Vanilla Ice – Net Worth, Age, Height, Bio, Birthday, Facts, Wife, Girlfriend, Lifestyle & Pictures
Learn about Vanilla Ice’s Net Worth, Biography, Age, Birthday, Height, Lifestyle, Family, Career, and Facts.
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Robert Matthew known as Vanilla Ice was born on October 31, 1967, in Dallas, Texas, United States. He was given the surname of his stepfather. After his mom got divorced, he traveled a lot between Dallas and Miami. He was inspired by hip-hop from an early age. He practiced breakdancing as a teenager. He took the name “Vanilla Ice” when he became a part of the breakdance troupe. His stepdad worked in Texas so he had to move with his mother. His group named itself “The Vanilla Ice Posse”.
|Full Name:||Robert Matthew Van Winkle|
|Name Meaning:||“Bright Fame”|
|Place of Birth:||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Date of Birth:||October 31, 1967|
|Blood Group:||Not Disclosed|
|Known As/For:||“To the Extreme” (1990)|
He broke his ankle and wasn’t interested in racing. He wanted to learn more about dancing and therefore, he started performing on the streets with his friends. He won an open mic at a nightclub and was offered by the manager if he wanted to be there regularly and he accepted the offer. In 1987, he was stabbed five times in a scuffle and spent ten days in the hospital. He signed a contract with the owner of the nightclub he sang at named Tommy Quon and his company Ultrax.
In 1989, he opened for EPMD, Ice-T, Stetsasonic, and Sir Mix-A-Lot. Quon saw potential in him and they worked on songs with his fellows and other producers like Khayree. The record ‘Ichiban Records’ distributed their work and the album’s first song “Play That Funky Music” was released with “Ice Ice Baby” on its B-side. Surprisingly, “Ice Ice Baby” received more attention and popularity on the radio as compared to the A-side single and Quon gave 8000 dollars for its music video. The video of the song was perceived well. He signed a record deal with SBK in 1990. SBK made a re-recorded version of “Hooked” called “To the Extreme”. The album became the fastest-selling hip-hop album of all time. It spent sixteen weeks on the Billboard 200 charts. Many radio stations wanted the song to be played and the album received mixed reviews.
He was a musical guest on Saturday Night Live in 1991. He also starred in the movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze” and called it one of the coolest experiences of his career. His next album “Extremely Live” came out the same year. It mainly received negative reviews. He then played the lead role in the SBK film “Cool as Ice”. The film grossed 638,000 dollars but got negative reviews. He received the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star.
His popularity was decreasing in the United States but he kept touring in South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He sang in Russia in front of President Boris Yeltsin.
He took a break from music in 1993 and started jet skiing and Motocross racing. His second studio album “Mind Blowin” was released in 1994 and also received negative feedback and reviews. He began abusing drugs after SBK went bankrupt. He started consuming ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin. In 1994, he was saved by his friends from a suicide attempt. After touring in 1995, he took a break from music. He became the world’s No. 6-ranked sit-down jet ski racer and won a Kawasaki sponsorship. In 1995, he made a recording studio and tried his luck in the real estate business. In 1996, he signed to Universal Republic Records and provided guest vocals for the song “Boom” by Bloodhound Gang.
His next studio album was “Hard to Swallow” which had a darker impact than any of his previous albums and caught the media’s attention. But unfortunately this time too he received negative reviews. In 2001, “Ice Ice Baby 2001” was released in the European market. Later he collaborated with the all-female American hard rock band “Betty Blowtorch”. His fourth studio album “Bi-Polar” was released in 2001 and again received negative reviews.
He managed to appear in many reality TV shows. He appeared in “Celebrity Boxing” in 2002, “Hollywood Squares” in 2003, and “The Surreal Life” in 2004. He resumed his motocross races and placed in the seventh position at the 2003 Suzuki Crossover challenge. His fifth studio album was “Platinum Underground” which was released in 2005. The first song that he released from that album was ‘Ninja Rap 2”. In 2007, he starred in “The Surreal Life: Fame Games” again and released his next album in 2008 called “Vanilla Ice Is Back!” with Cleopatra Records. The album was criticized by critics. In 2010, he was a special guest at the “2010 National Television Awards”. He shared the stage with Jedward and recorded a single with the, featuring in its music video. In 2011, he appeared in the sixth season of the show “Dancing on Ice”.
He made a show called “The Vanilla Ice Project” which aired in 2010 about him renovating a house in Palm Beach, Florida. He released a book called “Vanilla Ice Project – Real Estate Guide” in 2011. The next two seasons of the show aired in 2012 and 2013. In 2011, he was featured in a movie called “That’s My Boy” with Adam Sandler and signed to “Psychopathic Records”.
His sixth studio album was “WTF” released through “Radium Records”. He also performed in theater from 2011 to 2013. He performed in the halftime show of a Houston Texans game in 2013. He also played a brief role in “The Ridiculous Six” film in 2015. He performed in the 23rd season of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2016 but was eliminated. He was invited to perform at the Juggalo March On Washington free concert in 2017. He was invited to President Trump’s mansion at the New Year Eve’s Party where he performed.
He covered a BBC Radio 5 Live documentary podcast about the theft of a racehorse in 2021.
- The name “Vanilla” was given to him by his friends as he was a member of the group who wasn’t black.
- He wrote his song “Ice Ice Baby” when he was only 16.
- He was charged with residential burglary and grand theft after he stole stuff from a house in Florida.
- He revealed that his style is influenced by underground music more than mainstream music.
- He has often been name-dropped by Eminem in his songs.
His estimated net worth is 12 million dollars. He has made money through his music career. He benefits from his album sales and music streams. Moreover, his live shows also contribute to his net worth as he earns significantly well from them. His album “To the Extreme” sold eleven million copies. He remained the spokesperson for Nike and Coca-Cola.
|Net Worth:||$12 Million|
Height & Weight:
He is 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and weighs 76 kg.
|Height:||5 Feet 11 Inches|
Family & Relationships:
He was born to his mother Camilla Beth Dickerson, He never knew his father so he was given the surname of the man his mother was married to at that time.
He was married to Laura Giarritta but the couple got divorced in 2019. He has two kids named Dusti Rain Van Winkle and KeeLee Breeze Van Winkle. His third child is Priscilla Love VanWinkle who was born to his new wife. The identity of his new wife isn’t revealed yet.
We are trying to find more information about his relationships and will update you here.
|Father:||William Basil Van Winkle|
|Mother:||Camilla Beth Dickerson|
Laura Giarritta (m.1997-2019)
|Daughters:||Dusti Rain Van Winkle,|
KeeLee Breeze Van Winkle,
Priscilla Love VanWinkle
Why is Vanilla Ice famous?
Vanilla Ice is an American rapper. He is most widely known for his album “To the Extreme” which became the fastest-selling hip-hop album of all time.
Who is Vanilla Ice married to?
He was married to Laura Giarritta from 1997 to 2019. He has two kids with her.
How much money does Vanilla Ice earn?
He earns millions of dollars every year through his released music. His estimated net worth is 12 million dollars.
Where is Vanilla Ice now?
Vanilla Ice isn’t making music right now. He resides in Florida with his family.
Did Vanilla get his money back from Suge Knight?
The dispute got settled in court. The two worked everything out legally.
What ended Vanilla Ice’s career?
He took a break from music many times. He took a break due to drug abuse and for other activities like Motocross racing and jet skiing.
How old is Vanilla Ice Today?
October 31, 1967 is his Date of Birth, so now he is 55 Years old.
Who is Vanilla Ice dating?
There is no information given by him about whether he is dating anyone or not. He is reportedly single.