Akon is a singer of Senegalese descent, a songwriter, an actor, music producer and an entrepreneur. He gained international recognition in 2004 upon the release of “Locked Up” single. He has a world record for being a holder of the number 1 and two positions simultaneously on Billboard Hot 100 charts two times, and in addition, he is the number one selling music artist for master ringtones globally.
Akon is also the founder of Kon Live Distributions and Konvict Muzik record labels, and most of his songs have been certified Platinum and gold. To learn more about Akon net worth as of 2018 and why he has been ranked among the most powerful and top digital songs artists of the decade keep reading it’s all here.
Biography & Wiki
Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam was born in 1973 in St. Louis state of Missouri, but he is of Senegalese descent. He was brought up by Mor Thiam, his father who is a drummer, entertainment consultant and a cultural historian and his mother a dance. Most of his childhood life was spent in Senegal country until when he was 7 and moved to Union City New Jersey.
Akon is a Muslim and has three different unknown women who have given birth to six unknown children. He says he would like the family out of media eyes and that’s why not much is known about his family. He runs Konfidence Foundation charity that helps underprivileged children around Africa and alleviates poverty levels in the country.
Akon first solo debut album was released in 2004 around June titled Trouble. The album contains the songs that propelled Akon career to an international superstar, and some of the songs are “Lonely”, “Locked Up”, “Ghetto” among others. The album commercially and on charts performed well as it peaked at number 1 position on UK Albums Chart and no four on European Top 100 Albums. It has been certified Gold and Platinum in Canada and US and UK.
Two years later after releasing his first solo debut album Trouble, he released his second album Konvicted in 2006 under his newly created record label Kon Live Distribution. The album made Akon become Billboard Top Artist and even was listed at position two among the hottest producers and songwriters in 2007. The album debuted at position two on Billboard 200, and as of today, it has been certified 3x platinum. To date, Akon has released two more other music albums that’s Freedom which was released in 2008. The album debuted to position two on Billboard 200, and as of today, it has already been certified 2× Platinum. His fourth album is Stadium TBA, but it’s yet to be released officially.
Other than films he has done some works on films and television and some of the films he has been featured in are Black November (2012), American Heist (2014), and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016).
On Awards & Achievements: To date Akon has won several awards totaling 36 in total and also has received around 95 nominations. Some of the awards he has won are 1 American Music Award, 5 World Music Awards, 1 BET Hip Hop Award, 1 Billboard Award, 1 Channel O Music Video Awards,12 ASCAP Awards among others.
Salary, Net Worth & Earnings
Akon net worth currently stands at $85 million as of the date of writing. Akon net worth fortune has been as a result of music sales since many of his songs have either been certified Gold 3x, 2x or platinum and tours. As of today, Akon still holds the position one in the list of bestselling artists of ringtones globally. Its reported that Akon usually makes around $10- $12 million per year. Another net worth booster channel is his two record labels Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.
7 Facts You Need To Know About Akon
Akon definitely is a businessman, and secondly, he is a musician. And this can be certified by his actions back in Africa where he has been carrying out projects involving solar lights. However other than being the no. One worlds seller of master ringtones in the world what else don’t you know about Akon?
1. Akon loves to share, and he is not selfish. That can be well certified through his own charity foundation Konfidence Foundation.
2. He has invested a lot in diamond mining in Africa.
3. The father other being a percussionist he is also a popular Jazz musician.
4. Today Akon other than just singing he can play several instruments such as djembe, and drums.
5. Akon has never been a criminal as he claimed to be, only that in 1998 he served several months behind bars after being caught in possession of a stolen car.
6. Back in 2007, he was charged with miss handling a minor who threw something at him on stage and in retaliation he picked him up and threw him back to the crowd.
7. Akon has already confirmed that he is a polygamist and he has three unknown wives.
Akon net worth is just a reflection of how successful the artist has been over the years. With all that wealth Akon has decided to help out his people back in his African rural home by connecting there houses with electricity and helping vulnerable, disadvantaged children. That’s being a nobleman.