About Jay-zJay-Z, real name Shawn Knowles-Carter, is a successful American record producer, rapper and businessman. He raised to the fame in mid 1990s, following the release of his debut album Reasonable Doubt. This work was unanimously praised by critics as a “seminal work” and “crowning achievement”. Since 1996 numerous influential music publications, such as Rolling Stone, Blender and The Source, have included Reasonable Doubt into their lists of all-time greatest albums. Shawn is also credited as a founder of two successful record labels, Roc-A-Fella Records (together with Biggs Burke and Dame Dash) and Roc Nation. He is also a former chief executive officer of pioneering hip hop label Def Jam Records. As for 2013, Jay-Z net worth is estimated at $500 million. His financial success leaves most of the other hip-hop recording artists far behind.
There a few sources of Shawn’s miraculous fortune. To start with, during his career, which now spans over nearly two decades, Zay-Z has released 12 albums that topped Billboard 200.