Akon Net Worth in 2020 is estimated to be $80 million. Akon is a world-renowned musician, known and applauded for his outstanding vocals. He took the world by storm in 2004 when he released his debut studio album “Trouble” with its singles “locked up” and “lonely” peaking at number 8 and 4 on the billboard hot 100 charts respectively. Akon is a Singer, Song-writer, Actor, and philanthropist. He has received several Grammy nominations for his widely acclaimed songs and albums.
Akon height is 5 feet 11 inches or 1.80 m. Akon’s successful career has often been tainted with controversy including a case of sexual misconduct with an underage girl.
- Real Name/ Full name: Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam
- Age (As in 2020): 47 years
- Birth Date/ Birthday : April 16, 1973
- Nickname: NA
- Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
- Nationality : American
- Father Name: Mor Thiam
- Mother Name: Kine Gueye Thiam
- Zodiac sign/ Sun sign: Aries
- Body Measurements: chest: 42 inches, Waist: 32 inches, Biceps: 15 inches
- Height: 180 cm or 5 feet 11 inches or 1.80 m
- Weight: almost 78 kgs or 171 lbs
- Hair color: Black
- Eye Colour: Dark Brown
- Net Worth in 2020 (Approx): $80 million
- Social Links: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Myspace
- Website : akon.com
Akon was born on April 16, 1973 in St. Louis, a city in Missouri in the United States to African Muslim parents of Senegalese descent. Akon age is 47 years. His father Mor Thiam is a percussionist while his mother Kin Gueye Thiam, a professional dancer.
Childhood, and Education
Akon did not spend all of his childhood in the US though as his family moved back to Senegal sometimes at his early age before returning to the States when he was seven. He was born Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam but he is simply known as Akon as a musician. After his family’s return to the US, they settled in Union City, New Jersey. Akon attended Bayon High and Henry Snyder High school in New Jersey. He later attended Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta in Georgia but dropped out after the first semester and instead pursued a music career.
Music Interest and Pursuit
Due to his parent’s occupation, Akon got an early exposure and affinity to music and was constantly surrounded by it, he learned to play several instruments including drums and the guitar. Akon served a series of jail terms for a period of three years, from 1999 to 2002 and during his years locked up, he grew more in familiar with his musical side. This fueled and shaped is the pursuit of music. Akon met and developed a relationship with Devyn Stevens, president of Upfront Megatainment, the production company he was first signed to and with which he released his first studio album “Troubled” co-produced by Universal’s SRC record label.
Songs and Albums
Akon first Album “Trouble” was released in June 2004 to critical acclaim and it was a commercial success with its leading single “Locked Up” reaching number 8 on the billboard hot 100 music chart and the album itself peaking at number 18 on US Billboard 200 chart. “Lonely” and “Ghetto” became radio hits with the former peaking at number 4 on the US Billboard 100 chart. The album also achieved worldwide success, topping charts across the world.
His second studio album was released by his own record label Kon Live under Interscope Records in November 2006. The album was named Konvicted and saw an even better success than its predecessor, peaking at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 and eventually been certified platinum by the RIAA. The album featured a number of mainstream artists including Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Styles P and received several Grammy nominations and applause. Multiple singles from Konvicted topped the Billboard charts.
Akon’s third studio album is “Freedom” and it was released in December 2008. The album was also a success but did not achieve as much acclaim as Konvicted, nonetheless, Freedom went on to be certified platinum as well. It featured four Singles, “I’m so paid”, “Right Now”, “Beautiful” and “We don’t care”. The album peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
“Hold my hands” a collaboration between Akon and Michael Jackson was released in July 2008. In 2010, he worked with David Guetta on a single titled “Angel”. Akon was part of the contributors to a charity single, “We are the world” to support the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
In addition to his singing career, Akon has his own clothing line called, Konvict clothing. It was launched in February 2007. The brand produces a number of streetwear clothes including hoodies, T-shirts, Denim, jackets and so on. He also owns a diamond mine in South Africa, his ownership of the mine is usually subjected to criticism as most believe he is encouraging and participating in the culture of “blood diamond” a notion which he dismisses. He is also actively involved in philanthropy.
Akon Net Worth in 2020
As of 2020, Akon Net Worth is estimated at more than $80 million. The net worth of Akon include his earning from songs, movies, own business, partnerships with various brands and earnings from his social media accounts.
Akon spends most of his time between the United States and Senegal. He is a father to six children, even though none of them has been featured on mainstream media as Akon’s way of protecting them He does not usually dive much into his private life. He is a good friend to singer Wyclef Jean.
Controversy and Legal Issue
Before, the launch of his music career, Akon had a history of prison sentences, notably one which he was sentenced for a car-theft crime with a ring he was associated with. He drew heavy criticism and spurred a lot of controversy in April 2007 in an incident where he performed a number of sexually simulated actions with a fifteen-year-old girl in a club I Trinidad and Tobago, the incident he addressed on his song, “Blame it on me”.
He was involved with yet another incident in June, where he supposedly threw a fan off the stage. He addressed this incident and stated that it was a staged act.
Akon has established himself as an outstanding artiste in the R&B genre. He founded two successful record labels which have introduced and launched the career of several other artists as well such as well-known performer and Singer Lady Gaga; singer and Vocalist, T-Pain; Kardinal Offishall; Red cafe; R. City and so many others. He is the recipient of several honors and awards, receiving a total of 5 Grammy nominations. He has won a BET hip-hop award, Channel-O Music Video Award, a Teen’s choice award and an American Music Award. In 2007, he won Billboard’s artist of the year award.
Akon is one of the most successful and acclaimed R&B artists in the first decade of the 21st century.
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