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Bow Wow is worth $1.5 million. But how did he get his wealth?

Shad Gregory Moss, aka Bow Wow or Lil’ Bow Wow, is a rapper, Tv presenter, broadcaster, actor, and songwriter. He started singing while he was a child, and since then, he has been a global sensation in the music industry.

But after his achievements in the music industry, Bow Wow decided to shift to the film industry. In this article, you will get to learn more about Bow Wow’s wealth.

Personal Information

Net Worth: $1.5 Million

Full Name: Shad Gregory Moss

Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: 9th March 1987

Age: 33

Profession: Rapper, songwriter, actor, Tv presenter, broadcaster

Height: 1.7 m

Early Life of Bow Wow

Shad Gregory Moss is the birthname of Bow Wow, and his date of birth was on 9th March 1987. He is the son of Alfonso Preston Moss and Teresa Rena Caldwell, Jones. Gregory Moss was passionate about rap at the tender age of three.

By the age of six, he started rapping by the name Kid Gangsta. His role model was N.W.A., a Compton hip-hop group. His rapping enthusiasm got him a chance to perform in a Los Angeles show, and due to his prowess, Snoop Dogg got to discover him.

Snoop then named him Lil’ Bow Wow. Shad Moss then made an appearance on Snoop Dogg’s debut album “Doggystyle.” He featured on Gz and Hustlas songs. Additionally, he was among the cast in Gin and Juice video, which is Snoop’s music.

Bow Wow Net Worth

Bow Wow Net Worth

When he was eleven years, Bow Wow met with Jermaine Dupri, a record producer. Dupri natured Shad, and in 1999 they did a collabo “The Stick Up” for Wild Wild West soundtrack. At thirteen, Gregory released his first studio album Beware of Dog, in 2000, and his first song was Bounce with Me.

His album got double platinum from RIAA after selling two million copies. But in an interview, Shad said that the album sold over three million copies.

Growth of Bow Wow’s Music Career

After releasing his first studio album, Shad didn’t stop there a year later; he released his second album known as Doggy Bag. The popular single in the album was Take Ya Home, which became number seventy-two on the Hot 100.

In April 2002, Shad dropped the name Lil’ and since then was known as Bow Wow. He changed his name was because he was getting old, and many rappers had the name, Lil’.

After changing his name, he released his third album and the first under his new name. The album was known as Unleashed. Let’s Get Down was the first song in the album, and he was featuring Birdman on the track. The first two studio albums were under Jermaine Dupri, but he didn’t produce the third. The album got a gold certification.

His 4th studio album was “Wanted,” which was number one on the rap chart and number four in the Billboard Hot 100. Shad Moss continued his fifth studio album in 2006 and is called The Price of Fame, and like Wanted, it got a gold certification from RIAA.

Bow Wow’s other album include;

  • Face-Off collabo with Omarion in 2007
  • New Jack City II in 2009

The Film Career of Bow Wow

Apart from music, Shad was also an actor, and his first acting career was on Like Mike. A sports comedy film which premiered on 3rd July 2002. This was not his only film, but the following are some he featured on.

  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  • Johnsons Family Vacation
  • Roll Bounce
  • Lottery Ticket
  • Hurricane Season

He will also appear on F9 as Twinkie. Moss has also acted on Tv shows like CSI: Cyber, Smallville, Ugly Betty, and many more.

Personal Life of Bow Wow

During his relationship with Joie Chavis, they got a baby girl known as Shai Moss. Furthermore, Bow Wow was once engaged to Erica Mena, an American Tv personality and former video vixen. Presently, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his mom.

Total Net Worth

So, how does he have a net worth of $1.5 million? Here is a breakdown of his earning throughout his career.

  • Beware of Dog – $2.7 million.
  • Doggy Bag – $1.1 million
  • Like Mike salary – $1 million
  • Unleashed – $774,000
  • Johnson’s Family Vacation salary – $750,000
  • Wanted – $958,000
  • The Price of Fame -$800,000
  • Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift salary – $500,000
  • New Jack City II – $200,000
  • Lottery Ticket salary – $1 million

All these earnings are between January 2000 to August 2010.


In 2012 he received a court order to pay $3,000 for his child support. In March but on October, Shad said that he was broke and could not pay as he earned $4,000 per month.

Early 2019 he was then in another controversy and was arraigned in court after fighting with a woman. The two got injuries but was released on an $8,000 signature bond.