Shawn Carter, American rapper and entrepreneur better known as Jay Z, has become the first hip-hop artist to attain billionaire status, according to a new cover story on Forbes Magazine.

The business mogul, according to Forbes, has amassed a fortune that conservatively totals $1 billion and makes him “one of only a handful of entertainers to become a billionaire and the first hip-hop artist to do so.”

But the rapper’s success lies in the fact that he is not exclusively a musician; his fortune spans various investments and business ventures, including Armand de Brignac Champagne, D’Ussé cognac, and then Tidal, a streaming service.

“Jay is teaching in a lot bigger classroom than I’ll ever teach in. For a young person growing up, he’s the guy to learn from,” Warren Buffet US business magnate and investor, had once said while speaking about the 49-year old rapper.

By perusing Jay Z’ stakes in companies, the renowned US business magazine came up with a conservative estimate of the artiste’s net worth as:

  • Armand de Brignac champagne
    $310 million
  • Cash & investments, including a stake in Uber worth an estimated $70 million
    $220 million
  • D’Ussé cognac
    $100 million
  • Tidal streaming service
    $100 million
  • Roc Nation
    $75 million
  • Music catalog
    $75 million
  • Art collection
    $70 million
  • Real estate
    $50 million

“Looks like us, sounds like us, loves us, made it to something that we always felt that was above us. If he’s a billionaire now, imagine what he’s about to be because he’s only just starting,” Swizz Beatz, producer behind Jay-Z’ biggest hits, was reported to have said.

The rapper earlier broke a record in 2017 for becoming the first rapper to be inducted as a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a body honoring artistes whose work “represents the heritage and legacy of a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world’s popular music songbook.”

He has also had a stellar career as a music artiste; record producer; and record executive. Jay Z won 22 Grammys, sold over 100 million albums worldwide and played a notable role in social activism among people of colour.



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