|Net Worth:||$16 Million|
|Birthday:||Jan 20, 1971|
|Age:||52 years old|
|Height:||6.3 feet (193cm)|
|Birthplace:||United States of America|
|Occupation:||Musician, Songwriter, Author, Film Director|
|Last Updated:||February, 2023|
Ahmir Khalib Thompson, also known as ‘Questlove’, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 20th of 1971. Questlove’ is a well-known American songwriter, musician, film director, music journalist and author.
Questlove is a drummer in the band ‘The Roots’ an in-house band on ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’, He has produced recordings for well-established artists like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Common, Amy Winehouse and John Legend.
In February 2023, Questlove’s net worth is 16 million US Dollars.
How Did Questlove Become Rich?
Questlove began his career in the early 90s, with the beginning of ‘The Roots.’ The band formed, met and began to record an album entitled Organix. They went on to release two more critically acclaimed records and eventually found mainstream success in the late 90s.
After The Roots gained notoriety in the early 2000s, Questlove became an executive producer for musical artists Common and D’Angelo on their albums Like Water for Chocolate and Voodoo. Shortly after that, he became Erykah Badu’s drummer and producer on her albums Mama’s Gun and Baduizm.
In 2001 Questlove moved on to collaborations (as a drummer) on the instrumental jazz album, The Philadelphia Experiment, featuring Christian McBride and Uri Caine. He played the drums on Christina Aguilera’s song Loving Me 4 Me. The year after that he played the drums on John Mayer’s second album’s song Clarity. On Joss Stone’s cover of Fell in Love with a Girl, Questlove arranged the song and drummed on the song.
His media endeavors began in 2004 when The Roots released, what is considered their mainstream song, The Tipping Point. The album sold nearly 400,000 copies and allowed Questlove, who was already well-known at this point, to be featured in Jay-Z’s documentary film Fade to Black.
Continuing his stint on camera in 2005, he appeared in a commercial for the Motorola ROKR phone business and the film The Longest Yard. In 2006 he featured in Dave Chappelle’s comedy shows and his film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. In the same year, Questlove received an Esky in Esquire magazine.
In 2007 Questlove was considered to co-produce the theme to VH1’s Hip Hop honours, but his real fame came in 2009 when The Roots became the in-house band for Jimmy Fallon’s show. On the show, he remixed clips, audio samples and played the drums.
Questlove used his connections in the music industry to recruit Jay-Z, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith on the Broadway play Fela!, a musical based around the life of Nigerian composer and activist Fela Kuti. Before Amy Winehouse’s death, he planned to collaborate with her.
Questlove proved himself as a multifaceted artist when he began writing about food, song writing for British singer Duffy, releasing a memoir in 2013 and publishing a book, Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation. In 2016 he launched a weekly radio show that featured notable celebrities like Solange, Pete Rock, Maya Rudolph and even Chris Rock.
In recent years he was the musical director of the Academy Awards and the in-house DJ at the ceremony – the music played at the ceremony included remixed compositions from The Roots’ past songs. He made his film debut with the now critically acclaimed Summer of Soul. The movie examined the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.
What Is Questlove Net Worth?
Questlove’s net worth and earnings have varied from the beginning of his career to the present day.
When he first began in October of 1994, The Roots sold 500,000 copies off of their Do You Want More album, which pushed up his $650,000 net worth.
Between January and November of 2000, he made between $650,000 to $2,460,000 in music album sales and movie sales with The Roots.
In July of 2001, he made $650,000 in music album sales.
Between October and December of 2002, he made between $390,000 to $10,460,000 due to The Roots music album sales and his collaborations.
In September of 2003, he made $3,410,000 in album sales with his collaboration with John Mayer.
Between March and November of 2004, he made between $650,000 and $742,080 in movie sales and album/record sales.
Between March and October of 2005, he made between $972,400 and $190,320,000 in movie sales and collaboration with Fiona Apple and album/record sales.
In August of 2006, he made $260,000 in a record/album sale with The Roots.
In April of 2008, he made $222,300 in album sales with The Roots.
In November of 2010, he made $196,300 in album sales with The Roots.
In December of 2011, he made $145,600 in album sales with The Roots.
Between April to September 2013, he made between $32,500 to $6,000,000 in record/album sales with The Roots, collaborating with other artists and an annual salary (as a music journalist, drummer and disc jockey).
In May and December of 2014, he made $33,330 and $26,120,000 in record/album sales and box office sales as an executive music producer and composer.
In June of 2016, he made $9,640,000 in box office sales on a movie called Popstar.
In September of 2019, he made $10,200 from his website.
It is unclear exactly how much Questlove has made in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic but it can be assumed that his accumulated $16,000,000 has come from his writing and directorial debuts as well his employment as a frontrunner of The Roots on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.
How Questlove Spends His Money?
There is no particular information available on how he spends his money.
- Questlove is no stranger to entertainment; his father was a singer and his mother was a model and dancer. This led to him getting his first drumsticks, which eventually, led to his passion for music.
- His family’s shared love for music did not end there; his father brought him along to gigs that he would be a part of!
- He is a passionate foodie; he is known for his top-notch culinary skills and even released a cooking book, Something to Food About Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs.