Louis Farrakhan Quick Facts
|Date of Birth||May 13, 1933|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Source of Income||Religious Leader|
Louis Farrakhan Net Worth
Louis Farrakhan is one of the most well-known African American leaders in America today. He has a net worth that ranges between $5 million and he earned it through his leadership position as head honcho for The Nation Of Islam (NOI). Though people may not agree with some things Farrakhan does because his opinions and tactics are controversial, there’s no denying how powerful this man really seems!
Louis Farrakhan Early Life
Louis Farrakhan was born May 11, 1933, in Bronx, New York. His birth name is Louis Eugene Walcott and his parents Sarah Mae Manning and Percival Clark were immigrants from the Caribbean, his father from Jamaica and his mother hailing from Saint Kitts. Farrakhan never knew his biological father Clark. Louis’ mother married Louis Walcott but after he died, Sarah moved her and Louis to Boston.
They planted roots in the predominantly African-American community Roxbury. Farrakhan received his first violin at age 5 and in 1946, he was one of the first black performers to appear on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour. He spawned into a very talented musician. Farrakhan eventually attended English High School and accepted a track scholarship to Winston-Salem Teachers College. Louis married Betsy Ross while still in college and due to complications during the birth of his first child, he dropped out to take care of his family.
Louis Farrakhan Career
In the 50s, Farrakhan began touring the United States under the names “The Charmer” and “Calypso Gene.” Farrakhan was first introduced to the teachings of the Nation of Islam (NOI) by an acquaintance, Rodney Smith. Smith invited Louis to the annual Saviours Day address by Elijah Muhammad. Shortly after he was accepted into, and received, his official membership of the Nation of Islam. In July of that year, Louis became a member (also known as a “registered Muslim/registered believer/registered laborer”) of the NOI, and he was called Louis X until he received his Islamic name, Farrakhan. The following summer, Louis had to give up his lifelong passion of music after Muhammad asked all of the group’s musicians to choose between NOI and music. Louis Farrakhan enrolled as a member of Boston’s Temple of Islam where he was soon appointed Malcolm X’s assistant minister; shortly after he became the temple’s minister when Malcolm X was transferred to the New York City temple. After Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965, Louis was appointed to a few of his former positions and became minister at the influential Harlem Mosque (serving until 1975) as well as the NOI’s national representative and spokesman.
Louis Farrakhan Personal Life
Farrakhan married Betsy Ross (later named Khadijah Farrakhan) in 1953, and they welcomed 9 total children together: From youngest to oldest their names are Fatimah, Khallada, Maria, Betsy-Jean, Joshua, Abnar, Donna, Mustapha, and Louis Jr. Sadly, Louis Jr., suffering from a heart condition, passed away in 2018 at the age of 60. Farrakhan has been publicly endorsing Dianetics since 2010 and has urged NOI members to take part in the Church of Scientology’s auditing process; the NOI also hosts Dianetic courses and graduation ceremonies.
In 1991, Farrakhan was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and it was treated with hormones. When cancer reoccurred in 1994, it was treated with brachytherapy seed implants, and in 1999, he had emergency surgery due to complications from another reoccurrence of cancer. In September 2006, Louis announced that he had a peptic ulcer and lost 35 pounds due to multiple infections. He stayed in the hospital for five weeks and had abdominal surgery to correct the damage that the brachytherapy seed implants had caused. In October 2013, Farrakhan had a heart attack and received stent implants.
Louis Farrakhan Controversies
Farrakhan’s life has been marred by a plethora of controversies. He has been accused of being an Anti-semite, despising the Jewish community, called the “Black Hitler”, Farrakhan is on record saying that “Judaism is a gutter religion”. Farrakhan also said that a malfunctioning levee was used to wipe out an entire population and neighborhood of African-American people. Farrakhan tried to highlight his relationship with Barack Obama before his successful presidential run but Obama’s campaign team vehemently denied any endorsement from Farrakhan. More recently, Farrakhan came out in support of then-President Donald J. Trump, lauding Trump for not taking any Jewish money.
Louis Farrakhan Hobbies and Awards
In addition to music, Farrakhan has been an avid speaker and debater. In the early 70s, he debated with Malcolm X about many topics, including Elijah Muhammad’s claim of a Mother Plane or Wheel. In the 80s, Louis also had a debate with Alex Haley over his book The Autobiography of Malcolm X . Farrakhan is a huge fan of boxing and hockey; he was instrumental in the involvement of Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson in NOI. Farrakhan is also a talented artist whose paintings have been displayed at several shows across the country. His favorite type of art style is cubist which he admires due to its “straightforward lines”.
His name is included on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “25 People Shaping Our World”. Farrakhan has also advised many notable figures including Michael Jackson, Prince, and Tupac Shakur. Farrakhan also wrote a few books including The Divine Destruction of America in 1999. A year later, he released a play called THIEVES OF THE NIGHT. In 2007, Farrakhan was honored with many awards including the prestigious NAACP Spingarn award and the Louis E. Lomax award.
In addition to receiving public attention from his multiple award-winning songs and albums, Farrakhan has been featured in several films over his 70+ years of life. His voice can be heard in Spike Lee’s 1992 film Malcolm X, and Farrakhan’s singing skills were used in the 2009 critically acclaimed song “Experience” by Murs & Slug under their 3MG label. Recent YouTube videos show that Farrakhan is still in good health and is still a productive artist.