards.
Lil Kim Net Worth: TV Shows And Movies
Lil Kim has been featured in a handful of movies as well as a number of TV shows. In 2006, her “Lil Kim: Countdown to Lockdown” premiered on BET and was the highest rated premiere in the history of BET, with an average of 1.9 million views. The show followed her last 14 days before she began her time in the Federal prison. Others include Dancing With The Stars (2008) where she came 5th place, and Pregnant in Heels.
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Some of Kim’s endorsement deals include Ciroc Vodka and Three Olives vodka. She owns Salon Se Swa wither cousin, two clothing linesan Hollyhood and 24/7 Goddess Collection.
Lil Kim’s woes
Kimberly Denise Jones has had her fair share of run ins with the law. She served a prison sentence for one year in 2005 after she lied to a jury about her friend’s involvement in a shooting 4 years earlier. Lil Kim had received a restriction banning her from releasing new material as a result of her settlement with Trackmasters. This led to the delay of her fifth album.
In 2014, Samantha Ravndahl filed a lawsuit against Kim for using her image in the ‘Dead Gal Walking’ single artwork. She demanded $150,000 in damages plus legal fees. These are just a few of her problems with the law.
Regardless of all the troubles, Lil Kim has managed to keep her wealth afloat.