Jay-Z has an estimated net worth of $810 million.
In 1996, he founded the independent label Roc-A-Fella Records with Damon “Dame” Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke. Jay-Z released his first studio album, Reasonable Doubt, in June 1996. The album was a critical success and ranked 23rd on the Billboard 200. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it 248th Among its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, established in November 2003.
In 1997, Jay-Z‘s second album, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, allows him to establish his notoriety since he ranks 3rd on the Billboard 200, and platinum record. Despite the success, the image of Jay-Z is tarnished by what Hip-Hop fans perceive as commercial rap, with a sound more oriented towards pop music.
The following year released the album Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life, which is a worldwide success and sells more than 8 million copies. This album contains a lot of hits including “Can I Get a Fuck You” (with Ja Rule & Amil), “Hard Knock Life” (which is sampled from the musical Annie), “Nigga What, Nigga Who,” “It’s Alright” or “Money Ain ‘T a Thang.”
In 1999, Jay-Z closes his “volumes trilogy” with Vol. 3 … Life And Times Of S. Carter, which ranks 1st in the charts.
His fifth album, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, was released in October 2000. It is a collaborative album with many artists from his label Roc-A-Fella including Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Freeway and Amil, but also Snoop Dogg , R. Kelly, Kanye West, The Neptunes and Just Blaze. That same year released his duet with Mariah Carey, “Heartbreaker” from the album Rainbow. The track became a No. 1 hit in the United States.
Also in 1999, he participated in the Hard Knock Life Tour co-organized by Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella Records. He also stars with DMX, Ja Rule, Method Man and Redman. Also present are Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Amil and DJ Clue. The tour of 54 dates is partly covered in the documentary film On / Off, released on DVD in 2000.
On September 11, 2001, he released his 6th studio album: The Blueprint. With productions by Bink, Kanye West, Just Blaze and Eminem, this album marks a musical turning point in the rapper’s career. The production is based on many samples of Soul pieces. This album will influence many artists and will introduce Kanye West as a producer.
Also in 2001, Jay-Z participated in MTV Unplugged and recorded an acoustic concert with The Roots: Jay-Z MTV Unplugged.
In November 2002, Jay-Z released a double album following the Blueprint: The Gift & The Curse. But faced with a rather limited success, he decided to release a version “condensed” in April 2003: Blueprint 2.1.
In November 2003, he announced that he wanted to retire and declared that the Black Album would be his last. He organizes an exceptional concert at Madison Square Garden. It brings together many singers and rappers (R. Kelly, Beyoncé Knowles, Foxy Brown, Pharrell Williams, Mary J. Blige). Excerpts from the concert and recording sessions of the Black Album are featured in the movie Fade To Black, released on DVD in 2004.
November 29, 2004 Jay-Z releases the album Collision Course, which includes the track “Numb / Encore,” with the group Linkin Park where he uses the principle of mash up which consists of mixing the universe of two artists.
On January 3, 2005, following the acquisition of his label Roc-A-Fella Records by Def Jam, he became the chairman of the label in Hip-Hop Def Jam.
On October 27, 2005, Jay-Z returns with a concert called I Declare War, in which, instead of declaring war, he puts a permanent end to his beef with Nas, inviting him on the stage for the song “Dead Presidents II.”
On the humanitarian front, Jay-Z joined MTV and the United Nations in August 2006 to draw the attention of young people to the different parts of the world affected by the lack of drinking water. In particular, Jay-Z met with Kofi Annan, then Secretary-General of the United Nations, at a conference at the UN headquarters in New York. As part of his international tour, Jay-Z travels to different parts of the world affected by this water crisis. Meetings and experiences will be documented in a special Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life, aired on November 24, 2006.
Finally, after some interviews where he suggested a return to rap, he returned to the studio to record a new album. The latter is released on November 21, 2006, with productions by Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Just Blaze, The Neptunes and Dr. Dre’s presence on 4-track production and mastering of the album. The album, named Kingdom Come, is a success with 680,000 albums sold the first week.
Jay-Z released a new single in April 2007 with Rihanna entitled “Umbrella,” from the album Good Girl Gone Bad. In November of the same year, he released American Gangster, his 10th album. It is an album-concept inspired by the film of Ridley Scott American Gangster, about the life of the dealer Frank Lucas.
A basketball fan, Jay-Z is also co-owner of the New Jersey Nets, where the dunk star Vince Carter played. He is also co-founder of the chain of restaurants, clubs and lounge called 40/40. He is the 9th most influential man on the planet according to The Forbes magazine Top 100 Celebrities Forbes 2007.
Also in 2007, Hova sold Rocaware clothing for $204 million.
On March 22, 2008, Jay-Z and the Queen of Hip-Hop / Soul Mary J. Blige set off together for a 25-date tour through the United States. This tour is titled Heart of the City, in reference to the song Heart of the City (Is not no love) from The Blueprint.
Jay-Z married R’n’B singer Beyoncé Knowles on April 4, 2008, thus completing a 6-year relationship. On April 4 (04/04), Beyoncé was born on September 4 and Jay-Z on December 4 as the symbolic date, marking the couple’s respective birthdays.
In August 2008, Jay-Z’s “Dope Boy Fresh,” a track produced by Kanye West, is presented as an excerpt from Jay-Z’s upcoming album, The Blueprint. By December 2008.
At the beginning of November 2008, a new song entitled “History” appears on the Internet. On a sample of “A Night on His Shoulder” by Veronique Sanson, Jay-Z returns to the historic election of Barack Obama. He also appears on the remix of Coldplay’s song “Lost!”, extracted from their mini-album Prospekt’s March EP.
In January 2009, he is present on the soundtrack of the film Notorious B.I.G., in which he plays “Brooklyn Go Hard,” in duet with Santigold and produced by Kanye West.
On June 5, 2009, the first official single of the Blueprint 3 was unveiled: “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).” In this track, produced by No I.D., Jay-Z criticizes the abuse of Auto-Tune software in rap.
On July 24, 2009, the second single “Run This Town” is presented on the radio with Rihanna and Kanye West.
The Blueprint 3 is finally released on September 8, 2009 in the United States, after being announced for September 11, 2009 (8 years to the day after the release of The Blueprint). The album is released on Jay-Z’s new label, Roc Nation, and on Major Atlantic Records, thus ending the collaboration between the rapper and Def Jam. Like his previous 10 album, The Blueprint 3 ranks #1 in US sales in the first week. Jay-Z beats Elvis Presley’s record, which stopped at 10 #1 albums.
In October 2009, he officially released the 3rd single off the Blueprint 3 with Alicia Keys, “New York Empire State of Mind.” The track is another major success. The fourth single is “On to the Next One”, with Swizz Beatz, in December 2009. This track uses a sample from DA.N.C.E. Of Justice.
In January 2010, he released the 5th single off Blueprint 3, “Young Forever” with Mr Hudson, which captures Forever Young of the German band new wave Alphaville. Jay-Z is also participating in the live album Hope for Haiti Now to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti. He is present on the title Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour), with Rihanna and two members of U2: Bono and The Edge.
In November 2010, he released a best-of album The Hits Collection Volume 19 and participated in Kanye West’s, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, including “Monster” with Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Justin Vernon Bon Iver.
In the summer of 2011, he released a joint album with Kanye West, Watch the Throne. The first single, “H.A.M.”, is presented on the Internet on January 11, 2011, followed by “Otis” in July.
On January 7, 2012, he becomes a dad to Blue Ivy Carter, for which he will release a song a few days later entiteled “Glory,” featuring his new born, since one can hear his tears at the end of the song.
In March 2015, Jay-Z purchased the comapny Aspiro which had created TIDAL, a music streaming service which is now worth over 10 times more than what Jay-Z purchased it for. Jay-Z bought the company for $56 miullion back in 2015 and just recently he sold a 33% stake to Sprint for $200 million, meaning the company is now worth $600 million.
He also bought Armand de Brignac champagne and is now the proud owner of the company which makes the famous Ace Of Spades.
In the latest Forbes article of Hip Hop Wealthiest rappers, Jay-Z came in second, only $10 million behind Diddy. He jumped from $550 to $810 million due to his stake in Tidal and Armand de Brignac.
Jay-Z is well on his way to becoming Hip Hop’s first billionaire with his enormous net worth of $810 million.