Last week, the rapper and entrepreneur Curtis Jackson, more commonly known as 50 Cent, stirred up controversy with his public support for Donald Trump. Jackson made a few posts on social media after seeing a news report that suggested he would be paying an extremely high tax rate under Biden’s plan. The truth of the figures shown in the news report has been heavily disputed, but the idea of paying a tax rate of over 60% had the millionaire shook.
In the days after his Trump endorsement, Jackson fielded an onslaught of criticism on social media, but still held firm in his support of Trump, even doubling down and posting that he didn’t want to become “20 Cent.”
You used to be my favorite ex-boyfriend.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 20, 2020
However, it does seem like there was at least one person who was able to change his mind, his ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler. When she started calling him out on Twitter, he took notice. When he attempted to “agree to disagree” with her, she shot back with an offer to pay his tax bill.
Hey fucker! I will pay your taxes in exchange for you coming to your senses. Happily! Black lives matter. That’s you, fucker! Remember? https://t.co/uQsu7DHrRQ
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 21, 2020
The comedian and actress said that she needed to “remind” Jackson that he was Black. She added more to the offer on an appearance with the Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, saying that she would be willing to go back out with the rapper and producer if he changed his vote and publicly denounced Donald Trump.
Handler told Fallon that she was “willing to seal the deal in more ways than one if he changes his mind and publically denounced Donald Trump.”
“I might be willing to go for another spin if you know what I mean,” she added.
Not long after the segment aired, 50 Cent shared the video and publicly denounced Donald Trump.
As of 2020, Jackson’s net worth is estimated to be $30 million, which is a huge drop from previous years, when his net worth was declared at $150 million by Forbes.
Jackson has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won several awards, including a Grammy Award, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards. He has pursued an acting career, appearing in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005), the Iraq War film Home of the Brave (2006) and Righteous Kill (2008). He was ranked the sixth-best artist of the 2000s and the third-best rapper (behind Eminem and Nelly) by Billboard. Rolling Stone ranked Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and “In da Club” in its lists of “100 Best Albums of the 2000s” and “100 Best Songs of the 2000s” at numbers 37 and 13 respectively.
He is also financially invested in a highly diversified variety of industries. Jackson is now involved in artist and talent management, record, television, and film production, footwear, apparel, fragrances, liquor, video games, mobile apps, book publishing, headphones and health drinks and dietary supplements. His broad business and investment portfolio contains investments in a variety of sectors including real estate, financial market investments, mining, boxing promotion, vodka, fragrances, consumer electronics and fashion.