- Full Name: Christopher Brian Bridges
- Born: September 11, 1977
- Place of Birth: Champaign, Illinois
- Occupation: Rapper, actor, entrepreneur
- Marital Status: Married
Ludacris’s Net Worth History
Although his first album, “Incognegro,” was not a huge overnight success, each of Ludacris’s seven major-label albums was a best seller; the first one, “Back for the First Time,” was certified platinum. His business ventures include the Disturbing Tha Peace record label, Conjure Cognac, headphones, and designer shoes (with the DTP logo). He has also invested in real estate. Part of his income has come from movies, and he successfully argued in court that, due to the untimely death of another actor in one of his movies, he had lost too much money to be able to pay the child support one of the mothers of his children demanded. Ludacris is still a multimillionaire, and currently has custody of that child along with the child recently born to his current wife.
Christopher Bridges, whose stage name affirms his perception of his rap acts as ludicrous (“a split personality”), may not have been born super-wealthy, but he did study music management at Georgia State University. He started rapping at age nine and working as a radio disc jockey in the 1990s. His first recording was a track on the Timbaland album “Tim’s Bio,” later re-released on “Back for the First Time.”
Ludacris’s parallel careers in music and acting took off at about the same time, with his success in one feeding his success in the other. “Back for the First Time” started climbing toward platinum in 2000; Ludacris first appeared in a minor part in a movie, The Wash, in 2001. Between 2001 and 2015 he has recorded nine albums (five platinum sellers, two merely gold) and appeared in nineteen movies, with a featured role in four of the seven movies in a series that began with 2 Fast 2 Furious. He also made brief appearances on television, twice on “Law & Order,” once on “The Simpsons,” and on other shows.
Despite his marriage in March 2015, Ludacris has not been much of a family man. Each of his four daughters has a different mother. Until the mother of his third child apparently made a bad impression in custody court, the first three children lived with their mothers. Some of Ludacris’s songs also suggest an unhealthy attitude toward women. In 2002, Bill O’Reilly called for a boycott of Pepsi products (which Ludacris was then endorsing) for this reason. PepsiCo replaced Ludacris with Ozzy Osbourne. Russell Simmons called for a boycott of Pepsi products based on Osbourne’s sometimes offensive lyrics. Ludacris used this event in some raps, and appeared on a TV show putting copies of O’Reilly’s books in a dumpster, but has reported that he and O’Reilly have “made amends.”
Controversy sells rap, which tends to sound angry and often expresses anger, and Ludacris has also engaged in well publicized quarrels with other entertainers, notably T.I. His 2008 rap “Politics as Usual” insulted both Republicans and Democrats.
However, Ludacris has occasionally been caught in a philanthropic moment. One of his first moves, as he began to become rich in 2001, was to set up “The Ludacris Foundation” to promote education and self-help for young people. In 2011 he raised money on behalf of public libraries.
According to his statement in custody court, Ludacris expects to continue making money in Fast Furious movies and other performances, as well as through his business investments.