Entertainer and entrepreneur Nick Cannon, who recently turned 40, still looks young but don’t let the smile, laughs and looks fool you. Nick has accomplished a lot. He’s an actor, writer, rapper, host, previous executive at Nickelodeon network, stand-up comedian and DJ–just to name a few. As of 2019, Nick Cannon net worth is estimated to be around $50 million.
He first broke into the world of entertainment as a teenage actor on Nickelodeon’s long-running series All That. He eventually went on to star in The Nick Cannon Show, a self-titled comedy series on the network. With experience as a comedian, Nick Cannon began to explore the world of hip-hop as well. As a 21-year-old rapper, Cannon signed a deal with Jive Records. After dropping his first album, he formed his own label entitled Can-I-Ball Records. But as he was gearing up to drop his second album, his acting career hit another stride when he got the opportunity to host and executive produce his own show on MTV called Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out. Cannon made his way to the big screen, as well, by starring in movies like Love Don’t Cost A Thing and Drumline. And he hasn’t slowed down since.
But faced a variety of health problems in the past two years, Nick has had to slow down some. Battling kidney issues as a result of an autoimmune disease called lupus nephritis, Nick doesn’t let one day pass without being thankful for life.
A little more than a year later, Nick says he’s feeling great, adding, “That year was definitely a tough year health-wise but now doctors have given me a clean bill of health. Eating well and exercising has kind of put me in the best shape I’ve ever been in.”
Lupus nephritis is an inflammation of the kidney that is caused by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). With lupus, the body’s immune system targets its own body tissues. Lupus nephritis happens when lupus involves the kidneys.
Up to 60% of lupus patients will develop lupus nephritis. When the kidneys are inflamed, they can’t function normally and can leak protein. If not controlled, lupus nephritis can lead to kidney failure.
Nowadays, Nick is still hosting and producing his Wild N’ Out improv show, producing music, television shows, products and more, all the while lending his voice to social issues like police brutality and voting.
On His Health:
“My health scare was crazy because [when you have] doctors telling you ‘This might be it,’ and they’re preparing your family and saying it can go either way or there’s a 50/50 chance and all of that stuff, it puts life in perspective,” Nick explains.
“I was a brand-new father — my kids weren’t even 1-year-olds at the time. And it was just like ‘If I do get a chance to do it again, I’m going to make sure all of the things that matter, I focus on. And the things that don’t matter, I let ‘em fall by the wayside.’ And because I still deal with the health condition to this day, it just makes me hungry and makes me grind harder, because we’re not promised tomorrow.”
“I’m doing everything I can do to keep myself healthy, but at the same time, in the back of mind I [know] the clock is ticking. I need to leave my mark. That’s what everybody should do. You’ve got to leave this place better than it was when you got here. I feel like I can’t waste one day. That’s why when people say ‘your work ethic is crazy,’ I’m like ‘The clock is ticking.’ I gotta leave something.”
On Working Out:
“Being active in any type of way and having a proper diet, including lots of