Coming off of his performance in Coming 2 America, Rick Ross is talking about how his mansion, featured in the film as the palace in the fictional kingdom of Zamunda, is paying for itself over and over.
Ross paid $5.8 million for the foreclosed Georgia property in 2014. Since he’s been earning millions from the property from visits to other activities that include filming inquiries.
During an Instagram Live video, earlier this year, the rapper shared with followers how popular his place has become.
“What you see outside my door is a gathering of film producers and directors who possibly want to rent the estate for another film. As you all know, we have the Coming To America 2 that will be hitting the world in I believe March, which was filmed in this same estate.”
But, if you think you can scope his digs for free, the Ross cautions that you are mistaken.
“It’s not free to come check out the estate. Twenty people are wanting to see it today, every day. What we do is charge people to come look at it, and there’s still 18 people that want to come a day. So, welcome to the promised land.”
The 235-acre estate is considered to be the largest in the state of Georgia (and it is owned by a Black man!) and Ross isn’t afraid to let potential producers and directors know what appeals to him in negotiations. It’s the money, first and foremost.
He shares with 3x Superbowl champion Shannon Sharpe for his Club Shay Shay podcast, “When I go and sit down in meetings the first thing I let them know is what excites me!
“And, nine-times-out-of-ten it’s a dollar figure. We may be able to work something out but I gotta be clear and make it clear, ‘This is what excites Rozay.’ As soon as I say that number, it’s like a ‘Bah,’ go off and the confetti falls. Because don’t you want me excited!”
And don’t take your time because that interest may accumulate.
“A lot of times, I don threw a number out there before, they moved a little slow and I went up on the number and they met me there,” Ross said.
“I actually had a film, that was filmed at my estate, and I threw a number out there. I said, ‘This is a huge production this shouldn’t be that much. Hey, I understand what you guys need, that’s $2.5 M’s. Yeah, $2.5 million, yeah, most definitely, yeah that’s it.
“They moved a lil slow and, aw man we tapped out at $2.75. It’s just like playing chess. You have to make some good moves but save your best.”
The property, just outside of Atlanta used to belong to former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield who, according to reports, lost the home in 2012 and was forced to sell to JP Morgan in order to settle some debts.