Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, was on Instagram last week posing with a huge pile of cash. He posted the photo of himself flashing the peace sign and holding a banded stack of $50 bills, worth $5,000, sitting in front of a pile of countless other stacks. To top it off, 50 shared the photo with the caption “Still got a little pocket money.” If nothing else, Jackson must have some pretty deep pockets.
Throughout his 15-year music career, 50 Cent has gained a reputation for being real, acting tough, and getting paid. Of the three, it’s easy to argue he’s best at getting paid. Jackson’s net worth is estimated to be over $240 million, making him one of the richest rappers. He’s so rich that his record producer is even named ‘Money.’
Curtis Jackson broke through into the rap world after recording a popular track on Eminem’s movie ‘8-Mile.’ His first album, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” was such a huge success that it debuted at number 1 on Billboard and went platinum 6 times. All that success translates to cash, and 50 started making it right away, trading in his old life hustling drugs on the street for fame and fortune.
Get Rich Or Die Tryin’
For all the stacks of cash the rapper has made, 50 hasn’t been able to put his old life entirely behind him. After his first arrest for selling crack in 1994, which was followed up by a second arrest three weeks later when cops raided his home and found even more drugs, 50 Cent has been in and out of jail and took part in violent feuds with other artists.
As recently as August of 2013, Jackson has been dragged in front of a judge in order to answer for his behavior. His latest problems stem from domestic violence and vandalism charges levelled by then-girlfriend Daphne Joy who said the rapper kicked her and ransacked her bedroom before fleeing the scene of the crime after police were called. He might not be on the same level as Chris Brown, but the fact is that issues with anger, violence, and thirsty hos have plagued the rapper’s career.
Not A Role Model
50 has been pretty vocal about the fact that he isn’t a role model, just a man who came from nothing and got rich because he worked hard. Nobody’s arguing with the fact that maybe kids shouldn’t be looking up to the drug dealer-turned-artist, but for all of his bluster and history of violence Jackson seems to be settling into his first class life pretty well.
The artist counts his cash from a mansion in Connecticut, valued at $10.9 million, that sits on a private lake. The 48,500 square foot property has 21 bedrooms and 25 bathrooms, marble floors, a huge home theater and recording studio, and multiple pools and hot tubs. He might not be a role model, but plenty of people would kill to emulate Jackson’s rags to riches life.