Willian Leonard Roberts II, or better known as Rick Ross is a popular rapper, author, songwriter, producer, CEO, and entrepreneur.
Many times during his long and successful career, Rick Ross has been amongst the top 10 richest rappers of all time.
Rick Ross is the CEO of the record label named ‘Maybach Music Group’.
Rick Ross was also one of the first artists signed to Diddy’s management company named ‘Ciroc Entertainment’.
Having enjoyed numerous successes throughout his career, Rick Ross is a very wealthy celebrity.
Despite being a somewhat controversial figure, Rick Ross is held in high esteem by the music industry.
Awards and Achievements
Rick Ross has been nominated 5 times for the Grammy Awards.
Rick Ross Net Worth as of 2020
As of 2020, the estimated net worth of Rick Ross is $40 million.
In the year 2017, Rick Ross was included amongst the top 20 highest-paid hip hop artists of all time.
Rick Ross has made several real estate purchases.
In 2014, Rick made headlines when he bought the $5.8 million mansions in Georgia. Interesting fact: The mansion was previously owned by Evander Holyfield and is considered the largest home in Georgia.
Although it is believed that Rick made a majority of his net worth via illegal activities.
But the fact remains that his vast net worth is a reflection of his hard work and dedication to work.
Rick Ross was born on the 28th of January, 1976 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Although born in Mississippi, Rick Ross was brought up in Carol City, Florida.
Right from his teen years, Rick Ross was highly passionate about hip hop music.
He was inspired by other popular artists such as Ice Cube, Luther Campbell, Notorious BIG, and Tupac Shakur.
His musical style was vastly influenced by these hip hop artists.
Rick was enrolled in the Miami Carol City Senior High School.
Rick Ross attended the Albany State University of Georgia-A historic Black College, on a football scholarship.
However, he dropped out only a year after in hopes of pursuing his career in music. This was when he started writing his rap lyrics.
Rick Ross Legal Battles
Rick Ross has had his fair share of altercations with the law.
He was arrested in 2008 for possession of a gun and marijuana with the intent to sell.
The same year, DJ Vlad made a harassment suit against Rick Ross.
In 2010 ‘Freeway’ sued Rick Ross for copyright infringement.
In 2011 Teflon Don sued him on grounds of trademark infringement.
In 2015 Rick was arrested on charges of assault and the kidnapping of a landkeeper.
Rick Ross is an orthodox Christian and has a very close relationship with God.
Ross claimed that he prays every single time he steps foot on stage to perform.
Rick has 4 children named Toie Roberts, William Roberts III, Berkeley Hermes Roberts, and Billie Leonard Roberts.
He was in a relationship with the fashionista Shateria Montagne-el but separated in 2013.
He and his girlfriend were the victims of shooting while Ross was celebrating his 37th birthday in January of 27 in 2013. Fortunately, neither was hurt.
In 2015, Ross got engaged to Lira ‘Galore’ Mercer. However, the engagement didn’t last very long.
Currently, Rick Ross is single.
Rick Ross had to do a little bit of a struggle at the start of his career. He worked as a corrections officer for two years between December of 1995 to June of 1997.
But seeing that music was his true passion, Rick gave up his job to focus solely on his rap.
Although this was a risky move, it did pay off incredibly in the long run.
This fact was disclosed well after Rick’s rap career began.
The fact that this information was kept away from the public’s knowledge isn’t much of a surprise.
Given that there is a great deal of stigma attached to the hip hop industry, Rick’s history as a correctional officer wouldn’t have done well for his reputation.
Nevertheless, In 2008 photos were leaked. Initially, Rick denied that it was him in the pictures. However as more and more evidence came forwards, Rick was forced to admit that he had worked as a correctional officer.
He was signed by the Suave House Records former label for rap duo 8Ball & MIG.
Eventually, he signed a deal with Slip n Slide Records.
In 2006, Ross released his debut album Port of Miami that topped the Billboard 200 chart.
He released his second album ‘Trilla’ in 2008. This was also a huge success and topped the Billboard 200 chart.
Ross released his third album ‘Deeper than Rap’ that sold over 439k copies in the U.S.
Apart from music, Ross also appeared in several movies.
Ross is also an entrepreneur and owns several Wingstop Restaurants.