What is Questlove’s Net Worth and How Old is He in 2021?

Questlove’s made quite a name for himself over the years as a drummer, record producer, and music journalist — and he might be the most well-known for his work with The Roots. Now, Questlove’s Oscars moment in the spotlight is getting him plenty of buzz in 2021. So, what is his net worth? And how old is he today? Here’s what we know.

Why is Questlove so famous? He’s receiving a ton of buzz from the Oscars

Questlove's Oscars look on the red carpet complete with a mask, a suit, and gold crocs
Questlove on the red carpet at the Oscars in 2021 | ABC via Getty Images

Who is Questlove, and why is everyone talking about him after the 2021 Academy Awards? Buzzfeed reports Questlove, born Ahmir Khalib Thompson, was the musical director at the Oscars this year — and it was his gold Crocs that stole the show. Aside from his fancy footwear, he’s also gaining attention for his documentary in the making.

IndieWire reports Questlove created a documentary called Summer of Soul, which documented the Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969, better known as the “Black Woodstock.” The musician has footage from the festival that’s never been unearthed before now. The film debuted at Sundance Film Festival in 2021 and will hit Hulu and theaters in July 2021.

Aside from the recent documentary, Questlove is known as the drummer for The Roots, as he’s been making music with them for three decades. While The Roots first attained success in the ’90s, they’re now known as the in-house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

How old is Questlove in 2021?

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Questlove’s Oscars moment in 2021 is bringing him into the spotlight, but because he’s been around for quite some time, how old is he in 2021? Today, he’s 50 years old. He was born on Jan. 20, 1971.

The musician has developed his career way beyond music. But he spoke to Forbes about how he got The Roots started with Tariq Trotter, Malik B., Josh Abrams, and Scott Storch . “The group came together around me and Tariq,” he explained. “We were at high school together. We knew we wanted to have a hip-hop band. We were inspired by what was happening in hip-hop then, by the Native Tongues groups, by Public Enemy, by the acts that were in and around Philly.”

While Questlove notes The Roots didn’t get immediate fame and success, he thinks it was a blessing in disguise. “I think, in retrospect, that turns out to have been our saving grace,” he added. “We were a slow but steady success and we never suffered from the things that afflicted groups who blew up overnight.”

What is his net worth?

A close-up of Questlove's face looking away from the camera
QuestLove of The Roots | Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Blizzard Entertainment

So, what is Questlove’s net worth in 2021? According to Celebrity Net Worth, he’s worth $14 million.

So, how did he earn so much money over time? A lot of his success came from The Roots, of course. The band’s song, “You Got Me,” earned a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2000. But Questlove didn’t stop at drumming. He then started producing music and helped write music for other artists.

Questlove is a writer as well. Not only has he written memoirs, but he’s also delved into writing about food. In 2016, he also started a weekly radio show, and various podcasts featured him. His various film and television appearances have also helped him. And, of course, Questlove’s Oscars work helped pay the bills in 2021.

As for his secret to success, he told Forbes that practice is key. “It means practicing your instrument,” he noted. “It means practicing a balance between work and life. It means practicing ways of keeping your other interests healthily served as you get old. It means staying sharp and staying flexible at the same time.”

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