French Montana Money + Business Explained

French Montana
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French Montana has been a name I’ve been hearing since about 2013, but he’s been around a lot longer.

His real name is Karim Kharbouch and he’s been making money since 2002. His net worth isn’t quite as high as you might expect, but, he’s still young.

He’ll probably make way more scrilla throughout the rest of his life. I mean, he’s French Montana!

The guy has loads of talent and he knows how to launch a product, so there’s bound to be a lot more green coming in. He’s been affiliated with names like Cocaine City Records, Akon, Waka Flocka Flame., and Rick Ross.

French Montana: The Beginning

His family originally moved to the United States when he was 13 and lived in the Bronx. Things got rough when their father decided to abandon them and head back to Morocco (where they were originally from).

He didn’t intend to abandon them at first, but French Montana’s mom wanted the family to stay in America and the disagreement led to dad leaving.

Their dad wanted to go back there because the family was struggling WITH him trying to support them. After he left, things got worse.

Getting Into Business

When he was about 16, his first major business venture was selling DVDs in a series called Cocaine City. About a year after starting that, French Montana was shot in the head outside a recording studio in the Bronx.

Miraculously, the bullet that hit him travelled in and out of the back of his head. He actually says that in this interview:

There were two guys sent to kill him and one accidentally killed the other during the scuffle. Call it Karma, fate, or whatever you want, but something saved him that day.

Once recovered from the gunshot, French Montana continued his DVD series until 2010. Along the way, he released a debut mixtape, collaborated with big names like Rick Ross, and even signed a deal with Akon.

French Montana Net Worth

According to Wealthy Genius, French Montana’s net worth is currently 18 million dollars as of 2021. He’s built it up this high by all of his various business ventures and sales of his records, singles, and mixtapes.

His first album wasn’t received well by critics at all, but, it did still go gold with the RIAA.


His studio albums so far have been Excuse My French, Jungle Rules, and Montana. All of these have at least made it gold and Jungle Rules has hit platinum.

French Montana has also released a handful of mix-tapes, including French Revolution Vol. 1, Live from Africa, Coke Wave, The Laundry Man, Mac Wit Da Cheese, The Laundry Man 2, Cocaine Konvicts, Coke Wave 2, Mac & Cheese 2, Coke Boys, Mister 16: Casino Life, Coke Boys 2, Lock Out, Cocaine Mafia, Coke Boys 3, Mac & Cheese 3, Coke Boys 4, The Appetizer, Casino Life 2: Brown Bag Legend, Coke Zoo, Wave Gods, Mac & Cheese 4, Coke Wave 4, and CB5.

French Montana is a busy guy!

Southern Popularity

His track “Choppa Choppa Down” and the music video for that really made his popularity start to grow. That lead to other major events like signing with Debra Antney’s management firm Mizay Entertainment and collaborating with Rick Ross.

French Montana would later sign with Bad Boy Records and Maybach Music Group between 2012 and 2016. Since then, he has also partnered with Bad Boy and Epic Records.

French Montana’s Also Helping People

In addition to all of his success, French Montana helped build a medical center in Uganda after seeing how poor their healthcare conditions were. Originally, he had gone there to shoot a music video for “Unforgettable,” but did a lot more.

He donated $100,000 to the nonprofit Mama Hope Foundation and that inspired others like The Weeknd and Diddy to kick in big donations, too.

Tying It All Together

French Montana will be a name that we keep hearing about for many years to come. Whether it’s his newest album, a philanthropic effort, or his journey with sobriety, Karim Kharbouch will be a household name. Only being in his 30’s, he will undoubtedly continue to partner with new artists. It wouldn’t be a surprise if his net worth is closer to the 50 or 60 million mark in a few years from now.