J.Cole Net Worth, Early Life, Personal Life, Career, and Many More

Born Jermaine Lamarr Cole, he is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, and also a professional basketball player who plays for the Scarborough Shooting Stars of the Canadian Elite Basketball League.

In this article, we will cover J. Cole’s net worth, early life, personal life, career, and others. Read the full article below to know everything about J. Cole, from his net worth to his personal life.

What Is the Net Worth of J. Cole?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, the estimated net worth of J. Cole is around $60 million which he has earned majorly from his career in music. He rose to prominence first in early 2007, when he released his first mixtape “The Come Up”. He is one of the highest-paid rappers worldwide and earns nearly $30 million per year.

After taking a dig into J. Cole’s net worth, let’s have a look at his childhood and early life.

Early Life

Cole was born on the 28th of January, 1985 in Frankfurt, West Germany. His father served as a U.S. Army veteran who left the family when he was a child, whereas his mother Kay worked as a postal worker. 

When he was 8 months old, his mother shifted him to Fayetteville, North Carolina along with his elder brother, Zach. At the age of 12, Cole began rapping and by the time he turned 14, he already had his notebooks loaded with rhymes.

Later, J. Cole got an 808 beat machine from his mother to produce music himself so it becomes apparent that she helped a lot in establishing his musical career and building the net worth that he enjoys now.

Cole was publishing songs on several internet mediums by the age of 17 under the handle “Therapist”. He completed his high school graduation and relocated to New York City after he got a scholarship to St. John’s University and completed his graduation from there.

Personal Life

J. Cole is married to Melissa Heholt. The couple went to St. John’s University together and met there for the first time. Heholt now serves as the Executive Director of the Dreamville Foundation. They have two children together.


J. Cole’s immense success in his musical career has contributed a lot to his net worth. In 2007, Cole released his debut mixtape “The Come Up” and gained recognition soon. This led American rapper Jay-Z to sign him to his record label Roc Nation. His second mixtape “The Warm Up” was released in 2009 and soon after, the next year, he released his third mixtape, “Friday Night Lights”.

He went on tour with Drake as a supporting act in 2011. In the same year, his debut studio album “Cole World: The Sideline Story” was released which peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, US Rap, and US R&B/Hip-Hop charts and was also certified platinum.

In 2013, he released his second album Born Sinner which also peaked at number one on all three of those charts. In 2014, his album 2014 Forest Hills Drive was released which topped the Billboard 200, US Rap, and US R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Both Born Sinner and Forest Hills Drive were certified platinum, and the latter brought him his first nomination for Grammy for Best Rap Album.

In 2016, he released his album “4 Your Eyez Only” which peaked at number one on all of those charts and also topped in Canada as well as certified platinum. In 2018, his fifth album “KOD,” was released and reached number 1 on the Billboard 200. He won his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Song on January 26, 2020, for his song “A Lot” in which he collaborated with 21 Savage.

His most successful singles are “Work Out”, “Can’t Get Enough” which featured Trey Songz, “Power Trip” (featuring Miguel), “Nobody’s Perfect” (featuring Missy Elliott), “Deja Vu”, “Crooked Smile” (featuring TLC), and “Neighbors”; playing an important role in J. Cole’s net worth.

He has received many BET Hip Hop Awards and nominations for several Grammy Awards. From June 2017 to June 2018, he made a total of $36 million approximately. Cole’s biggest influences are Tupac Shakur, Nas, Jay Z, Eminem, and Andrew 3000. He once said that he thinks Tupac, Nas, The Notorious BIG, and Jay Z are the best rappers of all time.

There is no doubt that J.Cole earned a massive net worth from his successful music career, but have a look at his other ventures as well.

J.Cole Net Worth

Other Ventures

In addition to his successful musical career, J. Cole is also a producer which also contributed to his net worth. In early 2007, he started his own record label with Ibrahim Hamad named Dreamville Records.

Dreamville Records has released 9 albums among which three were certified platinum. He has produced singles for many popular artists like Kendrick Lamar, Janet Jackson, and others. He also holds some minor stakes in Tidal.

In 2011, he also set up a non-profit organization named The Dreamville Foundation which runs several philanthropic campaigns for needy youth like a back-to-school supply drive and a book club for young men. The Dreamville Foundation also organizes writing competitions and career days.

He acquired his childhood home through the foundation which had been repossessed from his mother years ago, in 2014 for $120,000. He bought the home with the objective of converting it into rent-free housing for single mothers and their children.

He sponsors the annual Dreamville Festival concert series, featuring local music, culture, artists, and food, along with big-name acts such as Big Sean, Nelly, and 21 Savage. The revenue benefits the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy in Raleigh, NC, and the Dreamville Foundation.


At the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards afterparty in New York City, Cole and Diddy were engaged in a dispute. It began when Diddy faced Kendrick Lamar regarding a verse in one of his songs and Diddy attempted to spill a drink on Lamar.

He interfered and the duo got into an argument, engaging their individual crews and leading to a minor fight. After some months, Cole and Diddy announced in public that their conflict was over.

His songs “Everybody Dies” and “False prophets” have attracted controversy in the hip-hop community, and fellow rappers have presumed that he was sneaking at rappers Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty. The hip-hop community also has presumed that the first verse of his song “False Prophets” is referring to Kanye West.

There were rumors of him having a conflict with rapper Lil Pump since April 2018, however, they came together for an interview in May 2019 to end those rumors and indicate to fans that now there is no difference between them.

J. Cole earned a net worth of $60 million over the years of their career. Stay tuned to our website to get all the latest information until then stay tuned to our website.

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