- Full Name: Jermaine Dupri Mauldin
- Born: September 23, 1972
- Place of Birth: Asheville, North Carolina
- Occupation: Songwriter, Record Producer and Rapper
- Marital Status: Single
Jermaine Dupri’s Net Worth History
Jermaine Dupri Mauldin, son of Michael T. Mauldin a record executive for Columbia Records, began his career at age twelve (12) as a dancer, touring with the hip-hop groups Whodini and Run-D.M.C. This endeavor allowed the young Jermaine Mauldin to establish his own connections in the music industry. He first tried his hand at producing with a young female group called Silk Tymes Leather. He released their album in 1990 under the Geffen Records label. But, the group acquired no notable success.
It wasn’t until 1992 that Jermaine Mauldin, now simply Jermaine Dupri, would really see a change in his career. This change came in the form of two 11 year old boys Dupri spotted in an Atlanta mall. These boys, now known as Kriss Kross, would put Dupri’s career as a producer on the map. Releasing their first album, “Tottally Krossed Out”, under the RuffHouse Records label, the pre-teen duo would hit multi-platinum fame with singles like “Jump” and “It’s a Shame”. Dubri followed that success with yet another double-platinum group called Xscape. In the aftermath of his back to back successful productions he was offered his own record label by Columbia Records. In 1993, at the age of 20, Jermaine Dupri gave birth to So So Def Records. With that label, Dupri would go on to produce even more platinum and multi-platinum artists like, DaBrat, Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, Usher, Mariah Carey, TLC, Aretha Franklin, Ludacris, Alicia Keys and the list goes on and on.
Jermaine Dupri’s label, So So Def, has become known as one of the most successful independent record labels. So successful, in fact, that Arista Records offered Dupri a Senior Vice Presidency with the deal being they [Vista] would distribute the So So Def label in exchange for Dupri finding and producing new talent for them. The first artist to come from that deal with Vista would be, well known hip-hop artist, Bone Crusher.
But, Jermaine Dupri did not limit his endeavors to just producing. He went on to release his own album in 1998, titled “Jermaine Dupri Presents Life in 1472”. The album saw a Grammy nominated hit single, “Money Ain’t a Thing”. The album itself went platinum.
About Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri Mauldin, who would later become just plain Jermaine Dupri, dropping his last name. He choose to do so, so that he could make his own way and maintain his credibility with his fellow artists and producers in the industry. He wanted to be known for his own work and not have it said that he used his family name to pave the way.
Jermaine was an only child. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, his family relocated to Atlanta, Georgia when he was only three. His career started at the early age of twelve as a dancer, but he made a name for himself by age twenty as a successful record producer.
His net worth, by 2006, was well over 60 million dollars. Now, in 2015, his net worth is a mere 2 million dollars. As it stands, he is at risk of losing his entire music catalog to SunTrust Bank. Falling into financial difficulty, Dupri was forced to use So So Def Productions as collateral for a $4.8 million personal loan, to avoid having to file for bankruptcy. Rumor has it, he has since fallen behind on the payments
Dupri has one child. A daughter named, Shaniah Mauldin, with ex-girlfriend Pam Sweat. Where he is currently single, his high profile relationship with, superstar Janet Jackson, is his last noted, serious relationship. The relationship lasted 8 years, from 2001-2009. It was so serious, in fact, that negative light directed at Janet after her wardrobe mishap at her 2004 SuperBowl performance, made Dupri resign from his position as President of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, in her defense.
In 2004 Billboard named Dupri the Sixth Best Producer of the Year. In 2005, he was named President of Virgin Records Urban Music. In 2006, after three Grammy Nominations, Dupri finally won for Best R&B Song with, “We Belong Together” performed by Mariah Carey.