Wyclef Jean is a Haitian-American rapper, singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, and politician who has a net worth of $10 million dollars. Wyclef initially rose to fame in the early 1990s as a member of The Fugees. The hip-hop group, which also included Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel, was catapulted into the limelight in 1993 with the release of their debut album, “Blunted On Reality.” Their greatest success was the 1996 album “The Score,” which sold over 6 million copies and earned the group two Grammy Awards. Wyclef soon split with his Fugees bandmates to create solo albums. In 1997, Jean released his first solo album,
“The Carnival,” which eventually went multi-platinum. In addition to his successful music career, Wyclef filed for candidacy in the Haitian presidential election in August 2010. Unfortunately, the Electoral Commission subsequently ruled him ineligible to stand because candidates are required to live in Haiti for five years before an election, and Jean was living in the U.S. at the time. Wyclef released his memoir, “Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story,” in 2012.
Wyclef Jean was born Nel Ust Wyclef Jean on October 17, 1969, in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. He moved to the United States with his family at the age of 9 and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and Newark and East Orange, New Jersey, with mother Yolanda, father Gesner, and siblings Sam, Sedeck, and Melky. Jean and his siblings began playing music on a Muppets musical instrument play set, and their parents soon bought their children real instruments, including a guitar for Wyclef. Jean attended Vailsburg High School, Eastern Nazarene College, and Five Towns College, then enrolled in Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 2009.
In the 1980s, Wyclef was in a band called Tranzlator Crew, and after signing a deal with Columbia Records and Ruffhouse Records in 1993, they became known as the Fugees. The group released two studio albums before disbanding in 1997. “The Score” went 6x Platinum, reached #1 on the “Billboard” 200, and included the hit single “Killing Me Softly,” which topped the charts in several countries and earned the Fugees a Grammy. Jean has released nine solo studio albums, including “The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book” (2000), “The Preacher’s Son” (2003), and “Wyclef Goes Back To School Volume 1” (2019). After the 9/11 attacks, he performed Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” at the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert, and in 2004, his cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” was featured on “The Manchurian Candidate” soundtrack, and he wrote the award-winning song “Million Voices” for “Hotel Rwanda.”
Wyclef co-wrote and produced the song “My Love Is Your Love” for Whitney Houston in the late 1990s, and co-wrote, produced, and performed on Shakira’s 2006 single “Hips Don’t Lie,” which was certified 2x Platinum. He has been featured on numerous tracks by other artists, such as Destiny’s Child’s “No, No, No,” Carlos Santana’s “Maria Maria,” and Fall Out Boy’s “Dear Future Self (Hands Up).” Jean has released several hit singles, with “Gone till November,” “Cheated (To All the Girls),” and “Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)” going Platinum.