Pharell Williams: Net worth, Money and more

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Net worth –  $80 million

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Producer, Music Artiste,Fashion designer

Virginia born hip-hop star Pharell Williams is probably one of  most successful music artistes in the world who along with the gift of singing is also an adept producer and a talented fashion designer. His music career licked off in 1992 when he formed a R and B band,’Neptune’,and there has been no stopping since. He also is a drummer and a guitarist and is not just a vocal flower child. He gained limelight when Columbia Records, roped him in.

Privy life

Born on April 5,1973 in Virginia, Pharell was passionate about music from an early age and he formed a band with his friends at school itself. It was called ‘Neptune’ and was of the R and B genre.He studied at Kempsville High School. A universalist by nature, Pharell does not believe in the concept of religion.He s married to his long-time girlfriend, model/designer Helen Lasichanh, and has a son,Rocket Man Williams.

Career

Pharrell began his career in partnership with childhood friend, Chad Hugo when they established the production company The Neptune’s to promote and sell the work of pop, hip-hop and R&B artists. Come 1997, and Williams and his band was fast gaining popularity after a few hits that they occasionally dished out. The 1997 song “Lookin’ at Me”  and the most definite beginning of the distinctive “Neptune’s sound”, followed by ”Super thug” in 1998, reaching number 36 on the Billboard top 100, helped them gain widespread attention for the first time.His role models he says, are not hos direst influences.

His career as a solo artiste began in 2005 when his first album,’In My Mind ’came up. It was well received and this followed by ‘Number one’, with Kanye West.A remix album of Pharrell’s solo debut, In My Mind, titled Out of My Mind, was recorded with his newly formed band “The Yessirs” featuring ‘Quest love of The Roots’ and was produced by Quest love and keyboardist James Poyser. However, Williams’ record label Inter scope Records did not think that the album would sell well and subsequently was shelved.

He also worked with Madonna in 2oo8 in her album, Hard Candy and also produced Beyonce’s version of “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”He then wrote and produced “Why Should I Be Sad” on Britney Spears’‘ fifth studio album, titled ‘Blackout’ He has worked with a variety of artists and one of the being Shakira, with her album,’She wolf’. He also composed the soundtrack of the movie‘Despicable me’ with Hans Zimmer in 2010. On February 18, Pharrell announced via twitter that his sophomore album, G I R L would be released on March 3rd, 2014.

Announcing himself to the million dollar club

Williams, as most other celebs, made his money from his profession as a musician. His impressive talent of rapping along with fashion designing has made him one of the richest rappers in the world today. A good amount of his stash comes from the sales proceeds of his chart buster albums.William’s sell out live music concerts too mints millions of dollars of revenue. His fashion designer avatar has too been very successful and he has been lapped by Louis Vuitton in a multimillion dollar deal to design accessories like sunglasses and jewelry. The rapper’s entrepreneurial instincts have resulted in him launching many profitable business ventures like a YouTube channel, a children’s website, clothing chain “Billionaire Boys Club” and shoe company “Ice Cream Footwear”.

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This sort of wealth,a man can live with. For Pharell, who was born in a middle class family, this moolah as the beginning of good times as he lived an  ostentatious lifestyle that he always dreamed of. He lives in a sprawling beach facing mansion in Miami, and has quite a collection of wheels as well. His obsession with high end cars is well defined if one gets to take a look in his garage.A Mercedes-Benz SLR, McLaren Roadster, Ferrari Enzo, Rolls Royce Phantom and a Porsche Spyder 550 to name a few. Most of these vehicles sport a metallic black color reflecting Pharrell’s love of the black shade.

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According to Forbes, Pharrell has made approximately $13 million dollars as of April 2010. Thanks to his collaboration with the glitzy stars.He also asked Forbes not to reveal his earnings, which is probably why we don’t see him featured  in the list of the top 10 richest rappers.

Williams and Charity

The  40 year old fashion designer and rapper devotes a large part of his spare time trying to stabilize the condition of the underprivileged sections of society and has supported philanthropic foundations like the “Great Ormond Street Hospital” and “Get Schooled Foundation”, which is also supported by another famous actor of the Wayan’s clan, Marlon Wayan. He also supports ‘Gabrielle’s Angels Foundation’ He also opened up a youth center called ‘Pharell Williams Resource Center’ in Virginia Beach.

Awards

William’s won the ‘Best pop vocal album‘ for his debut song Front in.’ in 2003 followed by the ‘Best rap song‘ award with Ludacris in 2007 for the song ‘Money maker‘. 2013 saw him win the ‘Album Of the year‘ for the album ‘Random Access Memories’In 2014, Pharrell Williams won four Grammys, out of eight nominations. He won the Grammy for Producer of the Year, Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Group Performance.

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