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Shawn "Jay Z" Carter, President and CEO of Def Jam records, (left) listens while UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announces a UN partnership with MTV and Jay Z to document his journey to countries with a clean water crisis. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), better known by his stage name, Jay-Z, is an american hip hop artist and businessman. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, having a net worth of over $150 million, shipping over 30 million copies of his albums in the United States alone and receiving several Grammy Awards for his musical work..

Jay-Z co-owns The 40/40 Club and the NBA's New Jersey Nets and is also the creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, one of the three founders of Roc-A-Fella Records and recently, the founder of his new venture Roc Nation. He is also the current holder for the record of most number one albums on the Billboard 200.

Along with his financial and musical success, Jay-Z is known for being involved in the feud between him and fellow New York rapper Nas, which was eventually settled in 2005. He is also known for his relationship with Beyoncé Knowles, whom he married on April 4, 2008.

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