The rapper’s music career first took off in the 1990s, after which he wasted no time making his first business move by founding Roc-A-Fella Record in 1995. In the decades that followed, Jay-Z didn’t just establish himself as a talented musician but also as a business powerhouse who wanted to take his legacy beyond the music industry.
Roc-A-Fella Records was the first of many companies Jay-Z would start over the years. The rapper founded several other record companies, backed successful startups with millions in investment money, launched his own clothing brand, and even ventured into the streaming business with Tidal. His entrepreneurial spirit even shows in the lyrics of a famous song in which he sings, “I’m not a businessman — I’m a business, man.”
With a net worth of over $810 million, here are some of Jay-Z’s most noteworthy achievements that have made him the second-richest rapper in Hollywood, following P Diddy.