Shawn Corey Carter
Dec 4, 1969
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Jay-Z could be considered as a person who could do almost everything. Beginning his career as a rapper and a businessman, he was holding an important position in Def Jam as the president and CEO. “I was forced to be an artist and a CEO from the beginning, so I was forced to be like a businessman because when I was trying to get a record deal, it was so hard to get a record deal on my own that it was either give up or create my own company,” Jay-Z said.
As an artist, Jay-Z sold more than 18 million albums worldwide. Starting from his debut album “Reasonable Doubt” (1996), Jay-Z had collected many prestigious awards, including American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, BET Awards and Grammy Awards for his dedication in hip-hop
Jay-Z Real Name
AY-Z, previously spelled Jay-Z or Jay Z, original name Shawn Corey Carter. American rapper and entrepreneur, one of the most influential figures in hip-hop in the 1990s and early 21st century.
He was born December 4, 1969, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
He briefly attended Eli Whitney High School with fellow rappers Notorious B.I.G and Busta Rhymes. Alongside his partners in his early group “Original Flavor”, Jay-Z, Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke co-founded an independent label called Roc-a-Fella Records in 1996. Later, Roc-a-Fella was folding into Def Jam Recordings.
As an artist, Jay-Z sold more than 18 million albums worldwide. Starting from his debut album “Reasonable Doubt” (1996), Jay-Z had collected many prestigious awards, including American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, BET Awards and Grammy Awards for his dedication in hip-hop.
Jay-Z Wife (Beyonce)
In April 2008, he married Beyonce after fueling dating rumors for years. In 2009, Jay-Z left Def Jam and signed a multi-million dollar deal with Live Nation, with whom he started a montage and music publishing company Roc Nation. In addition to Jay-Z himself, the label managed Rihanna, Kanye West, Shakira, Timbaland among many others.
Jay-Z Daughter (Blue Ivy)
Jay-Z welcomed his first child with Beyonce, a baby girl named Blue Ivy, in 2012. He then started working on a new album, and finally released the follow-up to “The Blueprint 3” in 2013. Titled “Magna Carta… Holy Grail”, the album debuted atop Billboard 200 after selling 528,000 copies in its first week.
For the physical release, Jay-Z provided three bonus tracks, including a song which featured Blue Ivy rapping for 45 seconds straight. The rapper was said to be ready to take the new album on the road by the end of the year, following his $200 million touring deal he signed with Live Nation in May.
Jay-Z and Beyonce started dating in 2008, after Jay has appeared in numerous Beyonce musical work which includes; “03-Bonnie & Clyde,” as well as her hit single, “Crazy in Love,” and “That’s How You Like it. Currently Beyonce and Jay-Z are married. They welcomed their first child, Blue Ivy, on January 8th 2012. On June 13, 2017 Beyonce gave birth to twins, a daughter named Rumi and a son named Sir.
1. In addition to Tidal, Jay-Z runs Roc Nation and Roc Nation Sports. Oh, and we can’t forget his clothing company Rocawear, which raked in $700 million before he sold it for $204 million. (Also, this is a Jay-centric section, but it should be noted that Bey still runs management company Parkwood Entertainment!)
2. He owns a restaurant chain called the 40/40 Club.
3. He owns a fancy champagne called Armand de Brignac, which Forbes reports he just sold 50 percent of in a deal that values the liquor company at around $640 million.
Jay-Z Net Worth, Wealth and Career Earnings
Jay-Z is an American rapper, producer, songwriter and business man. As of this writing, Jay-Z’s net worth is $1.3 billion. Jay-Z has earned his net worth through his career in the music industry, and as an extremely successful entrepreneur. Jay has had an enormous amount of success in several industries. In his own words, he’s “not businessman, he’s a business… man”. In any given year he earns $70-80 million. Between June 2018 and June 2019, he earned $81 million.
Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce Knowles have a combined net worth of $1.8 billion. They first cracked the combined billion dollar fortune mark in July 2014.
Jay-Z first became a billionaire in June 2019 thanks to a vast business empire that today includes record sales, touring, merchandise, endorsements and investments like Armand de Brignac champagne, Tidal and D’Usse cognac. He makes investments through Marcy Venture Partners which is named after the housing project where Jay grew up. Marcy Ventures raised $85 million in investment capital in 2019.
Jay-Z Wealth Milestones