R Kelly’s Net Worth

What is R. Kelly’s net worth?

Net Worth: -$2 Million

Date of Birth: January 8, 1967 (age 55)

Country of Origin: United States of America

Source of Wealth: Professional Singer/Rapper

Last Updated: 2023


Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R. Kelly, is an American singer and songwriter. He is known for his contributions to the R&B and hip hop genres.

Kelly began to pursue music at age 5 when he joined the gospel choir and soon after began playing various instruments including the drums, guitar, keyboard, and even the trumpet. In high school, he started to focus on being a musician after he dropped out of college to pursue it as a career.

In 1991 he signed a deal with Jive Records and released his solo debut album titled “12 Play” which went platinum. In 1998 he released his third studio album “R.” which became one of the best-selling albums of 1998

R. Kelly has written songs for a wide variety of artists from Mariah Carey to Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga. He is considered a key figure in the development of modern R&B music and has been described as the King of R&B for his influential work in the genre.

Early Life

Robert Sylvester Kelly was born on January 8, 1967, in Chicago Illinois. His father left the family when he was at an early age.

Kelly’s mom, Joanne, was a schoolteacher. With Kelly’s dad absent throughout his life, his mom raised him and three of their siblings by herself. Kelly himself was often abused as a little boy at the hands of another woman which he wrote about in his autobiography.

He was a talented basketball player during his school days at Kenwood Academy and even went on to play for the team at a high school in the suburbs of Chicago. He then attended college at the University of Tennessee to play for their basketball team. However, he left before completing his degree to pursue a career in music instead.

He formed a group “MGM” (Musically Gifted Men) in 1989 with a group of his friends. They released their first single, “Why You Wanna Play With Me.”

Kelly pursued his passion for singing when he signed with Jive Records in 1991. Following his signing, he pursued the release of his debut album “Born into the 90s.”


R. Kelly has had a long and successful career in the music industry. He has been nominated for many awards, including 25 Grammy Awards, 15 Billboard Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, 29 Soul Train Awards, etc. Kelly has won a total of 110 awards from 274 nominations.

The early success of R. Kelly was largely due to his first album, “Born into the 90s” which went platinum. By the time his debut album was released, he had already hit the ground running with his songs “Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)” and Honey Love.

In 1996 he released “I Believe I Can Fly” which peaked at number one on the Billboard.

When his mother passed, he became more ambitious and sought to make up for her absence. He focused on his dream of becoming an all-encompassing superstar and gained success in the music industry. His legacy has been well received by many, as evidenced by the hit song “I Believe I Can Fly” which he published in 1996 that earned him 3 Grammy awards in 1998.

One of his last releases in the 90s was 1998’s “R.” He collaborated with Celine Dion for a song called “I’m Your Angel,” which sold more than 1.5 million copies in the United States alone.

Kelly and Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs achieved chart success in 1999 with their song “Satisfy You”, and two years later Kelly joined the rap king Jay-Z to create another top hit, “Fiesta.”

He released the album “Write Me Back” in 2012, following in the footsteps of stars like Teddy Pendergrass and Marvin Gaye.

Kelly’s career has been on the rise ever since he decided to make a new album. He is best known for his R&B music from the 90s and he has sold millions of copies of his music.

As of 2023, R Kelly’s net worth is $-2 million.


1993 – Kelly releases his debut solo album

1993 – “Bump n’ Grind” (Song)

1994 – Billboard Awards (Number One R&B Producer)

1995 – R Kelly (Album)

1998 – Grammy Award (Best R&B song “I Believe I Can Fly”)

2001 – Wins 6 Billboard Awards, including top R&B/hip-hop artist

2003 – BET Awards (Best Male R&B Artist)

2003 – “Ignition” (Song)

2003 – Became No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart with Step in the Name of Love.

2005 – Begins his video music series, “Trapped in the Closet.”

2012 – Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me (Autobiography)

How R. Kelly Made His Money Outside of Music

He is one of the most successful musicians in the world, but he also has a number of other sources of income. He has a clothing line, and he sells merchandise like hats, t-shirts, and shoes under the name “Robert Kelly”. He also hosts a radio show called “The R. Kelly Show” on WGCI 107.5 FM in Chicago every Saturday at noon EST which airs on Sirius XM Radio’s Channel 20 the following day at 8 am EST.

In addition to touring, He also makes money from his record label and from producing other artists’ music.

The singer even earns cash through live performances, which are not limited to concerts; he often performs at weddings or events for a fee.

Top 10 Inspirational Quotes From R Kelly

1. “I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky.” – R. Kelly

2. “I want people to notice my writing abilities are real and that I’m not just stuck in one situation.” – R. Kelly

3. “Sometimes silence can seem so loud.” – R. Kelly

4. “I went from a D all the way to an A-plus, I tell you prayer changes things.” – R. Kelly

5. “The depth of your struggle determines the height of your success.” – R. Kelly

6. “You are the world’s greatest when you say you are.” – R. Kelly

7. “Within all of us, there is a storm. Some believe it will never end: but he who has faith in the heavens above will weather any storm.” – R. Kelly

8. “I’m the Ali of today. And a lot of people are starting to realize that now.” – R. Kelly

9. “You know, I’m no different from a fireman. You got to run into a fire no matter how big the blaze is.” – R. Kelly

10. “I know my past is not what my future holds.” – R. Kelly

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