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Metro Boomin Went From Being A Morehouse College Student To A Grammy-Nominated Music Producer With An Estimated $45M Net Worth

The production tagline on Metro Boomin’s beats, “If Young Metro don’t trust you, I’m gone shoot you,” is more than a cultural statement — it’s rooted in the long-time friendship and business partnership he has with Atlanta, GA, rapper Future. Emerging from St. Louis, MO, Metro Boomin, born Leland Tyler Wayne, has carved his name in the annals of Hip-Hop history. His talent and ingenuity have propelled him to the forefront of the industry, with his production credits and collaborative acclaim spanning chart-topping songs with Drake, Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, and The Weeknd, among others. It’s About More Than Rap For Metro Boomin While Metro Boomin’s catalog is predominantly rooted in Rap and Hip-Hop, his music is a testament to his diverse range of influences. From the Pop icons that shaped his early musical journey to the eerie soundscapes of horror movies, his unique blend of inspirations is a fascinating insight into his creative process. “Michael Jackson. He was always...

Apr 12, 2024

Steve Harvey Went From Rags to An Estimated $200M Net Worth

If you love Black comedy, then you’re likely familiar with Broderick Stephen Harvey, better known as Steve Harvey. He’s a successful comedian, broadcaster, author, game show host, and businessman. His strong drive and talent are major contributors to his success. Just how successful is Steve Harvey? Let’s take a look at his net worth. How Steve Harvey Went From Rags to Riches Steve Harvey has an estimated net worth of $200 million. He’s well-known as the host of “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” as well as the popular game show “Family Feud.” Harvey also starred in his own sitcom, “The Steve Harvey Show” for five seasons. Steve Harvey hosted “ Showtime at the Apollo” and has appeared in many stand-up comedy acts. Not to mention, he’s an accomplished author of the self-help book “Act Like a Woman: Think Like a Man.” As a man who has seemingly done it all, it’s no surprise that Steve Harvey has a quite considerable net worth. With a total net worth of $200 million, Harvey’s estimated...

Jan 5, 2021

How Magic Johnson Became One of the Richest Athletes in the World

Known as one of the best players to play in the NBA, Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr., is one of the most successful former athletes in America. Aside from the handsome salary he earned as a pro basketball player, Magic has started several business ventures that have helped him achieve success beyond his playing days. You might be wondering, what is Magic Johnson’s net worth? It may be higher than you think. Magic Johnson’s net worth is currently estimated to be about $600 million. During his career as an NBA player, Johnson’s annual salary was around $24 million, an amount that hasn’t been adjusted for inflation. Despite his career ending prematurely due to hysteria over his HIV diagnosis, Magic Johnson had an impeccable 12-year run in the NBA. He won five championships out of nine trips to the finals, earned three MVP awards, and was selected to the All-NBA First Team nine times. With such a successful NBA career in spite of his contraction of the HIV virus, one would think Johnson...

Jan 3, 2021

How Will Smith Grew $6M in Debt Into A $350M Net Worth

For over 20 years, Will Smith has been responsible for many of pop culture’s funniest and most iconic moments in history. From his classic “Summertime” tunes to his silly “Fresh Prince” antics, he’s managed to entertain and inspire the masses and continues to do so today. His major claim to fame was the ’90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and becoming one of the highest-paid actors with a net worth of $350 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. However, his road to financial success was not smooth sailing. The West Philadelphia native, alongside his childhood friend, DJ Jazzy Jeff, was a Grammy award-winning rap duo signed to Def Jam Records. Their 1988 studio album “He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper” sold over three million copies, but Smith ran into financial troubles leaving him with $6 million in debt. Smith attributes his success and financial freedom to developing a work ethic that didn’t come until he started acting, according to CNBC. “When I moved into acting that was...

Dec 18, 2020

The 'Female Jamie Foxx' B. Simone Details Her 'Road to a Million'

Multi-hyphenate entertainer B. Simone has set out to do one thing: earn one million dollars. Late February, the comedian made the bold promise to herself “to be a millionaire by her 30th birthday” and share her journey with her 4 million-plus followers. “This is a crazy goal and it’s insane and I”m gonna do it,” she told fans in an IGTV video. “I don’t care. I’m not gonna be 30 without a million in my savings [account].” To accrue this much cash in 50 days, the self-proclaimed “Female Jamie Foxx” leans into her brand. The Houston-bred, Atlanta-based personality has several businesses and even prior hustles she can tap into. At the start of this journey, Simone promoted her merch store, B Inspired By B. Simone , and B. Simone Beauty , a vegan and cruelty-free makeup collection. Also, the licensed beautician offered hair services, including sew-ins. “I will go to the mall and pass out lip gloss,” she said adamantly, showcasing her drive to reach the goal. “I haven’t done hair in over...

Mar 31, 2020

The Story of Mary Ellen Pleasant, the Abolitionist and Self-Made Millionaire That Lost it All

It’s important that our historical Black figures are remembered and uplifted for the work they’ve done, even if they aren’t deemed household names. Many may be unaware of who Mary Ellen Pleasant is, but her story is both remarkable and admirable in African American history. As told by CNBC , Mary Ellen Pleasant was a self-made Black entrepreneur who built a fortune that was used to aid abolitionist causes in the United States and help slaves escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad. The New York Times reported that her legacy was compared to that of Harriet Tubman’s by civil rights activist and author W. E. B. Du Bois in his 1924 book titled “The Gift of Black Folk” – describing Pleasant as “quite a different kind of woman and yet strangely effective and influential.” Pleasant was born in 1814 on a Georgia plantation and separated from her parents at a young age, sent off to work as a servant in Massachusetts. It was there that she learned to read, write and work in a shop....

Mar 30, 2020

The Road to a Billion with Trevor Booker

Many may know Trevor Booker from his days playing basketball for the Clemson University Tigers. Many may know him from his nine-year tenure in the NBA, playing for various teams such as the Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and most recently, the Indiana Pacers. While he has had a tremendous basketball career, what many do not know is that Booker is also a venture capitalist, owning his own firm JB Fitzgerald with partner Jonah Baize. I was able to catch up with Booker to learn what he had to learn about finance prior to starting his firm and what motivated him to seek to become a billionaire. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. AfroTech: So, what was your knowledge level of finance and investing prior to the NBA? Trevor Booker: My knowledge level prior to the NBA — ooh, I would have to say, it was definitely not as high as it is now. I knew a little bit from going to college and taking classes, you know, about investment and finance, but it...

Nov 26, 2019