Shawn Carter; better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. He is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America.
In 2012, Forbes estimated Carter’s net worth at nearly $500 million. Jay-Z has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving fourteen Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations.
Jay-Z co-owns the 40/40 Club, is part-owner of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and is also co-creator of the line Rocawear. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of Roc Nation. As an artist, he holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 with twelve.
Jay-Z sold Rocawear clothing label for $204 million in 2007, and signed 10-year $150 million Live Nation deal in 2008.
May 2011 to May 2012 Earnings: $38 million
May 2010 to May 2011 Earnings: $37 million
May 2009 to May 2010 Earnings: $63 million
May 2008 to May 2009 Earnings: $35 million
May 2007 to May 2008 Earnings: $82 million
May 2006 to May 2007 Earnings: $34 million
Estimated Net Worth: $475 Million