Rodney King Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Earnings

Rodney King Net Worth

Rodney King has an estimated net worth of $1 million. When a mostly white jury acquitted the police officers who were caught on video beating Rodney King, it set off the L.A. riots of 1992.

On March 3, 1991, Los Angeles police apprehended Rodney King after a high-speed chase. The officers dragged him out of the car and brutally beat him, all while amateur cameraman George Holliday recorded it all on videotape.

The four Los Angeles Police Department officers involved were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force by a police officer. However, after a three-month trial, the officers were acquitted by a predominantly white jury, infuriating citizens and sparking the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

Following the civil rights trial, King was awarded a $3.8 million dollar settlement, which he used to launch his own Hip-Hop music label, Straight Alta-Pazz Recording Company.

King told CNN that he had forgiven the officers two decades after the riots. On June 17, 2012, King, 47, was discovered dead in his swimming pool in Rialto, California.

To calculate the net worth of Rodney King, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets.

All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities. 

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Rodney King
Net Worth: $1 Million
Monthly Salary: $30 Thousand
Annual Income: $500 Thousand
Source of Wealth: Reality TV, Settlement Fee

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Beating by LAPD

Rodney Glen King, born on April 2, 1965, in Sacramento, California, became a symbol of racial tension in America after his beating by Los Angeles police officers in 1991 was videotaped and broadcast to the nation.

The officers, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno, and Stacey Koon, have been charged with various crimes, including assault with a deadly weapon. Their trial was originally scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, but defense attorneys successfully argued that due to the publicity, a fair trial in Los Angeles would be impossible.

The trial was relocated to Simi Valley, a predominantly white Los Angeles suburb. The jury was made up of ten white people, one Hispanic person, and one Asian person, and many people were upset that there were no African Americans on the panel.

The L.A. Riots

Riots erupted in South Central Los Angeles following the officers’ acquittal in April 1992. Over 50 people were killed, over 2,000 were injured, and 9,500 were arrested for rioting, looting, and arson, causing $1 billion in property damage.

On the third day of the riots, King made a public appearance, making his now-famous plea: “People, I just want to say, can’t we all get along? Can’t we all get along?”

The US Department of Justice filed federal civil rights charges against the four officers, and two of them were found guilty while the other two were acquitted in August 1992. In a civil trial, King was eventually awarded $3.8 million for his injuries.

The riots and police response to the violent aftermath led to the resignation of L.A.P.D. Chief Darryl Gates, whom many minorities saw as an example of institutionalized racial intolerance. He was replaced by Willie Williams, a Black chief who implemented several changes recommended by an independent commission that investigated the riots.

More than two decades after being brutally beaten by police officers, in May 2012, King discussed the incident with The Guardian, stating, “It’s not painful to relive it. I’m comfortable with my position in American history. It was like being raped, stripped of everything, being beaten near to death there on the concrete, on the asphalt. I just knew how it felt to be a slave. I felt like I was in another world.”

He then discussed his healing process, which included forgiving the officers who had injured him. “I needed to learn to forgive,” he explained. “I was unable to sleep at night. I developed ulcers. I had to let go and let God handle it. Nobody wants to be upset in their own home. I didn’t want to be angry for the rest of my life. Being mean consumes a lot of your energy.”

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Troubled Life and Death

Following the 1991 beating, King led a troubled life, struggling with alcoholism and having run-ins with the law. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of PCP in 2004 after losing control of his SUV and crashing into a power pole in Rialto, California.

He was arrested in 2005 on suspicion of domestic violence, and in 2007, police discovered him drunk with non-life threatening gunshot wounds that were also thought to be the result of a domestic dispute.

On VH1’s Celebrity Rehab and in his 2012 memoir, The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption, King discussed his struggles as a reality TV star.

On the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, King told CNN that he had forgiven the officers who had beaten him, saying, “I forgive you.” “Yes, I’ve forgiven them because I’ve been forgiven numerous times. My country has been good to me, and I’ve done some unpleasant things in my lifetime that I’ve been forgiven for.”

Rodney King’s life ended in a tragic twist on June 17, 2012. Cynthia Kelley, his fiancee, discovered him at the bottom of a swimming pool in Rialto, California. Kelley was previously a juror in King’s civil law suit against the City of Los Angeles.

There were no preliminary signs of foul play, according to police who responded to the scene. King was pronounced dead at a local hospital, 20 years after the Los Angeles riots thrust him into the center of America’s fight against racial tension.


To mark the 25th anniversary of the L.A. Riots, a whole series of documentaries were released in the spring of 2017. Among them were L.A. Burning, Let It Fall, and Spike Lee’s Netflix special Rodney King.

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