Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, hip-hop’s first billionaire and one of America’s leading Black billionaires, experienced a staggering $1.3-billion surge in his net worth in 2023 — solidifying his position among the world’s wealthiest Black billionaires.
According to Forbes, Jay-Z’s net worth leaped from $1.2 billion on Jan. 1. 2023 to an impressive $2.5 billion on Dec. 31, 2023. This substantial increase placed him among Black billionaires who witnessed remarkable wealth gains during the year.
The driving force behind Jay-Z’s remarkable financial growth was the sale of a 50-percent stake in the high-end cognac label, D’Usse, to Bacardi Limited, one of the world’s largest privately owned spirit companies.
Jay-Z’s fortune surges from $1 billion to $2.5 billion in 2020
However, the transaction was not without its challenges, as the rapper engaged in a contentious legal battle with Bacardi, expressing concerns over financial transparency and insisting on access to the company’s books and records.
This surge in net worth follows Jay-Z’s strategic divestment of shares in the music streaming platform, Tidal, to Square, a renowned U.S.-based mobile payments firm founded by Jack Dorsey — the transaction resulted in a substantial cash and stock compensation of $297 million.
Since achieving the milestone of hip-hop’s first billionaire in 2019, Jay-Z has more than doubled his fortune, predominantly through lucrative liquor businesses. Notably, his net worth has escalated from $1 billion in 2020 to $2.5 billion, securing his position as the 1,269th wealthiest individual on Forbes’ richest list.
From courtroom wins to Bacardi deals
In addition to his business ventures, Jay-Z received a significant $7.2-million settlement from Parlux in 2023, marking the resolution of a seven-year court feud. This financial windfall adds to the rapper’s already substantial wealth.
Jay-Z’s strategic decision to sell a majority stake in D’Usse to Bacardi mirrors his previous lucrative deals, such as the $300 million payday in February 2021 from the sale of a 50-percent stake in his Champagne empire, Armand de Brignac, to the French luxury goods conglomerate, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH).
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