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Vanilla Ice Net Worth: How the American Rapper Made His Fortune

Vanilla Ice Net Worth: How the American Rapper Made His Fortune

No matter what you know him from, Vanilla Ice is a multi-talented individual. He first found fame in 1990 with his chart-topping single “Ice Ice Baby.” But he didn’t stop there; he’s also tackled popular songs like “Play That Funky Music” off his debut album. Thanks to his successful career, Vanilla Ice has amassed a net worth of $12 Million USD.

Vanilla Ice Net Worth in 2022

Vanilla Ice’s net worth is estimated to be $12 million as of November 2022. The American rapper, actor, and television host originally from Dallas, Texas found success with his debut album Hooked in 1989.

Real NameRobert Matthew Van Winkle 
Net Worth$12 Million USD (approx.)
ProfessionRapper, Actor, TV host
Salary (monthly)$68,000 USD (approx.)
Salary (yearly)Not Known
Last Updated 2022

Vanilla Ice Assets

Vanilla Ice is one of the most influential rappers in the American music industry. He has a net worth of $12 Million USD and is the owner of multiple real estate properties across the United States of America. 


In the year 2018, the rapper put his Florida house on sale for a whopping $4.8 Million. The waterfront house located in Melbourne Beach was also featured on The Vanilla Ice Project. It’s a medium-sized house that has four bedrooms and two baths.


Vanilla Ice has a soft corner for good-old Cadillacs. He owns multiple models from the brand. In addition to his massive Cadillac collection, Vanilla Ice also has an original 5.0 mustang and a 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Vanilla Ice Net Worth: How the American Rapper Made His Fortune

About Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice, born October 31, 1967, was raised in Dallas, Texas. His mother divorced his father and remarried a car salesman when he was just four years old. He spent his childhood between Dallas and Miami as his family moved for work.

When breakdancing became popular in the early 1980s, thirteen-year-old Van Winkle learned how to do it and got involved with the hip-hop culture that was just beginning. His friends started calling him “Vanilla Ice” because he was the only white boy they knew who could breakdance.

He didn’t like the name at first, but it stuck with him throughout his career. Eventually, he started entering rap battles using the pseudonym MC Vanilla. When Van Winkle was sixteen years old, he wrote “Ice Ice Baby.” At this time in his life, he was living in Texas where he had also formed a breakdancing group called The Vanilla Ice Posse.

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Vanilla Ice Wiki

Age55 Years (as of 2022)
D.O.B31 October 1967 
BirthplaceSouth Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA
Height1.83 m
WeightNot Known
FamilyLaura Giaritta (m. 1997)
Dusti Rain (daughter)
Keelee Breeze (daughter)
Social MediaInstagram, Facebook, Twitter

Vanilla Ice Career

On the Stop the Violence Tour, Ice’s manager saw potential in him and decided to produce a demo tape. In 1989, “Play That Funky Music” was released as a single by Ichiban Records with “Ice Ice Baby” as its B-side. However, one day a DJ played “Ice ice baby” during a radio show thinking it was mistaken thinking it was supposed to be “Play that funky music.” Surprisingly, the crowd loved “Ice ice baby.”

Vanilla Ice Net Worth: How the American Rapper Made His Fortune

Rapper Suge Knight and his bodyguards ran into rapper Ice Van Winkle by chance while they were both dining at a West Hollywood restaurant one night. Later that evening, after their meal had concluded, Knight and his security team showed up unannounced to Van Winkle’s hotel room on the 15th floor of the former Bel Age Hotel (currently known as the London Hotel) located on Sunset Boulevard. According to Ice, Knight forced him out onto the balcony and said he would throw him over unless he signed away the rights to “Ice, Ice Baby.” Van Winkle gave in, and Knight used that money as seed funding for Death Row Records.

In Vanilla Ice’s debut album, “To the Extreme,” he reached number one on the album charts and remained there for 16 weeks – setting a then record for fastest selling hip hop album of all time. He continued to release five more studio albums: 1994’s “Mind Blowin’,” 1998’s “Hard to Swallow,” 2001’s “Bi-Polar,” and 2005’s “Platinum Underground.” And his most recent work in 2011, “W.T.F (Wisdom, Tenacity, Focus.) However between 2008 and the present day he recorded an album of cover songs called simply, “Vanilla Ice is Back.”

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How tall is Vanilla Ice?

Vanilla Ice is 1.83 m tall.

How old is Vanilla Ice?

Vanilla Ice is 55 years of age.

What is Vanilla Ice’s real name?

Vanilla Ice’s real name is Robert Matthew Van Winkle.

What is Vanilla Ice’s net worth?

As of 2022, Vanilla Ice has a net worth of approx $12 Million USD.

Who is Vanilla Ice married to?

Vanilla Ice is married to Laura Giaritta. The couple tied the knot in 2007.

About the author


Steven Ly

Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Priya enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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