Jussie Smollett Net Worth

Jussie Smollett Net Worth

What is the net worth of Jussie Smollett?

Jussie Smollett is an actor and singer from America with a net worth of $500 thousand who started his career as a child actor in 1991. In 2015, he starred in the Fox drama series Empire as singer Jamal Lyon, a part that was regarded as groundbreaking for its favorable portrayal of a black homosexual man on television.

In February 2019, he was charged with making a false police complaint, a felony, in connection with a suspected hate crime assault. In December 2021, he was found guilty of five of the six accusations.

Quick Facts About Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett Net Worth$500 Thousand
Date of BirthJune 21, 1982
Height5 ft 11 in (1.82 m)
Sexual OrientationGay
ProfessionActor, Singer
Relationship StatusUnknown

Jussie Smollett Earnings, Career, Wiki, and More

As of 2021, his net worth is expected to be around $500 thousand which he primarily obtained from his successful acting career in several popular movies and TV shows. When it comes to spending, he paid $1.687 million for a property in Los Angeles in 2016 which he sold for a $30,000 loss in 2019.

He began his acting career as a child model in New York City, then went on to appear as an extra in the New York-set films such as Mo' Better Blues (1990) and New Jack City (1991). He went on to star in Rob Reiner's North and The Mighty Ducks released in 1994. In the short-lived ABC sitcom in 1994 named On Our Own, he starred with his five real-life siblings until 1995.

He returned to acting in 2012, playing the lead in Patrik-Ian Polk's LGBT comedy-drama The Skinny. In the same year, he released The Poisoned Hearts Club, an EP. Later, he appeared in The Mindy Project (2012) and Revenge (2014) as a guest star.

In 2014, he was cast in the Fox drama series Empire as Jamal Lyon, a gay artist trying to win his father Lucious' acceptance. His performance was praised as "groundbreaking" because it included a favorable portrayal of a black gay guy on television. In succeeding seasons, he resumed his part, and in 2017, he directed an episode of the fourth season.

He announced in February 2015 that he had secured a recording contract with Columbia Records and that an album would be released shortly. He was cast as a guest star in Underground, which aired in 2016, alongside his younger sister Jurnee, in June 2015. In March 2018, he released his debut album named Sum of My Music which he self-released through his label, Music of Sound.

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On April 30, 2019, Fox Entertainment confirmed that, despite his contract being extended for the sixth season of Empire, the character would not be included. He directed B-Boy Blues, a film based on James Earl Hardy's legendary Black gay novel of 1994, which was released in November of 2021.

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Jussie Smollett Relationship, Personal Life, and Legal Issues

During a televised interview with television broadcaster Ellen DeGeneres in March 2015, he publicly came out as gay. He confirmed his sexual orientation in a 2016 interview with Out, saying that if he had to define himself, he would call himself a gay guy. He did, however, state that he believes openness to love is more essential than gender, indicating that if he falls in love with a woman, he will love her.

He told police on January 29, 2019, that he was assaulted outside his apartment building by two males wearing ski masks. He claimed they used racial and homophobic slurs when speaking to him. A grand jury accused him of a class 4 felony for submitting a fake police report on February 20, 2019.


The city of Chicago filed a complaint against him in the Circuit Court of Cook County on April 12, 2019, for the costs of overtime police spent investigating the claimed attack, which totaled $130,105.15. His trial began in November 2021, and he was found guilty of five of the six counts on December 9.

Jussie Smollett Early Life, Family, and Education

He is the son of Joel and Janet Smollett and was born in Santa Rosa, California. Jake, Jocqui, Jojo, Jurnee, and Jazz are his three brothers and two sisters, all of whom are also actors like him. He is of mixed race. His father is Jewish and his mother is African-American.

He stated that his father does not like labeled being as white. For a large part of his early childhood, his father was missing from his life. When he was two years old, his family was relocated to the Elmhurst area of Queens, New York City, and subsequently to Los Angeles when he was about seven.

Regarding his academics, he attended Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey, and graduated with honors. He revealed to his parents he was gay when he was 19 years old.

Interesting Facts About Jussie Smollett

  • As of December 2021, he has around 4.4 million followers on his Instagram account.
  • Because of the assault scandal, his character was dropped from the final two episodes of Empire's fifth season.