|Estimated value:||€40 million|
|Country of origin:||United States of America|
|Source of Wealth:||rapper|
Wiz Khalifa is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and actor who got his international breakthrough with the song “Black and Yellow”.
Khalifa was born Cameron Jibril Thomaz in 1987 in London in Minot, North Dakota. Through his father’s military service, Khalifa lived in Germany, the UK and Japan before settling in Pittsburgh with his mother in 1996. Shortly after moving to Pittsburgh, Khalifa began writing and performing his own lyrics. His stage name is derived from Khalifa, an Arabic word meaning “follower” and wisdom, which was shortened to Wiz when Khalifa was a young boy. By the age of 15, he was recording his music regularly at a studio called ID Labs. Studio management was so impressed with his lyrics that Khalifa was allowed to record for free. This allowed him to get professional studio time for free and to garner more attention than other artists at such a young age. He already had a local group of fans in Pittsburgh at the time.
In 2006, he gained national attention with his mixtape Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania. The following year, Khalifa had his first hit rap single with “Say Yeah.” He also released other mixtapes around this time, including 2007’s Grow Season and 2009’s How Fly. 2011 saw his first major hit with Black and Yellow, an ode to the Pittsburgh Steelers. “Black and Yellow” was on his album Rolling Papers, which peaked at number two on the album chart. In 2012, Wiz Khalifa teamed up with Snoop Dogg for the comedic film Mac and Devin Go to High School. His next album “ONIFC” from 2012 contained singles like “Word Hard, Play Hard” and “Remember You”. Khalifa collaborated with a number of other rappers on the record including Juicy J and Pharrell Williams. He also went on a concert tour called The Under The Influence of Music Tour. As a guest artist, Khalifa had another hit with Maroon 5 with the song “Payphone”. In 2013, he released his collaboration with Curren$y, which included seven new songs. In 2014, Wiz Khalifa released Blacc Hollywood. The album featured tracks like “We Dem Boyz.” Guest artists on this song included Rick Ross and Nas. Khalifa topped the charts again in 2015 along with Charlie Puth with the song “See You Again.” The ballad, a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker, appeared on Furious 7 Soundtrack and was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards. In 2018 he released the singles “Hopeless Romantic” with Swae Lee and “Real Rich” with Gucci Mane. In 2019, Khalifa returned with the collaboration with artists Trippie Red and Preme with the song “Alright”.
His song “See You Again” is one of the biggest hits of 2015 and stayed at number one for more than ten weeks.
Khalifa has won multiple Billboard Music Awards and Teen Choice Awards. He was also nominated for Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and People’s Choice Awards. The Pittsburgh City Council declared December 12, 2012 as Wiz Khalifa Day in the city.
“Don’t let the sadness from the past and the fear of the future ruin the happiness of the present.”
“Don’t worry about someone who doesn’t care about you.”
“We have to get hurt to grow, we have to fail to know and we have to lose to win. Because some life lessons are best learned through pain. ”
tips for success
“The most daring thing is to be yourself and do exactly what you want to do at the time and not worry about what other people are doing or what is popular.”
“You can have anything you want, but you have to create it.”
|Estimated value:||€40 million|