The doctor of music- Jose Chameleone is one of the most famous and most successful musicians in Uganda who is loved and celebrated by millions of people across the continent and hated by very few.
The husky-voiced musician who was born 43 years ago but doesn’t look a day older than a 25-year-old, is one of the few legends in Uganda’s music industry. What stands out about him is that he has been able to maintain an unmatched consistency in the more than two decades that he has been active.
Throughout his career, Jose Chameleone has been able to make a big name for himself, gather millions of followers and make millions of dollars.
This article discusses Jose Chameleone’s net worth, sources of wealth, and how he spends his money. We truly are in the presence of a living legend.
What is Jose Chameleone’s net worth?
As of 2022, Jose Chameleone’s net worth, as estimated by Forbes Magazine, is an impressive $8 million which is roughly equivalent to about UGX 28 billion going by the current conversion rates. His net worth has been steadily growing over the years and is expected to grow further in the coming years.
The Dorotia hitmaker has accumulated this remarkable net worth through his career as a musician, producer, and businessman. Let’s take a look at how each of these sources of wealth has contributed to Jose Chameleone’s net worth.
Jose Chameleone’s music
Jose Chameleone officially launched his career in the music industry as a resident deejay at Missouri NightClub in Kampala in the late 1990s.
Shortly after that, he moved to Kenya to seek better opportunities and in 2000, he was signed by Ogopa deejays. In the same year, he collaborated with Kenya’s Redsan on a song called Bageya which was an instant success and helped kickstart Jose Chameleone’s popularity.
Considered East Africa’s best performer, Jose Chameleone who sings in English, Luganda, and Kiswahili, has released over 13 albums, collaborated with international musicians, performed all over Africa, received accolades, and won numerous awards along with the hearts of millions of fans.
He has also made a good deal of money from his success as a musician through the sales of his albums, live performances, royalties, and awards. Music is the major contributor to Jose Chameleone’s net worth.
Jose Chameleone’s businesses
Besides being a talented singer and lyricist, Jose Chameleone is also a talented music producer and businessman.
He is the founder and CEO of one of the biggest record labels in Uganda called Leone Island Music Empire.
Leone Island Empire has produced all of Jose Chameleone’s music since he left Ogopa deejays and has also helped to mould the careers of other top Ugandan musicians including Weasel, Pallaso, King Saha, Big Eye, Deejay Pius, and the late AK47 and Mozey Radio.
Real estate investments
Another source of revenue that has helped build Jose Chameleone’s net worth is his investments in the real estate industry.
According to sources, the Shida za Dunia hitmaker has several real estate properties across Uganda as well as in the United States of America where his wife and children live.
In 2019, Jose Chameleone purchased his latest real estate property in Portland, Oregon, USA, and took to Facebook to endorse the real estate advisor who had sold him the property.
Jose Chameleone’s endorsement deals
His endorsement deals with big brands is also another major contributor of Jose Chameleone’s net worth.
In 2018, Jose Chameleone signed a deal with Pepsi that saw him become their sole brand ambassador in Uganda.
He has also worked with other multinational brands including iDroid, Star Times, and PalBet. His partnership with these companies has brought in money to Chameleone’s banks.
Jose Chameleone’s cars
While making money is always a major priority, spending it to make one's life better is also a major goal, and Jose Chameleone understands this all too well.
The emperor of the Leone Island Empire loves big, fast cars that are fit for his status, and luckily for him, he can afford them.
Some of the sleek machines that Jose Chameleone owns include a Red Range Rover Sport, a Monster Cadillac Escalade 2004, and a Rolls Royce.
Is Jose Chameleone the richest musician in Uganda?
The title of the richest musician in Uganda is currently held by Bobi Wine who has a net worth of about $9 million.