Justin Timberlake is a singer, songwriter, actor, and businessman. Justin Timberlake achieved early fame when he appeared as a contestant on Star Search, and went on to star in the Disney Channel television series The New Mickey Mouse Club, where he met future bandmate JC Chasez.
Justin Timberlake became famous in the late 1990s as the lead singer and youngest member of the boy band ‘N Sync, whose launch was financed by Lou Pearlman.
In 2002, Justin Timberlake released his debut solo album, Justified, which sold more than seven million copies worldwide. The album was a commercial success, spawning the hits “Cry Me a River” and “Rock Your Body”. Justin Timberlake continued his success with his second solo album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, and produced the US number-one hit singles “SexyBack”, “My Love”, and “What Goes Around… Comes Around”.
Justin Timberlake has won six Grammy Awards and four Emmy Awards. His first two albums made him one of the most commercially successful singers in the world, each selling in excess of 7 million copies. Justin Timberlake also has an acting career, having starred in films such as The Social Network, Bad Teacher and Friends with Benefits. His other ventures include record label Tennman Records, fashion label William Rast, and the restaurants Destino and Southern Hospitality.
Near the end of 2002, Justin Timberlake was the first celebrity to appear on Punk’d, a “candid camera” type show created by Ashton Kutcher to trick celebrities. Timberlake, who cried during the episode, later admitted to being under the influence of marijuana when he was pranked. Three episodes later, he set up Kelly Osbourne to be “punk’d”, thus making him the first celebrity to appear on the show more than once.
Justin Timberlake later spoofed Ashton Kutcher and Punk’d in a 2003 episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Timberlake has co-owned or provided celebrity endorsement for three restaurants in the United States: “Chi” opened in West Hollywood, California in 2003, and “Destino” and “Southern Hospitalty” in New York opened in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Justin Timberlake also has his own brand of tequila called 901; the name comes in part from the area code of his hometown of Memphis.
In 2005, Justin Timberlake launched the William Rast clothing line with childhood friend Juan (“Trace”) Ayala. The 2007 line contained cord jackets, cashmere sweaters, jeans and polo shirts. The pair reports inspiration from fellow Memphis native Elvis Presley: “Elvis is the perfect mixture of Justin and I,” Ayala says. “You can go back and see pictures of him in cowboy boots and a cowboy hat and a nice button-down shirt, but then again you can see him in a tux and a collared shirt with rhinestones on it and slacks. We like to think ‘If he was alive today, what would he be wearing?’”
Target has announced that a William Rast collection, including denim, outerwear and sportswear for men and women, would launch in December and be available for a month. hosted many music events, including the European MTV Music Awards in 2006.
On December 16, 2006, Justin Timberlake hosted Saturday Night Live, doing double duty as both host and musical guest for the second time. During this appearance, he and Andy Samberg performed an R&B song for a skit entitled “Dick in a Box”, which some radio stations have aired as an unofficial single from Timberlake and has become one of the most viewed videos on YouTube.
Justin Timberlake provides celebrity endorsement for many commercial products, this aspect of his business being managed by IMG Sports & Entertainment since April 2008. Major endorsements in 2009 included Sony electronic products, Givenchy’s men’s fragrance “Play”, Audi’s “A1″, Callaway Golf Company products, and in 2011, MySpace.
An avid amateur golfer, in 2007 Justin Timberlake purchased the run-down Big Creek Golf Course in his home town of Millington, Tennessee, which he redeveloped as the eco-friendly Mirimichi Golf Course at a cost of some $US16 million. It was reopened on 25 July 2009 but closed again on 15 January 2010 for further improvements expected to take six months.
In October 2011, Justin Timberlake received the Futures Award at the Environmental Media Awards for his green-conscious golf course. Timberlake appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s debut as host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on March 2, 2009.
Justin Timberlake is the executive producer on the MTV reality series The Phone, which premiered on April 21, 2009. According to People Magazine, the series “thrusts contestants into a heart-stopping action adventure worthy of a summer blockbuster. In six hour-long episodes, a mysterious stranger on the phone invites four strangers into the dangerous game. If they accept, they’re paired into two teams and dared to perform physical and mental challenges reminiscent of Matt Damon’s The Bourne Identity or Shia LaBeouf’s Eagle Eye.”
How Justin Timberlake Made His Money – Music and Acting
Estimated Net Worth: $70 Million
Birthday: January 31, 1981
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