Michel Martelly Net Worth
Michel Martelly is a Haitian politician and musician currently serving as President of Haiti. Better known by his stage name Sweet Micky, he has released numerous albums over his career while earning multiple awards – his net worth has been estimated to reach $5 Million dollars.
He was raised in Gonaves-Saint-Remy, a rural district near Kenscoff. Eventually he relocated to Miami and worked in construction before studying at a community college. He began singing as well, performing at local venues such as Floresville Hotel and El Rancho. By the late ’80s, his distinctive pattering compas style had earned him recognition in local music scenes – becoming a regular at Petonville and Kenscoff clubs in Port-au-Prince. His 1988 single ‘Ooh Lala’ became a huge hit, while he released his debut album the same year. Since then he has recorded fourteen studio and several live CDs; his songs ranged from slow meringue and troubadour music to carnival meringue, rabday, and compas.
He rose to fame during his musical career for his theatrical stage performances that featured dress in drag and partial stripping onstage, becoming a radio host and TV personality, having four children with Sophia Saint-Remy – Olivier, Sandro, Yani and Malaika as well as being cousin of Richard Morse who is both hotel manager and musician in Port-au-Prince.
Martelly ran for president in 2010 while capitalizing on his celebrity musician status to secure election. His musical political endorsement rallies known as koudjay attracted crowds and media coverage; moreover, he promoted transparency in foreign aid by refusing any foreign money that might be used to buy influence in Haiti – although he still remains silent about where his own campaign donations come from.
Since Martelly became President, his government has experienced several setbacks – such as an outbreak of cholera and bank collapse – during his term in office. To combat these difficulties and spur growth and employment opportunities he promised structural reforms which he plans on carrying out soon. He has taken steps to strengthen Haiti’s economic ties with the US and enhance the business climate there, as well as strengthen security measures against terrorism and natural disasters. He has promoted a free-market approach to economic policy and made some progress towards privatizing state-owned enterprises. Unfortunately, however, Haiti’s economic situation remains dire, calling for further investment to sustain development and fight poverty. Haiti needs its government to work harder at encouraging investment and attracting foreign direct investments to support continued economic development and ensure sustainability of growth in Haiti. Education, infrastructure and energy investments must also be prioritized while corruption must also be combatted within its borders.