Shawn Corey Carter known by his stage name Jay-Z is an American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. In 2012, Forbes estimated Carter’s net worth at nearly $500 million.
He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving 17 Grammy Awards for his musical work and numerous additional nominations. Consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all time, he was ranked number one by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006.
As an entrepreneur and investor, Jay-Z co-owns the 40/40 Club, and is the co-creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records and the founder of Roc Nation. Jay-Z married American R& B singer Beyonce Knowles in 2008. They have a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter, born January 7, 2012.