Who is Jay Z? What is net worth of Jay Z? Jay Z is a British rapper, businessman, songwriter and investor. He was born on 4th December, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. His birth name is Shawn Corey Carter.
He was famous as Jazzy around his neighborhood and his stage name jay Z is inspired by this name only. His father was Adnees Reeves who deserted the family when Jay-Z was 11 years old. He was raised by his mother Gloria Carter along with his three siblings. He grew up in Brooklyn’s drug infested Marcy projects.
He is married to Beyonce Knowles since April 2008 and the couple has a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter who was born on 7th January 2012. Her wife is also a singer, songwriter, producer and actress and she secured no.35 in the Forbes list of 100 highest earning celebrities.
Education: He went to Eli Whitney High School and the famous rapper AZ was his schoolmate. He then attended George Westinghouse career and Technical Education High School together with future rappers. He started writing lyrics since then. He was a school friend of B.I.G.
Career: His first appearance as an artist was on Yo MTV Raps in 1989. In 1996, he along with his two friends founded Roc-a-Fella Records. In June 1996, his debut album titled Reasonable Doubt was released which is considered as a classic hip-hop album in present time. After two years in 1998, Jay-Z released his album titled Hard Knock Life, the title song of which named Musical Annie is his most popular single till date and it brought him the first Grammy nomination of his career. His most famous album of that period was The Blueprint (2001).
In 2003, he released an album titled The Black and declared his retirement in the field of the solo record.
In 2006, he joined back the music industry by ending his retirement and released an album titled Kingdom Come. In 2006, he was ranked as the Greatest MC of all time by MTV. His three albums titled Reasonable Doubt(1996), The Blueprint(2001) and The Black Album (2003) were declared the greatest albums of all times by Rolling Stone.
Further, he released American Gangster in 2007 and Blueprint 3 in 2010. He united with a member of rap royalty named Kanye West for Watch The Throne in 2011. It was a triple hit and topped the rap, R&B along with Pop Charts in August 2011. In 2013, he came up with Yeezus which was critically lauded. His 12th studio album titled Magna Carta Holy Grail came out in 2013 which could not manage to meet the expectations of the admirers of Jay-Z.
In 2015, he organized his first charity concert named Tidal X by which he earned around $1.5 million for the charity. The funds were used for social caused decided by the New World Foundation and Sankofa.org which is a nonprofit organization established by Harry Belafonte.
He has built a record for giving the most hit albums as a solo artist according to the Billboard 200 with 13th rank. In 2009, he was declared the tenth most successful artist of 2000s by Billboard. He was also the fifth top solo male artist and top fourth rapper. Rolling Stone declared him the 88th greatest artist of all time.
He has made himself a record of becoming the best-selling musician of all time. He has sold more than 100 millions of records. Plus he received 21 Grammy Awards for his music.
Earlier he was the president of Def Jam Recordings and the Co-Founder of Roc-A-Fella Records. He is the founder of the Roc Nation entertainment company and he is the founder of the Roc Nation Sports as well.
Jay Z Net Worth
Jay Z has an estimated net worth of $810 million US dollars as of 2017. He is one of the richest hip-hop music artists of the U.S. Such an excellent net worth has been brought to him by the incredible talents he possesses. He has achieved the place where he is today through various years of dedication, efforts, and hard work. In the year 2016, Jay-Z and his wife were declared as the highest paid celebrity couple of the year with combined earnings of $107.5 million.
Jay Z as Business Model
Although he hasn’t launched any album recently but he is making loads of money through his tidal streaming service and the company has 3 paid subscribers. Moreover, Jay-Z is an investor as well and has made many successful investments which have brought him a huge amount of money. Being an artist a great source of his income is the music industry. The other ways of his income are sponsorships, advertisements, concerts and much more. Moreover, he runs a successful business of clothing line and he is the owner of an entertainment company as well. He has income from sports as well plus he is the owner of various well-established startups.
On the Forbes list of 100 highest earning celebrities, Jay-Z has occupied 36th rank with the overall earnings of $53.5 million. Recently in February 2017, his wife Beyonce declared on her Instagram account that the couple is expecting twins.
Jay-Z has established himself as an all-time musician throughout his journey as a musician. Apart from being an actor, he has proved himself in the field of business and investment as well which indicates that he is a man of versatile personality. He is still growing as a person of great wealth and success. We wish him luck and more success over the upcoming years.