Pharrell Williams Net Worth
Pharrell Williams – the rapper-singer-songwriter behind Happy, Freedom, and Sangria Wine – is quickly climbing through the ranks of Hollywood. Pharrell Williams released his first solo album “Frontin” back in 2003, and has since gone on to record four Number One Billboard hits and seven Top 10 Billboard Hits.
Pharrell Williams, born in April of 1973 in Virginia Beach, has earned ten Grammy’s and is a two-time Academy Award nominee. He was Oscar-nominated for “Happy,” which appeared in Despicable Me 2, as well as for Hidden Figures, on which he served as a producer.
Boasting a highly successful career as a producer, songwriter, and rapper, Pharrell Williams is now worth an estimated $150 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He worked his way to the top; however, he has a fascinating history. So, let’s start at the beginning and discover how Pharrell became the man worth $150 million.
Pharrell Williams and The Neptunes
Pharrell Williams formed The Neptunes, a production duo, in collaboration with his childhood friend Chad Hugo in the early 1990s. By the late 1990s, Williams and Hugo developed widespread recognition within the music industry and continued releasing records with moderate to great success.
In 2000, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, under the name “The Neptunes,” produced the single “I Just Wanna Love You (Give it 2 Me) for one of Jay Z’s albums; Williams was featured in the chorus. The song caught the attention of none other than Britney Spears, so she called up The Neptunes and said she wanted to work with them.
The Neptunes went on to produce one of Britney’s most popular singles, “I’m a Slave 4 U,” in 2001. Luckily, this trend – using numbers to replace four and two, as well as the letter “u” in place of you – would not go on forever. However, both the Jay Z recording and the Britney Spears song were huge successes anyway. With the Britney Spears song, “I’m a Slave 4 U,” The Neptunes saw a single they produced snag a spot in Billboard’s Top 200.
Williams’ production company, throughout much of the early 2000s, was behind music by Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Madonna, Shakira, and Jennifer Lopez. However, while he continued to ascend as a producer, Pharrell would make his mark as a performer after working on Despicable Me.
Pharrell Williams, Despicable Me, and The Voice
In 2010, Williams composed the soundtrack to the Despicable Me movie starring Steve Carell. He went on to compose the soundtracks to the sequel as well. “Happy” featured in Despicable Me 2 would go on to become a major hit. Williams performed this song at several major industry events that year and still continues to sing this song at live performances, as it remains one of his most popular numbers.
The song “Happy” catapulted Williams into the limelight, among individuals who were not in the music industry, as your average person rarely knows the names of the individuals “behind” the music.
Pharrell Williams served as a judge on The Voice up until 2017 ( he had been in the position since 2014).