Ray J net worth: Ray J has a $14 million net worth as an actor, music producer, and rapper.
He is arguably most known for his role in the “home video” that catapulted Kim Kardashian to celebrity status. He also performed as a singer and hosted television shows.
William Norwood, Jr. was born on January 17, 1981, in New York City. Ray J was born in McComb, Mississippi, but his parents, Willie Norwood and Sonja Bates-Norwood, reared him in California. Ray J is the cousin of rap musician Snoop Dogg and the younger brother of multi-platinum singer Brandy.
Ray J Wiki, Net worth & Acting Career
He began his acting career in 1989, when he appeared in several television commercials. From 1993 to 1994, he played the foster son in The Sinbad Show.
Ray J also appeared on two seasons of Brandy’s show Moesha and one season of One on One. He also had cameo cameos in films such as Mars Attacks!, Steel, and Envy.
Norwood made an appearance on UPN’s One-On-One in 2005. Ray returned to television in 2009 with For the Love of Ray J, a VH1 reality dating show that ran for two seasons and generated a spin-off series, Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business, which premiered in April 2010. Ray J joined the cast of the UK Celebrity Big Brother on January 27, but he left after only one week on set.
Ray music career:
Ray J joined with Elektra Records in 1995 and started working on his debut album, Everything You Want.
The lead single from that album, Let It Go (no, not the one that immediately came to mind! ), was released in March 1997.
The song was also included on the soundtrack for the film Set It Off, and it reached number 25 on the R&B chart in the United States.
The second single reached No. 54 on the charts. In 1997, Ray J was dropped from the label.
With his original single That’s Why I Lie, he made an appearance on the Dr. Doolittle soundtrack the following year.
He also composed music for the Mattel toy corporation and composed music for various advertisements.
Another Day in Paradise, a collaboration between Ray J and his sister Brandy, was a top ten hit in the UK, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
Ray J’s second album, This Ain’t a Game, was released in June 2001. Wait a Minute, the lead single, charted at #30 in the United States.
After a two-year hiatus, Ray J launched his own record company, Knockout Entertainment, in 2004, which has released music by Brandy, Shorty Mack, and Ray J. R. Kelly, Timbaland, Lil Kim, and The Neptunes are among the producers and recording artists with whom Ray J has collaborated.
He also finished his third studio album, Raydiation, during this time, which was released in September 2005 and debuted at No. 48 on the Billboard 200 chart.
One Wish, the album’s lead song, charted in the top 20 in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand.
In the United States, it sold 400,00 copies. Ray’s fourth album, All I Feel, was released on April 1, 2008, and featured The Game and Yung Berg on the album’s first song, Sexy Can I.
The song spent six weeks at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. R. Malcolm Jones directed a video for the song, which was shot in December 2007.
Ray other Interests:
Raytroniks, a brand of consumer goods that includes e-bikes, smart phone-controlled fans, and smart watches, was founded by Ray J. Ray used a comprehensive viral marketing approach for the Scoot E-Bike.
This included securing product placements with celebrities such as cousin Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Sean Puffy Combs, Justin Bieber, and others, as well as support from sports teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Rams.
Ray J and Cowboy Wholesale signed a multi-million dollar contract in November 2017 to expand the Scoot E-Bike with products that correspond with an electric-based lifestyle, including Bluetooth audio and drones.
Ray is a key member of the team, serving as Chief Strategy Officer and overseeing marketing and worldwide branding.
Royalties from Kim Kardashian’s sex tapes:
Ray J’s home-made sex tape movie with Kim Kardashian from 2003 was made public in February 2007.
Ray J makes $90,000 every three months in royalties for his “home video” with Kim Kardashian, according to Vivid Entertainment President Steve Hirsch.
That works up to $360,000 every year, which is quite astounding given the tape’s age of over two decades.
Ray J’s royalties have been known to skyrocket to $50,000 a week when Kim is in the press, such as with her wedding or her naked appearance on the cover of Paper Magazines.
Kim was awarded a one-time $5 million lump sum payment for her role in the recording in 2007 after filing a lawsuit.
Ray J, Marijuana Tycoon: In June 2019, Ray J announced the introduction of his own marijuana line, William Ray LA, and claimed to have invested $5 million of his own money in the venture.
Ray J stated in August 2019 that he had joined MarijuanaStock.org as the chief strategic media officer. According to documentation acquired by TMZ, Ray J will be paid $1 million per year in this role!
Ray j Personal Life:
During the last few years of Whitney Houston’s life, Ray J maintained a close friendship with her.
While there was rumours that they were dating, Ray J has stated that they were only friends and that they never dated.
He was in San Diego when she died on February 11, 2012, and raced to the Beverly Hilton where she had died.
He was apparently enraged after hearing one of the officers on the scene make a disparaging remark about Houston.
Ray Jay was apprehended while attempting to force his way inside the hotel. Ray J’s sister Brandy characterised him as devastated and depressed at the time of Houston’s death.
Ray was discovered in his hotel room on May 21, 2012, unable to get out of bed. By ambulance, he was brought to the hospital.
He had an altercation the day before at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards when Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law (Pat Houston) called security on him after seeing him seated near to Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.
In August 2016, Ray married fashion designer Princess Love in Los Angeles. Their boy was born in January 2020, and their first daughter was born in May 2018.