Vanilla Ice Net Worth
|Popular Name:||Vanilla Ice|
|Real Name:||Robert Matthew Van Winkle|
|Birth Date:||October 31, 1967|
Dallas, Texas, United States
Laura Giaritta (m. 1997, div. 2006)
|Profession:||Rapper, Record Producer, Singer, Actor|
|Years active:||1985 Till Date|
|Net Worth:||$20 Million|
Robert Matthew Van Winkle, known professionally by his stage name Vanilla Ice, is a Texas-born American rapper, actor, and television host. He released his debut album, ‘Hooked’, in 1989 on Ichiban Records. After working with Ichiban, he signed a recording deal with SBK Records, a record label of EMI Group, which produced a reformatted version of his debut album in 1990 with the title ‘To the Extreme’, which contained Vanilla’s best-known hits: ‘Ice Ice Baby’ and ‘Play That Funky Music’. His biggest hit ever, ‘Ice Ice Baby’ was the first hip-hop single to top the Billboard charts. Ice made a fortune from rapping and acting. He is worth several millions of dollars today courtesy of his lucrative profession. Read on for more on Vanilla Ice biography, family, career accomplishments, and everything else.
Ice is regarded as one of the most talented and popular rappers in the world. He found considerable fame by releasing the hit single ‘Ice Ice Baby’. This particular song of his has been recreated in several other forms. He is one of the earliest rap artists to achieve success. He performs with a live drummer and DJ, and is also known to play bass, keyboards, and drums.
Vanilla Ice’s Early Life
Vanilla Ice was born in Dallas, Texas, United States to Camilla Beth Dickerson. His biological father’s identity is still a mystery. He was given the family name of the man whom his mother married, William Van Winkle, after he was born. When he was four, his mother divorced and got married to another man, and the family moved to Miami.
Ice loved music since he was a child. He enjoyed hip hop and practiced dance moves as a young teenager. He joined a break dance group and performed at parties. When his stepfather found employment in Texas, the family had to move again and he joined R. L. Turner High School but quit his studies before graduation. He loved riding motorbikes and also participated in racing competitions.
Vanilla Ice’s Career
His career started when he joined motocross as a professional racer. He went ahead to achieve success in this regard and won three titles before breaking his ankle. He then left racing and began performing in nightclubs. After getting stabbed in a nightclub in 1987, he opened a tour titled ‘Stop the Violence’.
In 1990, he released his first music album titled ‘To the Extreme’. His effort paid off and his album went on to top several hip hop charts and also became a multi-platinum album. He came up with a second album ‘Mind Blowin’, and a third, ‘hard to Swallow’ by 1998. His fourth studio album, ‘Bi-Polar’ became available in 2001. In 2005, he released a fifth album titled ‘Platinum Underground.’ His most recent release is the studio album titled ‘W.T.F.’ (Wisdom, Tenacity, and Focus). It was released in 2011. He has also released two compilation, one remix album albums, and the live album ‘Extremely Live’. His hit singles include the likes of ‘I Love You’, ‘Jump Around’, ‘Play That Funky Music’, ‘Cool as Ice’, and ‘Ice Ice Baby’.
After making his film debut in 1991, Ice went on to play a part in a number of films and shows, including ‘Big Money Rustlas,’ ‘The Ridiculous 6’, ‘The New Guy,’ ‘That’s My Boy,’ ‘Cool as Ice’, ‘The Vanilla Ice Project,’ ‘Da Hip Hop Witch,’ and ‘The Helix… Loaded’.
Awards & Achievements
Ice was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1991 in the Best Rap Solo Performance category. In that same year, he received a People’s Choice Award for his hit song ‘Ice Ice Baby’. He also went on to bag for American Music Award nominations in that same year, winning two of the awards. In 2011, his television show, ‘The Vanilla Ice Project’ won a Factual Entertainment Awards in the category of Best Home Show.
Personal life & Family
In 1997, Ice got married to Laura Giaritta. Their marriage led to the birth of their two daughters KeeLee Breeze and Dusti Rain. In 2006, Laura filed for divorce and their marriage came to an end. He also had a relationship with singer Madonna for a short time in 1990.
In 1988, Ice was arrested in South Dallas for racing illegally. He was arrested again in 1991 on charges of threat. He was arrested once more in 2001 for assaulting his then wife Laura Giaritta. In 2008, he beat his wife and was arrested for the fourth time in his life. He was also arrested in Florida in 2015 for stealing items from a home. Ice is 52 years old as at press time. He weighs 76kg and has a height of 180cm.
Vanilla Ice Net Worth
Robert Matthew Van Winkle, known professionally by his stage name Vanilla Ice, has made a fortune from rapping and acting. He is worth several millions of dollars today courtesy of his lucrative profession. He released a number of albums and singles in his career which were marketed to provide returns. His first ever album, titled, ‘To the Extreme’ went on to sell more than 15 million copies across the world. He also featured for various artists, acted in films and shows, and had his own television show, all of which accounts for Vanilla Ice net worth.
In 2018, his wife of 21 years, Laura Giaritta, filed documents connected to their divorce. The documents showed that Ice averages $68,000 as monthly income, and around $800,000 yearly. It was also learnt that the rapper had $3 million worth of liquid assets, owned 15 properties, a boat and eight cars, that have a combined worth of at least $5 million. His real estate portfolio was estimated to be worth more, depending on several conditions. After receiving this information, Ice was ordered by a judge to pay $121,000 in previous support payments and an additional $10,000 monthly until a final settlement is reached.
As of 2020, Vanilla Ice net worth is more than $20 million. He owns a Miami home that is worth $14 million, and a house in Melbourne Beach that is valued at $5 million. Despite losing a chunk of his fortune to legal cases, the rapper isn’t doing too bad considering what he is worth at the moment.