Quincy Jones is a super-talented music guy from the United States. He’s worth a whopping $600 million! Quincy has been making music for more than sixty years, and he’s done a lot for the music world. Besides being great at playing music himself, he’s also really good at writing songs and producing music for others.
Quincy Jones has teamed up with some of the coolest musicians around, and he’s won lots of awards for his hard work in the music business. One of his biggest achievements is working with Michael Jackson – they sold over 130 million records together! Whenever a song or album they made is sold or played on the radio, Quincy gets paid a bit too.
How rich is Quincy Jones?
Quincy Jones, who has been in the music business for 72 years and won 24 Grammy Awards, has a total worth of $600 million. Quincy isn’t just a record producer; he also acts, arranges music, and produces films. His famous teamwork with Michael Jackson on many music albums made a lot of money, adding to his impressive wealth.
Quincy Jones Jr. was born on March 14, 1933. When he was a kid, his family moved from one place to another a lot. Quincy’s first experiences with music were with religious songs. He got to play the piano because his neighbor had one and let him practice.
When Quincy was still a young boy, his mom got really sick and had to go to a special hospital. His dad decided to marry someone else, and this new lady already had three kids. Later on, Quincy’s dad and stepmom had three more kids.
During a big war called World War II, Quincy’s family moved to Washington, where his dad got a job at a shipyard. After the war, they moved again, this time to Seattle, where Quincy went to high school. In high school, Quincy learned a lot about music, how to make up songs, and he became really good at playing the trumpet. He even met famous musician Ray Charles when he was just 14 years old.
How does Quincy Jones make money?
Quincy Jones mostly makes money through his music. It all started when he went on a tour in Europe with jazz bandleader Lionel Hampton when he was only 20. After a short time supporting a young Elvis Presley on CBS’ “Stage Show,” he traveled to the Middle East and South America with Dizzy Gillespie.
He kicked off his recording career as a band leader with ABC-Paramount. Quincy moved to Paris in 1957 to study music and eventually became the music director at a French record company called Barclay. In 1961, he made history by becoming the first African American vice-president of Mercury.
Quincy also made music for movies, starting with “The Pawnbroker” in 1964. He worked on different projects, including films and TV shows. As an arranger, he worked with various artists and produced big hits. One of his most significant achievements was producing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in 1982, the best-selling album ever. His album in 1981, “The Dude,” also had popular songs.
In 1985, Quincy got into film production with “The Color Purple,” which got 11 Oscar nominations. That same year, he recorded “We Are the World” to help people in Ethiopia facing famine. Quincy also appeared in different movies like “Fantasia 2000,” “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” “Sandy Wexler,” “Quincy,” and “The Black Godfather.”
Other Business Adventures
In 1975, Quincy Jones started a company called Qwest Productions. They made popular albums for big stars like Frank Sinatra. Then, in 2017, he helped create Qwest TV, a cool service where you pay to watch jazz and all kinds of music from around the world.
He also co-founded Playground Sessions, a company in New York City. They make special software that teaches people how to play the piano using fun videos. Quincy worked with some smart people, like Chris Vance, and musicians Harry Connick Jr. and David Sides, to make modern video lessons for learning the piano.
Awards and Honors
- In 1964, Quincy Jones won a Grammy Award for making the music arrangement for “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Count Basie.
- In 1970, he won another Grammy Award for the best jazz performance for “Walking In Space.”
- In 1977, Quincy earned an Emmy Award for making great music for the TV series “Roots.”
- In 1991, he won a Grammy for a cool rap performance with others in “Back On The Block.”
- In 1995, Quincy got a special award called the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscars.
- In 2002, he won a Grammy for the best spoken word album, telling his life story in “Q – The Autobiography Of Quincy Jones.”
- In 2018, a documentary about Quincy won a Critics’ Choice Documentary Award, and he was called the most interesting person in a documentary.
- In 2019, Quincy won another Grammy for the best music film, this time for a documentary about himself.
- In 1992, he got the Grammy Legend Award, a special honor for his legendary contribution to music.
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Real Estate Investments
Back in December 1986, Quincy spent $3 million to buy a house in Bel Air. That’s like spending around $7 million in today’s money. Later, in 2005, after building a big 25,000 square-foot place in Bel Air, he sold the first house for $5.4 million. Now, that big place he built is worth a lot more – probably around $25 to $30 million.