Jay-Z
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United States
2018

Roc Nation

Jay-Z

Founder / Artist

Jay-Z rapped in 2005, “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man,” and never have those words rung more true. The veteran MC, now 48, vaulted past friend Diddy to the top of Forbes’ latest “Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists” list with an estimated fortune of $900 million. This comes from myriad places: recording, publishing, a second lucrative 10-year touring deal with Live Nation, his current OTR II tour with wife Beyoncé, merchandise, his Made in America festival, deals with Sprint and Puma, D’ussé and Armand de Brignac liquors, substantial real-estate holdings and the sprawling Roc Nation empire. Through it all, he remains an outspoken social commentator and arguably created the first hip-hop album to successfully address middle-aged concerns — the 2017 “4:44.”

Career

  • Roc Nation
  • OTR II
  • Armand de Brignac

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Beyonce and Jay-Z’s ‘On the Run II’ Tour Grosses Over $250 Million

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s ‘On the Run II’ Tour Grosses Over $250 Million

The numbers for Beyonce and Jay-Z four-month-long, time-zone spanning “On the Run II” tour are in, and they’re impressive. The epic jaunt grossed some $254,050,706, according to Pollstar data provided to Variety.The 48-date tour launched in Cardiff, Wales on June 6, rolled through Europe for 18 shows before crossing the Atlantic for another 30 shows in North America, wrapping at Seattle’s CenturyLink field on Oct. 4.The tour sold 2,169,050 tickets for an average of 55,617 per show; each show’s average...

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