Jussie Smollett Net Worth
In recent years, Jussie Smollett has enjoyed a tremendous career in entertainment. He has been involved in various films, television shows and music albums. Among other things, he is best known for playing Jamal Lyon in the Fox series Empire. During the fifth season, he received a salary of $65,000 per episode. Moreover, he also earned royalties for his songs.
The actor’s first acting role was in On Our Way, an ABC sitcom starring five siblings. However, his career took off after his role on Empire. His performance as the gay musician Jamal Lyon has helped Jussie to earn international fame and a good amount of money. Besides his acting career, he also has a successful solo singing career. Throughout his life, he has released several music albums and songs. Among other accomplishments, he has won the Teen Choice Award, the BET Awards, and the Young Artist Award.
As a child, he lived in the Elmhurst neighborhood of New York City. Jussie Smollett began his career as an extra in movies. He worked on several movies, including “The Mighty Ducks” (1992) and “North” (1994). Later on, he had roles in “Mo’ Better Blues” and “New Jack City” in 1991.
At the age of 19 years, Jussie Smollett came out to his parents that he is gay. This news was not publicly announced, but he made his parents aware of his sexual orientation in interviews. Upon his admission to prison, he was fined $25,000 and given 30 months of felony probation. Additionally, he had to pay $120,000 in restitution to the city of Chicago.
In April 2019, the city of Chicago filed a lawsuit against Jussie Smollett. Several charges against him were filed, including filing a false police report, a class-four felony. According to the prosecutor, he paid $3,500 to two white men who had ski masks to attack him. Despite his innocence, he was charged with a class-four felony, and he was sentenced to 150 days in jail. Fortunately, this charge was dropped after a month.
Currently, Jussie Smollett lives in a luxury home in the city of Chicago. This house is a 5,000 square foot apartment that he bought for $5 million. Moreover, he also owns a Lexus GX, a BMW X6, a Jaguar I-Pace, and commercial buildings in the city. Nevertheless, he is not sure if he will continue his career as an actor. Since his arrest, his appearances on other shows have been cancelled due to the Chicago “attack” controversy.
Despite the recent controversy, Jussie Smollett’s net worth has increased. In fact, his net worth is estimated to be at least $3 million by 2023. Nevertheless, his fortune will be greatly affected by his bail bond, which was set at $1.1 million. But he will continue to earn a lot from his acting and singing careers.
As of March 20, 2019, Jussie Smollett is on parole, pending the outcome of an appeal. He will return to his acting roles in the show Empire.