The 28th of January, 1976 found William Leonard Roberts II is brought into the world in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He spent his childhood in the Florida town of Carol City. He received his diploma from Miami Carol City Senior High School and received a football scholarship to attend Albany State University, a historically black college in the United States.
From December 1995 to June 1997, Ross held the position of a correctional officer, during which time he worked for a total of 18 months. Teflon Da Don was the alias that Ross used when he first began his career. In the middle of the 2000s, he legally changed his name to Rick Ross. His stage name was derived from the infamous drug lord Rick Ross “Freeway,” after whom he was named.
After the publication of his first single, “Hustlin,” in 2006, he was the focus of fierce competition for several recording contracts. He was presented with opportunities by Irv Gotti’s Murder Inc. and Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment. In the end, Ross agreed to a contract with Jay-Def Z’s Jam Records worth many millions of dollars. Later on in that same year, he published his first album, titled Port of Miami, which shot straight to the top of the Billboard 200 album list upon its initial release. In 2008, Ross released his second studio album, titled Trilla. Additionally, it made its entrance onto the Billboard 200 album list at the top spot.
Deeper Than Rap was released in 2009, Teflon Don was released in 2010, God Forgives, I Don’t was released in 2012, Mastermind and Hood Billionaire were both released in 2014, Black Market was released in 2015, Rather You Than Me was released in 2017, and Port of Miami 2 was released in 2018. Ross is the founder and CEO of the record label Maybach Music Group (2019). In addition, Ross was the first artist to be represented by Ciroc Entertainment, which is owned and operated by Diddy.
MTV bestowed upon Ross the title of “Hottest MC in the Game” early in the year 2012.
On the hit show Snoop and Martha’s Potluck Dinner Party, which airs on VH1, Ross made an appearance. During the course of the show, he worked side by side with Martha Stewart in the kitchen.
Ross has been in legal difficulty in the usual sense; he has been arrested for weapons and narcotics, and he has also been sued by a variety of other persons working in the music industry. In addition, Ross has been accused of sexual misconduct. Ross was taken into custody in January of 2008 on allegations related to firearms and marijuana. Officer Rey Hernandez, the Miami Beach police officer who detained Ross, was deposed by Ross’s attorney, who asked Hernandez why Ross’s case was given to the gang task force. Ross was the subject of the deposition. The officer explained that it was due to the fact that Ross claimed to be affiliated with Triple C’s (also known as Carol City Cartel) as well as other well-known gang members. The officer did not present any evidence of Ross’s membership in the gang throughout the interview.
DJ Vlad, a popular YouTube personality, initiated legal action against Ross in August 2008, accusing him of assault and violence. In response to Vlad’s inquiries on Ross’s previous career as a correctional officer, Ross allegedly set up an ambush for Vlad at the Ozone Awards in Houston, Texas in the year 2008.
In June of 2010, “Freeway” Ricky Ross filed a copyright infringement case against Ross for utilizing his name. The lawsuit was brought before a federal court in California. In a decision that was handed down on December 30, 2013, the court found in favor of the rapper Rick Ross and granted him permission to continue using the name. The decision was based on the First Amendment.
Toie Roberts, William Roberts III, Berkeley Hermes Roberts, and Billion Leonard Roberts are Ross’s children. Ross also has a son named Billion Leonard Roberts.
In an interview with Corey “Coco Brother” Condrey on the show Lift Every Voice, Christian rapper Rick Ross stated, “I had told myself at one point that no matter what I went through, I never question God.” In addition to this, Ross mentioned that prior to each of his performances on stage, he says a prayer.
Ross and his fiancée were the targets of a drive-by shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 27, 2013, when Ross was celebrating his 37th birthday there with his friends and family. In spite of the fact that neither Ross nor his girlfriend sustained injuries, they were ultimately unsuccessful in their attempt to flee the shooting and ended up driving their car into an apartment.
In 2015, Ross was engaged to Lira “Galore” Mercer for a short period of time.
In 2017, Ross came under fire for comments he made in an interview in which he stated that he had never signed a female rapper because “I would wind up f***ing [her] and f***ing the business up.” Ross’s comments drew criticism from a number of people. Within a short period of time, Ross issued an apology in the form of a Facebook post, in which he referred to his remarks as “insensitive” and “a mistake [he regrets].”
A rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, record executive, producer, and CEO in the United States, Rick Ross has a net worth of $45 million. Rick has, up to this point in his career, racking up international sales of multiple millions of albums and tens of millions of singles. Throughout the course of his career, he has maintained a consistent position as one of the top 10 highest-paid rappers in the world. As of the time, this article was written, his overall career earnings top $90 million.
In 2012, Ross spent $5.2 million to acquire a beachfront mansion that was 10,000 square feet in size and located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The three-story mansion in the Mediterranean style includes a total of 11 full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and eight bedrooms. The home features a theater, a game room, a full bar, an elevator, and a swimming pool with a bar and a spa.
In addition, there are two master suites in the home. The home sits on about half an acre and has exclusive access to a waterway that is 150 feet long. It is located in the Seven Isles neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale. In 2014, he listed the property for sale at $9.25 million, and he eventually sold it the following year for slightly more than $6 million.
Ross made news in 2014 after paying $5.8 million on a house outside of Atlanta that was formerly owned by boxer Evander Holyfield. The mansion included 54,000 square feet of living space, 109 rooms, and 235 acres of land. It is possible that it is the biggest house in all of Georgia. The home offers a total of 21 baths and 12 bedrooms.
Rick Ross spent one million dollars in October 2020 to purchase an additional 87 acres of land close to the mansion he owns in a suburban Atlanta neighborhood. This takes his overall land holdings up to 322 acres. He has dubbed his property “Promise Land”.