Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R. Kelly is renowned for a collection of major hit singles; Bump N Grind, Your Body’s Callin, The World’s Greatest, Gotham City, and so on. In addition to that, R.Kelly received three Grammy Awards for I Believe I Can Fly.
Believe it or not, R. Kelly was the only musician to play professional basketball while he was signed in 1997. Throughout his tenure, Robert won a number of prestigious awards including Guinness World Records and many other awards such as Grammy, BET, Billboard, NAACP, and American Music Awards. Doesn't it look like this singer stacks quite a lot of cash?
Well, you'll find that out here as today are discussing R. Kelly’s net worth, salary, house, and his lifestyle
How Much Is R. Kelly’s Net Worth?
R. Kelly’s current net worth is $150 million. His main sources of income are his music career, mainly singing, songwriting, he is also a bit of an actor. It is estimated that R.Kelly earns 46 million dollars yearly. In the year 2012, R. Kelly earned $142, 000 through 141.3 thousand copies sales of his album Write Me Back. Besides, R. Kelly received a $100, 000 prize money on the television talent show, Big Break. R.Kelly has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide till date.
Image: R. Kelly
Billboard has named R. Kelly the best-selling R&B and hip-hop artist of the past 25 years. And with his 35 top ten hits on the US R&B/ Hip Hop chart- Kelly has now ranked ahead of pop stars such as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Usher.
However, his personal life isn't going that good, as he is paying $114, 000 in child support following the divorce from choreographer wife Andrea Lee in 2013.
R.Kelly/Robert Kelly’s House and IRS Troubles
R. Kelly was targeted by the IRS for not paying taxes on time from 2005 to 2010. Robert Kelly owed IRS a ma s sive $4.8 million in total, to which his representatives reacted with a statement that read:
“R. Kelly is in the process of working everything out with the government and he is confident that all his obligations will be satisfied.''
Image: Robert Kelly's Olympia Field's mansion
The R&B singer and IRS aren't the best of friends. The IRS filed a lien for $191, 614.35 for not paying taxes of the year 2012, and shortly followed another lien accusing him of cheating $2, 327, 444.58 in the year 2014.
Image: Robert Kelly accused of unpaid tax on time by IRS
Following the bad blood with IRS, Kelly suffered a $2.9 million foreclosure lawsuit in 2011 on his Olympia Fields mansion located in the south suburbs of Chicago after J.P Morgan Chase Bank stated he owed then beyond that. Since then the house has been owned by Rudolph Isley.
Which Car Does R. Kelly’s Drive?
Robert Kelly is fond of expensive and lucrative cars and three of his cars fall under 16 most expensive cars list. Robert’s first car’ 62S - limousine manufactured by Mayback cost somewhere around $1,000,000.In addition to that, his LF-LC - sports car by Lexus costs around $200,000, CL500 Mercedes costs $154,000 and Mercedes E-Cla s s car's price is $52, 600.
R.Kelly's Controversial Underage Sex Assault Accusations Settlement
Kelly has become popular not only for his hit music but for sexual abuse and some questionable actions as well. Kelly was accused by three sets of parents for holding their daughters in an abusive cult. He recently faced costly legal trouble that sank his net worth. Robert had to pay out $250, 000 in order to settle accusations of underage sex a s sault.
Image: R. Kelly accused of abusing underaged women
Some sources even claimed R. Kelly runs a “sex cult” in Georgia where Kelly controls and abuses underaged women. Th claims go as far as to say he is keeping six young women within his properties in Atlanta and Chicago.
Reportedly, those six young women were only allowed to use mobile phones provided by the singer. Kelly’s lawyer insisted he has done nothing wrong but is paying the price for his fame.
There were also reports that R.Kelly held Joycelyn Savage at a secret location in Atlanta. The 20-year-old girl met Kelly at the backstage in December 2016 after one of his shows.
Image: Joycelyn Savage claimed physically abused by R. Kelly
Source: Fab Magazine
Savage was picked out of the crowd at a concert. The young woman described how she managed to escape the R&B star's sex cult. Joycelyn claimed, Kelly forced her into posing for nude photographs and tried to get her to live with him in California. The young woman’s family fears she is being a s saulted against her will by the popular singer.
R. Kelly, a Charitable Singer
Despite all the controversies and trouble with the IRS, Robert Kelly has financially supported a number of charities for many years. The most remarkable donations Robert made was in 2003 when he gave away $50, 000 to the Texas Military Family Foundation. In 2016, Robert helped fund the funeral for two boys who died in Chicago fire. Kelly reportedly donated $5, 000 to ensure their parents about arrangements.
Quick facts about Robert Kelly
- R. Kelly is a singer, songwriter, and record producer born on 8th January 1967 in Chicago, Illinois.
- R. Kelly secretly married Aaliyah in 1994 but the marriage was annulled later.
- R. Kelly married dancer Andrea Lee in 1996 and got divorced in 2009.
- Robert Kelly has three children with Andrea Lee.
- R.. Kelly participated in 11 official tours around the world from 1994 to 2012.