Quick Facts of

  • First NameJames
  • Middle NameTodd
  • Last NameSmith
  • Net Worth$120 million
  • CareerArtist
  • Age54 Years
  • Height6 Feet 2 inches
  • MotherOndrea Smith
  • FatherJames Nunya
  • WifeSimone Smith
  • SonNajee Laurent Todd Eugene Smith

What Is LL Cool J’s Net Worth? 

LL Cool J is an American hip hop recording artist, rapper, musician, record producer, actor, author and entrepreneur from Hollis, Queens. He is most famous for his hit single “I Need a Beat” and the Radio LP. Further, he became one of the first hip-hop artists to achieve mainstream success along with Kurtis Blow and Run D.M.C.

Cool J has an estimated net worth of $120 million with a salary of $350,000 per episodes. You can grab more information about LL Cool J’s net worth, tax, salary, charity, endorsement, assist, and personal details here.

LL Cool J’s Net Worth Stands At $120 Million: Income Sources & Earning

According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has an estimated net worth of $120 million. As a successful actor, singer and rapper, he was able to collect a good amount of money. 

According to the source, the average salary of a singer/musician is around $40,112 with a median bonus of $1,024. 

When he was at the age of 16, Todd met Rick Rubin and both of them created a single, ‘I Need a Beat”. Later when Rubin and Simmons founded their record company “Def Jam Recordings” they launched LL Cool J’s first song, “I Need a Beat”. 

Until now he has released 13 studio albums including, Radio, Bigger and Deffer, Walking with a Panther, Mama Said Knock You Out, 10, Authentic and many more.

He has collaborated with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, 50 Cent, Bob Dylan, Eddie Van Halen, and Samuel L. Jackson to name a few. 

Acting Career

According to the PayScale, the average salary of an actor is around $50,301 with a median bonus of $1,032. His debut acting was in 1985 movie “Krush Groove”. Later in 1986, he appeared in a Dutch music documentary “Big Fun in the Big Town”.

Until now he has appeared in numerous television series and movies and some of them include Deep Blue Sea, In Too Deep, Any Given Sunday, Charlie’s Angels, Out-of-Sync, Caught Up, and many more.

How Much Does He Make From NCIS: Los Angeles?

NCIS: Los Angeles is a major source of his income apart from all his movies. In the show, he plays the character named Sam Hanna. 

Well, he receives a salary of $150,000 per episode of the show. Well, considering the fact that he plays a total of 24 episodes in a year, his annual income alone from NCIS: Los Angeles is $3.6 million, as per Bankrate.

Other Ventures

He has worked behind the scenes with mid-1980’s hip-hop sportswear line TROOP. Todd also launched a clothing line called “Todd Smith”. Furthermore, he has written four books, including 1998’s I Make My Own Rules.

He also started his own business in the music industry such as the music label in 1993 called P.O.G. (Power of God).

Earning & Financial Data

Estimated earnings from his album Radio in 1985 with 1 million copies being sold.$1,000,000
Estimated earnings from his album Bigger and Deffer in 1987 with 3 million copies being sold$3,100,000
Estimated earnings from his album Mama Said Knock You Out in 1990 with 2 million copies being sold$2,100,000
Estimated earnings from his album 14 shots to the Dome with 500,000 copies being sold in 1993$573,000
Estimated earnings from his album Mr. Smith with 2 million copies being sold in 1995$2,300,000
Estimated earning form his album Phenomenon with 1 million copies being sold in 1997$1,100,000
Salary from Rollerball in 2002$1,000,000
Estimated earnings from his album Todd Smith with 367,000 copies being sold in 2006$370,000
Per episode salary from NCIS: Los Angeles until 2010$150,000
Estimated earnings from his album Authentic in 2013$30,000

He also made decent money through his acting career: 

MovieBudgetBox Office
Krush Groove$3,000,000$11,052,713
Grudge Match$40 million$44.9 million
Last Holiday$45 million$43.3 million
Slow Burn$15.5 million$1,797,256
Kingdom Come$7 million$23,396,049

Earnings from his books: 

Book NameHardcoverKindlePaperback
I May My Own Rules$1.25$170.14
Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle$16.76$13.89$19.99
Platinum Workout$0.25$13.06$14.99

Furthermore, he makes a good amount of money from his social media accounts. From his Instagram sponsored post, he makes about $3,325.5 to $5,542.5. 

Assets, Charity, Tax, Insurance, Lifestyle & Expenses

LL Cool J is living the lavish lifestyle along with his wife and four children in a lavish mansion that cost about $1,575,000.

The house was built in 1993 and set on just under three acres. 5,552 sq. ft. The home has six bathrooms, three fireplaces, and a swimming pool.

LL Cool J
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According to some online source, he has around 10 to 12 cars including, BMWs, Benzes, and Porsches. He has a car collection worth $700,000.

Tax & Insurance

LL Cool J is living in a house that worth around $1.5 million for which he has to pay about $30,319 for Property Tax. Further for Federal Income Tax Plus FICA, he pays $43,565,988 for Federal, $2,888,532 for FICA, $10,034,424 for State and $4,641,036 for Local. 

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Talking about car insurance, he owns around 10 to 12 car. The average cost of car insurance is around $1,426 per year or $713 per six-month policy. For 12 cars he has to pay about $17,112 per year.


He is actively supporting some foundations including:

  • Chrysalis
  • Diamond Empowerment Fund
  • Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
  • J/P Haitian Relief Organization
  • Jumpstart
  • MusiCares
  • Sentebale
  • World Vision

LL Cool J’s Personal Details: Age, Family, Education & Married Life

James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J was born on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, U.S. He was born to Ondra Griffith and James Louis Smith. Jr aka James Nunya. After his parents got divorced he was raised by his grandparents.

Marriage And Children

Talking about his married life, since 1995, he has been married to wife Simone Smith and they are blessed with four children, Nina Simone Smith, Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith, Najee Laurent Todd Eugene Smith, and Italia Anita Maria Smith.

Fact: His wife was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2004. 

Age And Height

As of 2022, the rapper is 54-year-old and stands at the height of 6 feet 2 inches.