William James Adams Jr. (a.k.a Will.I.am) is a famous American singer, rapper, musician who is best known for being the founding member of popular hip-hop band “The Black Eyed Peas”.
The American singer, songwriter, rapper, entrepreneur, actor, and philanthropist Will.i.am is worth about $75 million. Apart from being a popular singer, he is also a noted entrepreneur, actor, and a philanthropist. Popular to his fans with the name, Will.i.am., he has been actively entertaining us since 1987.
Who is Will.i.am? His Background and Career
Born on March 15, 1975, in Los Angeles, Will.i.am was brought up in the Estrada Courts housing projects in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. He never knew or met his father, he was raised by his mother. Despite the fact that he spends quality time in the UK, William is American. He has been described as an international person given that he flies around 1,9200,000 miles every year and is never in a place longer than 10 days even while filming ‘The Voice’.
Will.i.am was inspired and encouraged by his mother to become unique and focus on a musical career. Will.i.am attended Palisades Charter High School where he met his future bandmate, Allan Pineda.
With much enthusiasm and passion for music, Will.i.am started his career in music while he was still an eighth-grade student. Initially, he and Allan sang around Los Angeles and later were discovered by Eazy-E. They were later signed to Eazy-E’s record label “Ruthless Records” in 1992. At that time, William used “Will 1X” as his stage name.
In 1995, William left Ruthless records to launch his own band “The Black Eye Peas”. The band’s first album was “Behind the Front” which had a mediocre performance in the market. The band got its hype as it released its third album in 2003 entitled “Elephunk” which was released under the label A&M records. The band is still very popular for its unique music and composition. Some of the highly popular songs from the band are “Pump It”, “My Humps”, “Boom Boom Pow”, I Gotta Feeling” among many others.
Meanwhile, William was also working on his solo music career. Mostly rapping, he has featured in songs of many major artists and bands including “Pussycat Dolls”. He has released a total of four studio albums which have done well in the market and have helped William grow his wealth over time.
A list of Will.i.am’s songs include: thatPower, Bang Bang, Boys & Girls, Fall Down, Far Away From Home, Feelin’ Myself, Geekin’, Heartbreaker, I Got It From My Mama, It’s My Birthday, Let’s Go, Reach for the Stars, Scream & Shout, Smile Mona Lisa, T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever), This is Love, Yes We Can and many more.
Besides music, William is also a noted personality in the fashion industry. He has demonstrated a creative flair in all of his endeavors and has always pushed boundaries of what is possible.
In 2012, the star earned about $12 million and has continued to gather more funds from different sources. Fortunately, much of his money goes to philanthropic causes.
One time he changed his basement which used to be a warren of guest and game rooms into an ostentatiously rich and luxurious recording studio. The house is a 1920 Spanish style residence in a fashion-forward Los Feliz neighborhood of L.A. The studio was pimped out with decidedly rich designs. Some noteworthy features include a stone limestone custom handmade inlay of the singer’s owl-accented monogram logo said to worth about $8,000 and touches by Silk Trading Company draperies. The design has an old-world elegance as well as postmodern color.
Also in the past, the musician famously owned a $700,000 DeLorean which he lost through robbery much to his dismay, according to one of his tweets. Other whips include a McLaren MP4-12 that features gull-wing doors, 600 hp and runs about $500k; a Bentley Continental GT with a W shaped 12 cylinder motor capable of 575 hp; an all-electric Telsa Roadster; a classic custom 1959 Corvette; custom very blue 1958 VW Beetle valued at $900k and more.
Will.i.am has been living quite a luxurious life, he currently lives as one of the wealthiest musicians on the planet.
Will.i.am has a penchant for cars and there is no limit to the extent he would go to get himself a new car, well maybe not that new.
Being a car enthusiast, he has a collection of many luxury cars including “McLaren MP4-12C”, “Tesla Roadster”, “Cadillac Escalade” 1958 Chevy Corvette, 1958 Beetle, and more.
Quick Facts About Will.i.am
- Full Name: William James Adams, Jr.
- Profession: Singer, rapper, musician, actor, entrepreneur
- Height: 5ft 9 in
- Weight: 70 kg
- Ethnicity: African American
- Nationality: American
- Date of Birth: March 15, 1975
- Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA
- Education: Palisades Charter High School
- Marital status: Single
- Astrological sign: Pisces
- Will.i.am Net Worth: $75 million