How J. Cole Went From A 'Dollar & A Dream' To A $60M Net Worth
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How J. Cole Went From A 'Dollar & A Dream' To A $60M Net Worth

Born Jermaine Cole in Frankfurt, West Germany, J. Cole has gone on to become one of the most successful rappers in the industry today. He first rose to prominence with the release of “The Come Up” in 2007, which brought him to the attention of none other than Jay-Z. 

But it was only after he went on tour with Drake that his popularity really exploded.

J. Cole has been celebrated for his storytelling and lyrical abilities since the release of his debut mixtape “The Come Up” in 2007. The project featured a song called “Dollar & A Dream” and he sold it on college campuses for $1, according to Trapital.

Drawn to the hustle, he caught the attention of rap legend Jay-Z. He became the first artist signed to Roc Nation in 2009, prior to releasing two more critically acclaimed mixtapes “The Warm Up” and “Friday Night Lights.” It’s estimated that he earned $3 million for his “Dollar & A Dream” tour.

In 2011, after the release of his first album, Cole opened for Drake on his sold-out “Club Paradise” tour, which grossed approximately $43.3 million, according to Capital Xtra. His headlining tours for “Forest Hills Drive” and “4 Your Eyez Only” earned $20.4 million and $35.6 million respectively, Trapital reports.

In addition to his solo projects, he’s made collaborative albums and hosted festivals with artists on his Dreamville label.

Let’s take a look at how J Cole made his $60 million net worth.

Editorial note: The net worth listed in this piece is a speculative estimate drawn from a variety of online sources.

What is J. Cole's Net Worth?

Jermaine Cole, known as J. Cole, is a rapper, producer, and entrepreneur from Fayetteville, North Carolina. According to Celebrity Net Worth, J. Cole has a $60 million net worth.  

Other Business Ventures

As AfroTech previously reported, J. Cole has recently started expanding his business ventures outside of the record industry. In October 2020, he announced that Dreamville Records launched Dreamville Ventures — a new multi-disciplinary media division — and Dreamville Studios — a content studio slated to produce original and co-produced content — to broaden the label’s operations.

“Dreamville has always been a mom-and-pop operation with grand ambitions and ideas that extend far beyond music,” said Cole to Variety. “The hiring of Damien and Candace not only expands our family business with two of the smartest and most capable executives in the industry, but allows us to take a massive leap towards turning those big ideas into reality.”