will.i.am Net Worth: Rap Career & Charity

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American rapper, songwriter, record producer, singer, actor, and DJ, will.i.am’s net worth is a staggering $70 million.

Originally William James Adams Jr., will.i.am was born in Eastside Los Angeles, California, on March 15, 1975.

Will is best known as the founder and lead member of the hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas. Their 4x platinum-certified song, “Where is The Love?” was nominated for two Grammy awards.

Similarly, as a solo artist, he has released chart-topping albums and singles throughout his career.

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will.i.am (Source: The World Economic Forum)

In addition, Will is also a judge and mentor on television shows like ‘The Voice UK’ and ‘The Voice Kids.’

Furthermore, he has collaborated with famous musical artists like Michael Jackson, Justin BieberBritney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Miley CyrusRihannaLady GagaJustin Timberlake, Usher, and many more.

Will has had a splendid musical career earning a total of 28 nominations, and 11 major awards wins.

will.i.am | Quick Facts

Let’s look at quick facts to understand more about will.i.am.

Birth Name William James Adams Jr.
Professional Name will.i.am
Nick Name Will, Illwilly, Zuper Blahq
Birth Date March 15, 1975
Age 47 Years Old
Birth Place Eastside, Los Angeles, California, USA
Height 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m)
Weight 70 kg (150 lbs)
Religion Christian
Gender Male
Nationality American
Distinctive Feature Dark Complexion
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Profession Rapper, Songwriter, Singer, Record Producer, and Actor
Musical Instrument  Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Piano
Father’s Name William Adams Sr.
Mother’s Name Debra (née Cain)
Genres Hip Hop, Pop Rap, R&B, Pop
Horoscope Pisces
Ethnicity African-American
Sibling 7
High School Palisades Charter High School, John Marshall High School
College Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Clothing Line I.Am., XUPERGEAR
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Single
Girlfriend N/A
Children Not Yet
Active Since 1988-Present
Merch Black Eyed Peas Concert Poster
Social Media FacebookTwitterInstagram 
Last Update June 2022

will.i.am | Net Worth and Income

Talented rapper, record producer, and songwriter will.i.am’s net worth is massive $70 million.

He has collected enormous wealth through his successful music career as a solo artist and as part of Black Eye Peas.

In 2013, he earned around $63,000, selling 58,000 copies of his album, #willpower.

After selling millions of records, several world tours, stage shows, and record production for famous artists, he has acquired a vast net worth.

His music is commonly used in commercials and promotions due to its positiveness and upbeat tune, making him a fortune from royalties.

Similarly, his music has also been used as a soundtrack in video games.

Black Eyed Peas’s YouTube channel has more than 10 million subscribers.

Hence, they have estimated monthly earnings of $24.2K to $386.5K and estimated yearly income of $289.9K to $4.6M through advertisement revenue and endorsement.

His solo channel alone has over 4.5 million subscribers on YouTube, earning between $4.1K to $65.6K monthly and $49.2K to $786.7K yearly.

In addition, he has over 8 million monthly listeners on Spotify, excluding the 30 million on the Black Eyed Peas account.

Even though his earnings from streaming aren’t disclosed, he earns a significant amount of money through billion of streams.

Moreover, he owns multiple business ventures like personal clothing lines, a technology company, and television shows, piling up his wealth.

In 2016, will.i.am made around $815,000 as a judge and mentor on The Voice, earning almost $45,000 per episode.

Net Worth of will.i.am in Different Currencies

Let’s look into will.i.am’s net worth in different currencies, including the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

Currency Net Worth
Euro 61,594,750
Pound Sterling £ 51,348,500
Australian Dollar A$ 96,648,370
Canadian Dollar C$ 87,509,450
Indian Rupee 5,208,227,500
Bitcoin ฿ 1,675

will.i.am | Houses, Cars, Watches & Jewelry

Houses

As of June, 2022, will.i.am’s net worth is a whopping $70 million.

In 2005, will.i.am purchased a 4,412 sq ft mansion for $2.705 million in Los Angeles, California.

He built a lavish custom home recording studio inside his house that took nearly three years to finish. Just think how grand of a studio it is!

Will.i.am grew up in a poor neighborhood, dreaming of giving his family the best he could. After kissing success, as an obedient son, he bought his mother a house.

Similarly, he has also bought houses for his grandmother, brother, and uncle. He believes success is all about providing for the family.

Cars

will.i.am loves spending his huge salary on automobiles. As a result, he has a collection of expensive cars.

His most prized car collection includes a 1959 custom Corvette, a luxurious vehicle with an integrated touchscreen computer.

Similarly, he owns a $500,000 McLaren MP4-12C, $100,000 Tesla Roadster, $160,000 Cadillac Escalade, and Bentley Continental GT.

will.i.am’s Custom Car (Source: GTspirit)

Will.i.am has constantly talked about his love for custom and futuristic cars. So he built a $900,000 metallic blue custom car with an aluminum interior.

The custom car took two years to build and is based on a 1958 Volkswagen Beetle.

In 2012, he partnered with Chrysler to launch his car company, IAMAUTO.

In addition, he has a $700,000 customized white DeLorean, the first car from his company.

will.i.am | Lifestyle, and Vacation

Lifestyle

Successful entrepreneur and rapper, will.i.am’s net worth has motivated him to live a luxurious lifestyle.

He was born to William Adams Sr. and Debra (née Cain). After Will’s father abandoned him when he was a child, his mother raised him alone.

Will has often expressed his love for his mother for fulfilling the role of both parents. Will considers his mother to be his biggest inspiration for success.

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will.i.am with his mother (Source: News Chant UK)

He was raised in a housing project in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, surrounded by gangs, drugs, and crimes.

Nevertheless, his mother encouraged him to be unique and pursue a musical career considering his immense talent.

As a result, he enrolled in West Los Angeles Public School. He used to ride a bus for one hour to get to the school. Talk about struggle!

Talking about his love life, he hasn’t revealed any information about his personal affairs, but he had a past relationship with singer Cheryl, model Casey Batchelor, and Natalie Imbruglia.

Will is famous for futuristic technology. He is fond of custom cars and automation.

In addition, he is inspired by rave culture and often fuses his music with an electro sound.

As a successful fashion designer, he likes to create variations in his clothing. Therefore, he is also seen wearing designer apparel.

William was a close friend of the late Michael Jackson, king of popThey even worked together for an album, but sadly the album was not released after the death of Michael.

Similarly, he had a close relationship with Compton legend rapper Eazy E, who discovered and signed him to his label.

Vacation

Will calls vacation ‘boring’ and doesn’t like the thought of paying to do nothing. He considers his life a ‘constant vacation’ because he enjoys his work.

But he has admitted to going on a few vacation trips as his friends made him. Moreover, he has traveled the world for his musical tours.

will.i.am | Charity

Will likes doing charity and often gets involved in non-profit work. He loves giving back to the community, and unfortunate.

He founded ‘i.am.angel Foundation‘ in 2009 to assist needy students in education through its program ‘i.am.scholarship’. Later on, it started to support college sports and other talents.

His foundation is working to provide safe drinking water facilities for the people of Boyle Heights. He was awarded as the Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum in 2013.

In 2010, he was appointed as the director of the charity board of the ‘Grammy Foundation,’ an organization that spreads music and preserves musical heritage.

He is also part of a charity organization, ‘Black Eyed Peas Foundation.’ This charity service fund strives for the welfare of band communities across the globe.

In 2016, William donated his salary, totaling $680,000, from The Voice to charity, ‘The Prince’s Trust.’

Similarly, he has supported charity organizations like Adobe Foundation, Artists for Peace and Justice, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Dress for Success, Green For All, Red Cross, RETHINK Fabrics, and Stand Up To Cancer.

will.i.am | Movies, Investments, and Endorsements

Movies

Famous rapper and record producer will.i.am has acted in several movies and television shows. According to IMDB, he has 113 credits as an actor.

His most notable works include Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Rio (2011), and Rio 2 (2014).

Similarly, he has featured in television series like The Rookie (2019), The Cleveland Show (2012), Instant Def (2006), and Joan of Arcadia (2005).

Investments

Aside from rapping and acting, will.i.am is also a savvy businessman. He has made several investments in startups and prominent companies.

In 2017, he invested almost $4 million in Atom Bank, the first bank built for smartphones or tablets, without any branches.

Similarly, he has invested $5.6 million in Music Messenger Series A Round, $3.4 million in Honest Dollar, and $5.6 million in Shellanoo Group. 

In addition, he has also invested in the app Knock Knock (phone number, social media exchanging application).

In 2013, he launched a technology company called i.am+, aiming to create wearable products combining fashion.

His company’s products include camera accessories for the iPhone 4, Bluetooth headphones, overall a.i, Omega voice assistance, and many more.

As of June, 2022, will.i.am’s net worth is a whopping $70 million.

Endorsements

Will.i.am has partnered with various brands for endorsement deals that have contributed to his $70 million net worth.

He has endorsed Intel, a multinational corporation and technology company. In 2011, he was even director of creative innovation in the company.

Similarly, he also endorses another famous brand, Coca-Cola. In addition, he has partnered with Ekocycle, a company devoted to sustainable goods.

will.i.am Net Worth
Smart Mask (Source: Headliner Magazine)

His other lucrative endorsement includes the Beats by Dre headphones brand.

In addition, he has also partnered with Gucci to launch a smartwatch.

His latest endorsement deal is with Smart Mask, a mask with connected headphones.

will.i.am| Career

William formed a rap group, Atbann Klann, later called Black Eyed Peas, during his high school. The group used to perform around Los Angeles, and in 1992 were signed to Ruthless Records.

In 1998, they released their first album, Behind the Front through Interscope Records, followed by a second album Bridging the Gap, in 2000.

Similarly, he released his first solo album, Lost Change, in 2001. The album was critically successful.

The same year, Black Eyed Peas worked on their third album, Elephunk, but released in 2003.

will.i.am Net Worth
Black Eyed Peas (Source: Britannica)

Singles like ‘Where Is The Love?’ and ‘Shut Up‘ peaked at number 1, providing them enormous international commercial success.

In 2005, the group released their fourth album, Monkey Business, which was certified 3x platinum.

Other albums released by Black Eyed Peas include The E.N.D. (2009), The Beginning (2010), and Masters of the Sun Vol. 1 (2018). 

In addition, he released two more solo projects, Songs About Girls (2007) and #willpower (2013).

Some Interesting Facts About will.i.am

  • In 2012, he became the first artist whose song streamed from Mars. His song “Reach for the Stars” was broadcasted through ‘Curiosity Rover’ from Mars.
  • William’s great-great-grandmother was a slave.
  • He was a student of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and later even took classes there.

FAQs

What disease does will.i.am have?

Will suffers from ADHD syndrome and Tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ears.

Was will.i.am involved in Obama’s campaign?

He wasn’t directly involved in the campaign, but he released a song, ‘Yes We Can,’ inspired by Obama’s speech.

What is the meaning of will.i.am?

His birth name is William, which was turned into will.i.am.

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