Who is Rick Rubin and what is his net worth 2018? Rick Rubin is a record producer and was the co-president of Columbia Records. He is the co-founder of Def Jam Records along with Russell Simmons. He has helped popularise hip hop music by teaming up with LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Run – D.M.C., and Public Enemy. He has worked with numerous artists in his career including Justin Timberlake, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Mick Jagger, Neil Diamond, AC/DC, Sheryl Crow, Kanye West, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Aerosmith, Lady Gaga, and Eminem. He has been named as “the most important producer in the last 20 years” by MTV. He has also found American Records.
Frederick Jay “Rick” Rubin was born on March 10, 1963, in Long Beach, New York. He was born to parents Linda and Michael (Mickey). His mother was a homemaker and his father was a shoe wholesaler. He was raised in Lido Beach New, York. He attended the Long Beach High School where he used to learn songwriting and guitar playing. With his friends, Rubin created the band ‘The Pricks’.
He then went to New York University where he created Def Jam Records when he was still a student in a dormitory in Weinstein Hall, New York. Its first release was with the band Hose in 1982. In 1984, he met Russell Simmons who later joined him in Def Jam. Rick Rubin is vegan. He is an ardent fan of professional wrestling. He used to weigh 320 pounds before and after following a strict regimen. He was able to shed 130 pounds in a period of 15 months.
Def Jam Record’s first release was “I Need a Beat” by LL Cool J. Rick Rubin then went to find more rappers from various cities like Long Island and Queens. The record label then signed ‘Public Enemy’. In 1985, they released an EP for Beastie Boys. This was followed by ‘King of Rock’ by Run – D.M.C. In 1986, he worked with Aerosmith for their album. A year later, the album ‘Electric’ was released by The Cult. Rubin then became the music supervisor and soundtrack producer of the film ‘Less Than Zero’.
He has also appeared in many films. In 1988, Rubin started Def American Records in Los Angeles, California and Simmons remained with Def Jam. In 1993, Def American Records was renamed to American Recordings. A year later, the new label’s first major recording was released by Johnny Cash. The album was a commercial and critical success. In the 1990s, Rick Rubin produced many albums for various artists like The Globe Sessions (Sheryl Crow), Californication (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Unchained (Johnny Cash), and Northern Star (Melanie C).
He also produced the album Wandering Spirit by Mick Jagger. In 2007, he was made the co-head of Columbia Records. He then went on to produce ‘Minutes to Midnight’ for Linkin Park. He was also associated with Adele for her album ‘21’ in 2012. He became the producer of Black Sabbath’s ‘13’ and Billy Corgan’s ‘Oglala’ in 2013 and 2017 respectively.
Rick Rubin has won 8 Grammy Awards out of 24 nominations. In 2007 and 2012, he won the Grammy for ‘Album of the Year’. He has also won numerous other accolades.
Net Worth of Rick Rubin
In 2007, Rick Rubin appeared in 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time. He has produced several records with many artists. By doing so, he has gone on to accumulate a good fortune. The estimated net worth of Rick Rubin is $450 million. He has also worked with International artists like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Krishna Das, and Wu-Tang Clan.
In 2013, he produced The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (Eminem) and Artpop (Lady Gaga). In 1991, he financially supported Smoky Mountain Wrestling. He had a lifetime subscription of WWF events in Madison Square Garden in the 70s and 80s. Rubin was the actor, producer, and director of ‘Tougher Than Leather’ in 1988.
Rick Rubin rarely visits his recording studio. He has been criticized for creating loud music. In 2016, he was seen in the documentary ‘I am Johnny Cash’. He has also produced music apart from his own label company.