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‘I Knew I Was Gonna Be Who I Was’: How Migos’ Takeoff Built His $26 Million Fortune Before His Sudden Death

In the early hours of Nov. 1 Migos rapper Takeoff was shot dead after a fatal encounter at a bowling alley in Houston following a private party.

Before his passing, the 28-year-old rapper, whose real name was Kirshnik Khari Ball, had a net worth of $26 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 01: Rapper Takeoff, of Migos, enters the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)

Migos Success

He built his fortune on the booming success of the trio Migos, featuring his uncle Quavious Keyate Marshall (better known as Quavo) and his cousin once removed Kiari Kendrell Cephus (known as Offset).

Migos’ net worth is collectively about $80 million, with each member having a net worth estimated at just more than $26.6 million.

In 2008, the group out of Lawrenceville, Georgia, initially called itself the Polo Club before rebranding to Migos. The group’s first full-length project, “Juug Season” mixtape, dropped in August 2011 and has the local hit “Bando.” The group released their debut studio album “Yung Rich Nation” in 2015 through Quality Control Music and YRN Tha Label, and distributed by 300 Entertainment. The 15-track album featured established artists like Chris Brown and Young Thug and produced two standout songs, “One Time” and “Pipe It Up.”

“Culture” was the group’s second album, which debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. “Culture II” in January of 2018 became Migos’ second album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 199,000 album-equivalent units in its first week of release. “Culture III” was released in 2021.

Migos has seen chart-topping success with such songs as “Versace,” “Fight Night,” “Look At My Dab,” “Bad and Boujee,” “MotorSport,” “Stir Fry” and “Walk It Talk It.”

The group’s most viral song is “Bad and Boujee,” which hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

On His Own

Takeoff’s 2018 solo album, “The Last Rocket,” went to No. 4 on the U.S. charts. Takeoff said he always believed he would achieve music success, “I could play a little ball, but it ain’t what I do. My thing was rapping. I knew I was gonna be who I was. You couldn’t tell me I wasn’t going to be who I was. I knew I was going to be here,” he said.

Migos Minus One

Takeoff and Quavo announced they’d be performing under the moniker Unc & Phew, and their first album, “Only Built for Infinity Links,” dropped in September. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard rap charts.

Just hours before he was killed, Takeoff tweeted the video of the single “Messy” off the project.

It is unknown whether Takeoff, who was single and had no children, had a will or completed any estate planning.

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