- Birthday4th Dec, 69
- Birth PlaceUnited States
- Marital statusMarried
Hailed as the King of America by Rolling Stones magazine, Shawn Corey Carter, better known as Jay-Z, is a 13 time Grammy winner and is regarded as one of the most successful men in music, as a rapper, record producer, club owner and all-around mogul. Shawn’s father, Adnes Reeves, left the family when he was only 11 years old. Her mother took all the pain to raise the young rapper while living in Brooklyn's drug-infested Marcy Projects. The major turning point in his career came when he founded his own record company Roc-A-Fella Records in partnership with a couple of his friends, Damon Dash and Kareem Burke, in 1996. Over the span of those years, the rapper released a slew of No. 1 albums and hit singles and is known as the "most successful entertainer of all time."
Beyond his innovation in funk music, the legendary rapper is equally known for his lifestyle businesses, starting with the launch of his signature street style clothing in 1999. Rocawear in collaboration with Rock-a-Fella now designs some of the fashion industry’s best jeans, footwear, sunglasses and accessories for both men and women. The artist also co-owns the 40/40 Club, an upscale sports bar that started in New York City and has since expanded to Atlantic City and Chicago. He is a part-owner of the New Jersey Nets NBA team paying a reported $4.5 million for his share. And, Jay-Z, along with his company SC Enterprises, has recently launched a new lifestyle site called Life And Times, making his foray into content. In terms of earnings he still reigns over all other hip hop stars and made a cool $37 million in 2011 in tours and other earnings. He also has a 10 year long $150 million deal with Live Nation records.
- I'm far from being god, but I work god damn hard.
- I’m not a businessman, I’m a business… man.
- I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.
- I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me.
Did you know?
- Rapper Jay-Z spent more than $1million on a diamond ring and watch for fiancé Beyonce Knowles' birthday.
- The Destiny's Child beauty was given the luxury jewellery by the hip-hop star at the weekend to celebrate her turning 24
- Jay-Z, renowned for his lavish lifestyle, also flew Beyonce to London on his private jet for 48 hours of partying at a cost of $1.3million.
- On Christmas Eve, Jay-Z was at the Hermes boutique in New York, where he reportedly spent 350,000 dollars on Birkin bags among other things for his wife, reports the New York Post.
- He is the current holder of the most number one albums on the Billboard 200 chart.
- At the age of 12 he shot his brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewelry.
- Jay-Z and Beyonce were named a “Power Couple” in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2006.
- Jay-Z narrowly escaped a murder attempt during a 1994 shooting - if the assailant’s gun had not jammed it could have end up in disastrous consequences for him.
Family & relationships
Trump World Tower apartment
Jay-Z owns an apartment in what is regarded as the most luxurious apartment building of the world, the Trump World Towers in New York. This $ 65,000 per month apartment is the new home of the multi-preneur and his equally talented wife Beyonce Knowles.
Location: The luxury pad of hip-hop mogul is located in property tycoon Donald Trump’s outrageous apartment complex, Trump World Tower. One of the tallest residential buildings in world, the Tower sits at 845 United Nations Plaza in ultra-posh Manhattan, New York.
Accommodation: Jay Z’s 14 room home has five bedrooms, equal number of bathrooms and a gourmet kitchen. It also has a personal library and a separate maid/'s quarters. The home offers breathtaking views of the city.
Neighbourhood: The Trump Tower has been the favourite haunt of numerous celebrities and influential personalities. Apart from the real estate stalwart Donald Trump who himself has a palatial house in the building, Jay-Z has baseball star Derek Jeter for his neighbour.
Jay Z and Beyonce purchased this house in 2008 few days before they got married.
Location: the property is located in Scarsdale which is coterminous town and village in Westchester County, New York, United States.
Accommodation: the house is spread in 15,000 square feet on approx 2 acres and was torn down once. It got reconstructed just before the couple shifted to this house. The mansion is built in old style and has a big garden with enough parking space and is one of the ritziest blocks in Scarsdale.
Indian Creek village
The highest earning couple of Hollywood Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z owns a large mansion in Indian Creek Island in Florida that was built in 1991, was the onetime residence for them. The house is listed for $9,300,000.
Location: Situated on an exclusive golf and residential island located between Bal Harbor and Miami Beach. The place is known as Indian Creek Village, Florida.
Accommodation: It’s 7,888 square feet with 7 bedrooms, 8 full and two partial baths, a tile roof, and a pool.
Neighborhood: Indian Creek Island is one of the wealthiest communities in America hence many celebrities reside in this locality. Celebs such as Julio Iglesias and his son Enrique, model Adriana Lima, and former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula have grand houses here.
Bombardier Challenger 850
If anyone wants to know how to find reasons for splashing oodles of money on gifts, ask bold Beyonce Knowles as she recently gifted a Bombardier Challenger 850 private jet to her adorable “husband” Jay Z, on the occasion of Father’s day. Though much can’t be said about the reason as it was surely a blissful occasion for the celebrity couple, but it can be said that the songbird reportedly gifted the jet to pay acknowledgment and respect for the role of Jay Z as her daughter’s father.
The beautiful looking plane is surely a magnificent and the ultimate Father’s Day gift for the rapper Jay Z, though it came from her wife, anyways it can be expected that his daughter Blue Ivy also gifts something as lavish as this plane to him when she grows up and becomes a celebrity some day. The $40 million personal jet has a seating capacity for up to fifteen passengers and features a flash interior scheme boasting a cream leather living room, two bathrooms and a kitchen.
He likes to read books. Two of his personal favorites are "The Seat of the Soul" by Gary Zukhav and "The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield. According to Jay Z he lives his life by these books.
Maybach Exelero, is a super luxury car in every sense. Mercedes flagship model is though no longer in production, but its been the preferred car of the rich and the famous. No wonders, Jay-Z too owns one, customized as per his taste. Priced at $8 million, this car has got a special place in Jay Z’s car collection. Jay Z who loves to feature his favorite concept cars in his music videos has recently bring forth his car, the Maybach Exelero in his new video for “Lost Ones.” Undoubtedly, the speed of Exelero is its biggest asset which enables it to cover from zero to sixty in just 4.4 seconds.
Bugatti Veyron Grand SportJay Z got the fastest legal sports car in the world as a birthday present from Beyonce. According to the Sun, the Single Ladies singer ordered the car a year ago to add to car-mad Jay-Z's already impressive collection.
The Pagani Zonda F is a special edition car that is a perfect blend of all amazing features that a sports car should possess. It has an amazing zoom range from 0 to 60 mph in a matter of 3.6 seconds. This amazing sports car is designed to achieve a top speed of 214 mph / 345 kph. The 7.3 liter engine is capable of generating a whopping 620 bhp of pulsating power.
Rolls Royce Phantom3) This car is pure ecstasy in terms of driving comfort and styling. The phantom has been the bestseller for Rolls Royce even under severe financial crisis. This sedan has a 6.75 liter V12 engine which delivers 453 horsepower at 5350 rpm. The lush interiors are complemented by 12 inch televisions monitors.
Ferrari F430 Spider
It is in the list of Jay Z’S favorites because of its hard-top which is quieter and thermally more efficient when raised. This model allows room for privacy. It is quite time saving as it takes just a few seconds to open and close. This car uses a very small space when stored and also included a generous rear bench for luggage behind the two seats.
Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
The 911 is Porsche’s iconic rear-engine sports car. The 911 first went into production as the 1964 911 Carrera, as Porsche’s first six-cylinder model and a replacement for the legendary Porsche 356. For 2004, a 40th Anniversary edition was offered and the Turbo Cabriolet and the Carrera 4S Cabriolet were added, the first time since 1989 that a Turbo Cabriolet was offered.
CannesCannes is not only known for its breath taking landscapes and heavenly mansions of 18th century but is also famous due to its never ending list of events, which makes sure that all celebrities around the world keep tickling in and out of this place. A part of French Riveria, Cannes has evolved from a sleepy group of islands to a luxury vacation destination, a place to flaunt extravagance and indulge in some unrestraint spending. Jay Z and his better half Beyonce are a regular to this place.
Jay Z made sure that he gives people reasons to remember him other than his rapping. During his break from active rapping he used time to raise awareness to find better ways for combating shortage of water. For the same he met with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan at the organization's headquarters in New York City. Further, he also promised to use his upcoming world tour to raise awareness of and combat global water shortage. The effort took place in partnership with the UN, as well as MTV, which produced a documentary entitled Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life, first airing in November 2006. He also pledged $1 million along with Sean "Diddy" Combs, to the American Red Cross' relief effort after Hurricane Katrina.
Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation
Jay Z started this foundation with his mother to give an opportunity to the less fortunate one, who do not have enough finances to carry on their higher education. The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation is unique in that it offers scholarships to single mothers, children who attend alternative schools, students who have earned a GED, students with grade point averages of 2.0 but desire a higher educational opportunity. This group is generally not the recipients of college scholarships and is typically ignored by the Board of Education.
Paul Pfeiffer painting
Jay Z and star wife Beyonce have invested quiet a lot of money on art. The couple has a collection of well known artists like Damien Hirst and Richard Prince. One of their best art collections is some photographs by Paul Pfeiffer that the couple bought from Art Basel Miami in 2008. If we believe Jay Z her wife is the inspiration behind the huge art collection the couple possess.
RadiiJay-Z wears Radii 420 Top Sneakers.
Air JordanHe has been seen wearing the Air Jordan sneakers from Nike many times.
Jay Z with Nike
BlackberryJay Z’s prefers Blackberry over other smartphones.
Jay Z has been seen wearing Alexander Mcqueen scarf.
Armand de Brignac
The champagne brand’s bottles of Ace of Spades are reportedly a favorite of rap star Jay-Z, and have appeared in several of his music videos.
Porsche P’9981 smartphone
Beloved singer Jay Z has been spotted several times using his Porsche designed P’9981 smartphone. This high end phone is customized inside and out for a premium look and feel. Crafted with the highest quality materials, the P’9981 features a forged stainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover, sculpted QWERTY keyboard, and crystal clear touch display.
Beyoncé is known for buying Jay the best gifts money can buy. This time the pop star has gifted a $5M Hublot Big Bang watch to Jay-Z as his 43rd Birthday Gift on Dece. 4 2012 .The luxury timepiece is the most precious watch ever created by Hublot and is fashioned with the largest diamonds, more than 140 carats. The diamond watch is studded with 637 baguette baguette diamonds, and has 1,282 diamonds in all on its case, dial, and bracelet.