Bobby Brown is a singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, and actor. Along with Teddy Riley, Bobby Brown is credited with pioneering new jack swing, a music genre that is an amalgamation of hip hop and R&B. Brown was born in 1969 as Robert Barisford Brown in Boston, Massachusetts. He is one of eight children born to his parents Carole Elizabeth (a substitute teacher) and Herbert James Brown (a construction worker). Since he was born into a financially-struggling family, he often did not get what he wanted, and he resorted to stealing as a kid.
A stabbing incident of a close friend brought an end to this habit. Brown saw one of his childhood inspirations, James Brown, perform live when he was just three years old. The show helped Brown develop a passion for music and fueled his dream of becoming a singer. In 1992, he married the late singing sensation Whitney Houston, but the couple divorced in 2007 after more than 14 years together. During those years, Brown’s marriage to Houston was fraught with marital problems and drug abuse.
Brown has seven children, including Bobbi Kristina Brown, who he had with Whitney. Bobbi also passed away in 2015, just three years after her mother. One of Brown’s other children – his son Bobby Brown Jr. – was also found dead in his home in 2020. Despite the devastating deaths in his family, Bobby Brown has stayed active in his profession and has managed to maintain a respectable amount of wealth. Curious to know how he made this money? We have the answers.
How Did Bobby Brown Make His Money?
Bobby Brown launched his singing career at a very young age. When he was 12, Brown and his friends founded the band New Edition in 1981. Their 1983 album peaked on the Billboard R&B singles chart. The band went on several successful tours and sold many albums, but it did not bring financial success for Brown. He left the band to pursue a solo career in 1985. In 1986, Brown released his first solo album called ‘King of Stage,’ which performed only moderately well.
The singer’s breakthrough came with his second album, ‘Don’t Be Cruel,’ in 1988, which sold around 12 million copies. Brown is known for his hits “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Humpin’ Around.” Due to his relationship issues with then-wife Whitney, Brown’s musical career suffered during the late 1990s. He later reunited with New Edition for several performances, including at the 2005 BET 25th anniversary special and then at the 2009 BET Awards.
Since then, the band has been together. In 2020, Brown said that there was a “big tour” on the way. He made his acting debut in 1989 with a cameo in ‘Ghostbusters II.’ He was also featured in the HBO kids’ show, ‘Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme.’ Brown has also appeared in different music videos, including one of Whitney Houston’s. He signed a contract with Bravo for the reality show ‘Being Bobby Brown,’ which he also executive-produced.
Despite negative reviews, the show brought the channel the highest ratings because of its strategic time slot. The show was then canceled when Whitney backed out after the first season. Brown also has production credits in ‘The New Edition Story.’ Apart from his career in the entertainment industry, Brown also owns a food business called Bobby Brown Foods. Launched back in 2014, the company makes (and sells) gluten-free, all-natural sauces and seasonings. As of 2021, Brown’s food business seems to be doing well.
Bobby Brown’s Net Worth
Partly through his music career, Bobby Brown has earned enough to garner a current net worth of approximately $3 million. This includes the sum of money that Brown received after his daughter passed away. After Bobbi Kristina’s death, the amount that she had collected from her mother’s estate (around $2 million) went to her closest living relation – her father.
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