Who is Nigo and what is his net worth 2019? Nigo is the famous fashion designer, record producer and an entrepreneur. He is the man behind A Bathing Ape (Bape), the urban clothing line. He is part of the famous hip hop group Teriyaki Boyz (as DJ).
Nigo is born as Tomoaki Nagao on December 23, 1970 in Maebashi, Japan. He doesn’t know English and always have a translator when he does interviews.
He started his fashion adventure with a small store. His main item of interest were A Bathing Ape, Bape T-shirts with hoodies. Bape brand was launched in 1993. The hoodies had camouflage print. These Bape T-shirts were very popular among youth and were street wear labels of decade.
His next famous addition were sneakers, Bapesta. Bapesta sneakers were the most comfortable and were of good quality. Jonathan Ross, English television and radio presenter, called it as “epitome of collectable footwear.” Bapesta had logo similar to that of Nike, and had lighting zap and star. Nigo’s store is in New York, his Los Angeles store closed in 2010. He is also associated with brands such as Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Footwear. He is now the creative director for Uniqlo’s UT brand.
Nigo has interest in music and is associated with hip hop Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. In Teriyaki Boyz , the Japanese hip hop group, Nigo plays as the Disco Jockey. He also owns BAPE Sounds record label. Nigo has a show to his credit called Nigoldeneye on channel MTV Japan show.
In the year 2014, Nigo directed a music video “nerve”. Later BiS group was disbanded. Nigo along with BiS manager Watanabe Junnosuke started Billie Idle, female pop group. They started with group members of disbanded BiS. First Summer Uika and Hirano Nozomi were the first females to join Billie Idle. The group’s debut album was “Idle Gossip”. Nigo was the executive producer of “Idle Gossip”.
He also made a cameo appearance Akihabara Majokko Princessa short film, along with Takashi Murakami. The film was shown at exhibited at “Pop Life” Tate Modern in London.
In 2005, Nigo won Style Award -at MTV Asia Awards.
Net Worth of Nigo
Bape was sold to I.T. Ltd., a Hong Kong based company. I.T. Ltd. also took over 90% stake in one of the unit of Bape. It was sold for $2.8 million. Nigo spent the money buying expensive wheels. Bape popularity started fading away as Nigo concentrated his business to more than one area such as a cafe, art gallery, hair salon and general commodity. Nigo had agreed to be the creative director for two years of Nowhere for IT Ltd. Nigo’s net worth is estimated to be $35 million, but his net worth seems to be decreasing since last few years as he is a spendthrift and lives luxuriously.
Nigo had humble beginnings with a fashion store in Japan, later expanded his business to various horizons. Also he became famous Japanese DJ. Although he doesn’t know English, still he had made a mark with his talent.