Missy Elliott’s Net Worth: The Queen of Rap’s Massive Career

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Missy Elliott in 2010 prior to her weight loss, image from Shutterstock.

Missy Elliott is one of the most legendary and successful female rappers of the day, earning her such names as the “Queen of Rap,” the “Queen of Hip Hop,” and the “First Lady of Hip Hop” by the media and fans worldwide.

She has earned massive wealth with more than 40 million records sold worldwide, four Grammy Awards, and the honor of being the first female rapper in history to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

What is Missy Elliott’s net worth, and who is Missy Elliot? Find out that and more below. 

Missy Elliott’s Net Worth

As of June 2023, Missy Elliott’s net worth is approximately $55 million. 

How Much Does Missy Elliott Make a Year? 

Missy Elliott’s annual salary is a little more than $4 million as of 2023, and it only seems to be growing. 

How Did Missy Elliott Get Rich? 

Like most recording artists, Missy Elliott’s massive wealth and riches are thanks to her live rap performances, multiple singles, albums, tours, and more. 

She has also been involved in various film and television work, including guest appearances on such shows as MTV’s My Super Sweet 16, America’s Best Dance Crew, and NBC’s The Voice

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Missy Elliott’s Cars

Missy Elliott is riding in style with an impressive car collection. 

What car does Missy Elliott drive? You could see her driving around in a myriad of vehicles, from her Ferrari Enzo ($3.7 million), her Lamborghini Aventador ($517K), or her Ferrari 458 Italia ($245K). 

You can also spot her in a Rolls-Royce Phantom ($450K), a Bentley Continental GT ($202K), or the Spyker C8 Spyder ($209K). 

Missy Elliott’s House

Missy Elliott is kicking it back in two massive estates, one in New Jersey and one in Virginia Beach. 

The latter was featured on an episode of “MTV Cribs” and showed off the nearly 15,000 square foot mansion, initially purchased for her mom.

With 25 total rooms, it includes five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, an office where her mother handles her daughter’s business affairs, a conference room, a home gym, an indoor pool, and more. 

One of the most unique items is Elliott’s name engraved on the marble floor as you walk into the house. “I had to have my signature in my floor, so that means nobody else stayin’ in here unless they change the name,” Elliott said during the house tour. 

How Much Does Missy Elliott Make Per Show? 

We’re not sure how much Missy Elliott makes per show, but we know it has to be a lot considering her charge rate starts at $750,000 and can be as high as $999,998. Talk about a sizeable income.

How Much are Missy Elliott Tickets? 

She may charge a lot per show, but Missy Elliott likes to keep ticket costs low so she can be more accessible to fans who want to see her live. At many venues she’s played at over the years, prices were as low as $45 and only a little more than one hundred dollars to get the best seats in the house. 

That’s a big deal considering some of the tickets for the “biggest” artists of today who aren’t nearly as talented, such as Taylor Swift, are upwards of quadruple that amount to get the nosebleeds. The best seats in the house were close to $5,000 for the “Red” singer’s last tour. 

Related: Taylor Swift Ticket Prices: Why Some Tickets are Listed at $22,000

How Did Missy Elliott Become Famous?

Missy Elliott is one of the few rarities in music, garnering international fame with her debut album, Supa Dupa Fly, in 1997. It earned her critical acclaim and commercial success right off the bat, particularly for the album’s lead single, “The Rain,” which helped the album achieve platinum status.

It was the catapult toward her building the success and massive net worth she holds today.

Missy Elliott’s Career

Missy Elliott’s career began in 1991 when she formed the all-female R&B group Sista (called Fayze in the early days). The group consisted of her friends La’Shawn Shellman, Radiah Scott, and Chonita Coleman, and a neighborhood friend, Timothy Mosley, aka Timbaland, to be the group’s producer. 

The group eventually signed with the Swing Mob imprint of Elektra Records and released their debut song, “Brand New,” in 1993. By 1994, the group’s first album, 4 All the Sistas Around da World, was released. 

By 1996, Elliott left the group to pursue her solo career, working with Timbaland to write and produce songs for several artists, the most notable being Aaliyah for her second album, One in a Million, which included such hits as “Hot Like Fire, and “If Your Girl Only Knew.” 

It was around this time that Elliott began her solo career, leading to her massive debut album that kicked her career into high gear.

She followed up the success with five more Missy Elliott albums, including Da Real World (1999), Miss E… So Addictive (2001), Under Construction (2002), This Is Not a Test! (2003), and The Cookbook (2005). She also released her greatest hits compilation album, RESPECT M.E., in 2006. 

Along with releasing some incredible Missy Elliott songs on her albums, including “All n My Grill,” “Work It,” and “I’m Really Hot,” she continued to write and produce for other prominent artists in the industry. This included Whitney Houston, Madonna, and even the number one cover of “Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk for the Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge.  

Even though Elliott has never stopped writing and producing songs, even releasing a few pieces of her own, fans noticed an absence starting in 2008, later revealed to be because of her diagnosis of Graves’ disease. 

Her nine-year hiatus wasn’t just because of her diagnosis. She also wanted to make sure what came next was the right thing. “When I create something, it’s gotta be special, and it can’t just be to throw something out there because I feel like I’m Missy,” she told Yahoo’s “The Yo Show.” 

By 2015, she was back in the spotlight more frequently, performing at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show with Katy Perry, which boosted digital sales of Elliott’s that next week. The performance was viewed by 118.5 million people, earning it the title of the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show in NFL history. 

In recent years, she has also worked with such artists as Pharell, Ariana Grande, and even First Lady Michelle Obama for a collaborative track, “This Is for My Girls,” featuring other artists such as Kelly Clarkson and Zendaya. 

Finally, in 2019, Elliott gave fans what they’d most been waiting for, releasing her first-ever extended play, Iconology, which included originals such as “Throw it Back,” “Cool Off,” and “DripDemeanour.” 

Related: Kelly Clarkson’s Net Worth: She’s Standing “Stronger”

When Was Missy Elliott Born? 

Melissa Arnette “Missy” Elliott’s birthdate is July 1, 1971. 

Missy Elliott’s Zodiac sign is cancer. A water symbol, cancers are usually hyper-emotional, temperamental, and spiteful people; however, they’re also considered sensitive, insightful, and extremely fond of those they love.

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Prior to her weight gain, Missy Elliott was skinny. This image is from 2005. Image from Shutterstock.

How Tall is Missy Elliott?

Missy Elliott’s height is 5 feet, 1 inch tall, proving that she may be on the shorter side, but it doesn’t change the fact that she stands tall and proud.  

How Much Does Missy Elliott Weigh? 

Missy Elliott weighs approximately 130 lbs. This slim figure was not always accurate for the “Work It” singer. 

When did Missy Elliott get Graves’ Disease? Elliott was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid, in 2008, and was the answer to many fan questions, ‘Why did Missy Elliott stop making music”? After the diagnosis, Elliott drastically changed her diet and exercise habits to help manage the disease. 

Part of her weight loss is also because of the disease itself because, although it also increases a person’s appetite, it does cause weight loss in those it affects. 

Where is Missy Elliott From? 

Missy Elliott was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia. 

Missy Elliott’s Parents

Missy Elliott is the only daughter of former U.S. Marine Ronnie Elliott and power-company dispatcher Patricia Elliott. 

Her father was known to be abusive to both her and her mother. After he officially left the Marines, the family lived in extreme poverty, and her father became domestically abusive.

He was so abusive that Elliott often refused to spend the night with friends because of fear that her mother would be dead when she got home, mainly after one incident left her mom with a dislocated shoulder, and he pointed a gun at Elliott herself during another. 

Eventually, when Elliott was 14, she and her mother left, taking refuge at a family member’s home. “When we left, my mother realized how strong she was on her own, and it made me strong. It took her leaving her home to be able to realize that,” Elliott once stated.  

Missy Elliott’s Early Life

Missy Elliott’s early childhood wasn’t all bad. While her dad was in the military, the future “One Minute Man” singer grew up singing in the church choir and performing for family. 

She also blossomed in her schoolwork, earning above-average marks on intelligence tests, and even caused her to skip two grades.

That, however, proved to be the turning point toward a not-so-happy childhood anymore, as she became isolated and purposefully failed and returned to her proper age group. 

It was around this time that the abuse from her father began. 

After she and her mom finally left and later lived in Portsmouth’s Hodges Ferry neighborhood, things got better, and she graduated from Manor High School in 1990. 

Did Missy Elliott go to College? No, but she has been bestowed with an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music. She also has an honorary doctorate from Norfolk State University. Afterward, she donated $20,000 to the school. 

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Missy Elliott’s Children

Missy Elliott has made some interesting comments about having children, noting her desire to have a family in a 2008 statement while also saying: “I don’t know if I can take that kind of pain [of labor]. Maybe in the year 2020, you could just pop a baby out, and it’d be fine. But right now, I’d rather just adopt?”

So, does Missy Elliott have a child? As of 2023, that dream hasn’t become a reality. 

Missy Elliott’s Tattoos

Missy Elliott does sport some interesting tattoos, including one of Bugs Bunny on her calf with the word “Misdemeanor” underneath as a nod to her other known stage name. 

She’s been known to even travel outside the United States to get inked. Of the experience, the “Get Ur Freak On” rapper said: “I got one of those highest-in-charge tattoos. I always wanted to get a Polynesian tattoo, but I didn’t want to get it over here [in America] ’cause sometimes people be writing, and you don’t know what it means.” 

Missy Elliott doesn’t just enjoy getting ink of her own, but others seem to like to get ink of her for themselves, including actor Shia LaBeouf, who sports a Missy Elliott tattoo on each of his thighs. The funny thing is, he admitted in an interview that he’s not necessarily a fan of the “On & On” singer and was instead pressured into it by his co-stars from American Honey. 

Missy Elliott’s Awards and Recognitions

Along with her Songwriter’s Hall of Fame induction, Missy Elliott has received other impressive accolades over the years. The impact of her music videos earned her the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from the MTV Video Music Awards, and Billboard ranked her at number five in their 2020 list of the 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time.

That’s not surprising considering her video for her hit single, “She’s a B***h,” cost upwards of $2 million, earning it a spot on the list of the 10 most expensive music videos in the history of hip-hop.

That’s not all either, as the recognitions keep coming, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2021 and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2023. Like with the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, she was the first female hip-hop artist to achieve the honor.

It only proves that she will remain the Queen of Rap and Hip-Hop for many years to come.  

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Written by Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth in 2015. She has worked in journalism since 2015, beginning as production assistant and eventual head staff writer of the Fort Leavenworth Lamp newspaper in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Currently, she is a multimedia journalist with the Diocese of Nashville's Office of Media and Evangelization where she writes, does photography, and edits for several types of content, including the Tennessee Register, Catholic Awakenings, and She has also worked as a freelance journalist with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas's newspaper, The Leaven, since 2016.
In her spare time, Peterson enjoys reading, spending time with her pup, Sadie Lynn, singing and songwriting.


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