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Just Figured Out Machine Gun Kelly’s Net Worth and I’m Unwell

Cosmopolitan logo Cosmopolitan 8/16/2021 Mehera Bonner

In case you hadn’t heard, the year is 2002, the most popular song on the radio is “Sk8r Boi,” and you just got into a huge fight with your mom because she refuses to take you to the mall so you can buy some Hot Topic safety pin earrings. Or at least that’s where I am mentally now that Blink-182’s Travis Barker is once again A-list and out here making pop-punk songs with Machine Gun Kelly.

MGK just released his new single “Papercuts” featuring Travis, and it…goes hard. Much like Machine Gun Kelly’s career in general, tbh. This dude has come a long way since his days of feuding with Eminem, and now he’s busy dating Megan Fox, starring in a bunch of movies that he refuses to promote, and dropping the soundtrack to our angsty summer.

But questions remain. Like, how much money, exactly, has Machine Gun Kelly made since becoming someone who’s in the headlines almost daily and casually friends with the Kardashians? Um. A f****** ton. We’re getting into it, but first I’m making everyone listen to this and time-travel to a simpler time when you may or may not have owned a wallet chain:

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*Most* of Machine Gun Kelly’s Money Comes From Music

Machine Gun Kelly started his career by releasing mixtapes, and he blew up so fast that he ended up signing with Bad Boy Records and releasing his debut studio album, Lace Up. And then he just went off. MGK has released three albums since (General Admission, Bloom, and Tickets to My Downfall) and is about to release a fourth called Born With Horns.

MGK’s switch from rap to pop-punk was apparently a success, because Tickets to My Downfall did *amazingly* well on the charts. As in, songs from it occupied legit half the spots on Billboard’s Hot Alternative Songs chart, with “My Ex’s Best Friend” being particularly popular. Apparently, a ton of people downloaded his music—like, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, MGK has sold 11.5 million certified units of digital singles.

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But He Also Acts!

I can’t imagine Machine Gun Kelly has made too much money from his acting career since he tends to take smaller parts and act in smaller movies. But still, every paycheck counts. Some things you might have seen him in? Beyond the Lights, Nerve, Bird Box, The Dirt, and—ah, yes—Midnight in the Switchgrass, the film he slammed on Twitter:

Can’t Forget MGK’s Endorsements

Endorsements and sponcon are two major ways celebrities make money in these dark times, and Machine Gun Kelly has managed to secure himself some pretty fancy deals with the likes of Reebok and Young & Reckless. MGK promoted the Club C sneaker for Reebok, which, frankly, I will be buying immediately:

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Oh, and he also has his own line of merch, including this delightful T-shirt that says, “Hello Word You f****** Suck.”

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Machine Gun Kelly’s Total Net Worth?

That would be a casual $10 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. And we can go ahead and assume that number is only gonna get higher and higher, if for no other reason than how many times in a row I’ve streamed “Papercuts” today alone, help. Anyway, yeah, MGK definitely makes enough to afford the $30,000/month Airbnb he and Megan Fox are renting together in Sherman Oaks—which comes with a pool, a basketball court, a spa, and tons of cool spots to stage pre-awards-show Instagram photos:


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