Born on October 31, 1967 in South Dallas. American rapper and television personality, Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert van Winkle, has an estimated net worth of $18 million. Vanilla Ice started off his career by writing and performing songs and breakdancing in his mid-teens. He won his first record contract with Ichiban Records following his performing at various Dallas nightclubs with DJ Earthquake. His very first album, Hooked, garnered considerable club play and went on to be re-launched only a year later with SBK Records under the name To the Extreme, which has been listed as the fastest selling hip-hop album of all time. To the Extreme has sold more than eleven million copies globally, and topped the Billboard 200 in its sixteen week stint on the charts. Vanilla Ice’s single off the album, Ice Ice Baby, is still his biggest hit song to date, reaching #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, certified platinum by the RIAA and selling more than 1,000,000 copies in the US alone. During the Stop the Violence tour, he opened for other hip-hop artists such as Sir Mix-A-Lot and Ice-T. He also contributed to the soundtrack of the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze with the song Ninja Rap, which he featured in the film. He also starred on season two of the reality television show The Surreal Life. His four more studio albums are: Mind Blowin, Hard to Swallow, Bi-Polar, and Platinum Underground.