Keith Sweat Net Worth in 2021

Keith Sweat
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Keith Sweat is a distinguished music producer, singer, songwriter, and actor who has been working since the 70s. Many of his works were a hit in the 80s and 90s which boosted his fame.

He’s also a radio personality and an early figure in the new jack swing musical movement. With his “whining” vocal style, he has proved himself as one of the most popular male R&B singers all over the world.

People might remember him from the national syndicated show “The Sweat Hotel” which was a radio show. Now, he grooms other singers and groups using his incredible talent.

His most famous songs are “Nobody”, “Twisted”, and “Freak me” and they peaked the top positions on Billboard charts.

He’s a great musician and his music has contributed to creating a net worth of $250 thousand.

Keith Sweat Net Worth and Overview

Net Worth$250 Thousand
Date of Birth22 July, 1961
Age59 years old
Height5 feet 8 inches
Source of WealthMusic Industry
Country of OriginUnited States of America
Last UpdatedFebruary 2021

Early Life

Keith Sweat’s full name is Keith Douglas Sweat. He was born on 22 July, 1961, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. His nationality is American and his ethnicity is Afro-American. He was the son of Charles Sweat and Juanita Thompson.

His father worked in a factory and passed away in 1973. His mother was a hairdresser, and after his father’s death, she raised five kids on her own.

He was brought up in his hometown Harlem alongside his siblings. When he was only 14, he performed at numerous nightclubs in New York City. He graduated with a BS degree in “Communications” from the City College of New York.

Then he started working as a stock boy at Macy’s Department Store during the evening shifts. After that, he became a mailroom clerk in a brokerage firm and in just 4 years managed to successfully become a brokerage assistant.

Moreover, he got to work as a supervisor for the New York Mercantile Exchange.


Keith Sweat’s career started in 1975 with him being a member of the Jamillah band in Harlem. Through his performance in this group, he enhanced his singing skills. He performed in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Keith wound up going solo after a decade and began performing in and around New York City nightclubs. Soon after that, he got the chance to sing for an independent label named Stadium Records.

In 1987, Vincent Davis offered him a contract with “Vintertainment Records” by being impressed with him. This label was well-known for dealing with hip-hop at the earlier time.

From 1985 to 1990, Elektra Records was the distributor of Vintage Records and at that time Keith released his debut studio album titled “Make It Last Forever” which was sold over three million copies.

The album’s top song “I Want Her” got a nomination for the 1989 Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Song of the Year award.

Likewise, its title track reached the second position on the charts. His second album was released in 1990, and goes by the title “I’ll Give All My Love to You”.

It reached the sixth position in Billboard 200. Then the next year, his third album came out and peaked in the top 20 of the charts.

Keith assisted the group Silk in 1992 to release their debut album “Lose Control” which too reached the seventh position on the Billboard 200 chart.

In 1993, his single song “Freak Me” was put out and it peaked the top position on the Billboard Hot 100.

Later that year, he came across Kut Klose and produced their first album “Surrender”, the most hit song from this album was the single “I Like” and that reached the eighth position on the Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. 

In 1997 he discovered a group called Ol’ Skool and helped them with their first debut album.

The album’s best hit single “Am I Dreaming” featured him and Xscape. Furthermore, he formed the R&B group LSG and released a self-titled debut named “Levert. Sweat. Gill”.

The song “My Body” was the hit track from this album, as well as this album went double platinum and topped at number 4 on U.S Billboard 200.

Despite having some promising singles like “Come and Get with Me” and “I’m Not Ready”, his chart ranking took a downswing in 2000.

He has made the most hit records during the 80s and 90s, now he’s more focused on grooming music groups like Silk, Kut Klose, and Ol’ Skool. 

Since 2008 he’s been hosting a radio show called “The Keith Sweat Hotel” where he plays classic soul music and interviews musicians about their careers.

Highlights and Achievements

Even though Keith Sweat received nominations for a couple of awards, he won only two of them.

He won the “American Music Award” in the category of Favorite Soul/R&В Male Artist and was honored with the “Soul Train Music Special Lifetime Achievement Award”.

Age, Height, and Weight

Keith Sweat was born on 22 July, 1961 and is 59 years old as of February, 2021. He’s 5 feet and 8 inches and weighs about 72 kg.

Personal Life

Keith got married to Lisa Wu Hartwell in 1992. She’s an actress, designer, and screenwriter. They were married for four years and got divorced in 2002.

They had two sons together named Jordan and Justin. Apart from that, he has another son named Joshua and three daughters.

He has also had a relationship with the singer, actress, and entrepreneur Patti LaBelle.


A mortgage company sued Keith for not being able to make his payments on a Detroit home. The company is trying to get a lien on his other assets too.

Additionally, he owes the government around $35 thousand tax since 2014.

Keith Sweat Net Worth in 2021

Keith Sweat Networth
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Keith Sweat is a talented musician especially in R&B and in soul genres. He released 12 studio albums most of which ranked top on Billboard charts.

Keith is trying to reclaim his popularity and success that he experienced in the 80s and 90s.

As of 2021, he has a net worth of $250 thousand and he’s working on increasing his wealth too.

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