Nelly Net Worth, Biography and Career

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Nelly Net Worth
Nelly Net Worth

Popular Name:Nelly
Birth Name:Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.
Birth Date:2nd November 1974
Birth Place:Austin, Texas, U.S.
Marital Status:Single
Spouse(name): N/A
Children:2 — Cornell Haynes III ‘Tre’ and Chanel Haynes
Profession:Rapper, Singer, Entrepreneur
Years active:1993–present
Net Worth:$60 Million
Last Updated:2022


This page features Nelly net worth and biography. He is an American singer,  rapper, songwriter, investor, entrepreneur, and occasional actor from Missouri. Nelly embarked on his journey in music with the Midwest hip-hop group St. Lunatics in 1993 before signing a deal with Universal Records in 1999.

Under the record label, Nelly began his solo career in 2000, with a debut album “Country Grammar”, of which the single ‘Ride wit Me’ was a top ten hit. His debut album debuted at number 3 on Billboard 200 and went further to peak at the number one spot. To date, the album “Country Grammar” is Nelly’s best-selling album to date, selling more than 8.4 million copies in the USA.

After a successful debut album, Nelly released a second album titled “Nellyville” which produced the number-one hits “Dilemma” (feat. Kelly Rowland) and “Hot in Herre”. Other remarkable singles from this album included “Air Force Ones” (feat Murphy Lee and St. Lunatics ), “Pimp Juice”, and “Work It” (feat. Justin Timberlake).

Nelly has been referred to as “one of the biggest stars of the millennium”, and he has been ranked as the 4th best-selling rap artist in the history of American music by the RIAA, with 21 million albums sold in the USA. On the 11th of December, 2009, he was ranked by Billboard as the number 3 Top Artist of the Decade.

Nelly’s Early Life

Nelly was born as Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. in Austin, Texas on the 2nd of November, 1974 to Rhonda Mack and Cornell Haynes Sr. His father Cornell served in the United States armed forces. When he was 7 years old, his parents divorced so he had to live with his single mother in St. Louis.

Along the line, he decided to go into music so he joined the hip-hop group, ‘St Lunatics in 1995. The group became famous around town, doing smash hit songs until Nelly was prepared to focus on a solo career.

Professional Life & Career

After gaining some level of popularity with the Hip Hop group “St Lunatics”, Nelly began his solo career in the year 2000 with the album “Country Grammar” which was a very huge hit in the United States and many other countries. In 2002, he dropped another album titled “Nellyville” which was also successful. It topped music charts and sold millions of copies all across the world.

Nelly’s third studio album surfaced in 2004. He titled it “Sweat”, and it received positive assessments from music critics. It also peaked on music charts in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in several other countries. The following year 2005 was also a good one for the singer.

He appeared as ‘Earl Megget’ in the comedy film “The Longest Yard” alongside Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. The film had a very successful sales record. The same year, a fifth studio album “Brass Knuckles” was released, followed by a sixth album “5.0” in the year 2010. The album had a number of hit singles, including “Just a Dream”, which sold thousands of copies.

Film & Other Ventures

After starring as ‘Earl Megget’ in the comedy film “The Longest Yard” in 2005, Nelly continued to feature in films and television. He has appeared in the reality shows “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle”, and on a few episodes of “90210”. He was also featured on the reality TV show, “The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep”.

He also has two clothing lines, Apple Bottoms and Vokal.

Nelly’s Albums

In an active career that has now spanned decades, Nelly has released the following albums:

  • Country Grammar (2000)
  • Nellyville (2002)
  • Sweat (2004)
  • Suit (2004)
  • Brass Knuckles (2008)
  • 5.0 (2010)
  • M.O. (2013)

Awards & Achievements

  • In 2001, he won a Grammy Award for  Best Rap Solo Performance
  • In 2003, he won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and another for “Best Male Rap Solo Performance”
  • In 2004, he won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance which was shared with Murphy Lee and Diddy
  • In 2003, he won an ASCAP Film & Television Music Award for his musical contribution to the film “Training Day”.

Personal life & Children

Nelly has never been married. However, he is a proud father of two children – Cornell Haynes III ‘Tre’ and Chanel Haynes. He has been in relationships with a number of women, including R&B singer, Ashanti.

Physical Appearance

Nelly is 5 feet 8 tall and weighs 83kg. His eye color is dark brown and his hair is black.

Nelly Net Worth

Nelly has won international fame and a big fan base because of his music, exceptional singing style, and looks.

Paired with owning his own business and acting in films, a remarkable music career built up from a successful debut album that has sold more than 8 million copies and still counting has made Nelly net worth quite sizable. Not neglecting that he formerly owned “Charlotte Bobcats” along with other co-owners such as Michael Jordan.

Nelly net worth has stacked up to $60 Million, and with laid-down plans for future projects, the four-time Grammy Award winner looks like he is still hungry for more.

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