Nelly Net Worth: Music Career & Lifestyle


Nelly has a net worth of $8 million as an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and entrepreneur.

Nelly gained initial recognition in 2000 with the album Country Grammar, which eventually sold over 10 million copies and is his best-selling album to date.

Similarly, he also won Grammy Awards in 2004 and 2004.

Moreover, he also appeared in a supporting role in the 2005 remake film The Longest Yard, along with superstar Adam Sandler and comedian Chris Rock.

Nelly (Source: Film Daily)
Nelly (Source: Film Daily)

Furthermore, Nelly has been one of the biggest stars of the new millennium by Peter Shapiro (freelance music journalist).

Also, RIAA has ranked Nelly as the fourth best-selling rap artist in American music history. He sold more than 21 million albums in the United States alone.

Billboard ranked him the number three Top Artist of the Decade (the 2000s) in December 2009.

Quick Facts

Full Name Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.
Popular name Nelly
Nickname Nelly, Mo
Net Worth $8 million
Date of Birth November 2, 1974
Age 49 Years Old
Father’s Name Cornell Haynes
Mother’s Name Rhonda Mack
Birth Place Austin, Texas, United States
Height 5 ft. 7 in, 173 cm, 1.73m
Weight 84  kg, 185 lbs.
Residence University City, Philadelphia, United States
Religion Christian
Gender Male
Sexual Orientation Straight
Nationality American
School University City High School
College N/A
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Sibling  City Spud (Brother), Jackie Donahue (Sister) (D. 2005)
Ethnicity Afro-American
Marital Status Engaged
Husband Shantel Jackson (m. 2014: div. 2020 )
Children Cornell III, aka Tre, and daughter Chanelle aka Nana
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Build Muscular
Biceps 16 in
Chest Size 45 in
Waist 34 in
Profession Rapper, Actor, Entrepreneur
Beginning of Professional Career 1995 – Present “Species.’
Distinctive Features Stocky build, Wears diamond earrings
Films The Longest Yard
Awards American Music Award (2002, 2003, 2013), BET Awards (2001), BET Hip Hop Awards (2021), Billboard Music Award (2002,2011, 2013), Grammy Award (2003, 2004)
Manager  JL Entertainment
Genre Hip hop, R&B, Pop
Labels Derrty Entertainment, Universal Motown, Universal Republic, Republic Records
Instruments Vocal
Debut Album Country Grammar
Style Icon Pharrell Williams
Favorite Movie The Godfather Trilogy
Necessary Extravagance T-shirts, underwear, socks
Ex-Girlfriends Kat Stacks, Kelly Rowland (2002), Ashanti, Nicole Narain (2004), and Lashontae Heckard (2013–2014)
Social Media TwitterInstagram, Facebook, Spotify, YouTube
Website Nelly
Last Update June 2024

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Nelly Net Worth and Income

An American rapper, actor, and entrepreneur Nelly has an astonishing net worth of $8 million.

However, some sites claim that Nelly is worth way more than that. And given his popularity and number of record sales, we cannot deny that.

Nelly gained international fame and fortune with his album Country Grammar which ultimately sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

The album catapulted Nelly to the next level.

Moreover, he also earns good money from his live shows and tours. He was supposed to perform his album Country Grammar in full at the 2020 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee.

However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed.

Nelly Live Performance
Nelly Live Performance (Source: The State Journal-Register)

Similarly, his other income includes digital music streaming.

Nelly has over 15 million monthly listeners on Spotify and about 4.5 million subscribers on his official YouTube channel with more than a billion views, both of which splashes the cash to his bank account.

Likewise, Nelly is not just a famous hip-hop artist but also an occasional actor and an entrepreneur.

Besides his music, Nelly also has a business of drinks and clothing lines, which contribute to his net worth.

Apart from music, Nelly is the owner of Vokal and Apple Bottoms, which are men and female clothing lines, respectively.

Interestingly, Nelly formerly owned Charlotte Bobcats along with NBA legend Michael Jordan.

Moreover, another major contributor to Nelly’s net worth is his endorsement deals with several big brands, including Ford Motor Company, Nike, and Reebok.

Nelly’s Earnings from Music

Year Source Earnings
2013 Earnings from his album “M.O.” $30,000
2010 Earnings from his album Country Grammar (Album sold over 10 million copies) $9.5 million
2010 Earnings from his album Just Dream (Which sold over 3 million digital copies) $1 million
2010 Earnings from his album “5.0.” $500,000
2008 Earnings from his album “Brass Knuckles” $1.1 million
2005 Earnings from his album “Sweatsuit” $800,000
2004 Earnings from his album “Suit” $3.3 million
2004 Earnings from his album “Sweat” $1.2 million
2002 Earnings from his album “Nellyville” $7.2 million

Nelly’s Net Worth in Different Currencies

Let’s have a look at Nelly’s net worth in various currencies.

Currency Net Worth
Euro € 6.89 million
Pound Sterling £ 5.82 million
Australian Dollar A$ 10.78 million
Canadian Dollar C$ 9.90 million
Indian Rupee ₹ 600,280,000
BitCoin ฿ 130.60

Houses and Cars

Nelly first purchased a 2,679 square feet house over five bedrooms and four bathrooms in 2002. As nice as the home was, Nelly went on to sell it in 2010 for $740,000.

Similarly, Nelly purchased another 9,000 square feet home in Eureka, Missouri, for $1.4 million in 2002. Following the robbery, he decided to sell the house and listed it for $2.5 million. However, the price was later dropped to $599,000.


Rapper Nelly has owned several automobiles over the years.

Some of them include Ford Flex worth $43,000, Ford Mustang worth $60,000, and Ferrari California worth $328,000.

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Rapper and entrepreneur Nelly lives in luxury. He has had a few setbacks, ups, and downs, but it’s all good now.

Even his bankruptcy rumors surfaced in the industry, but with his seer dedications and business mind, he has never been so financially stable.

Tennessee Highway Patrol once pulled over Nelly’s tour bus in April 2015. The officers claimed that Nelly sold marijuana onboard the bus.

They searched the bus and found drug paraphernalia, several handguns, Methamphetamine, and marijuana.

Nelly was arrested on the spot and booked into the county jail. He was charged with drug possession and other minor charges but released on bail.

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Nelly Arrested for Meth (Source:

It was later found that the substance on that tour bus was not meth. However, Nelly pleaded guilty for drug and marijuana possession in December of 2015.

Similarly, the rapper was again arrested in the fall of 2017 in Washington, near Seattle. He was accused of rape after a woman reported that he invited her into his tour bus and raped her.

Following the statement of the woman, Nelly was arrested and booked into jail. The charges were later dropped and released from custody.

Moreover, in 2016 Internal Revenue Service placed a $2.4 million tax fraud against Nelly for unpaid taxes.

Furthermore, in 2014 the rapper began dating model and boxing legend Mayweather Jr.’s ex Shantel Jackson.


Rapper Nelly is quite charitable and runs the nonprofit 4Sho4Kids Foundation.

He also started a campaign to educate minorities and Afro-Americans about the need for bone marrow transplants.

Following his sister’s death in March 2005 due to leukemia, Nelly tried to get more people to register as bone marrow donors.

Nelly Net Worth Nelly Live Concert
Nelly Performing in a Charity Concert in Iraq to Support Victims of ISIS (Source: NME)

Similarly, on August 9, 2014, he established a scholarship named after Michael Brown, who was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

Moreover, the rapper has hosted St. Louis’ White and Black Ball to raise money for scholarships since 2006.

Movie, Endorsements, and Investments


Though Nelly has not done much of the screen time, he sure has been the part of behind the scene.

He appeared in 2005 The Longest Yard as Megget alongside Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.

Similarly, he has worked on the soundtrack of some blockbusters, including 2003 Bad Boys II, 2001 Training Day, and 2013 About Time.

Moreover, Nelly also appeared in the TV series CSI: NY as Terrence Davis.


Hip hop star Nelly has been part of several big brands, and let’s not forget big brands come with big paychecks.

Some of his endorsement deals include Ford Motor, Apple Bottom, Billy Ballew, Budweiser, and Charlotte Bobcats.

Moreover, Nelly also signed a deal with Reebok for his own line of footwear.


Nelly is as known for his business portfolio. He owns two clothing lines, namely Apple Bottoms for women and Vokal for men.

Moreover, Nelly also owns a line of energy drinks named Pimp Juice and candy named Mike and Ikes.

Furthermore, Nelly went on to release Celebrity Sweat, a fitness DVD, in 2010.


Rapper and entrepreneur Nelly signed a record deal with Universal Music in 1999.

He released his first album, “Country Grammar,” the following year. The album gained popularity overnight and remains his best-selling album to date.

Similarly, he has numerous chart-topping singles under his belt, including Country Grammar and Ride Wit Me, both of which were top 10 hits.

Nelly Net Worth Nelly 2021
Nelly 2021 (Source: Ticketmaster)

Likewise, he released his second album, Nellyville, in June of 2002. The album included several hits, including Hot in Herre and Dilemma.

Moreover, his other hit album, Sweat and Suit, was released in 2004, and Sweatsuit was released in 2005.

As of June 2024, Nelly’s net worth is $ 8 million.

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Unknown Facts About Nelly

  • While in high school, Nelly formed a hip hop group named St. Lunatics and gained local popularity with their single Gimme What Ya Got.
  • Nelly’s parents got divorced when he was just seven years of age.
  • In the beginning, Nelly was unusual being a rapper from Midwest when the hip hop scene was centered on the South, West Coast, and East Coast.
  • His album Hot in Herre was highly successful and was certified six-times platinum.


What’s Nelly doing now?

Nelly has dipped his feet in numerous business ventures and has also had brief stints on-screen as an actor.

Who is Nelly dating?

For now, Nelly is not dating anyone.

His longtime girlfriend, Shantel Jackson, revealed that she and Nelly are done responding to a question on Instagram about their relationship status.

Why do they call Nelly Mo?

Nelly stated in an interview with Complex that his friends and family used to call him M.O. back in the day. It is also his seventh studio album.

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