It has been reported that Ne-yo net worth is as high as 16 million dollars which makes him one of the richest rappers in the music industry. In addition to being a rapper, he is known as a song writer and also an actor which help to increase the overall amount of Ne-yo net worth a lot. Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Chimere Smith Jr, is also known as a record producer and a dancer.
He started his career in music industry while being only a song writer. His first bug hit which he wrote was for singer named Mario to whom he wrote a song “Let Me Love You”. The single became immediate success and increased not only Mario’s, but also Ne-yo net worth. After such a huge success, Ne-Yo was offered to sign a contract deal with Def Jam Records.
In 2006 Ne-Yo released his debut album which was entitled “In My Own Words”. The album contained two singles which gained international success, those being “So Sick” and “Sexy Love”. In 2007, his second album called “Because of You” was released. It included the single of the same title as the album which hit the US Top 3. One year later, Ne-Yo’s third album came to the public which was called “Year of the Gentleman”. The album included three successful singles, “Miss Independent”, “Closer” and “Mad”. The sales of all of the albums increased Ne-yo net worth a lot. In 2010, the singer’s another album was released which was called “Libra Scale”.
In 2009 Billboard’s list of the Artists of 2000 decade Ne-Yo occupied the 57th position. In addition to being a successful act on his own, Ne-Yo has also written songs for other artists which also gained immense success.
Ne-Yo was born in Arkansas. His name Chimere is originated from the Igbo language. Both of his parents are of African American origins. Also, his mother has Chinese origins, as well. His mother and father were both involved in music. However, when Ne-Yo was only a child his parents divorced. Seeking for better opportunities for her child, his mother decided to move to Las Vegas, Nevada together with Ne-Yo.
When he was attending the Las Vegas Academy, Ne-Yo was started to be called GoGo. He used this nickname when he started performing with his first band called “Envy”. In 2000, the band decided to go their own ways and Ne-Yo began to write music for other acts and later became a solo singer.