How much is J. Cole worth? J. Cole is worth $4.5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, and while he’s nowhere near as rich as, say, Jay Z, who signed him in 2007 to his Roc Nation label, he’s doing OK for himself. After all, J. Cole has only dropped two albums — “Cole World: The Sideline Story” (2011) and “Born Sinner” (2013) — and compared to some of the wealthiest folks in the hip-hop game, he’s just a newcomer. Born Jermaine Lamarr Cole on January 28, 1985, J. Cole hails from Frankfurt, West Germany, where his father was stationed with the U.S. Army. When was eight months old, Cole moved to the States with his mother, and he grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina. As a youngster, Cole excelled at both hip-hop and academics, and after graduating from high school, he attended St. John’s University on an academic scholarship.

J. Cole’s net worth likely wouldn’t be as high as $4.5 million had he entered the job market and pursued a normal career, though he graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s with a degree in communications, so he certainly has the tools to make it in the 9-to-5 world. But J. Cole wasn’t destined to punch the clock. In 2007, he released his debut mixtape, “The Come Up,” and once that landed in the hands of Jay Z, the upstart rhymer was off and running. After signing with Roc Nation, Cole dropped “Cole World: The Sideline Story,” in 2011, and that LP topped the Billboard 200. “Born Sinner” also landed at No. 1, and to date, Cole has two top 20 singles — “Work Out” and “Power Trip” — to his name.

How much is J. Cole worth compared to some of the game’s other giants? He’s nowhere near catching Diddy, who tops the 2013 Richest Rappers in the World list with $580 million, and he’s also well shy of Rick Ross, who checks in at No. 25 with $28 million. But Cole’s got ambition, and in 2014, he announced the launch of his own Dreamville Records label. Ask how much J. Cole is worth in a couple of years, and the number will likely be way, way higher.

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