Pharrell Williams Net Worth
What is Pharrell Williams' net worth?
Pharrell Williams is an extremely successful recording artist, producer, musician, and fashion designer who has a net worth of $250 million. Pharrell is also the lead vocalist and drummer for the rock band N.E.R.D., but he has earned the majority of his personal fortune as a solo artist and producer for other musicians.
Pharrell Lanscilo Williams was born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is the son of Pharaoh, a handyman, and Carolyn Williams, a teacher. Pharrell went to Princess Anne High School where he played the snare drum in the marching band. He attended Northwestern University for two years and then dropped out. The oldest of three sons, Pharrell began his career in partnership with childhood friend Chad Hugo when they established the production company The Neptunes to promote and sell the work of pop, hip-hop, and R&B artists. Hugo and Williams also formed a four-piece R&B group of the same name. They were discovered by Teddy Riley while playing at a high school talent show. After they graduated, the group signed with Riley studios.
Pharrell Williams wrote a verse and helped produce the 1992 hit "Rump Shaker" for Wreckx-N-Effects. Later that year he performed a rap solo on Right Here (UK Remix) for SWV. The next year, Williams and Chad Hugo met rap duo Clipse in Virginia Beach and they later signed with Arista Records. Hugo and Pharrell had established themselves as a production duo by the time they assistant-produced a single for Blackstreet, Tonight's the Night. Over the next three years, they dabbled with producing on the side until they reached mild success with N.O.R.E's "SuperThug" in 1998. The song reached number 36 on the Billboard chart and gained the duo worldwide attention for the very first time.
The Neptunes produced a song for Jay-Z featuring a chorus by Pharrell, "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" in 2000. The song caught the attention of Britney Spears, and The Neptunes went on to produce the lead single for her third album, the catchy hit "I'm a Slave 4 U." Later that year, Williams, Hugo, and Haley released their first album under the name N.E.R.D., "In Search Of…". The Neptunes reached No. 1 in the U.S. when they produced Nelly's single "Hot in Herre." The band released their first studio album, "The Neptunes Present…Clones" in 2003, and their second studio album "Fly or Die" in March 2004. Williams received two Grammys in 2004, one for Producer of the Year and another for Best Pop Vocal Album for his collaboration with Justin Timberlake on "Justified." Williams was featured on Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart. The Neptunes also produced Gwen Stefani's first hit single as a solo artist, "Hollaback Girl." The track went to No. 1 in the U.S.
Williams launched his solo career in 2003. His debut single "Frontin'" appeared in 2003; his debut album, "In My Mind," hit the charts in 2006. Williams continued to also produce solo, producing tracks for Beyonce, additional tracks for Britney Spears, and Madonna's eleventh album, "Hard Candy," in April 2008. In 2009, he co-wrote and produced the song "Fresh Out of the Oven" for Jennifer Lopez. He has won a Grammy for Producer of the Year, a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, and a Grammy for Best Rap Song, "Money Maker." Pharrell Williams has received dozens of other nominations and awards. Williams composed the soundtrack for the movie "Despicable Me" in July 2010 and in 2011 he collaborated with Adam Lambert on his new album. 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.
Pharrell's second album Girl was released in 2014 and reached #1 on the US R&B chart as well as in Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, and the UK. The album also reached #2 on the Billboard 200 chart and in several other countries. His single "Happy" reached #1 in 10 countries and was certified 7x platinum. Williams was also featured on the hit singles "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. which reached #1 in 10 countries and "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk which reached #1 in six countries. He also produced "Blurred Lines" and "Happy" as well as the #1 single "Sing" by Ed Sheeran. In March 2014, Williams replaced CeeLo Green as a coach on the seventh season of The Voice. Williams teamed up with Al Gore in June 2015 to create a seven continent Live Earth concert to raise awareness on climate change. In 2019, Williams launched a three-day music and culture festival, Something in the Water, on the waterfront of Virginia Beach. It featured solo performances by Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, and many other famous acts. Later that year Williams collaborated with Hans Zimmer and produced five songs for Disney's "The Lion King." Continuously active, Pharrell Williams has many new plans on the drawing board or already in various stages of implementation.
Pharrell Williams Career Earnings By Year
2007 – $17 million
2008 – $20 million
2009 – $16 million
2010 – $13 million
2011 – $10 million
2012 – $7 million
2013 – $9 million
2014 – $22 million
2015 – $32 million
2016 – $20 million
2017 – $20 million
2018 – $18 million
2019 – $25 million
Total: $229 million
In 2008, Pharrell Williams co-designed glasses and jewelry for Louis Vuitton. Williams collaborated with Takashi Murakami on a sculpture at Art Basel in 2009. Williams launched I am OTHER in May 2012, a multimedia creative collective and record label. I am OTHER has a dedicated YouTube channel as well as apparel lines. He has also founded two clothing lines, Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Footwear. Billionaire Boys Club has a flagship store in New York City and Ice Cream footwear has a store in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2013, Williams created a line of sunglasses for Moncler. Williams served as the executive producer for the 2015 film "Dope." He entered a partnership with Adidas the next year and released his "human race" collection on July 23, 2016. Williams owns From One Hand to Another (FOHTA), a non-profit organization. Their vision is to modernize the traditional community center in order to empower underserved children by giving them access to new technology, media, and art. Pharrell also collaborated with Chanel and Adidas on a €1,000 sneaker in 2017. In April 2019, Williams partnered with Verizon to launch a music curriculum in a nationwide campaign for Verizon Foundation Learning schools. The organization strives to provide internet access and free technology to under-resourced middle schools.
Williams now says he regrets being involved with Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which many have criticized for its controversial lyrics that are believed to refer to sexual assault.
Williams married Helen Lasichanh on October 12, 2013. Their son, Rocket Williams, was born in 2008. He wrote the "Despicable Me" song, "Rocket's Theme," for his son. In January 2017, Helen gave birth to triplets.
In addition to his other philanthropy, Williams built a $35 million dollar afterschool center in Virginia Beach, his hometown. He also offered internships to 114 Harlem High School students. They were all accepted to college and the purpose of Pharrell's donation was to help students become the next leaders who will enact real change.
In 2001, Pharrell paid $1.85 million for a 9,000 square-foot waterfront home in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
In 2007 Pharrell sold his Miami Beach penthouse apartment for $8.5 million. That same year he upgraded to a triplex penthouse, also in Miami, that had over 9,000 square feet of living space. This penthouse cost $12.5 million. In 2012 he listed this home for a shade under $17 million. He ultimately accepted $9.35 million in 2015.
In 2015, Williams and his family moved to a 17,000 square-foot home in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles. He paid $15.6 million for the property, whose previous owner was Tyler Perry. Pharrell listed this home for sale in March 2020 for $17 million.
In April 2020 Pharrell paid $30 million for a home in Coral Gables, Florida. The waterfront property, which sits on 3.5 acres and has a 17,000 square foot mansion, was previously listed for $45 million.
|Net Worth:||$250 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Apr 5, 1973 (49 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)|
|Profession:||Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Entrepreneur, Musician, Rapper, Artist, Fashion designer, Drummer, Actor, Film Producer|
|Nationality:||United States of America|