Bootsy Collins Net Worth

Bootsy Collins Net Worth is
$3 Million

Bootsy Collins Biography

Bootsy Collins was born as William Earl Collins on the 26th October 1951, in Cincinnati, Ohio USA. He is perhaps best known for being a musician – singer and songwriter, who performed with James Brown during the 1970s, and was later a member of Parliament-Funkadelic, a funk, soul and rock music band. He is also recognized for being the founder of his own band called Bootsy`s Rubber Band. His career in the world of music has been active since 1969.

Have you ever wondered how rich Bootsy Collins is, as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Collins’ net worth is over $3 million. This sum of money has been accumulated through his successful career on the music scene. He is also the owner of an online school, which has increased his net worth considerably.

Bootsy Collins Net Worth $3 Million

Bootsy Collins` career began as early as 1968 when he founded funk band The Pacemakers, which consisted of his brother Phelps Collins, Philippé Wynne and Frankie “Kash” Waddy. Two years after its inception, the band joined James Brown as his touring and recording band, which only increased Bootsy`s net worth and popularity. However, they only played for James Brown for just a little under a year, and soon disbanded.

After that, Bootsy formed several bands, often with his friends and brother, most notably House Guests, with which he released two songs, which only added further to his net worth.

However, his life changed in 1972, when he joined the George Clinton`s funk group Funkadelic, and at the same time, he became the part of Clinton`s second project – Parliament. From that point on, his career and net worth have gone only upwards. He has contributed to more than 10 albums, released by Funkadelic-Parliament, which has added a substantial amount to his net worth.

In 1976, Bootsy formed Bootsy`s Rubber Band, with which he released 11 albums in total, but needed to change name of the band, as he lost the rights for the name to a folk music band. Some of the albums include “Stretchin’ Out in Bootsy’s Rubber Band” (1976), which was the band`s debut album, “This Boot is Made for Fonk-N” (1979), and “Jungle Bass” (1990), among others, all of which have added to his net worth.

Bootsy has also been recognized for his solo career, during which he has released seven albums in total, which also represents a large part of his net worth. His debut album came out in 1980, entitled “Ultra Wave”, and during the 1980s he released two more solo albums – “The One Giveth, the Count Taketh Away” (1982), and “What’s BootsyDoin’?” (1988). His next solo release came out in 1997, under the title “Fresh Outta “P” University”, and five years later, came his fifth solo album, “Play with Bootsy” (2002). Bootsy`s latest release is the album “Tha Funk Capital of the World”, released in 2011.

Most recently, Bootsy has started an online University, “Bootsy Collins’ Funk University”, which teaches its students how to play a bass guitar. Thanks to his skills, Bootsy has received several prestigious awards, and recognitions, including the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1997, among many others.

Speaking about his personal life, there is little information about Bootsy Collins, except the fact that he is married to Patti Collins, and that he is the uncle of famous rapper Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion. In free time he is active on his official Twitter account, on which he has over 1 million followers.

Full NameBootsy Collins
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 26, 1951
Place Of BirthCincinnati, Ohio, United States
Height6' 2½" (1.89 m)
ProfessionSoundtrack, Music Department, Actor
SpousePatti Collins
ChildrenBill Jr.
ParentsNettie Collins
SiblingsCatfish Collins
AwardsGrammy Award for Best Music Video
MoviesStanding in the Shadows of Motown, Bootsy's New Rubber Band: Live, Learn to Play Funk Bass: Level 2, Learn to Play Funk Bass: Level 1, Parliament Funkadelic: The Mothership Connection: Live 1976, Moog, Show Stoppers
1Wild, colorful outfits and star-shaped sunglasses
2Very high-pitched and animated speech style
1It wasn't about black, white, green grass, bluegrass, it was all about music to me. All music had a certain effect on me and I appreciated all of it. Music is all one, not to be separated. It doesn't need a name. The key question is, "How does it make you feel?" Funk is where you don't have nothing and you make something out of nothing. I didn't have a bass, so I made my guitar into a bass. My brother gave me four bass strings, I restrung the guitar and "Ta-dah!" I'm ready to go.
2[Jimi Hendrix] was my hero--the only artist whose poster I had hung up in my room. To this day he goes with me wherever I go. Even though I had all the respect in the world for James Brown, the push for independence and wanting to be free, to express ourselves on stage and dress differently, was too great. We were supposed to be in suits, shoes, well-groomed, and we wanted to do the wild thing. And we knew we couldn't do the wild thing with James Brown. It was his way or the highway. George [George Clinton] was like, "Whatever you can bring to the party, bring it". I would never have rode in the car with James Brown, with three chicks in the back seat, getting high. Anything and everything was possible with George. That was one extreme to the other. You need both in your life--the key is to combine the two.
3We have so much more information now you would think we'd be better people, but it's working backwards. That's kind of scary. To experience being lost is much better. That's what I would throw in the mix. It's all right to get lost. We're throwing so much perfection in the game with our computers and smart phones, it's not cool to make a mistake., our self esteem goes down and we never like to hear the word 'no'. But our lives were mistake after mistake and through that we learned how to succeed.
1Brother of Phelps 'Catfish' Collins.
2One of the personalities mentioned in the song Genius of Love by 'Tom Tom Club'. The others mentioned were James Brown, Bob Marley, Smokey Robinson, Hamilton Bohannon, Kurtis Blow and Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar (as Sly and Robbie) and Robbie Shakespeare (as Sly and Robbie).
3In 2005, the Cincinnati native released a rap video called "Fear Da Tiger" with members of the Cincinnati Bengals, and their mascot "Who Dey."
4Uncle of rapper Snoop Dogg.
5Bootsy was generally clean cut when playing with The Pacesetters (James Brown's back-up band). Once he teamed up with George Clinton, he slowly started to dress in the wild, colorful outfits and star-shaped sunglasses that we know today.
6Lives in Cincinnati, Ohio (2004)
7Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 (as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic).
8Frequently works with George Clinton.
9Legendary funk bass guitarist and composer.


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2016TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Purge: Election Year2016writer: "Title Give Up The Funk Tear the Roof Off" - as William Collins
Mother's Day2016writer: "THE HUMPTY DANCE" - as William Collins
Everybody Wants Some!!2016writer: "Give Up The Funk Tear The Roof Off The Sucker" - as William Collins
Ash vs Evil Dead2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Straight Outta Compton2015writer: "We Want Eazy", "Flash Light", "Mothership Connection Star Child"
Lip Sync Battle2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glastonbury 20152015TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland2012-2015TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
McFarland, USA2015writer: "Flashlight" - as William Collins
Dope2015writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Earl Collins
Fresh Dressed2015Documentary writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Earl Collins
Ray Donovan2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
When the Game Stands Tall2014writer: "Flashlight" - as William Collins
Battle of the Year2013writer: "Same Song" - as William Collins
Grand Theft Auto V2013Video Game performer: "I'd Rather Be With You" - as Bootsy's Rubber Band / writer: "Mothership Connection", "Flashlight" - as William Collins
The Heat2013/Iwriter: "Flashlight Serafin & Rev Kev Heat Remix"
Love & Air Sex2013writer: "Flashlight"
VH1 Divas 20122012TV Movie performer: "Groove Is in the Heart"
The X Factor2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Fantastic Fear of Everything2012writer: "Wrong Nigga 2 Fuck Wit" - as Collins
The Block2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Happy Feet Two2011writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as W. Collins
Dance Central 22011Video Game writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Collins
10 Years2011writer: "Same Song" - as William Earl Collins
Moneyball2011writer: "Give Up The Funk Tear The Roof Off The Sucker" - as William Earl Collins
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night with Jimmy FallonTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2011 performer - 1 episode, 2011
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son2011writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as William 'Bootsy' Collins
Late Show with David Letterman2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Green Hornet2011writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William "Bootsy" Collins
Glee2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Treme2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
20 to 12007-2010TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Unsung2010TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Australia2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Step Up 2: The Streets2008writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Earl Collins
Meet the Spartans2008writer: "Humpty Dance"
Cloverfield2008writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" - as William Earl Collins
Night at the Museum2006performer: "Weapon Of Choice" 2000 / writer: "Weapon Of Choice" 2000 - as William Earl Collins
My Super Ex-Girlfriend2006performer: "The Joker" - as Bootsie Collins
Click2006writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" 1975 - as William Earl Collins
Everybody Hates Chris2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Akeelah and the Bee2006performer: "Effervescent" 1978 / writer: "Effervescent" 1978
Roll Bounce2005writer: "Flashlight" - as William Earl Collins
Beauty Shop2005writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" 1976, "I'll Take Your Man" 1986 - as William Earl Collins
Cold Case2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gran Turismo 42004Video Game writer: "Let's Roll"
Kangaroo Jack: G'Day, U.S.A.!2004Video writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as William Earl Collins
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video Game writer: "Guerillas in tha Mist", "Grunt" - as William Earl Collins
The Cookout2004writer: "Flashlight" - as William Earl Collins
Saturday Night Live2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
Independent Lens2004TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Woodsman2004writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" 1975 - as William Earl Collins
Love Don't Cost a Thing2003writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Earl Collins
True Crime: Streets of LA2003Video Game writer: "Flashlight" - as W. Collins
A Man Apart2003performer: "I'm Tired of Good, I'm Trying Bad" / writer: "I'm Tired of Good, I'm Trying Bad"
Head of State2003writer: "The Humpty Dance"
Tupac: Resurrection2003Documentary writer: "Same Song"
Antwone Fisher2002writer: "The Humpty Dance" 1990
Undercover Brother2002performer: "Too Much Man" - as William "Bootsy" Collins / performer: "Undercova Funk We Got The Funk" / writer: "Give Up The Funk Tear The Roof Off The Sucker" - as William Earl Collins / writer: "Too Much Man", "Undercova Funk We Got The Funk" - as William "Bootsy" Collins
Standing in the Shadows of Motown2002Documentary performer: "Do You Love Me", "Cool Jerk"
Joe Somebody2001writer: "Weapon of Choice"
How High2001writer: "Flashlight"
Piñero2001writer: "Bop Gun Endangered Species" - as William Earl Collins
Baby Boy2001performer: "I'd Rather Be with You" / writer: "I'd Rather Be with You"
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider2001"Illuminati"
Charlie's Angels2000writer: "The Humpty Dance"
The Ladies Man2000writer: "Up for the Down Stroke" - as William "Bootsy" Collins
Honest2000performer: "Ain't No Stopping", "You're All I Need to Get By"
Romeo Must Die2000writer: "Come Back in One Piece"
Love & Basketball2000writer: "Doowutchyalike" - as William "Bootsy" Collins
The Crow: Salvation2000writer: "Bad Brother" - as William Bootsy Collins
In Too Deep1999writer: "Tear It Off" - as Bootsie Collins
Muppets from Space1999writer: "Flashlight"
Les parasites1999performer: "PARTY LICK A BLE'S"
How Stella Got Her Groove Back1998writer: "Flash Light" - as William Collins
Can't Hardly Wait1998writer: "Flashlight"
Slums of Beverly Hills1998writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" - as William 'Bootsy' Collins
Ride1998writer: "Let Me Ride" - as William "Bootsy"
Bulletproof1996writer: "Where I'm From Don't Fight The Clean Mix II" - as William 'Bootsey' Collins
Venin mortel1996Short writer: "BLAST/WAR MACHINE DUB"
Original Gangstas1996as B. Collins, "How Does It Feel" / writer: "How Does It Feel" - as B. Collins
The Last Word1995performer: "J.R. Just Right" / writer: "J.R. Just Right"
Dangerous Minds1995writer: "CURIOSITY", "FOUR PLAY" SAMPLE
Casper1995writer: "Same Song" - as William Earl 'Boots' Collins
Friday1995performer: "You Got Me Wide Open" / writer: "You Got Me Wide Open" - as B. Collins
New Jersey Drive1995writer: "Flip Squad's In Da House" - as B. Collins
Murder Was the Case: The Movie1995Video short writer: "Who Am I What's My Name"
PCU1994writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker"
House Party 31994performer: "Ah...The Name Is Bootsy Baby" / writer: "Ah...The Name Is Bootsy Baby"
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues1993writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker"
Freaked1993writer: "Hideous Mutant Freekz"
Nothing But Trouble1991writer: "Same Song"
Midnight Caller1990TV Series writer - 1 episode
Collision Course1989performer: "ELECTRO-CUTIE SHOCK IT TO ME" / producer: "ELECTRO-CUTIE SHOCK IT TO ME" / writer: "ELECTRO-CUTIE SHOCK IT TO ME"
The Night Before1988writer: "Way Over There", "Honk It", "Baby Boy" - as William Collins
Bad Boys1983writer: "Get Dressed"
Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight1975writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker"

Music Department

Superbad2007musician: bass, vocals
Loonatics Unleashed2006-2007TV Series composer - 11 episodes
Honest2000musician: drums


Madea's Tough Love2015Homeless Man (voice)
Joy2009/IIStore Announcer
Loonatics Unleashed2007TV SeriesBoötes Belinda
Urban Ground Squirrels2002Bootsy
Love Hurts2002Casper
The Artist's Journey: Funk Blast2000Himself
Honest2000Band #2 Inside Tripps Festival
Deee-Lite: Groove Is in the Heart1990Video short
The Night Before1988Rat's Nest Band


Funk Wars2007Short
Beowulf: Prince of the Geats2007
Let Us Be Tomaotes2006Video short


Finding the Funk2013Documentary archival photographs


The N.W.A. Legacy: The Video Collection2002VideoHimself (segment "We Want Eazy")
ESPY Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Standing in the Shadows of Motown2002DocumentaryHimself
Rising Low2002DocumentaryHimself
The 44th Annual Grammy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Access Granted2001TV SeriesHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19911991TV SpecialHimself
The Full Moon Show1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Juke Box Jury1990TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown2014DocumentaryHimself
Yo Gabba Gabba!2013TV SeriesHimself
Tallica Parking Lot2013ShortHimself (voice)
Grand Theft Auto V2013Video GameHimself - Space 103.2 DJ (voice)
Durch die Nacht mit...2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Finding the Funk2013DocumentaryHimself
VH1 Divas 20122012TV MovieHimself
Legends of Bass2012ShortHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1995-2012TV SeriesHimself
Music Nuggets2012TV SeriesHimself
Sample: Not for Sale2012DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
2011 Soul Train Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Musician
Unsung2009-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2011TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2011TV SeriesHimself
Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child2010Documentary voice
Freaknik: The Musical2010TV MovieHimself (voice)
Nighttown2009Himself - interviewee
2009 Soul Train Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Dinner: Impossible2009TV SeriesHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: I'll Take You There2009VideoHimself
Everybody Hates Chris2009TV SeriesHimself
Mr. Brown2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
BET Hip-Hop Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Sound, Verses, Fury2007DocumentaryHimself
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2006TV MovieHimself
Headline Country2006TV SeriesHimself
25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special2005TV SpecialHimself / Performer
E! True Hollywood Story2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Independent Lens2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
4th Annual BET Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Saturday Night Live1991-2004TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Dancestar USA 20032003TV MovieHimself
Snoop to the Extreme2003TV MovieHimself
Ice Cube: The Videos, Volume 12003VideoHimself (segment "Bop Gun [One Nation]")
Cincinnati: Just Around the Corner2003Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Unsung2010TV Series documentaryHimself
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself

Nominated Awards

2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest SongUndercover Brother (2002)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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