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Keith Sweat Net Worth

Keith Sweat Net Worth Salary Source of income 2019
Net Worth-$250,000
Full NameKeith Douglas Sweat
Date of Birth/AgeJuly 22, 1961 (age 58)
Source of wealthSinger, Songwriter, Record Producer, Actor, Radio Personality
Country of originU.S.
State/City of originHarlem, New York City
Last Updated2019

Net Worth

Keith Sweat net worth is -$250 thousand.

How Much Keith Sweat Make a Year

Keith Sweat’s annual income has not been published yet.

How does Keith Sweat make his money?

Keith Sweat has earned his fortune through his various music albums, records he has produced, his radio show, and performances.


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Keith Sweat is an American songwriter, singer, and producer who has been active since the 70s. He created many hits that boosted his fame during the 80s and 90s.

Fans might also remember him from his nationally syndicated radio show “The Sweat Hotel”. Today he uses his talents to groom other music artists and groups.

Let’s take a closer look at his biography, personal life, net worth, and career history.

Early Life

Keith Sweat’s real name is Keith Douglas Sweat. He was born on July 22, 1961, in Harlem, New York City. His parents are Juanita Thompson and Charles Sweat.

His mother was a hairdresser and his father was a factory worker. When Charles passed away in 1973 Juanita raised their five kids on her own.

Keith initially worked as a stock boy on the evening shift at Macy’s Department Store. He then became a mailroom clerk at Paine Webber which is a brokerage firm.

In just 4 years he managed to climb the ladder and become a brokerage assistant, working the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. He has also been a supervisor for the New York Mercantile Exchange.


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Personal life

Keith Sweat got married to Lisa Wu Hartwell in 1992 but they divorced in 2002. She is a star of the reality television show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”.


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Together they had two sons named Jordan and Justin. Keith also has an additional son named Joshua and three daughters.

Keith has found himself in some financial struggles recently. After failing to make the payments on a Detroit home he got sued by the mortgage company.

The company was awarded $250,000 in damages and it has not collected on this sum as of yet. The mortgage company is now trying to get a lien on Keith’s other assets as well as garnish his wages.

In addition to his struggles on that mortgage, Keith reportedly owes the government over $35 thousand in back taxes since 2014.


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Keith Sweat’s career started out with him being a member of the Harlem band Jamilah in 1975. While he was in this group he sharpened his singing skills by performing throughout New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

A bassist Larry Peoples, a drummer Walter Bradley, and a guitarist Michel Samuels were the founders of the group.

Almost a decade later in 1984, Keith wound up going solo. He started out singing at nightclubs all over New York City and he got an opportunity to record for Stadium Records, which is an independent label.

Keith wound up recording a single song and also their third release called “My Mind Is Made Up”. Even though he only physically sang on a single record, he is still credited as co-producer and co-writer of The group’s first release “You Are The One For Me”.

This song was also the group GQ’s last recording ever made. Keith’s uncle Keith Sabu Crier was one of the group’s original members.


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In 1987 Vincent Davis discovered Keith Sweat and offered him a contract with Vintertainment Records, which was started in 1983. This label was known for dealing with early hip-hop and putting out “Pee Wee’s Dance” by Joeski Love in 1985.

Elektra Records was the distributor of Vintage Records from 1985 until 1990 when it ceased operations. During that time, in late 1987 Keith put out his debut studio album “Make It Last Forever”. This album sold three million copies.

The top song from this album was “I Want Her”. which got nominated for a 1989 Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Song of the Year award for Soul Train. The title track on this album reached number 2 on the charts.

His second album “I’ll Give All My Love to You” was released in 1990 and reached number 6 on Billboard 200. Just a year later in 1991, Keith put out his third album Keep It Coming. That album reached the top 20 of the charts.

In 1992, Keith came across the group Silk, and he assisted them with their debut album “Lose Control”. This album peaked at number 7 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The single “Freak Me” reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993. This same year, Keith discovered Kut Klose and produced the group’s first album “Surrender”.


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The best hit from this album was the single “I like” which reached number 8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

In 1994 Keith released album number 4 called “Get Up on It”. His self-titled album followed in 1996, and both of them were on the top ten of Billboard 200.

The single written and co-produced by Eric McCaine called “Twisted” featured Kut Klose, and peaked at number 2 on Billboard Hot 100. Keith’s single “Nobody” reached number 3 and those two singles were Keith’s biggest singles ever.

In 1997 Keith found a group called Ol’ Skool. He assisted them with their debut album. Their biggest single “Am I Dreaming” featured both him and Xscape.

Keith created the R&B group LSG with Johnny Gill and Gerald Levert. That same year they put out a self-titled debut called “Levert.Sweat.Gill”.

The hit track from that album was “My Body”. The album went double platinum and peaked at number 4 on U.S. Billboard 200.


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Keith continued making solo albums from 1998 forward and his sixth album “Still in the Game” reached number 6 on the Billboard 200 and number 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart.

Even though he had a couple of promising singles including “Come and Get With Me” featuring Snoop Dogg and “I’m Not Ready”, his chart ranking streak began to decline in 2000.

Keith has continued releasing new music even today, and since 2008 he has been hosting a nationally syndicated radio show called “The Keith Sweat Hotel“.

This show plays classic soul music across various stations all over the U.S. On the show he interviews other artists and talks about his music career. The show airs five nights each week.

Keith has made the most hit records of his entire career during the 80s and 90s. During that time, he had a full list of top 100 tracks. Lately, he has started grooming other artists and music groups such as Kut Klose, Silk, and Ol’ Skool.


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Interesting Facts

  • In 1997 Keith won an American Music Award for Favorite Male R&B/Soul Artist. He was also a nomination for the same award in 1991 and 1998. In 1997 he was also nominated for Favorite R&B/Soul Album: Keith Sweat. In 2013 he received a Soultrain Lifetime Achievement Award.

Favorite Quotes from Keith Sweat

“Two people working on a relationship with the same energy & passion increases the chances of great results.”

“Before something great happens, everything falls apart. Just hold on long enough to get through the smoke screen.”

“My goal was to bring good music back.”