What is Jay-Z's Net Worth?

Jay-Z - Awards Show - Los Angeles - Year 2003

Name: Jay-Z

Born: December 4th, 1969

Company: Rocawear, Roc Nation Sports

Position: Entrepreneur

Jay-Z currently has a net worth of an estimated:



In the early '90s, Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) was dealing drugs.

Nearly 20 years later, Jay-Z was worth nearly half a billion dollars and rubbing shoulders with the President of the United States.

Jay-Z has always had an entrepreneurial streak running through this body, whether it was Roc-A-Fella Records, Rocawear or his latest venture, Roc Nation Sports.


Jay-Z, born December 4th, 1969, started his first venture, Roc-A-Fella Records, along with friends Damon "Dame" Dash and Kareem Biggs. After making guest appearances on songs starting in the late '80s, Jay-Z decided that he wanted to release his first studio album in the mid '90s. Unable to find a record label that wanted to put out his album, Jay-Z and his two friends decided to start Roc-A-Fella Records.

Jay-Z first album, Reasonable Doubt, was released in 1996 and is widely considered to be a classic in the hip hop community. While Reasonable Doubt put Jay-Z on the map, "In My Lifetime, Vol. 1" would become his first platinum album. Over the course of his next couple of albums, Jay-Z would firmly establish himself as one of the most bankable music stars in the world.

Let's take a look at his full discography, along with US album sales, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Reasonable Doubt, 1,514,000
In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, 1,412,000
Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life, 5,299,000
Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter, 3,093,000
The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, 2,521,000
The Blueprint, 2,730,000
The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, 2,122,000
The Black Album, 3,516,000
Kingdom Come, 2,510,000
American Gangster, 1,131,000
The Blueprint 3, 1,960,000
Magna Carta Holy Grail, 1,104,000


Jay-Z: Unplugged, -
The Best of Both Worlds, 933,000
Unfinished Business, 524,000
Collision Course, 1,934,000
Watch the Throne, 1,573,000

In addition to his album sales, Jay-Z firmly established himself as a big draw on the concert circuit, with his tour stops routinely bringing in between $1.25 - $1.75 million per night in ticket sales. Jay-Z has made a name for himself as a tremendous live act, and his tours routinely sell out, whether it be solo tours or tours with the likes of Kanye West or Justin Timberlake.


Jay-Z's biggest business score came from the sale of the Rocawear brand to the Iconix Brand Group in March of 2007.

About a year earlier, Jay-Z had fallen out with his partner in the venture, Damon Dash. Jay-Z reportedly bought Damon Dash out of the company for $30 million.

In March of 2007, Jay-Z sold the rights to the Rocawear brand for $204 million in cash. As part of the deal, Jay-Z retained his stake in the Rocawear operating company and remained in charge of product development, marketing and licensing.

Other Ventures

Jay-Z purchased a small stake in the New Jersey Nets for a reported $1 million. Jay-Z was instrumental in pushing for the team's move to Brooklyn. Along the way, Jay-Z also ended up with a 0.2% stake in the Barclays Center. When Jay-Z started Roc Nation Sports, he was forced to dump his stake in the Nets and the Barclays Center.

As mentioned, Jay-Z started up Roc Nation Sports, which is a sports agency that represents the likes of Robinson Cano, Kevin Durant, Geno Smith and Victor Cruz.

Jay-Z is also the co-owner of the 40/40 Clubs, which has locations in New York, Chicago and Atlantic City.


Jay-Z is married to Beyonce Knowles, who is already reportedly worth $500 million thanks to her lucrative endorsement deals, concert touring revenues and album sales. Between the two of them, Jay-Z and Beyonce reportedly bring in a combined $80-$90 million per year in total income.

Also Known As:

Young Hov
Shawn Carter


Jay-Z is worth 6,210 times more than the median US household

If Jay-Z sold everything that they owned, they could fund the United States' deficit spending for 0.2 days.


Note: Net Worth changes calculated at 4 pm EST daily

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