Akon Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, and Career.
Akon Net Worth 2020- Akon is a Senegalese-American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and businessman.
He is of Senegalese descent. He rose to fame in 2004 after the release of his song “Locked Up” from his debut album ‘Trouble’.
Biography – Early Life/Education/Personal Life
Akon was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 16, 1973, to an African family. His father, Mor Thaim, was a traditional jazz musician, and mother, Kine Thaim, was a dancer.
His parents moved to their hometown Dakar, Senegal, West Africa soon after Akon was born and lived there for 7 years. The couple along with their family moved back to the United and settled in the Jersey City.
As he reached the teenager and attended high school, his parents left him with his elder brother in Jersey City and moved to Atlanta, Georgia with the rest of the family.
Akon was a naughty and mischievous teen who did everything against the school rules. He did not get along with the other children easily and eventually started to hang around with the local rowdies.
Thanks to the musical influence of his family, Akon developed a great passion and love in music from an early age. He learned to play five musical instruments during his childhood including guitar, drums, and djembe.
Despite his problems as a youth living on his own in New Jersey, his love and passion for music helped him to get back on track. He began to sing and perform as a teenager
Later he attended Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia which he left just after the first semester. After leaving the University, he shifted his complete focus on the music business.
He started with making home recordings and in the meantime, he became good friends with Wyclef Jean of the Fugees. In 2003, Akon finally signed a record deal of his own.
Akon has always kept his family far away from the eyes of the media. However, he claims to have six children with three different women.
He runs an organization named Konfidence for underprivileged children and also owns a diamond mine in South Africa.
With the release of his debut album, ‘Trouble’, on June 2004, by Universal’s imprint SRC Records, Akon’ s life turned around and he instantly got international stardom.
The album was a huge success and produced multiple hit singles like “Locked Up”, “Bananza (Belly Dance),” “Ghetto” and “Lonely.”
After the success of his first album, he started his labels, named Kon Live Distribution and Konvict Muzic. He released his second album, ‘Konvicted’, on November 2006 from his label.
‘Konvicted’ gave him even more success by giving several chartbuster singles. The album broke several records by winning multiple platinum certificates.
The album featured guest appearances by the famous artists in two singles; Eminem was featured in the single “Smack That” and Snoop Dogg in “I Wanna Love You”.
His third album, ‘Freedom’, came out in 2008. The album spawned four singles: “Right Now -Na Na Na”, “I’m So Paid”, “Beautiful” and “We Don’t Care”. The album was certified platinum in the United States.
Akon has collaborated with the famous music artists like Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, and Gwen Stefan. He co-wrote Lady Gaga’s famous song “Just Dance”.
He also sang a duet “Hold My Hand” with the legendary pop-star Michael Jackson. The song was released after MJ’s death in 2009.
Besides this, he also worked with famous house music icon, David Guetta, in his song “Sexy Bitch”.
Akon has also sung a song “Chammak Challo” for the Hindi movie ‘Ra.One’ featuring Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor.
He sang the song in collaborated with the famous Indian music director duo, Vishal-Shekhar, in 2011.
Besides having the great singing talent, Akon has also made his name in the field of acting. He made his acting debut in 2012 in a Nigerian-American film named ‘Black November’.
He also worked with Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody in the action movie,’ American Heist’ released in 2014.
In 2015, Akon released his fourth album ‘Stadium’. The album was also released in five different genres (Euro, Pop, Urban, Island, and World) in late 2015 and early 2016.
In April 2016, along with Taiwanese singer Jeff Chang, he appeared in the Chinese reality TV show ‘I Am a Singer ’.
His success is not limited only to the film and music industry. Over the years, he has also become a very successful businessman.
He has a number of real estate investments along with the possession of two famous clothing lines named Aliaune and Konvict.
He is also the founder of the Konfidence Foundation whose main motive is to empower disadvantaged youth of Africa and the US.
Akon has a net worth of 80 million dollars.