Daddy Yankee is the most influential reggaeton rappers in the music industry, selling over 20 million albums in the US only. He was named as one of the Most Influential Hispanics globally by CNN and Time Magazine.
Daddy Yankee’s one of the biggest hit ‘Despacito,’ which was released in 2017, has over six billion views. He collaborated with Luis Fonsi and was the first Spanish-language song that topped on Billboard Hot 100 chart since Macarena.
The song was certified diamond by RIAA and sold over 2 million copies only in the US. So, how much he makes from his music sales? Read to know more about his income, assets, and personal life.
Who Is Daddy Yankee?
Rapper Daddy Yankee’s real name is Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez, who has been rapping from the age of 13. He was born on February 3rd, 1997, in the small town of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, and raised in Villa Kennedy Housing Project.
He always dreamed of becoming a world-famous baseball payer and even tried out for the Seattle Mariners in the Major Baseball League. Before his dream came true, he was hit by a stray bullet that changed his life, and then he started focusing on his musical career. His eldest brother, Nomar Ayala, is his manager, and another brother, Melvin Ayala, is a Christian rapper.
Daddy Yankee Net Worth In 2019
The native Puerto Rican rapper is one of the highest-earning rappers in the world. To date, he has sold around 20 million records since his debut in 2004. Successful rapper Daddy Yankee now has an estimated net worth of $30 million.
His income mostly comes from his music sales, tours, and live performances. His album ‘Barrio Fino’ became the top-selling Latin album of the decade between 2000-2009.
Throughout his career, Yankee has won 82 awards and received 270 nominations. He has won five Latin Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Award, and six ASCAP Awards.
Career: Albums, Singles, and Movies
Yankee grew up listening to songs of Dr. Dre and Rakim. He began rapping in his teenage and kept ‘Daddy Yankee’ his rap-name. Yankee released his debut studio album ‘No Mercy’ in 1995. Still, his success came in 2004 after he released his first single ‘Gasolina,’ which was a huge success still a club number after 15 years of its release.
Moreover, In 2002, he released El Cangri.com, which garnered him international success, followed by Barrio Fino. After the success of Barino Fino, he dropped El Cartel: The Big Boss, which became the top-selling Latin album in 2007. Daddy Yankee released two more albums; Prestige and King Daddy in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
In addition to his career, the Despacito rapper also tried his hand on the big screen. In the film industry, he worked both as an actor and producer, which help to increase his net worth. He made an acting debut in the 2004 movie ‘Vampiros.’ Also, Ayala starred as a lead role in the film ‘Talento de Barrio’ released in 2008.
Endorsement Deals, & Other Projects
Besides music, Ayala earns from the endorsements deals and other various projects. Yankee has released merchandise under his name. In 20015, he became the first Latin artist to sign an agreement with Reebok.
Further, Daddy Yankee has his own clothing line called “DY” that launched in 2006. Additionally, he teamed with the company to have his own shoes. In 2008, the Gasolina rapper endorsed Republican John McCain’s candidacy for the President of the United States. Also, Yankee is endorsed by a cold drink brand ‘Sprite,’ and Sprite in honor of Daddy Yankee made a Daddy Yankee version of it, which was featured by the reggaeton singer on his official Instagram.
Also, Daddy Yankee is a philanthropist and is involved with many charitable works. He became the spokesperson of the environmental organization ‘Yo Limpio, a Puerto Rico’ in 2007. Furthermore, the rapper donated $100,000 to the Food Bank of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Marie struck the nation in 2017.
Daddy Yankee House
The rapper has purchased a house in Carolina bay in Puerto Rico, but he hasn’t opened about the actual value of his home. His waterfront Porto-Rician mansion features a garden, a swimming pool, a huge car park, a separate guest house, and a fountain on the exterior.
Additionally, Daddy Yankee also has a home in Miami, Florida.
Daddy Yankee loves driving fast and stylish cars and owns cars such as Bentley, Range Rover, Porsche, BMW X6, and Maserati. Also, he has a private jet.
Quick Facts about Daddy Yankee
|Name||Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez|
|Famous As||Daddy Yankee|
|Date of Birth||February 3, 1977|
|Place||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Profession||Rapper, Actor, Producer|
|Net Worth||$30 million|
|Age||42 years old|