Life may have been rough for Michael Harry O Harris, but he didn’t let his past define him. Today, he has built up a record company that has been one of the top places for hip-hop artists to record their albums.
What’s Michael Harry O Harris been up to since his days as a free man? Has he made a name for himself after leaving a life of crime?
Let’s check out how much he’s worth and what he’s been up to.
Michael Harry O Harris Net Worth
As of 2021, Michael Harry O Harris has a net worth of approximately $40 million. This is about 20 times as much money as he made when he was selling drugs.
His company, Death Row Records, has amassed a net worth of nearly $325 million. Prior to his arrest, Harris also owned several businesses.
Michael Harry O Harris was born on September 20, 1960, in Los Angeles, California. His father left the family when he was young and was raised by his mother, Regina.
At a young age, Harris was fond of show business. It may come as no surprise since he was born and raised in the world’s entertainment capital. He also had a love for music, thanks to a neighbor who happened to be a pianist. He played percussion and trombone in his school’s band.
He took acting classes at West Los Angeles Community College. Unfortunately, his time in school came to an end as he got involved in a life of crime. This included selling drugs. While his family was in poverty for most of his life, he made ends meet in whatever way he could. He would usually sell cocaine most of the time.
By the time he was in his mid-20s, he had already amassed over $1 million. He also associated himself with a gang known as the Bounty Hunters. His drug distribution network expanded across several US states. The cocaine he was selling was supplied by drug cartels based out of Colombia.
At one point, he was making nearly $2 million a day on drug proceeds alone. He used the money to invest in several business ventures. Eventually, he was arrested and convicted for several crimes in 1988.
During his time in prison, he met Marion ‘Suge’ Knight. Knight was trying to get into the music business. Harris invested whatever money he had in Death Row Records.
The label was known for working with some of the biggest hip-hop names of the 1990s, including Tupac, Snoop Dog, and Dr. Dre.
While in prison, Harris had profited from the success of Death Row Records. Meanwhile, Suge Knight handled the day-to-day operations. Over a period of four years, Death Row Records sold well over 18 million records and raked in nearly $325 million in sales.
Despite being behind bars, Harris somehow turned his investment into a record company and that too, a successful one. Harris was released on parole in 2011, giving him a chance to at least enjoy his success outside of the prison walls.
However, he returned to prison to serve another drug trafficking sentence. He was due to be released in 2028 but was pardoned in 2021 by then-President Donald Trump.
It may be time for Harris to truly enjoy his freedom and the fortune he had built while he was in prison.
Michael Harry O Harris Dating History
Harris was married to his first wife Lydia for nearly 20 years. She was responsible for building Death Row Records on behalf of her husband while the latter was incarcerated. The two have a daughter named Lydasia, who was born in 1994.
Unfortunately, the pair divorced in 2005 after Harris discovered that his now ex-wife was making deals without his prior knowledge.
Michael Harry O Harris may be enjoying freedom, but how will he continue his success into the new era of hip hop? Will his record label still grow stronger than ever?
Will he continue to run the show at Death Row Records now that Suge Knight himself is behind bars until at least 2037? All we know is Michael Harry O Harris will try his best to keep his nose clean and enjoy his fortune while he still can.