Will.i.am is one of the most famous names in the music industry. He is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, actor, philanthropist, DJ, record producer and an actor. The amount of success that he has achieved throughout his career is mind-blowing. It does not come as a surprise that he is worth millions. This piece features the net worth of Will.i.am in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
William James Adams Jr. was born on March 15, 1975, in Eastside Los Angeles to parents Debra and William Adams. He was raised in the Estrada Courts which were housing projects in the Boyle Heights neighbourhood. Will and his family were among the few African Americans living in a community that was dominated by Hispanic people.
Adam was raised by his mother and has never met his biological father. He attended John Marshall High School where he met future band-mate, Allan Pined. He also attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles before joining the Black Eyed Peas.
Not much information is known about Will.i.am’s romantic relationships. The singer has however stated that he does not have time for girlfriends.
Will.i.am revealed to a British tabloid, The Sun, that he suffers from tinnitus. This is a disorder that most musicians suffer from due to exposure to loud music for prolonged periods. He also stated in April 2013 that he has ADHD.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Will.i.am started his music career when he was in the eighth grade in the summer of 1988. Together with fellow rapper Allan Pined and fellow student Dante Santiago, the trio started performing together in Los Angeles. They were discovered by rapper Easy-E who signed them to Ruthless Records in 1992. They began recording an album titled Grass Roots which never saw the light of day due to Eazy-E’s passing in 1995. This was when the trio’s name changed to Black Eyed Pod. Will brought in Jaime Gomez to replace Dante. In 1997, the group changed its name again to The Black Eyed Peas.
They recorded their first album, Behind the Front, with the assistance of soul singer Kim Hill. The group was later signed to Interscope Records. The Black Eyed Peas released their first debut single, Joints & Jam, in early 1998. Bridging the Gap, which was the group’s second album was released in 2000. Will.i.am started working on solo projects in 2001, releasing his debut solo album titled Lost Change in the same year.
When he is not working with The Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am is a record producer and has worked with artists like Mariah Carey and Fergie on her solo projects. He has also ventured into acting, appearing in films like X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Will.i.am has also been featured on The X-Factor and American Idol and has been a coach on The Voice UK as well as The Voice Australia.
Net Worth & Earnings
Will.i.am has a net worth of $80 million. The singer has earned most of his fortune through his music career as a member of the Black Eyed Peas. He has also earned from his acting ventures and from being a coach on The Voice. Will.i.am also earns from his clothing and eyewear lines.
Will.i.am is a multi-faceted personality like no other. His love for music is seen through his work, and he has helped many artists to achieve their goals by coaching them and producing their music. The man is also a social and political activist who is portrayed through some of his music. Will.i.am is philanthropic and has his foundation called I.Am.Angel which supports education. He is a role model for many.