How much is B.o.B. worth? B.o.B. net worth is $5 million, according to numerous sites, and it’s easy to see how Bobby Ray Simmons Jr. earned that much cash. The wealthy rapper, producer, and songwriter has released two albums—B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray (2010), which reached no. 1 on the Billboard charts, and Strange Clouds (2012)—and a slew of mixtapes. He’s also had three top 10 singles: “Nothin’ On You,” featuring Bruno Mars; “Airplanes,” featuring Hayley Williams; and “Strange Clouds,” featuring Lil Wayne.

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B.o.B. may be worth $5 million now, but he didn’t come from super rich family. He was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., and grew up in Decatur, Ga. There, he fell in love with music and decided by sixth grade to make it his career. He played trumpet in the high school band, and while his pastor father initially scoffed at his son’s vocational choice, he eventually came around. Bobby Ray Simmons Sr. told the in Feb. 2011 that B.o.B. dropped out of school in the ninth grade because he landed a record deal—which would bring him his fortune.

“For Bob, we supported him in whatever he wanted to do,” the elder Simmons said. “So, we just allowed him to navigate us until he found that thing he could use to manifest his inner gift. Parents just need to be supportive of their children as they find their way. And of course a lot of prayer.”

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The prayer must have paid off. B.o.B. is signed to Grand Hustle Records, Rebel Rock Entertainment, and Atlantic Records. He’s topped the U.S. and U.K. charts, and in 2010, he placed ninth on MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game” list. He’s hot, but in terms of cash, he’s trailing behind some other rappers, including Diddy ($550 million), Kanye West ($70 million), and Nicki Minaj ($14 million).

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