• Shad Gregory Moss, better known as Bow Wow, is an American rapper and actor
• He gained fame as a young rapper, releasing albums such as "Beware of Dog" and "Doggy Bag"
• He has gone on to star in films such as "Like Mike" and "Johnson Family Vacation"
• Bow Wow has won several awards for his music and also has an Instagram and Twitter following of over 3 million
• He became the subject of the #BowWowChallenge after it was revealed he had faked a picture of flying on a private jet

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worthabout $1.5 million
Date Of BirthMarch 9, 1987, March 9, 1987
FactHe has his own clothing line named Shago.

Who is Bow Wow?

Shad Gregory Moss, better known by his stage name Bow Wow, was born on the 9th March 1987, in Columbus, Ohio USA, and is a rapper, probably best recognized from releasing such albums as “Beware Of Dog”, “Unleashed” and “New Jack City II”, among others. He is also known as an actor, who starred in the role of Charlie Williams in the TV series “Entourage”, and as Brody Nelson in another TV series entitled “CSI: Cyber”.

Life before Fame

Speaking about his early life, Bow Wow was raised alongside two step-sisters in nearby Reynoldsburg by his mother, Teresa Rena Caldwell, who works as a hair stylist, and his stepfather, Rodney Caldwell, an attorney. His biological father, Alfonso Preston Moss, left the family at the time when he was born, so Shad has never met him.

Career Beginnings

Bow Wow became interested in rap music at the age of three. His mother spotted his talent and took him to participate at various competitions under the name ‘Kid Gangsta’. In no time he caught the attention of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog, who gave him the new stage name ‘Lil Bow Wow’ and offered him the chance to perform together. Immediately afterwards, Snoop helped introduced him to record producer Jermaine Dupri, and he was signed by Dupri’s company So So Def Recordings. He began working on his debut album, but before its release, he recorded the soundtrack “The Stick Up” for the film “Wild Wild West” in 1999, which marked the beginning of an increase of his popularity, and established his net worth at the age of 12.

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Rise to Prominence, “Beware Of Dog” and “Doggy Bag”

Bow Wow’s debut studio album, entitled “B,eware Of Dog”, was released in 2000, and immediately proved to be a huge success as it reached No. 8 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), adding a considerable amount to his net worth and increasing enormously his popularity. It consisted of the hit single “Bow Wow (That’s My Name)”, featuring Snoop Dogg, which peaked on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the song “Bounce With Me”, featuring r’n’b girl group Xscape, which topped the charts, so earning him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest rapper to have a No. 1 hit.

In the following year, he released his second studio album, entitled “Doggy Bag”, on which he collaborated with such musicians as Cox, Larry Johnson, Pharell Williams and many others. The album peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard 200 chart, as well as No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and achieved platinum certification by the RIAA.

Name Change and “Unleashed”

In April of 2002, he decided to drop  ‘Lil’the from his stage name, and his first album under his new name out came in 2003, entitled “Unleashed”. The album peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and achieved gold certification by the RIAA with such singles as “Let’s Get Down”, featuring Birdman, and “My Baby”, featuring Jagged Edge.

Other Albums

Bow Wow’s fourth album – “Wanted” – was released in 2005, with the hit single “Like You” featuring Ciara, increasing his net worth further, as it was certified platinum by the RIAA. In the following year he released “The Price Of Fame”, with the lead single entitled “Shortie Like Mine” featuring Chris Brown, which topped the Hot Rap Tracks chart. In 2009, “New Jack City II” out came and reached No. 16 on the US Billboard 200 charts. Although he started working on new album in 2010 and recorded several singles, he had to delay it so he could dedicate himself to his daughter. However, in 2016, he announced that he would release one more album, entitled “NYLTH”, after which he will retire from rapping.

Acting Career

Apart from his career as a rapper, Bow Wow tried himself as an actor, and he made his debut film appearance in the role of Calvin in the 2002 film “Like Mike”, which was followed by his portrayal of Kelly in the film entitled “All About The Benjamins” in the same year. His next major role came two years later, when he was cast as D.J. Johnson in the film “Johnson Family Vacation”. Thanks to his acting skills, Bow Wow has appeared in several more Hollywood film titles, such as “Roll Bounce” (2005), playing Xavier ‘X’ Smith, “The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift” (2006), portraying Twinkie, and “Hurricane Season” (2009), starring as Gary. During that period, he also guest-starred in such TV series as “Smallville” in 2006, and “Ugly Betty” in 2008. All of these roles contributed a lot to his net worth.

Other Film and TV Projects

To speak further about his acting career, Bow Wow landed the role of Charlie Williams in the TV series “Entourage” (2008-2009), after which he featured as Kevin Carson in the 2010 film “Lottery Ticket” and as Byron in the film “Madea’s Big Happy Family” in the following year. In 2013, he was cast as Eric in the film “Scary Movie 5” and two years later was chosen to portray Brody Nelson in the TV series “CSI: Cyber”, which lasted for a season. He is currently filming the title “Superstition: The Rule of 3’s”, which will certainly increase his wealth in the forthcoming years.

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Parallel with those roles, Bow Wow hosted BET’s music video show “106 & Park” from 2012 to 2014, and later he was the host of the radio show “RnB Friday Nights” in 2016.


Thanks to his accomplishments in the music industry, Bow Wow has won a number of significant awards and nominations. The hit single “Bow Wow (That’s My Name)” brought him such rewards as the BET Award as well as the Billboard Music Awards for Rap Single of the Year, both in 2001. He also won the 2001 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Male Singer, for which he was nominated later in 2006 and 2008, among many others.

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Bow Wow Net Worth

His career started in 1999 and since then, he has been an active member of the entertainment industry, primarily known for being a rapper. So, if you ever wondered how rich Bow Wow is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of his net worth is over $1.5 million, with more income coming from his career as an actor. Beside that, Bow Wow also increases his fortune through owning a clothing line.

Personal Info

Regarding his personal life, Bow Wow has a daughter, named Shai Moss, with his ex-girlfriend Joie Chavis. After their broke up, he became engaged to reality TV star Erica Mena in November of 2014, however, the couple ended their engagement. Bow Wow is currently in a relationship with Kiyomi Leslie, an Instagram model. His current residence is in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with his mother. Speaking about his appearance, he is 5 feet 7 inches (170 cms) tall and his weight is reputed to be around 148 lbs (67 kgs).

Social Media Presence

In addition to his involvement in the entertainment industry as a rapper and actor, Bow Wow is an active member across many of the most popular social media sites, including his official Instagram account, having more than 3.8 million followers, and Twitter account, on which he has more than 3 million followers.

Bow Wow Challenge

In May of 2017, Bow Wow posted a photo of flying on a private jet, but he was spotted by a fan on a regular commercial flight, and it turned out that he just downloaded the photo from the Internet and posted it. Since then, social media users have been making jokes by posting their own photos and using the hashtag #BowWowChallenge.

General Info

Full NameBow Wow
Net Worthabout $1.5 million
Date Of BirthMarch 9, 1987, March 9, 1987
Height1.7 m, 1.7 m
ProfessionRecord producer, Television presenter, Rapper, Actor, Music artist, Singer, Record producer, Television presenter, Rapper, Actor, Music artist, Singer
NationalityAmerican, American


ChildrenShai Moss, Shai Moss, Shaniah Mauldin
ParentsTeresa Caldwell, Alfonso Moss, Teresa Caldwell, Alfonso Moss
SiblingsErica Caldwell, Erica Caldwell


AwardsBET Award for Viewer's Choice, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Male Singer, Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Song, BET Award for Viewer's Choice, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Male Singer, Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Song
NominationsBET Award for Best New Artist, BET Award for Best Collaboration, Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist, Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Artist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group, MuchMusic Video Award for iHeartRadio Internation...
MoviesLike Mike, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Lottery Ticket, Roll Bounce, Madea's Big Happy Family, Johnson Family Vacation, All About the Benjamins, Hurricane Season, Scary Movie 5, Murder Was the Case, Carmen: A Hip Hopera, Recalled, Beef 4, The Family Tree, Hip Hop Immortals: We Got Your Kid...
TV ShowsCSI: Cyber, 106 & Park, Bow, CSI: Cyber, 106 & Park, Bow

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1Preparing for his summer Scream Tour IV with Omarion, B5, Marques Houston, Bobby Valentino, and Pretty Ricky. [July 2005]
2Finished his Scream Tour on September 4th 2005. [September 2005]
3Releasing his third album "Unleashed" [July 2003]
4Releasing his new album Wanted. [July 2005]
5Currently working with his record label LBW Ent. Bow Wow is also working on his collaboration album, "Face Off", with Omarion which is due out December 4, 2007. [July 2007]
6From 26th December 2005 through 1st January 2006, in concert on the Holiday Jam Tour. Bow Wow created this tour himself. [December 2005]
7Bow Wow has just released his much anticipated 5th album, The Price Of Fame. He will be touring in the summer of 2007. Bow Wow is also currently working on some movies. [December 2006]
8Has one daughter, Shai.
9Earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest rapper to have a No. 1 hit (with the 2000 track "Bounce with Me").
10Was accompanied by singer Ciara to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2005.
11He has his own clothing line named Shago.
12Is good friends with Omarion Grandberry.
13Had a duet with Jojo in her song "Baby It's You"
14Is good friends with Jermaine Dupri.
15Performed the theme song to "All That" on stage at their 10th anniversary special. The original theme song from 1995 featured Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and is still used before every episode. Had she not passed away, Lil Bow Wow would not have had to sing the theme at the anniversary special.
16Is a straight-A student.
17"Drove" Madonna's rhinestone encrusted limosine onstage before opening the door for her during the 2000 Grammy Awards telecast.
18Hip-hop artist/rap artist.
19Starting rhyming at the age of 3.




Superstition: The Rule of 3'sfilming
CSI: Cyber2015-2016TV SeriesBrody Nelson
Entourage2015Charlie Williams (uncredited)
Rich Gang: Tapout2013ShortBow Wow
Scary Movie 52013Eric (as Shad Moss aka Bow Wow)
Allegiance2012/ISpecialist Chris Reyes (as Bow Wow)
The Secret Life of the American Teenager2011-2012TV SeriesDante
The Family Tree2011T-Boy (as Shad Moss a/k/a Bow Wow)
Madea's Big Happy Family2011Byron (as Shad 'Bow Wow' Moss)
Lottery Ticket2010/IKevin Carson (as Bow Wow)
Hurricane Season2009Gary (as Bow Wow)
Entourage2008-2009TV SeriesCharlie Williams
The Great Music Caper2008VideoBop (as Bow Wow)
Smallville2006TV SeriesBaern Lamar Johnson
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift2006Twinkie (as Bow Wow)
Roll Bounce2005Xavier 'X' Smith (as Bow Wow)
Johnson Family Vacation2004D.J. Johnson (as Bow Wow)
Saving Jason2003TV Movie as Bow Wow
Smart and Sober2003TV Movie as Bow Wow
Like Mike2002Calvin (as Lil Bow Wow)
All About the Benjamins2002Kelly (as Lil Bow Wow)
Carmen: A Hip Hopera2001TV MovieJalil (as Lil' Bow Wow)
Moesha2001TV SeriesRay-Ray
Murder Was the Case: The Movie1995Video shortKid Jumping on Couch (segment "Gin & Juice") (uncredited)


Lottery Ticket2010/Iperformer: "My Hood" - as Bow Wow / writer: "My Hood" - as Bow Wow
The High Road: Bonus DVD2006Video performer: "Baby, It's You"
Smallville2006TV Series 1 episode
The Wild Thornberrys Movie2002performer: "Dance with Us" - as Bow Wow
Like Mike2002performer: "Can I Holla", "Basketball", "Playin' the Game", "Take Ya Home" - as Lil Bow Wow
Top of the Pops2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Daria2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Big Momma's House2000performer: "Bounce with Me" - as Lil Bow Wow


CSI: Cyber - The Final Season: Behind the Firewall2016Video shortHimself
CSI: Cyber - The Final Season: Hack My Ride2016Video shortHimself
CSI: Cyber - The Final Season: Mr. Russell Goes to Washington2016Video shortHimself
Tracks2016TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Late Late Show with James Corden2016TV SeriesHimself
Grammy Red Carpet Live2016TV MovieHimself - Host
American Music Awards 20152015TV SpecialHimself
The Talk2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hollywood Today Live2015TV SeriesHimself
Ok! TV2015TV SeriesHimself
CSI: Cyber - Season 1: Encoding CSI: Cyber2015ShortHimself
CSI: Cyber - Season 1: It Can Happen to You: Season 1 of CSI: Cyber2015ShortHimself
The Doctors2015TV SeriesHimself
The Real2015TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Now2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2010-2015TV SeriesHimself
GGN: Snoop Dogg's Double G News Network2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
BET Awards 20142014TV SpecialHimself
106 & Park Top 10 Live2000-2014TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Bethenny2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Real Husbands of Hollywood2013TV SeriesHimself
BET Awards 20132013TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2013TV SeriesHimself
So So Def All-Star 20th Anniversary Concert2013TV MovieHimself (as Bow Wow)
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHimself
Huff Post's BV 3652012TV SeriesHimself
Black Girls Rock! 20122012TV MovieHimself (as Bow Wow)
RapFix Live2012TV SeriesHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2011TV SeriesHimself
Lopez Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2010TV SeriesHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Kourtney & Kim Take Miami2010TV SeriesHimself - Hip Hop Artist
2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South2010TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Bow Wow)
T.I. Farewell Party Interview with MC Serch2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Chelsea Lately2009TV SeriesHimself
E.S.L.: Entertainment as a Second Language2009TV SeriesHimself
Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future2009TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Bow Wow)
So So Def TV2008TV MovieHimself (as Bow Wow)
Bow Wow: Live from Sommet Center, Nashville2008TV MovieHimself (as Bow Wow)
My Super Sweet 162005-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2004-2008TV SeriesHimself
Ugly Betty2008TV SeriesHimself
4th Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2007TV MovieHimself (as Bow Wow)
The Teen Choice Awards 20072007TV SpecialHimself
Access Granted2007TV SeriesHimself
WWE Raw2004-2007TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Audience Member
O Access2007TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2002-2007TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
BET Awards 20062006TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004-2006TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
The 2006 Billboard Music Awards2006TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
The High Road: Bonus DVD2006VideoHimself (as Bow Wow)
Settle the Score2006TV MovieHimself (as Bow Wow)
Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift - The Japanese Way2006Video shortHimself (as Bow Wow)
The Young Hollywood Awards2006TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
The Tyra Banks Show2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Peek Performance2006Video documentary shortHimself (as Bow Wow)
2 Live Stews2006TV SeriesHimself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '062006TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
The Best Hit USA2006TV SeriesHimself
2005 Radio Music Awards2005TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
2005 American Music Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Bow Wow)
Scream Tour IV: Heartthrobs Live2005VideoHimself (as Bow Wow)
25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special2005TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentaryHimself (as Bow Wow)
Total Request Live2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 20052005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (as Bow Wow)
Cribs2005TV SeriesHimself
Bow2005TV MovieHimself (as Bow Wow)
Who's Your Momma?2004TV MovieHimself (as Bow Wow)
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest2004TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2004TV SeriesHimself
The Sharon Osbourne Show2003-2004TV SeriesHimself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '042004TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Bow Wow)
The 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2004TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
35th NAACP Image Awards2004TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
101 Reasons the 90's Ruled2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Bow Wow)
All That2004TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve 20042003TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
The 31st Annual American Music Awards2003TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
Punk'd2003TV SeriesHimself
Exposed2003TV Series documentaryHimself
3rd Annual BET Awards2003TV Special documentaryHimself (as Bow Wow)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '032003TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
TV total2002TV SeriesHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 20022002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (as Bow Wow)
Soul Train2000-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
2nd Annual BET Awards2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Bow Wow)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2002TV SeriesHimself
2002 Much Music Video Music Awards2002TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
2002 MTV Movie Awards2002TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
Essence Awards2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Lil' Bow Wow)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '022002TV Special documentaryHimself (as Bow Wow)
The 16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2002TV SpecialHimself (as Lil' Bow Wow)
The 29th Annual American Music Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Lil' Bow Wow)
Gonna Meet a Rock Star2001TV Series documentaryHimself (as Bow Wow)
The Teen Choice Awards 20012001TV SpecialHimself (as Lil' Bow Wow)
Party in the Park 20012001TV Movie documentaryHimself - Performer (as Bow Wow)
1st Annual BET Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
Jenny Jones2001TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops2001TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself
32nd NAACP Image Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (as Lil' Bow Wow)
The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (as Lil' Bow Wow)
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (as Lil' Bow Wow)
The Steve Harvey Show2001TV SeriesHimself
The 28th Annual American Music Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
Teen Choice Presents: Teenapalooza2001TV MovieHimself (as Lil' Bow Wow)
The 2000 Billboard Music Awards2000TV SpecialHimself (as Bow Wow)
Christina Aguilera: My Reflection2000TV Special documentaryHimself (as Bow Wow)
The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 20002000TV SpecialHimself (as Lil' Bow Wow)
MuchOnDemand1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest (as Bow Wow)

Archive Footage

Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Furious 72015Twinkie (uncredited)
Love & Hip Hop2014TV SeriesHimself
106 & Park Top 10 Live2006-2007TV SeriesHimself - 'Outta My System' Video / Himself
Video on Trial2005-2006TV SeriesHimself - Accused


Nominated Awards

2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Breakthrough Performance - Viewer's ChoiceLike Mike (2002)
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest SongLike Mike (2002)
2003Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActorLike Mike (2002)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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