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Born James Chambers on the 1st April 1948 in Somerton District, St James, Jamaica, he is a musician, singer and actor, best known to the world by his hit songs “Wonderful World, Beautiful People”, “Many Rivers to Cross”, and “The Harder They Come”, among many others. Jimmy’s career started in the early ‘60s.
Have you ever wondered how rich Jimmy Cliff is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Cliff’s net worth is as high as $10 million, an amount earned largely through his successful career in music. He was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, and received the Jamaican Order of Merit honor in 2003, thanks to his contribution to music and Jamaican culture.
Jimmy Cliff Net Worth $10 Million
Jimmy took an interest in music while still in primary school; he began writing songs, and while in high school, he took his first steps towards professionalism, looking for a producer to record his songs. Although unsuccessful, he didn’t surrendered and performed in several local bars and talent contests, until his single “Hurricane Hattie” struck a chord with the public when Jimmy was only 14 years old. Little by little his career began to develop, and with hits “King of Kings”, “Miss Jamaica”, “Dearest Beverly” and “”Pride and Passion”, made a name for himself in Jamaica.
However, it wasn’t until the late ‘60s that Jimmy broke onto the world stage, debuting with the album “Hard Road to Travel”, since when he has released 30 studio albums, which spawned hits that made Jimmy popular around the world. In 1969 out came his third album “Jimmy Cliff”, which featured the hit “Wonderful World, Beautiful People”, and during the ‘70s, Jimmy released such albums as “Another Cycle” (1971), “The Harder They Come” (1972), and “Give Thankx” (1978), among others, which only increased his wealth.
Jimmy continued successfully in the ‘80s, with the albums “Give the People What They Want” (1981), “The Power and the Glory” (1983), “We Are the World” (1985), and “Cliff Hanger” (1985), for which he won a Grammy Award in the category Best Reggae Album, further increasing his wealth.
Nothing changed for Jimmy in the ‘90s as he still enjoyed fame, and made numerous live appearances across the world, including in Brazil and Nicaragua, while also releasing new material, such as the song “Hakuna Matata”, which is a collaboration with Lebo M. and was used on the soundtrack for the film “The Lion King”.
Since the start of the new millennium, Jimmy has released only four albums, which include the chart topping “Sacred Fire” (2011), and “Rebirth” (2012). He has toured continuously, making appearances in Switzerland, West Indies, Canada, USA, among other locations.
Apart from success as a musician, Jimmy is also an actor, and starred in the film “The Harder They Come” (1972) with Janet Bartley and Carl Bradshaw, and in the film “Club Paradise” (1986), with Robin Williams, Peter O’Toole and Rick Moranis in the lead roles.
Regarding his personal life, Jimmy has two children, son and daughter whose mother is described only as ‘a domestic labourer’, and lives in Jamaica.
He converted to Islam religion, and assumed the name of El Hadj Naïm Bachir, but now states that he is not a part of any religion, believing only in science.