While growing family makes headlines, Nick Cannon quietly makes ‘$100 million a year’

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Nick Cannon talks with Times columnist Amy Kaufman about his growing family and his various business ventures. (Jason Armand / Los Angeles Times)

Nick Cannon has come a long way since his “All That” days. Once a teenager waiting for his breakout , Canon is now a multimedia mogul with a nine-figure salary.

“When you think about my lifestyle, I make at least $100 million a year,” said Cannon, who has 11 young children from six different women. Los Angeles Times columnist Amy Kaufman.

Cannon is known for Hollywood projects including the 2002 film “Drumline,” Fox's “The Masked Singer,” MTV and VH1's “Wild ‘N Out,” and NBC's “America's Got Talent.” But in recent years, the San Diego-born star has made headlines for her growing family. in december, he welcomed Daughter Halo Marie Cannon with model Alyssa Scott.

Cannon's family may be growing ('s possible it hasn't finished growing), but the “Wild N' Out” producer said he only fathers kids because he's a people pleaser. She told Kaufman that many of her peers were concerned about having children at the right time.

“Many of them are in the same age group,” he said. “And I just wanted to give them what they wanted. I kept saying, ‘I can handle this.'”

Every addition to Team Canon debuted meme And Criticism (there was also Online kinship with Tesla chief Elon Musk), and cannon Must have seen what haters have to say about their growing family.

“I've been made the villain,” Cannon said. “I hear all the time: ‘You can't be present for all those kids.' That's why I got this deadbeat-dad title.

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Contrary to that label, Cannon said he keeps separate calendars for each of his children, brings his children to network meetings, moves them around and even adjusts their sleep arrangements. Decides which child he will leave last.

Regardless, he said he still feels guilty for not spending enough time with his kids. But instead of focusing on how much time it spends, Canon will focus on quality.

He said, “It's not about what I do for you or what I say to you, it's about how you feel when I'm with you.” “If you feel love seeing your father, that's what's going to resonate.”

Despite her kid count reaching double digits, Cannon married only once, to pop diva Mariah Carey. He told Kaufman that he viewed marriage as a “business proposition” and that living with the “We Belong Together” singer would be “if, like, Trump and Putin were to live in the same house.” Cannon and Carey were married from 2008 to 2016. until 2014 they were living in different houses,

“It wasn't even about her and me – we've always been good,” he continued. “It was more about us understanding that instead of making it about our relationship and what do I need or what do you want, we should just do what's best for the kids.”

both share 11 year old twins and Monroe.

With various business ventures beyond Hollywood, it's clear that Canon doesn't just have baby news. His longtime manager Michael Goldman said the entertainer was “the most misunderstood person I've ever encountered.”

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Goldman said, “Nick's success and everything he's generated doesn't match where the industry places him.” And I think that inspires and motivates her every .

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times,