December 4, 1969
New York City, U.S.
Source(-s) of wealth
Who is Jay Z?
Shawn Corey Carter popularly known as Jay Z is a versatile American hip-hop artist. Jay Z is a rapper, producer and also an entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Project Panther Bidco and Def Jam Recordings. The success of several big artists has been attributed to him. Artists such as Rihanna, Kanye West, J. Cole, and 2 Chainz. Jay Z and his friend Damon Dash founded Rocawear, a global clothing brand. Jay Z has 13 studio albums and 4 collaborative albums with other artists.
As a rapper, Jay Z has been nominated for 577 awards winning 266.
He was also directly involved in 11 movies, either as a character or producer. Jay Z is the founder of Roc Nation and 40/40 Club. He has investments in Carol’s Daughter a skin care product line. He also has investments in sports teams, such as the Brooklyn Nets basketball team. Jay Z has large investments in wine spirit companies, of which one of them is the Armand de Brignac champagne. He is currently married to the pop star Beyonce with three children living in New York.
A brief history of Jay Z
Jay Z Childhood & Education
Born Shawn Corey Carter, Jay Z is nicknamed Jigga, Hova, The Carter Administration, El Presidente and HOV. He was born on December 4, 1969, in Brooklyn borough of New York City. Jay Z was raised in a housing project called Marcy Houses. He was raised by a single mother Gloria Carter, alongside three siblings after his father, Adnis Reeves left them. Jay Z first started schooling at Eli Whitney High School in Brooklyn alongside AZ the rapper. He later moved to George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School alongside Busta Rhymes, and The Notorious B.I.G. He also studied briefly at Trenton Central High School in New Jersey but never graduated.
Jay Z’s interest in music become pronounced after his mother bought him a boombox as a birthday gift to encourage his love for making music. He was initially called “Jazzy” when he would write lyrics and freestyle in the neighbourhood. In 1995, Jay Z made his first rap single titled “In my lifetime”.
Jay Z Career
Jay Z released his debut album in 1996. After failing to land a major record deal, he sold most of the CDs with his friends from his car then. He secured a distribution deal with Priority Records in 1996, which made the album a major hit then. Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs produced Jay Z’s second, which outsold the debut album. Jay Z won his first Grammy Award in 1998 with the release of his third studio album. He has worked with almost all the top musicians in
America, such as Eminem, DMX, Kanye West, Timbaland, Linkin Park, R. Kelly, Pharrell Williams, and so many others.
In 2003, Jay Z reportedly retired from rapping but came back in 2006 with a big bang. He made about 13 studio albums in his career for far. He has several hit tracks songs on the airwaves around the world. He has been inducted into the Rock and roll Hall of Fame. Jay Z is arguably one of the best rappers in the world today.
Besides being a successful rapper, Jay Z is also excelling as a businessman. He has business interests in clothing lines, real estate, sports teams, beverages and even record labels which have made millions of dollars. Jay Z’s first business outside music was establishing Rocawear with his friend Damon Dash in 1999. He sold his rights to the clothing line for $204 million in 2007. He co-founded a club in New York City called 40/40 Club. He has investments in Carol’s Daughter, a beauty products line. He has stakes in Barclays Center which he sold for $1.5 million in 2013.
Jay Z has investments in the NBA team Brooklyn Nets worth $1 million as of 2003. News has it that he bought shares in an English Football team, Arsenal FC, in 2005. Jay Z invested in the Aqueduct Entertainment Group consortium in 2010 using his investment company called Gain Global Investment Network LLC. Aqueduct operates casinos in the USA.
He acquired Block Starz Music, a music record label, in 2011. He floated Roc Nation Sports in 2013 as a sports agency for managing athletes. Jay Z made a $200 million investment in Armand de Brignac champagne in 2014. He owns a 100 per cent stake in the wine and spirit conglomerate. Jay Z acquired Aspiro in 2015 for $56 million. Aspiro is a media technology company in Norway that operates a music streaming service called Tidal. All these investments are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
What is Jay Z Wealth Net worth in 2022
Jay Z has earned millions from music and business throughout his career. His net worth keeps rising as the values of the businesses increase. Currently, he is amongst the wealthiest rappers in the world with a net worth of over US$1.4 billion
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