Donnie Wahlberg Net Worth – Is He Really A Millionaire?

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Donnie Wahlberg net worth 

Famous American singer, actor, and producer Donnie Wahlberg has a net worth of $25 million. He was also a popular member of the New Kids boy band on the Block. He is also a successful entrepreneur. 

Early Life

Donnie Wahlberg was born on August 17, 1969, as Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr. in Boston, Massachusetts. He primarily grew up in an Irish American neighborhood of Dorchester. His parents Alma (nurse’s aide) and Donald (truck driver), have nine kids, and he is the eighth one. Mark Wahlberg is Donnie’s younger brother, who is also a singer, actor, and producer. 

In his growing years, the family was close-knit and regularly went to church together on Sundays. Although a big family came with its own set of problems- fighting siblings, cash problems, etc. Donnie’s parents got divorced in 1982 when he was only 12 years old. Mark and Donnie chose to live with their mother, and the rest of the kids were living on their own as adults, or some went to live with their father. 

Donnie Wahlberg was deeply interested in soul and rap music which was quite popular among his African American friends in the 1970s. Michel Jackson was his idol when he was growing up. He says that being bused to school is one of the greatest things ever for his career, as he would spend his afternoon on the bus composing rap lyrics with his friends. 

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Music Career

Donnie and Danny Wood, his close friend, went to Copley High School together. This was when they formed their own rap group, The Kool-Aid Bun. When Donnie was 15 years old, he went for an auction to Maurice Starr, a music producer. This time he was auditioning for American’s first big boy band. Maurice was super impressed by Donnie’s trio of dancing, singing, and rapping skills and chose him immediately for the group. 

Later Donnie recruited his friend Danny Wood and brother Mark, along with Knight’s old brother Jonathan. However, Mark soon left because he was not happy about the artistic direction of the band. They named the group “New Kids on the Block.” 

They signed a deal with Columbia Records and released their first album in 1986. The album sales were very low, and their single “Be My Girl” did not receive any airplay. However, two years later, their group released a second album named “Hangin Tough.” This was their slow start to success, with their lead single “Please Don’t Go Girl” becoming national airplay. This song was on no.10 on the Billboard Charts.  

NKOTB released two more successful singles, “I’ll Be Loving You” and “You Got It,” which were on No.1 and No.3 positions. In 1989 Hangin Tough album was at the No.1 position in the country.

Donnie was the “bad boy” of pop music. When NKOTB was at the climax of its success, they sold 10 million records and merchandise worth more than $400 million. They began to lose popularity in the early ’90s, and Donnie helped Mark to launch his rap career.

Donnie produced and co-wrote the first debut album of Funky Bunch and Marky Mark’s “Music For The People,” which went platinum. After this, Donnie came sliding into an acting career.

Donnie rejoined NKOTB in 2008 to create a reunion album. This hit the No.1 position on the Billboard Charts. The whole group went on tours around the world to promote their album and performed Package Tour in 2013, featuring Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees. A successful music career is one of the major contributions to Donnie Wahlberg’s net worth.

Acting Career

Donnie Wahlberg’s first film was “Bullet” 1996, which was a Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur movie. This same year he also played the role of a kidnapper with Mel Gibson. In 1999 he was starring in a South-Boston movie named Southie opposite Rose McGowan. Originally, Mark Wahlberg offered the movie, but he turned it down as he was the lead in Boogie Nights.

Donnie Wahlberg received praises for his role in Southie, a small part in the movie “The Sixth Sense” and also “Band of Brothers, an HBO series for which he played the second Lieutenant role. 

In 2003 he starred in Dreamcatcher, and in 2005, Donnie also starred in the Saw series, which was box office full. In 2006 he played a role in Runway, a CW drama. Donnie starred in two TV series in 2007, “The Kill Point” and “A&E Kings of South Beach.” In 2008 he also appeared in “What Doesn’t Kill You” and “The Righteous Kill.”

In 2010 Donnie was starring as Detective Daniel Reagan in the TV series Blue Bloods. He was starring in the TV series Wahlburgers in 2014 and in Donnie Loves Jenny in 2015.

Donnie Wahlberg earned significant net worth by sliding into acting along with the music. Donnie was nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program for the “Wahlburgers” in 2014-2015. In 2006 he was also nominated for Teen Choice Award for Saw II, and in 2017, he was awarded the People’s Choice Award for a Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor. He was the executive producer of a reality documentary, “Boston’s Finest,” 2014-2015. One of his recent movies is Zookeeper 2011.

Blue Bloods Salary

During the early seasons of Blue Bloods, Wahlberg was earning $60,000 per episode, making $1.3 million per season roughly. Later his salary hiked to $150,000, which totals to $3.3 million per season. 

Personal Life

In 1991, Wahlberg was charged with arson after accidentally setting fire in a hotel in Louisville. NKOTB was partying with their fans where Donnie dumped vodka on the carpet and ignited it into flames. However, the charges were dismissed after Wahlberg agreed to appear in PSA addressing drunk driving and fire safety.

Wahlberg married Kim Fey in 1999 and divorced in 2008. Later he married Jenny McCarthy in 2014, and they have two children together. Donnie also co-owns a hamburger chain, Wahlburgers, along with his brother Mark and Paul.

Donnie Wahlberg Quotes:

Here are some inspirational quotes by Donnie Wahlberg

If you are succesfull for 20 years, you can’t expect to stay on the same level all through that period. A career has its ups and downs and in-betweens.

The food in Europe is pretty disappointing. I like fried chicken. But other than that Europe is great.

With the Internet, kids today learn things quicker than we do and they have everything there is to see, so you have to do more than just remake some old ’70s film.

We never really felt a real level of respect. The fame was fantastic, but that wasn’t that important to me, because for every million people that loved me I focused on the one that hated me.

Look, we are a rock group. But you should see all those things in perspective. People tend to blow up everything into ridiculous proportions. And then the fun is gone real soon.

In my freshman year in high school, I went to the only public high school in Boston with a theatre program.

I try to ground most of my characters in reality somehow. That’s kind of what I bring to the table.

A guest star is a whole different responsibility. It’s much different than being a regular. You come in and it’s a lot of unfamiliar faces and you want to try to fit in as best you can, but also you want to stay there without making waves.

For a Bostonian… we live in the shadow of New York, and to be acknowledged by New Yorkers is really the greatest feeling.

Backstreet Boys fans don’t want to hear the New Kids singing all of their hits. Just like our fans don’t want to hear the Backstreet Boys singing all of our hits.

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