Yasiin Bey pose during the Louis Vuitton Menswear Fall/Winter 2021-2022 show as part of Paris Fashion Week
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Yasiin Bey Has Most Def Put in the Work to Earn His Massive Fortune — but What's His Net Worth?

Yasiin Bey is one of hip-hop's most respected veteran's and he most definitely earned his stripes. Here's where his net worth stands today.


Feb. 7 2024, Updated 5:40 p.m. ET

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Yasiin Bey, who was also once known as Mos Def, is a prolific entertainer who has crafted a lane in music, acting, and activism. Over the years, Yasiin has gained acclaim for his artistic contributions — and garnered devoted fans along the way.

The rapper has had his fair share of controversies, including a widely publicized legal battle in South Africa, but for the most part, he's been unproblematic.

Yasiin lives a pretty low-key lifestyle, which makes fans even more curious about the details of his personal life — including his net worth, marriages, children, and current projects. Here are the details.

yasiin bey over the phone
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Mos Def holds a pay phone.

Yasiin Bey has enjoyed a great career

Yasiin, born Dante Terrell Smith, kicked off his career over three decades ago and carefully created a colorful and multifaceted career for himself that included music, acting, and activism.

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While some of his advocacy work landed him in hot water, the Brooklyn native has never stopped staying true to himself and representing causes that he believes in. Because he belongs to the older generation of hip-hop artists, Yasiin is considered one of the veteran members of the genre.

How much money has Yasiin Bey made? Find out his net worth!

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Yasiin has a net worth of $2.5 million, and he has earned this from his work as a rapper, entertainer, and actor over the years.

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Despite his wide-ranging talents and influential contributions to hip-hop culture, Yasiin's financial standing is relatively modest compared to some of his peers. Some celebrities prefer not to disclose the full scope of their personal lives, and Yasiin would definitely fit the scope of a rapper who prefers his privacy — especially when it comes to his finances.

Yasiin Bey

American rapper, Actor

Net worth: 2.5 million

Yasiin Bey is known for his phenomenal contribution to hip-hop and the world of acting. He is renowned for songs like "UMI Says" and "Sunshine." Although the Brooklyn native has been quiet for years, he has continued to generate intrigue among fans.

Birthname: Dante Terrell Smith

Birthday: December 11, 1973

Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York

Education: Philippa Schuyler Middle School

Spouse: Alana Wyatt (m. 2005), Maria Yepes (m. 1996–2006)

Kids: 6

Father: Abdul Rahman

Mother: Sheron Smith Bey

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Mos Def, Kanye West, GLC and Consequence during Kanye West's Performance at the Canal Room

Yasiin Bey was sued for child support — details on his legal troubles.

While Yasiin is relatively understated these days, his personal life has not been completely drama-free. In 2023, news broke that the rapper would potentially have to forfeit his tour money because one of the mothers of his children was going after him for attorney fees. The veteran rapper reportedly has six children by four different women.

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After Yasiin was accused of not paying child support, the rapper stated that he had issues with finances.

His ex's attorney Karen Blaustein shut that down, stating: “I’ve been seeing him in these commercials with Bruce Willis for his new movie. I’m sure he’s made enough money to support his 7- and 8-year-old daughters,” Karen said.

In recent years, Yasiin Bey has shifted away from the mainstream celebrity scene, choosing instead to focus on more niche and independent projects, including the one Karen mentioned. The rapper has also been involved in various philanthropic efforts and social justice causes, which closely align with his commitment to activism.

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