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From Compton to the Boardroom: Ice Cube's Multi-Million Dollar Net Worth Might Surprise You

Ice Cube is a media and sports mogul. The rapper built an impressive net worth thanks to his success as an actor and CEO of the BIG3 League.


Apr. 8 2024, Published 8:16 p.m. ET

When it comes to pioneers of hip-hop, Ice Cube stands among the greatest. The rapper rose to fame as a founding member of the groundbreaking group N.W.A. before transitioning into a career that includes acting, producing, and entrepreneurship.

Cube's journey began in the late 1980s when he, along with Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella, and MC Ren, formed the Compton-based rap collective. N.W.A. went on to revolutionize hip-hop with their raw lyrics and unapologetic portrayal of life in Southern Los Angeles. Their debut studio album, Straight Outta Compton, became a phenomenon and solidified the group’s place in hip-hop history.

After departing from N.W.A. due to creative differences, Ice Cube embarked on a solo career. His post-group success extends beyond music, as he has become a prominent actor and business owner. Thanks to his accomplishments, Cube has built a very impressive net worth.

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Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson) performs live on stage during a concert of High Rollers Volume 1.

It’s all about the Benjamins for Ice Cube.

Ice Cube's wealth, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth, stands at a staggering $160 million. The database highlights that the rapper initially amassed his fortune through his achievements in music before venturing into the realm of acting.

His early success with N.W.A. laid the foundation for a prolific solo career, where he released several critically acclaimed projects and singles. He has since sold more than 9 million albums worldwide, according to Best Selling Albums.

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In the mid-1990s, Cube transitioned into acting and quickly became a sought-after talent. His roles in hit films like Boyz n the Hood earned him high praise and inspired the rapper to start his own production company.

Cube Vision was founded in 1995 and has since produced a string of classic movies. Cube’s company produced the films in the Friday franchise, along with others like The Players Club, All About the Benjamins, and Are We There Yet?

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Ice Cube visits SiriusXM Studios on July 10, 2023.

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Ice Cube

Rapper, Actor, Film producer, Entrepreneur

Net worth: $160 million

Ice Cube is a rapper and producer from Los Angeles, who rose to fame as a member of N.W.A. He later transitioned to acting, and then became the co-founder of the BIG3 basketball league.

Birth name: O'Shea Jackson

Birthday: June 15, 1969

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Education: Taft High School

Spouse: Kimberly Woodruff (m. 1992)

Kids: 4

Father: Hosea Jackson

Mother: Doris Benjamin

Ice Cube’s BIG3 League is becoming a big deal in the basketball world.

In addition to being a media mogul, Ice Cube is the co-owner of the BIG3 League. The BIG3 League brings together retired NBA players, international basketball stars, and talented athletes from various backgrounds to compete in half-court, 3-on-3 games. The league was started in 2017 and has since seen exponential growth. Michael Beasley, Nick Young, Larry Sander, and Vernon Davis have all played in the league – which consists of 12 different teams

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Coach Ice Cube and Vernon Davis of Team Webull.

Cube’s league, which he started with entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, has become increasingly popular among sports fans. In 2019, Cube signed a television deal with CBS Sports to air more than half of all BIG3 games. Details of the deal are undisclosed, but Cube is very happy with his partnership with the flagship network.

“Having a partner like CBS that believes in the league and understands that the league brings a different audience to CBS and entertains the audience they already have? We see that we’re both in a unique and amazing position,” Cube told Boardroom.

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