Jay Chou is a Taiwanese actor, singer, songwriter, director, and producer. Jay Chou is also known for his charitable works. He has donated for several purposes including the 2001 921 earthquakes. He is widely known for starring in 2016 movie “Now You See Me 2” and his albums November’s Chopin and Fantasy.
Jay Chou was born on January 19, 1979, at Linkou, Taipei County, Taiwan. His parents were both teachers. His mother, Yei Hui- Mei is a music teacher while his father, Chou Yao- Chang is a biomedical researcher. His parents discovered his love for music early. He started piano lessons at the age of four. His parents divorced when he was 13 years old. That really affected him: he became a loner. He attended the Tamkang Senior High School where he majored in Piano and minored in cello lessons.
Jay Chou is married to Hannah Quinlivan. Although they have been registered for marriage in 2014, they tied the knot at North Yorkshire on January 17, 2015. The couple has two children. Jay Chou and Hannah are both Christians.
Jay Chou released his debut album in 2000. The album was titled “Jay”. He released his second album after twelve months. The second album was titled “Fantasy”. This album earned him a major hit. Over two million copies were sold in Taiwan alone. He was nominated in ten categories and he won five of them at the 2002 Golden Melody Awards for “Fantasy”. His third album, “The Eight Dimensions” also recorded tremendous success selling over 750,000 copies by the end of 2002.
In the year 2003, Jay Chou released his fourth album named after his mother. This album performed very well. The album was named “The Best Album of the Year” by the Golden Melody Awards. His next two albums “Common Jasmin Orange” and “Chopin of November” also recorded massive success. Jay Chou also began writing songs for other singers including Landy Wen, Jolin Chai, Coco Lee and Vivian Hsu. He also formed a band named Nam Quan Mama. He has released several other albums.
Jay Chou first starred in the 2005 movie titled “Initial D”. He has also acted in other movies including “Curse of the Golden Flower”, “Secret”, “The Treasure Hunter”, “True Legend”, “The Green Hornet”, “The Viral Factor”, “The Rooftop” and the 2016 Hollywood movie, “Now You See Me 2”.
Jay ventured into directing in the year 2004. He first directed Nam Quan Mama’s music video for their song “Home”. He later directed the music video for four songs from his album, “Chopin of November”. He now directs television advertisements, all of his songs and some of his movies including “Secret”. He also published a book titled “Grandeur de D Major”. He has also been an ambassador for several brands including Panasonic, Pepsi, Motorola and Sprite, Levi’s.
How much is Jay Chou Net Worth in 2017
Jay Chou’s net worth is an estimated $225 million US dollars as of 2017. He has released a total of eleven albums. The list includes 2 compilation albums, 2 soundtrack albums, 5 live albums and 2 video albums. He is one public figure that has made waves in both Asia and the Western world. His wealth can be attributed to his music career and all the other media activities.
Jay Chou can be considered a versatile and talented star. He continues to make impacts with his music. He is one person that has never hidden his love for music. He once mentioned that he lives because of music and every other thing he does aside music is an inspiration.