- Birthday16th Apr, 73
- Birth PlaceUnited States
- Marital statusSingle
Akon is a American R&B recording artist, businessman and songwriter. However, he is originally from Senegal. He first came into limelight in 2004 with the release of the single "Locked Up". His debut album was titled Trouble. His second album was "Konvicted" for which he received three Grammy nominations. Akon created a record when he became the first solo artist to occupy the first two positions in Billboard charts. He achieved this unique feat twice in his career. He is also the owner of 2 hugely successful record labels - Konvict Muzik & Kon Live Distribution. Akon has the distinction of working with many reputed artists such as Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Whitney Houston, Lil Wayne et al.
It has been reported that Akon has grossed close to $53 million in the last three years. Akon is one of the few artists who have increased his per year income at an alarming rate. The new album Freedom has been given a Platinum status. He has also performed live shows in different parts of the world including Antwerp and Vancouver. According to insiders, he has grossed $230,000 per show on an average. No wonder, tours are considered to be huge moneymakers for artists like Akon. He has also launched his own record label - Konvict Muzik. He gets 50% of the profits and the proceeds from tours, merchandise and ringtones. He also own a clothing line - Konvict Clothing - which features denim jeans, hoodies and t-shirts.
Akon is considered to be one of the richest R&B singers in United States. Not many people know that he is also the owner of a diamond mine in South Africa. However, details about the ownership are never fully revealed and he avoids the media when questioned about 'conflict diamonds'. In 2008 the noted singer purchased a six-bedroom, eight bath house in Atlanta. The estate covers an area of six acres and has a garage to accommodate six cars. Reportedly he bought this house for $2.5 million which also has a wine cellar for 1,200 bottles. The estate also has a separate apartment for the caretaker and a dining room that can seat a dozen people.Akon is also involved in charity work and he works for underprivileged children in Africa through his own charity called Konfidence Foundation. He has also supported causes related to women, poverty and human rights.
The personal life of the R&B singer is a topic of discussion in the celebrity circles. he has claimed in an interview that he has six children with three different women. He claims that he maintains a cordial relationship with the children and family in particular. He has also claimed to be a part of an auto-theft ring and have even spent three years in jail but not consecutively. In a number of interviews Akon has claimed that has a devout Muslim and has drank alcohol or smoke but there is some confusion over his legal date of birth.
Family & relationships
The hip hop singer owns an 8,697 square feet home in Georgia, which he bought in January of 2008 for a reported sum of $1,650,000. Set on 4.6 acres, the six bedrooms home finds place in the Atlanta National Country Club.
Location: The expansive mansion is located in Alpharetta, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Accommodation: The mammoth mansion features six comfy bedrooms, eight full baths and two half baths, a gorgeous swimming pool, a spa, seven fireplaces and a 20 by 30-foot kitchen. The lavish home also includes a game room, a six-car garage, a media room, a dining room holding space for 12 people, a separate bar and billiards area, and a paneled library. The well equipped kitchen incorporates black granite countertops, four beautiful sinks and two ovens.
Akon owns a unique ultra modern estate in Atlanta, which the rapper bought for $2.685 million in February of 2007. The musician’s house serves host to high profile memorable parties, like the star-studded Fantasy Island bash which music mogul Devyne Stephens threw for his 40th birthday.
Location: The luxurious Sandy Springs mansion is located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Accommodation: The 14,994 sq ft mansion features 10-bedrooms, 9.5-bathrooms, a grand living room with transparent floor, a stainless steel kitchen and a well equipped dining space. The ultra modern mansion also includes touch motion controlled rooms with marble floors, two baby grand pianos, a basketball court and an indoor lap pool.
Soccer is definitely a backbreaking yet exciting game, and it works the same way for the Grammy-nominated artist Akon, who loves playing the game when not recording in studios. Akon was spotted playing the ball game at a major soccer event held in Carson, California, during which the musician appeared like transforming into a professional soccer player. The eminent music artist was also hired as a musical director for the 2010 Soccer world cup, for the role of which, soccer lover Akon was tremendously excited.
The American recording artist owns a white Porsche Panamera customized by the Exclusive Motoring Company in Miami. Equipped with a commanding V8 engine, the four seat sedan accelerates from 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds. It features staggered black and white Savini wheels and an active, three-mode suspension which makes the ride extremely comfortable. The highly engineered driving machine incorporates a beautiful and quiet cabin with exceptionally comfortable front and rear seats.
Ferrari 458 Italia
Akon’s customized Ferrari 458 Italia is surely one of his favorite as the musician is often spotted driving the pricey car. Equipped with a 4.5 liter V8 engine producing 570hp, Italia features a maximum speed of 202mph and attains speed from 0-62mph in mere 3.4 seconds. Italia’s white gleaming exteriors make a grand on road presence whilst its comfy and spacious interiors make the ride more enjoyable for everyone. The car’s enhanced handling features and exquisite detailing result in a totally exotic driving experience for the owner.
Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster
The musician’s pricey car collection also features a white Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster, featuring a stunning dazzling exterior and equally bright red interior. The car was put on sale on one of the leading online shopping websites for a moderate price tag. The two passenger car features a 48 valve, V8 engine developing high power ranges and enabling the roadster to reach 0-62mph in mere 3.8seconds, with a top speed of 199mph. The hand-crafted red color leather interior looks brilliant and offers a surprising amount of space for a relaxed ride.
Dartz Prombron SUV
Another wonder vehicle, yet to be added in the rapstar’s existing car collection is the “Dartz Prombron SUV”, which Akon has plans to buy. Equipped with a monstrous V8 motor developing 400 BHP, the SUV claims a top whack of 180kmph. Some noticeable features of the Dartz truck include white exterior trim, Asanti wheels, a 360 degrees video surveillance system, front row with Recaro seats and massage seats at the back.
The pop singer was spotted enjoying holidays with his friends in the beautiful city Miami, famous for its Art Deco buildings, white sand beaches, gleaming hospitality, and numerous shopping sites, making it an ideal vacation destination.
Location: Miami is situated at the southern tip of Florida, USA.
Accommodation: Miami offers a diverse variety of luxurious accommodations to ensure a cozy stay in the wonder city. The high-flying hotels and resorts in the enlivening city include the “Mandarin Oriental Miami”, “Four Seasons Hotel”, and the “Intercontinental Miami”, delivering world class services to the visitors during stay.
Main Attraction: The fascinating marvelous city provides a genuine magnificent spot for an enjoyable and memorable holiday. The city features long stretches of white sand beaches encouraging numerous outdoor activities like walking, beachcombing, snorkeling and sunbathing. The area’s soothing tropical climate and sheer beauty of the place further boosts the outdoor fun. The visitors also have options to explore the Art Deco buildings, go for shopping, spa treatment or enjoy other sporting events held in the city.
Incredible shopping destination
The rapstar supports the “the NoVo Foundation” which aims to bring a transformation in the current global society from “domination and misuse” to “teamwork and partnership”. Established by Peter Buffett, the noble foundation dedicates its services to change the existing society culture to develop a more peaceful and protected world which is totally free from exploitation, annihilation and violence. The foundation also focuses on empowerment of women and girls who suffer from poverty, violence and discrimination, to provide them a better standard of living.
Founded in 2006, by Grammy-nominated artist Akon, the Konfidence Foundation is dedicated to increase public awareness about the existing conditions in Africa and offer underprivileged African youth access to a resourceful learning and recreational environment featuring proper educational materials, modern innovative technology, recreational resources, nutritious meals and health facilities. The non-profit organization strives to construct the Africa of tomorrow by empowering individuals and communities by means of practical and helpful resources. The rapper along with his mother distributed more than 2000 toys on Christmas Eve to the less-fortunate children staying in the metro-Atlanta area. The rapper also teamed up with “The Gidwon foundation” to host the 6th Annual Christmas holiday for children and distributed footballs, soccer balls and other toys to the kids present on the occasion.
Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
Akon supports the “Hip-Hop Summit Action Network”, which is a non-profit, national association of world’s Hip-Hop artists, entertainment industry majors, education promoters, civil rights supporters, and youth leaders to fight against the existing problem of poverty and injustice in the society, in order to bring a social change for the effective betterment of the common people. The noble network harnesses the cultural significance of Hip-Hop music as a catalyst and booster for education encouragement and other societal concerns for youth empowerment.
The eminent musician has been spotted wearing an H&M Sleeveless Leather Jacket, which reveals his like for the clothing brand. The brand’s clothing range is a work from some of the finest designers from the fashion industry, which offers a unique blend of style and elegance to make an absolute fashion statement.
Akon launched the fragrance brand Konvict in 2010 in affiliation with Konvict Cosmetics, International, LLC. Inspired from Akon’s top-selling album Konvict, the fragrance will surely boost Akon’s popularity by capturing the celebrity fragrance market. The awesome fragrance features Akon’s signature “Break Free Live The Dream”, his inspirational message to give confidence to young adults to break liberated from all the things in life that stop them from living their dreams. An active philanthropist, Akon will reportedly donate 10% of the earned profits to the non-profit organization “Konfidence Foundation”.