Here’s What Fat Joe’s Net Worth Really Is

Fat Joe is an American rapper, producer, and actor. He is best known for his work with the D.I.T.C crew, founding the Terror Squad, and his successful solo career.

Fat Joe is an American producer and rapper with a net worth of $4 million as of 2021. A large share of his earnings comes from his work in music and performances in movies.

Net Worth$4 Million
Source of WealthActing, Rapping, Producing
Full NameJoseph Antonio Cartagena
Age50 Years
OccupationRapper, Actor, Producer
EducationMorrisania School
NationalityAmerican
Date of BirthAugust 19, 1970
EthnicityPuerto Rican and Cuban
Marital StatusMarried (Lorena Cartagena)
ChildrenRyan Cartagena, Azariah Cartagena, Joey Cartagena
Last Updated2021

How Did Fat Joe Acquire His Wealth?

Fat Joe was born in a poverty and crime-ridden neighborhood and had a very rough childhood. He often had to steal to eat and feed his family. However, today he is a superstar millionaire rapper and producer.

His first paying role was as a member of the D.I.T.C crew where he performed raps with popular artists and also made connections. Soon he signed with Relativity Records and started dropping solo albums. His career’s highlight was in his albums including Represent, The Jealous One’s Envy, Don Cartagena, and more.

He also started his own crew by the name of Terror Squad of which even big names like DJ Khaled were once a part. They started collaborating on music and dropping albums together. The sales from these albums and his solo albums helped Joe earn $3 million until 2010. His earnings beyond 2010 aren’t available to the public.

How Does Fat Joe Spend His Money?

Fat Joe hasn’t been the most flashy of all rappers which makes his life even more surprising. Most of his money was actually spent on real estate when he bought a plot of land in Florida for $115K. He custom-built a home of 5300 sq ft on the land and listed it for $2 million. However, it has not yet been purchased.

He also has a $50K home theatre with Ivory Leather seats. As for cars, Joe owns a Rolls Royce Phantom for $470K and a Ferrari 360 Modena for $182K.

Joe also had to pay an unlisted fine and 4 months in prison due to tax evasion on his $3 million income. Joe has also pledged to various charities including the ALS campaign, Cancer Research for Kids and Teens UK, Promise Dreams, Carcinoid Foundation, RSPCA, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and many more.

Fat Joe at the BET Awards
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Fat Joe’s Early Life

Fat Joe was born on August 19, 1970 by the name Joseph Antonio Cartagena. He grew up in the South Bronx which was pretty rough when he was young. This influenced him and drove him to a life of crime while very young. However, he got introduced to his life’s passion – Hip Hop by his brother.

In 1992, Joseph took up the name Fat Joe da Gangster as his stage name and joined the D.I.T.C or Diggin’ in the Crates Crew. This gave him plenty of chances to collaborate with popular hip-hop artists and build a good network to support him in the future.

In 1993, Fat Joe signed with Relativity Records and released his first solo album Represent. His song Flow Joe from it went on to be a hit and bought him a ton of fame. His second album Jealous One’s Envy was also a big success and helped him get even more fame across the entertainment industry.

He also started working with other famous artists such as Big Pun, Nas, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Diddy. They collaborated together to launch his third album Don Cartagena. This also introduced the Terror Squad for the first time which was a group of artists under Fat Joe’s banner.

The Terror Squad released their last album in 2004 titled True Story. Since then, Joe continued his career as a solo artist and performed on exceptional albums such as The Darkside. He also collaborated with several more artists including Cool and Dre, Ludacris, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, and French Montana.

Joe’s Music Career Highlights

  • Don Cartagena in 1998
  • Loyalty in 2002
  • Teen Choice Awards nominee in 2002
  • MTV Video Music Awards nominee in 2002
  • Grammy Awards nominee in 2003
  • All or Nothing in 2005
  • Me, Myself, & I in 2006
  • The Elephant in the Room in 2008
  • Grammy Awards nominee in 2008
  • The Darkside III in 2013
  • Grammy Awards nominee in 2017
  • Plata O Plomo in 2017
  • Family Ties in 2019
Where does Fat Joe live?

Fat Joe lives in his Miami home with his wife and three children.


Fat Joe is a famous rapper and also built the career of many others. He has also worked with several iconic musicians and made a name for himself in today’s history. After accounting for all his income and assets, Fat Joe’s net worth is estimated at $4 million as of 2021.