Jay-Z
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United States
2018

Roc Nation

Jay-Z

Artist / Founder

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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Jay-Z will re-open New York’s Webster Hall with a rarities concert on Friday, April 26. His “B-Sides 2” show will be the first concert at the long-running East Village venue after an extensive renovation. The veteran MC played his first "B-Sides" concert at New York's Terminal 5 in 2015 as an exclusive show for members of his Tidal streaming service.A limited number of tickets will be made available for purchase to American Express Card Members beginning Thursday, April 18 at...

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