As of 2020, Macklemore’s net worth is over $30 million dollars due almost solely to his hard work with his music.
He has also invested in other businesses including part ownership of the Major League Soccer Club the Seattle Sounders FC.
|Net Worth:||$30 Million (USD)|
|Source of Wealth:||Professional Rap Musician and investment in other businesses|
|Full Name:||Benjamin Hammond Haggerty|
|Also known as:||Macklemore, Professor Macklemore|
|Date of Birth:||June 19, 1983|
|Country of Origin:||United States of America|
|Years Active:||2000 to present|
Source of Wealth
Macklemore’s wealth comes almost entirely from his work and his own very special talent.
He also earns passive residual income from investing in other businesses including part ownership of the Major League Soccer Club the Seattle Sounders FC.
Born to parents of Irish Descent on June 19, 1983 in Seattle, Washington Benjamin Hammond Haggerty’s parents are Bill Haggerty and Julie Scott. He has one sibling, a brother Tim.
When Benjamin was 6 years old he discovered Hip-hop. At age 15 he started writing his own lyrics. He attended high school at Garfield and Nathan High Schools.
While still in high school at Garfield High School young Benjamin started “Elevated Elements” his own rap group.
He initially took the stage name Professor Macklemore, not for his music, but for an art project when he was in school. He must have liked this made up name, because he became his stage name once he began his career.
After graduating high school, Haggerty spent a year at the College of Sante Fe. When he was unable to get into the school’s music program he left Santa Fe and returned to Seattle. Later he would complete a Bachelor’s degree at Evergreen State College in 2009.
2000: Macklemore’s high school hip-hop group actually recorded an album entitled “Progress.” Haggerty himself took the stage name Professor Macklemore and recorded his first mixtape “ Open Your Eyes.” He distributed the mixtape himself in order to promote his music.
2005: Haggerty decided to drop the professor part of his name becoming just Macklemore and released his first album “The Language Of My World.”
2006: In 2006 Macklemore was first introduced to Ryan Lewis (who would later become his parnter in music.) Ryan began as photographer taking photos to help Macklemore promote his business. Of course different from these types of pictures but he made some money that way then.
2009: In 2009 Macklemore appeared on the song “Good” by the Physics. He also began collaborating with Ryan Lewis on making more music. This was the year that he also released his second solo mixtaped “The Unplanned Mixtape” A single from this mixtape entitled “Torn” was remixed by Sabzi.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis officially became a duo and released two EP that same year. “VS EP” and “Irish Celebration.”
2010: The Macklemore and Ryan Lewis duo released the track “Stay At Home Dad” and also created their second EP “VS Redux.”
2011: The duo released the singles “Wings” and “Can’t Hold Us” which featured Ray Dalton. This same year Macklemore and Ryan Lewis began a multiple city tour that began in Seattle.
Macklemore also attended a number of different Music Festivals including Outside Lands, Bumbershoot, Lollapalooza and Sasquatch introducing even more people to their money making music.
2012: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released the album “Heist” that made it to number 2 on the Billboard 200. The duo also released “Same Love.”
2013: The duo released the single “White Walls.” Macklemore was also featured on the new series Prime, a series that focuses on emerging artists. He was also featured on Clinton Spark’s single “Gold Rush” that same year.
2015: Macklemore thrilled fans by releasing a free single entitled “Growing Up” that featured Ed Sheeran. He also released “Downtown” another single that featured Eric Nally, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz. He was given the honor of performing at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
2016: The duo of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released their third album “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.” Prior to the release of the album the duo released the second single from their album “White Privilege II.”
Macklemore also released 2 solo singles “ Drug Dealer” (which talks about Macklemore’s own fight against addiction) and “ Wednesday Morning.”
2017: Prior to the release of Macklemore’s second solo album “Gemini” he released 3 single from the upcoming album “Glory” which features Skylar Gray, “Marmalade” which featured Lil Yachty and “Good Old Days” which was a collaborative effort between Macklemore and Kesha.
2018: Macklemore and Kesha began a tour to promote both of their albums.
2019: In August of this year (2019) Macklemore entertained at the Sziget Festival keeping people dancing and having a great time for his entire 13 song set.
So far in his career Macklemore has also showed his musical talents during four different tours.
- Multicity Tour- 2011
- Heist Tour- 2012
- An Evening with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis- 2015
- Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore
Macklemore has not only worked hard on his music he also has worked hard to overcome various addictions, checking himself into a rehab for drugs and alcohol in 2008.
He was clean and sober until he had a brief relapse in 2011 and continues today to fight the addictions that threaten to derail his life.
In 2013 Macklemore began engaged to his long time girlfriend Tricia Davis and the couple have two children.
Macklemore is a fan of the Seattle Seahawks and the SuperSonics. This year he also became part owner of the Major League Soccer Club the Seattle Sounders FC.
He has spoken many times about the effect that addiction has had on his life and his efforts to overcome his addictions.
This year (2019) he was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award (Musicare) in recognition of his support of the efforts of Musicare and his dedication to helping others who are struggling to overcome addiction.
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