If you are into rap music genre and knows a little but about the culture and its history, then Jerry Heller will sound a familiar name. As Heller was amongst the first few entrepreneurs who could predict the future of rap music. He marketed the music genre to the general public, a move which also made him quite rich. Throughout his career, he worked with many famous artists, and also cofounded Ruthless Records with Eazy-E. At the time of his death in 2016, Jerry Heller net worth was estimated to be $20 million, all thanks to his smart decision to promote rap music in the mid-1980s.
His own record label discovered and signed artists like The Black Eyed Peas, The D.O.C, Above the Law, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
Jerry Heller net worth – How he began?
|Year||Jerry Heller net worth|
|2016||$ 20 million|
|2015||$ 19 million|
|2014||$ 17 million|
Born on October 6, 1940, in Cleveland, Ohio, Heller grew up in a Jewish family. He completed his education from the University of Southern California and then in 1963 got his first job in the agency business. Later he founded Heller-Fischel Agency in Beverly Hills, which returned decent profits from the initial years. For quite a while, Heller even served in the United States Army.
It was in the mid-1980s, that his career gained momentum when he had teamed up with the late rapper Eazy-E and co-founded Ruthless Records. With their right direction, the record label could sell over 110 million records. The label also had six platinum releases in three years. It included Supersonic (J. J. Fad), Straight Outta Compton (N.W.A), Eazy-Duz-It (Eazy-E), Niggaz4Life (N.W.A), No One Can Do It Better (The D.O.C.), and Michel’le’s self-titled debut.
His memoir, “Ruthless: A Memoir”, was released in 2006. Published by Simon & Schuster/Simon Spotlight Entertainment, it was written with Gil Reavill.
Jerry Heller died on September 2, 2016 after he met with an accident. His lawyer claimed that it was due to the stress that he had a heart attack while driving, which resulted in the car accident. He died in the hospital the same day.