Jussie Smollett Net Worth 2024


What Is Jussie Smollett’s Net Worth?

Jussie Smollett Net Worth: Jussie Smollett is an actor, singer, and songwriter from America. His job role as “Jamal Lyon” in the drama series ‘Empire,’ is his finest work till date.

Today, Jussie Smollett’s net worth is estimated to be close to $1.5 million dollars.

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Jussie Smollett Net Worth:

$1.5 Million

Net Worth: $1.5 Million
Full Name: Jussie Langston Mikha Smollett
Date of Birth: June 21, 1982
Age, How Old: 36 years old
Place of Birth: Santa Rosa, California,
United States
Height, How Tall: 5ft 11in (181 cm)
Occupation(s): Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Last Updated: 2020

Jussie Smollett started as a child actor for the film ‘The Mighty Ducks‘ in 1992 and progressed towards introducing his own album collection ‘Sum of My Music.’

His additional small-screen projects include ‘On Our Own,’ ‘Underground,’ and ‘America Divided.’ As you definitely can tell, most of Jussie Smollett’s net worth has been acquired from the entertainment business.

Jussie Smollett’s salary information on the web is subject to speculation, as there is no clear answer to the most searched question.

Video of Jussie Smollett With Rope Around His Neck by The Chicago Police Department

What was Jussie Smollett’s salary on Empire?

Jussie Smollett started with a salary of $20,000 per episode for his role as “Jamal Lyon” in Empire‘s first season… Well, we can tell that brought him as much as $360,000 for its 18 episodes run.

Jussie Smollett’s income for later seasons gradually increased from $45,000 to $65,000 per episode and then it peaked to $125,000 per episode by its fifth season, as per Forbes.

Since the show was taking off well, it was speculated that Jussie started earning a bit more than the previous season, that’s $35,000 per episode from its second season run.

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett appeared in court after surrendering to authorities

Additionally, Jussie has accumulated his fortune from featuring on other acting projects as well.

As of 2024, Jussie Smollett’s net worth is estimated at $1.5 million dollars.

Who Is Jussie Smollett?

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Jussie Smollett was born to parents Janet and Joel Smollett on June 21, 1982, in Santa Rosa, California.

He experienced childhood with his 5 siblings together of which Jake and Jurnee are also actors.

His sister Jurnee is well-known for playing “Eve” in 1997’s film Eve’s Bayou. Currently, Jurnee Smollett’s net worth estimates $2 million dollars.

Smollett attended three different high schools as a student but the significant part of completing his diploma took place at Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey.

In 1991, Smollett debuted his acting role for the family TV drama film ‘A little Piece of Heaven.’

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He soon caught up with a supporting role in the films mentioned below…

  • The Mighty Ducks as “Terry Hall” (1992)
  • North as “Adam” (1994)

Jussie later featured himself in the ABC sitcom, On Our Own, alongside his own siblings Jojo and Jazz, the show progress with 20 episodes running from 1994 to 1995.

He also voiced 20 episodes of the animated series ‘Cro’ which ran from 1993 to 1994. In 2012, he starred for the LGBT inspired film, in the romantic comedy-drama The Skinny as “Magnus.”

Close Up: Jussie Smollett As “Jamal Lyon” [Must Watch]

For the 2014’s American musical drama, Smollett starred as “Jamal Lyon” for Empire, the show which revolves around Hip-Hop/R&B music business was debuted by Fox on January 7, 2015, and it has renewed its show for its sixth season on April 30, 2019.

The shows who additionally featured stars like Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson have announced to be its final season in 2019.

The arrangement of other outstanding roles for Smollett incorporates…

  • The Mindy Project as “Barry Stassen”,
  • Revenge as “Jamie”,
  • Underground as “Josey”.

In 2016, Smollett has guest-hosted 6 episodes for the American talk show ‘Live! with Kelly‘ hosted by Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.

In 2017, Smollett showed up in a science fiction horror film Alien: Covenant as “Ricks”. The film was nominated for ‘Best Science Fiction Film’ at the 44th Saturn Awards and has been directed and produced by Ridley Scott.

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The same year he depicted American poet and social activist Langston Hughes in the biographical drama ‘Marshall‘ directed by Reginald Hudlin.

In 2012, Jussie has also been good with his music, he released a 7-track mixtape called The Poisoned Hearts Club, the pop style music was later signed to Columbia Records in 2015.

This talented artist has additionally contributed soundtracks for the Empire series apart from his fruitful acting. Find soundtracks for Empire below…

  • “I Wanna Love You”,
  • “You’re So Beautiful”.

Jussie Smollett’s accolades include two NAACP Image Awards, one for  “You’re So Beautiful” and another for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.”

In March 2018, Smollett released a 10-track debut studio album Sum of My Music, which peaked on Top Heatseekers chart at 22nd spot. The collection features explicit singles you can find below…

  • “Insecurities”,
  • “Ha Ha (I Love You)”,
  • “Hurt People”,
  • “Smile”,
  • “Catch Your Eye”,
  • “Staycation”
  • “Don’t Go.”

Personal Life

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The African-American Jussie Smollett is 5ft 11in tall, and once revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that he is gay.

On January 29, 2019, Jussie Smollett alleged a false police report, he informed the police that he was attacked by two men for homophobic slurs.

On February 20, 2019, Jussie was indicted for supposedly paying the 2 Nigerian-American brothers $3,500 to arrange the fake crime and reporting a false assault case with the police.

Later all charges were dismissed on Jussie, but on March 27, 2019, the FBI took into account to investigate the case further.

It is speculated that Jussie projected such an act due to lack of attention and he wanted his self-promotion.

For the 6th season of Empire, Fox revealed that Jessie’s pay will be negotiated, but he won’t be featuring for the show.

However, it’s still unknown that “did the show Empire pay him significantly less than the rest of the cast?” There is no confirmed evidence as to “why did Jussie Smollett fake the attack?”,

How much does the cast of Empire get paid?

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Considering that Jussie Smollett was not making enough money compared to other casts like Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson on Empire. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson’s salary can be considered between $225,000-$250,000 per episode of Empire

Whatever the reason he faked the attack for, fortunately, he will be paid for doing nothing for the final season in 2019.

To conclude, Jussie Smollett’s net worth is estimated at $1.5 million dollars in 2024.

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Quotes from Jussie Smollett

“As an artist, you want to do roles that challenge you and say something.”

— Jussie Smollett

“I’m an amazing cook. And I’m a gentleman but can belch the entire alphabet. Classy.”

— Jussie Smollett

“If you change because of fame, that’s not the right thing. But if you change because of growth, that’s normal… The whole fame thing hasn’t hit me. And I hope it kind of doesn’t.”

— Jussie Smollett

“I want to continue to be the same man I’ve always been.”

— Jussie Smollett