How Kelis Went From Milkshakes To Meals And Amassed A $4M Fortune
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How Kelis Went From Milkshakes To Meals And Amassed A $4M Fortune

As a musical artist, Kelis has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians from across various genres. From Enrique Iglesias to ODB of the Wu-Tang Clan, the woman born Kelis Rogers in New York City was ahead of her time. While artists, today, float between genres with little struggle, she struggled tremendously with being placed neatly into one box or another.

So, at the height of her career, she seemed to disappear. That, perhaps, was a function of the music industry at the time — but it provided a way for Kelis to bounce back, and make her career reach new and unprecedented heights.

In the early 2000s, she transitioned from the music industry to the food industry with her mother being the reason she’s a lover of all things food. She eventually graduated from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in 2008, according to CNN. The outlet also reports that “Though Kelis didn’t specialize while in culinary school, her website says she knew that she was a saucier at heart.” Now, her “Milkshake” brings all the boys to the yard in a literal sense!

Kelis also found herself with a semi-career in the fashion industry. Her reported “CAKE” apparel line neatly tied her music, food, and fashion sense, and though her proposed reality show with VH1 didn’t quite take off, she still remains relevant to this day.

Remember when she appeared as the Daisy on the British version of “The Masked Singer?”

With such a long and impressive career full of business moves, AfroTech had some questions (and some answers). What is her net worth? Is she married? How many children does she have? Let’s take a look.

Editorial Note: The net worth reported in this piece is a speculative estimate based on information provided from various online sources.

Who Is Kelis?

Born on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in 1979, Kelis has been recognized at the Brit Awards, Q Awards, NME Awards, and Grammy Awards ceremonies. Her father, Kenneth, was a jazz musician, and her mother, Eveliss, was a fashion designer.

What Is Kelis' Net Worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Kelis has a net worth of $4 million.

Most of that net worth comes from the sales of her albums, including her breakthrough debut album, “Kaleidoscope,” which was a smash hit in Europe, and her song “Milkshake,” which has sold more than a half-million copies in the United States alone.

(Fun fact: “Milkshake” was originally offered to Britney Spears for her fourth studio album. Spears turned it down.)

Is Kelis Married?

In 2005, Kelis married Nas. However, the couple divorced in May 2010.

In 2014, Kelis married real estate agent Mike Mora, and they’ve been together ever since. The couple lives on a remote farm outside of Los Angeles, and Kelis rarely gives personal interviews when she’s not touring.

How Many Children Does Kelis Have?

Kelis has three children. According to People, she has a son named Knight with Nas, who was born in 2009. She has a son with Mike Mora, who was born in 2015, and a daughter with Mike Mora, who was born in September 2020.