Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, an African-American businessman and hip-hop’s first billionaire, has seen his net worth increase by $1.3 billion since the start of the year, thus pushing his wealth figures above the $2.5-billion mark.
According to Forbes, Jay-Z, who has solidified his position as one of the wealthiest Black individuals globally, has seen his net worth increase by $1.3 billion since the start of the year from $1.2 billion at the start of the year to $2.5 billion at the time of drafting this report.
While he is known for his career as a musician and one of the greatest rappers of all time, Jay-Z’s fortune primarily comes from his profitable liquor enterprises.
His most significant investments include stakes in his champagne brand, Armand de Brignac, and his high-end cognac brand, D’Usse.
Additionally, he sold his urban clothing brand, Rocawear, to Iconix for $204 million and his music streaming platform, Tidal, to Square for $350 million. He also has stakes in Uber, Block, Square, and venture capital firm Marcy Venture Partners.
The latest $1.3-billion surge in his net worth can be linked to the sale of his 50-percent stake in the high-end cognac label D’Usse, to Bacardi Limited – one of the world’s largest privately owned spirit companies.
Sources have confirmed that the stake Jay-Z sold may be worth more than $750 million. Jay-Z had previously valued D’Usse at $3 billion, suggesting that his 50-percent stake would be worth $1.5 billion.
With the latest bump in his net worth, Jay-Z has joined the ranks of billionaires worth over $2.5 billion. With his fortune now valued at $2.5 billion, Jay-Z is on an equal footing with “The Queen of Talk,” Oprah Winfrey, also worth $2.5 billion.