Pharrell Williams Net Worth
Pharrell Williams Net Worth: $85,000,000
Sources: Star Trak, Interscope, Columbia Records, i am OTHER, Billionaire Boys Club (BBC), Ice Cream, Louis Vuitton
Pharrell Williams is a rapper, producer, singer, songwriter, musician, and fashion designer with a net worth of $85 million. Since the late 1990s, Pharrell has played a major part in shaping the pop, hip-hop, and R&B genres, working as a producer, solo artist, and member of both the hip-hop group “N.E.R.D.” and the production duo “The Neptunes.” To date, Pharrell has played a major part in many hit songs and albums, including Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U,” Justin Timberlake’s “Justified,” Snopp Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” In addition, he has also achieved solo success with hit songs like 2004’s “Frontin” (featuring Jay-Z) and 2013’s “Happy.”
Early Life and Collaborations With Chad Hugo
Pharrell was born in 1973 and started playing various musical instruments including piano and drums from an early age. In 7th grade, he met Chad Hugo, who would later become the second half of The Neptunes as well as a founding member of N.E.R.D.
In the late 1990s, the Neptunes wrote and produced songs for artists like Blackstreet, Mase, and Kelis. In 2001, the Neptunes produced their first mainstream hit: Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U.”
That same year, the duo started N.E.R.D. as a side project, releasing their debut album “In Search of…” in Europe. They would later team up with members of the rock band Spymob to re-record the album. The new version of “In Search of…” was released around the world in 2002, and later certified gold.
The next year, the Neptunes released their own album called “The Neptunes Present… Clones,” which was also certified gold. The album included Pharrell’s first solo hit, “Frontin,” which included a guest appearance from Jay-Z.
In 2004, Pharrell reached gold status once again with the release of N.E.R.D.’s second album “Fly or Die.” N.E.R.D. would go on to release two more albums – 2008’s “Seeing Sounds,” which peaked at number 7 on the Billboard 200, and 2010’s “Nothing,” which peaked at number 21.
Solo Career and Other Collaborations
During Pharrell’s rise to fame with The Neptunes and N.E.R.D., the artist also found himself doing production work on his own and collaborating with major artists like Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Madonna, and Beyoncé. Meanwhile, he was also working on his own material, and he released his first solo album “In My Mind” in 2006, which hit number 3 on the Billboard 200.
In 2010, Pharrell made his first venture into film scoring with the soundtrack to the movie “Despicable Me.” He also composed songs for the 2013 sequel “Dispicable Me 2” including the hit single “Happy.”
2013 also marked two more smash hits for Pharrell as he appeared as a guest on both Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
Pharrell began his foray into the fashion industry in 2004 when he launched a signature sunglasses line for Louis Vuitton. The next year Pharrell launched two clothing brands of his own: Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream. These brands were launched in collaboration Nigo, founder of the Japanese clothing company BAPE. In 2008, Pharrell once again collaborated with Louis Vuitton, this time on a collection of signature jewelry.
i am OTHER Media Company
Being somewhat of a jack-of-all-trades in the entertainment world, Pharrell launched his own media company called “i am Other” in 2012 to manage his many business ventures. The company’s current ventures include a YouTube channel, a textile company, and Pharrell’s two clothing labels.
Pharrell Interview with Steve Stoute
Pharrell in the Studio with Jay-Z