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How Pitbull’s net worth was built

Pitbull was born Armando Christian Pérez to Cuban immigrants. Shortly after his birth, his father, a drug peddler, left the family, and his mother was forced to raise him on her own, with eventual help from a foster family from Roswell, Georgia. He learned English from the children’s TV program “Sesame Street.”

Pitbull’s love of words was sparked when he discovered Jose Marti, a renowned Cuban poet, at the age of 3. After he graduated high school, he fervently pursued music. Inspired by the “crunk” sound of artists Willy Chirino and Celia Cruz, Pitbull caught his big break when artist Lil Jon, known as the master of crunk, featured him on his 2002 album, “Kings of Crunk.”

From there, Pitbull’s career began to escalate. In 2004, he released his first solo album, “M.I.A.M.I.,” with TVT Records, topping the charts with hits like “Culo,” “Back Up” and “Toma.” The album solidified his name in the industry and for the next decade Pitbull would continue to build his musical empire, drawing massive, crunk-loving crowds to his concerts. To date, he has sold more than 70 million singles.

Pitbull also endorses products such as Bud Light, Dr. Pepper and Kodak, and he has started his own clothing line, After Dark. His net worth as of March 2017 is $65 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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  • Born: 1981
  • Birthplace: Miami

What he’s up to now

Pitbull has announced a few show dates in the spring, although there has been no confirmation of an extended tour. For New Year’s Eve 2016, Pitbull hosted “Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution” from Miami’s Bayfront Park, where he performed alongside Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg. Among the other artists to join them were Coolio, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Rob Base, Tone Loc and Young MC.


Since 2008, Pitbull has been nominated for many ALMA Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Latin Music Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, Latin American Music Awards, and many others. He has won awards for Latin Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Top Rap Song, Social Artist of the Year and Best Urban Song. In 2016, he won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album for his album “Dale.” He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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