American rapper and songwriter Notorious BIG has an estimated net worth of $160 million. Born Christopher George Latore Wallace on May 21, 1972, he was also referred to as The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls. Other names contained “The King of New York”, “The Black Frank White”, “Big Poppa”, “Frankie Baby”, and “B.I.” Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he was the only son to parents of Jamaican ancestry. He was a high school dropout who began dealing chance in the area, a venture he promised as his only source of income. His music career began as a rapper during his adolescent years. He’s recorded hip hop tracks on a tape that has been passed around and played at local radio stations in New York. With that, he became a central figure in the East Coast Hip Hop arena. He also helped increase the city’s exposure in the genre through that time when West Coast Hip Hop was dominant in the mainstream. Through his protg group, Junior M.A.F.I.A., Wallace has directed his childhood friends to attain success in the graphs. He also became more involved with the growing East Coast/West Coast hip hop feud while recording his second album. He met Tupac Shakur, an MC from the West Coast, which shortly he became pals with despite the dispute later on in their careers. On March 9, 1997, Christopher Wallace was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. Sixteen days after, his Life After Departure double-disc set was released and became No. 1 on the U.S. album charts. In 2000, it was certified Diamond and is certainly one of a small number of hip hop albums to receive such certification. Two more albums were released since his passing and he has certified sales of 17 million units in America.