Ray J net worth
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Ray J’s net worth:
14 million dollars
Ray J’s salary
1 million dollars per year
Ray J net worth and salary: Ray J is an actor, music producer and rapper who has a net worth of $14 million. He is perhaps most famous for his involvement in the “home video” that made Kim Kardashian a “super star”. He has also had a career as a singer and television host.
Early life: William Norwood, Jr. was born on 17 January 1981. Otherwise known as Ray J, he was born in McComb, Mississippi, but was raised in California by his parents Willie Norwood and Sonja Bates-Norwood. Ray J is the younger brother of multi-platinum singer Brandy, and the cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg.
Acting career: He began his acting career in 1989 when he started appearing in various television commercials. He landed the role of the adopted son on The Sinbad Show from 1993 to 1994. Ray J also appeared on his older sister Brandy’s show, Moesha, for two years and on One on One. He has also appeared in films including Mars Attacks!, Steel and Envy. In 2005, Norwood appeared in the UPN series One-On-One. Ray returned to television in 2009 with For the Love of Ray J, a reality show on VH1, which ran for two seasons and spawned a spin-off show, Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business, which aired in April 2010. In January 27, Ray J was cast in the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother, but left the show after just one week.
Music career: In 1995, Ray J signed with Elektra Records and began recording his first album, Everything You Want. This was released in March 1997 with the lead single Let It Go (no, not the one that just popped into your head!). The single was also featured on the soundtrack of the film Set It Off and peaked at number 25 on the US R&B chart. The second single peaked at #54. Ray J left the label in 1997. The following year, he appeared on the Dr. Doolittle movie soundtrack with his original single That’s Why I Lie. He has also produced tracks for the Mattel company and composed music for several commercials.
Other activities: Ray J is the founder of Raytroniks, a line of consumer electronics including electric bikes, smartphone-controlled fans and smart watches. For the Scoot E-Bike, Ray implemented an extensive viral marketing strategy. This included securing product placements through various celebrities, including cousin Snoop, Chris Brown, Sean Puffy Combs, Justin Bieber, and others, including endorsements from sports teams such as the LA Clippers and the Los Angeles Rams. In November 2017, Ray J and Cowboy Wholesale finalised a multi-million dollar deal to expand the Scoot E-Bike with products that align with an electric-based lifestyle: Bluetooth audio and drones included. Ray plays an active role in the partnership and works as Chief Strategy Officer overseeing global marketing and branding.
Kim Kardashian sex tape royalties: In February 2007, a home-made sex tape Ray J made with Kim Kardashian in 2003 was made public. According to Steve Hirsch, president of Vivid Entertainment, Ray J typically earns $90,000 every three months in royalties for his “home video” with Kim Kardashian. That works out to $360,000 a year, which is pretty impressive considering the tape is almost 20 years old. When Kim is in the news, such as her wedding or her nude appearance on the cover of Paper Magazines, Ray J’s royalties have been known to climb to $50,000 a week. After suing, Kim herself received a $5 million lump sum for her role in the video in 2007.
Ray J Marijuana Tycoon: In June 2019, Ray J announced that he had launched his own line of marijuana called William Ray LA and reportedly spent $5 million of his own money to build the business. In August 2019, Ray J announced that he had signed on to be the strategic media manager for MarijuanaStock.org. The position, according to documents obtained by TMZ, will pay Ray J $1 million a year!
Personal life: Ray J had a very close relationship with Whitney Houston during the last years of her life. Although there was speculation that they had a romantic relationship, Ray J insisted that they were just friends and never dated. When she died on 11 February 2012, he was in San Diego and rushed to the Beverly Hilton where she had died. He reportedly became angry when he heard one of the police officers at the scene make a disrespectful comment about Houston. Ray Jay was subdued as he tried to break into the hotel. Ray’s sister Brandy described Ray J at the time of Houston’s death as very distraught and depressed.