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R Kelly Net Worth

What is R Kelly’s net worth?

Net Worth:-$2 Million
Born:January 8, 1967
Country of Origin:United States of America
Source of Wealth:Professional Singer/Rapper
Last Updated:2021


As of June 2022, R Kelly’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $-2 million, and after numerous lawsuits, complications, allegations, and even the “Surviving R Kelly” series; his net worth has entirely disappeared.

R Kelly is a songwriter, record producer, and singer from Chicago. He gained his recognition when he released his debut album ‘Born Into the 90’s’.

He pursued his rapping from there and today he is known for being one of the best singers and songwriters of all time with songs including the likes of “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Ignition”.

Recent news came to light when R. Kelly released a new 19-minute song, explaining how he was broke.


Early Life

Robert Sylvester Kelly was born on January 8, 1967, in Chicago.

Kelly’s mother, Joanne, was a singer. Kelly’s father was absent throughout his son’s life, so his mother raised him and his three siblings alone. Kelly was often sexually abused by a woman, which he wrote his autobiography about. 

Kelly entered Kenwood Academy where he performed a song by Stevie Wonder, and after that, he started to perform on the streets of Chicago.

He formed a group with his friends “MGM” (Musically Gifted Men” in 1989. MGM recorded and released their debut single “Why You Wanna Play With Me”.

Kelly signed with Jive Records in 1991 and pursued his singing career after that.



R Kelly's Career

Kelly started his singing career in 1991, after his years of performance in the streets of Chicago.

He signed a contract with Jive Records, and the following year he released his debut album Born Into The 90’s. His debut album turned out to be a big success with the hits “Slow Dance (Hey Mr. Dj)” and Honey Love.

In 1993 he scored his first No.1 single on the pop charts, Bump N’ Grind. After his mother’s death, he continued to live up to his nickname “Prince of Pillowtalk”. He lauded as the king of R&B, and in 1996 he released a superhit “I Believe I Can Fly” that earned him three Grammy awards in 1997.

Kelly has collaborated with worldwide artists including the likes of Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and Gladys Knight.

He remained as the king of R&B in the 90’s. In 1998 he released his album “R” where he featured a duet with Celine Dion entitled “I’m Your Angel” which sold more than 7 million copies.

Kelly and Sean “Puffy” Combs made the charts with “Satisfy You” (1999) and two years later, Kelly joined the rap king Jay-Z to create another top hit “Fiesta”. 

In 2012 he released “Write Me Back” which followed the footsteps of stars like Teddy Pendergrass and Marvin Gaye.

Since then, Kelly has pursued to make new music. He was known for being the R&B king during the 90’s and he has sold over millions of copies of his music.

As of June 2022, R Kelly’s net worth is $-2 million.



Here are some of the best highlights of R Kelly’s career:

  • Billboard Awards (Number One R&B Producer, 1994)
  • Grammy Award (Best R&B song “I Believe I Can Fly”, 1998)
  • BET Awards (Best Male R&B Artist, 2003)
  • R Kelly (Album, 1995)
  • Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me (Autobiography, 2012)
  • “Ignition” (Song, 2003)
  • “I Believe I Can Fly” (Song, 1993)
  • “Bump n’ Grind” (Song, 1993)


Favorite Quotes from R Kelly

“I’ve programmed myself musically to come up with love-feeling tracks that are romantic, sexy, but classy, all in one. And that’s the challenge. Once I create that music, then the lyrical content starts to come – you know, the stories and things like that.” – R Kelly

“There are a time and place for everything. You’re younger, you might want to go to clubs and kick it, but as you get older, you start seeing that life has more meaning to it. The people that you love are the people you want to start trusting and start wanting them to trust you and start respecting them.” – R Kelly 

“If there’s no fire, there’s no scream. If there’s no scream, then no one hears you and no one comes to help you in the first place. The depth of my struggle has definitely determined the height of my success. To be able to teach my kids not just about success but about the struggle that comes with it.” – R Kelly 

“In life, you have people that love to party. That’s me. People that love God. That’s me. People that love sex. That’s me. People that love people. That’s me. And people that make mistakes. That’s me also.” – R Kelly 

“Love has never failed. It has won every battle. And today and forever more it will go on undefeated. I’m also a very loving person.” – R Kelly 


View our larger collection of the best R Kelly quotes!



With R Kelly’s net worth at $-2 million, he has nowhere near the amount of money he once had.

There has been so much trouble caused during his success.

What do you think about R Kelly’s net worth? Leave a comment below.

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  1. Tone G.

    Dec 15, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    R. Kelly is one of the best Chicago artists that’s left and it’s so sad that these women are trying to destroy his character my thing is this if this man has done all those things that he is accused of then why is he still walking around a free man u no why because there is no proof all these broke women are looking for a free payday sorry hoes it ain’t gone happen get off y’all lazy ass and get a real job

    • Reno G

      Jul 18, 2019 at 2:06 am

      He’s not anymore but because he is rich and paid victims off as they always do. Now the tables have turned and he don’t have a record deal, no hit records or videos and so the time has come to pay the piper! Sad end to a rags to riches and then back to rags to the pin!!

  2. Alecia

    Jan 2, 2019 at 6:49 am

    He also has written and produce music for other celebrities that was hits. I think that if he didn’t have so many lawsuits against him, hen would be worth more money.

  3. C Burgman

    Jan 5, 2019 at 3:12 am

    A fool and his money will soon depart # Byefool

  4. steven w. foster

    Jan 12, 2019 at 3:22 am

    Praying for R. Kelly. Praying for you, bro. I know how you feel.

  5. Jamal

    Jan 18, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    R Kelly Net worth $1 million , please?

    • Keedo

      Apr 24, 2019 at 6:22 am

      I think R kelly has stashed his money away, to avoid civil law-suites, pending the outcome of his court cases.

      That is always the final straw after the us law is trying to put you away, and destroy you.

  6. victor

    Jan 19, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    i’m so sad and shocked at the diminished wealth of my favorite singer in the world. this is so depressing , what happened to the R

  7. Lutitia Franklin

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    I’m so sad for him and I really feel sorry for him that he has lost all of his money, I think they need to back up off of him.

  8. Pio Mos

    Dec 20, 2019 at 10:02 am

    All human beings make mistakes, some big, some deemed small. Either way,a mistake is a mistake. None of us alive and dead today can ever lay claim to the record of “never having made a mistake” in their lives. A sin is a sin no matter how small. R Kelly may be down and te world may have written him off but our good God still sees him as His beloved Child. I pray for you Brother! And to every woman who knows they have falsely accused the R Kelly, their reward awaits them!

  9. Gina

    Dec 18, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    He got what he deserves..

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