Jay-Z
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United States
2019

Roc Nation

Jay-Z

Jay-Z — aka Shawn Corey Carter — rapped in 2005, “I’m not a businessman / I’m a business, man,” and never have those words rung more true. He’s bolstered his fortune through liquor (owning Armand de Brignac Champagne and partnering with Bacardi on D’Ussé Cognac), real estate (New York City penthouse? Check. East Hampton mansion? Check. Bel-Air palace? Check), a $70 million art collection (including pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst), the sprawling sports and entertainment management firm Roc Nation (with a roster featuring Rihanna, Shakira and superstar athletes) and stakes in companies such as Uber. The latest venture: His Roc Nation has signed with the NFL to be the league’s first “live music entertainment strategist,” a deal that includes steering its social justice efforts.

Career

  • The Blueprint
  • Everything Is Love
  • 4:44

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Jay-Z Returns Catalog to Spotify on His 50th Birthday

Jay-Z Returns Catalog to Spotify on His 50th Birthday

Jay-Z rarely does anything without a flourish, and apparently as a 50 th birthday present to himself, the billionaire has returned his catalog to Spotify after an absence of nearly three years.Back in April of 2017, Jay, who is the primary owner of the competing Tidal platform, pulled most of his catalog from the world’s most popular streaming service without explanation. One theory was that it was an effort to drive subscribers to Tidal in advance of his “4:44” album,...

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