Although Hip-Hop fans know him as one of the greatest rappers to ever grace a microphone, it took more than just being an MC for André 3000 to amass his estimated net worth of $45 million. Despite his reputation for being a recluse and mysterious figure that avoids the public eye, 3 Stacks has a portfolio that rivals any rapper out today in terms of his variety of ventures. So how exactly did he do it?
Even today’s music fans that missed the early 2000s era will probably know OutKast for "Hey Ya!", "Ms. Jackson", "Roses" and some of their other notable hits. These transitioned to the mainstream audience incredibly well, so much so that André and Big Boi’s 2003 double-disc album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below has sold more than 11 million copies to date. When you go on the internet to find out more about what artists make per album sale or for a platinum album etc., you’ll find that it depends on their specific contracts and that it’s not as much as people might think after expenses like recouping the advance, paying songwriters and producers, etc. are considered. But for argument’s sake, even assuming that André and Big Boi made just 50 cents each off of each copy sold makes you realize the commercial and financial success that their music brought them. With that being said, it's estimated that 3000 made close to a $1 million on Outkasts' debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. The groups following two albums ATLiens and Aquemini reportedly earned Dré close to $2 million. Stankonia brought in close to $5 million, while Speakerboxxx/The Love Below ranked in a smooth $11 million as mentioned earlier. 3000 continues to earn revenue through streaming, radio plays, and even dedicated Outkast fans that still make it a point buy the hardcopies of their albums.