June 4, 2021 - Blossom-Eye

Usher-Wife, Height, House, Songs, Life, Age, Net Worth, Awards, Albums

Usher Terry Raymond IV, colloquially known as Usher, began singing at the age of six, first as a choir, and eventually as a member of a singing group. It is during this time the child prodigy caught the eye of Bryant Reid, brother of LA Reid.

Impressed by Usher’s audition, LA Reid reportedly offered Usher a contract on the spot. So far, Usher has sold more than 75 million records and is considered one of the best-selling artists of all time.

How Much Is Usher Net Worth?

Active in the music industry for almost three decades, the eight times Grammy Awarded singer Usher Raymond’s net worth is estimated to be $180 million.  

With the velvety singing voice, Usher vocal range of 3 octaves and 2 notes is considered as “one of the most soothing in R&B.” Usher’s eponymous debut studio album has sold over 200,000 copies in the United States. 

While his first album did not accomplish the desired popularity, the second studio album, My Way, rose him to stardom. My Way topped the Billboard chart for three consecutive weeks and has sold seven million copies worldwide.  

Usher became the first 2010s artist to collect number-one singles in three consecutive decades: the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, after the success of his sixth studio album song, OMG. To date, he has released eight studio albums, ten compilation albums, eight extended plays, and 74 singles.  

Besides the ever-growing musical career, the U Remind Me hitmaker’s hefty $180 million can also be credited to his business ventures and endorsements deals. 

Usher $ 180 million Net Worth: Earning From Albums, Tours, And Endorsements

Raised by a single mother in the small town of Tennessee, Usher’s mother left her full-time office job to work as his manager, which she continues to do till now. 

His fourth studio album sold approximately 20 million copies, making $26 million in the year 2004. The same year, Usher’s second world tour grossed $29 million. He has released eight studio albums with a new album set to release in 2020. Check-out his albums sales and earnings:

Album SalesEarning
Usher (1994)500 thousand copies$650,000
My Way(1997)8 million copies$10.4 million
8701 (2001)8 million copies $10.4 million
Confessions (2004)20 million copies $26 million
Here I Stand (2008)5 million copies$6.5 million
Raymond v. Raymond (2010)2 million copies $2.6 million
Looking 4 Myself (2012)604 thousand copies $785,200,000
Hard II Love (2016)28 thousand copies$36,400

In 2004, he worked with MasterCard and launched the Usher Debit MasterCard, promoting it in his successful nationwide The Truth Tour.  

He partnered with top-selling dance games, Microsoft Dance Central 3, in 2012. For the video game, he himself provided voiceover instruction for the participant. The following year, the 41 years old singer appeared in  Samsung’s 2:28 minute-long commercial that generated 22 million views and became the second-highest viewed Samsung commercial.  

Like celebrities Serena Williams and Usain Bolt, Usher has also collaborated with Pepsi, inviting his fans to take part in The New Pepsi Challenge intended for the social media generation. 

Salary As The Coach Of The Voice 

The 41 years old actor joined NBC’s singing competition television series The Voice in season 4 along with Shakira. He had come as the replacement of former judge, CeeLo Green, while Shakira had joined as a replacement of Christina Aguilera.

According to Vulture, Usher received $7 million per season, slightly less than  Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys. Crush singer appeared in two seasons, earning $14 million altogether as judge of The Voice

Business Ventures, Investments, And Acting Career

The 41 years old singer founded US Records in 2002 as a vanity label of J Records. The label has introduced notable artists as One Chance, Rico Love, Ryon Lovett, and Canadian pop-star Justin Bieber. Usher, along with Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, founded Raymond Braun Media Group, with which Bieber is signed.

Besides managing a record label and music career, Usher is also involved in other business enterprises. He created Usher He and Usher She fragrances along with Elizabeth Arden, which earned 16 million, becoming the top 5 best-selling celebrity fragrances. After releasing third and fourth fragrance, UR for Men and UR for Women, he launched fifth fragrance, VIP, in 2009.  

Usher is also the co-owner of the music streaming service Tidal with various other music artists. The 41 years old singer has invested his incomings in basketball team as Cleveland Cavaliers & media and content company, Mass Appeal Magazine. 

Along with Jay-Z and other celebrities, Raymond invested $8 million in a catering startup called Hungry. Recently, he also joined the list of celebrities like Kevin Hart, Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled, Kendall Jenner, and collectively invested $5 Million in California based health-science and nutrition wellness company, Liquid I.V.

Big Ush made his television acting debut with sitcom Moesha in 1997. Since then, he has worked in numerous shows and movies as The Faculty, She’s All That, Light It Up, Gepetto, Texas Rangers, American Dreams, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, In The Mix. 

Real Estate

Usher bought a 10,823 square feet mansion located in Alpharetta, Georgia, for $1.2 million from Reid’s pop singer ex-wife Perri Reid. He sold the mansion in 2018 for $1.5 million, with the initial selling price being  $2.488 million.  

He owned a 1920s Mediterranean villa located in the swish hills behind the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles. The 41 years old singer had bought the house in 2015 for $3.368 million and had wanted to sell it for $4.2 million. However, he eventually settled down to $3.75 million and sold the 4,261 square foot house in 2018. 

Previously, he had paid $3.04 million for a 13,000 square foot palatial estate in Roswell, Georgia, and sold it for $2.2 million in 2013. 

Philanthropic Works 

The King of R&B has frequently made generous donations to various non-profit organizations. In 2016, he donated $25,000 to the UNCF during the 33rd annual Atlanta’s Mayor’s Ball. Just two years prior to this, Usher had partnered with UNCF creating the Usher Raymond Scholarship Program through which he gave a student $100,000 to attend the Tuskegee University.

In addition to signing a Hurricane Katrina relief concert following the devastating Hurricane Katrina, Usher launched Project Restart and aided more than 700 families with housing and lighting. 

He founded a non-profit charity organization called New Look with help from his mother. The organization has initiated various programs with students receiving 100% graduation rates, and the participants entering higher education or job placement in later years. 

The 41 years old singer had also taken part in a benefit basketball game ‘Challenge for the Children’, which raised an estimated $50,000 for several local charities.

Usher’s Family & Previous Relationship

Usher is the son of Jonetta Patton and Usher Raymond III. When he was one year old, his father left the family. He has a half-brother, James Lackey.

My Boo singer has been married twice. He first tied the knot with his personal stylist Tameka Foster on August 3, 2007, after dating for two years. Their wedding was held at the Chateau Elan Winery & Resort outside Atlanta, following a civil ceremony in Atlanta. Foster and Raymond have two sons together: Usher Raymond V, born in November 2007, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, born in December 2008. They divorced on November 4, 2009.

While vacationing in Cuba in September 2015, Usher quietly married his long-time girlfriend and manager Grace Miguel. He confirmed the marriage in his appearance in The Ellen DeGeneres Show. After four years of togetherness, the couple separated in September 2018.

Looking back at his past relationship, the Billboard Awarded singer had been in a two-year relationship with TLC member Chilli Thomas. Usher also briefly dated British supermodel Naomi Campbell

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Eric Yuan-Net Worth, Bio, Age, Founder, Personal Life, Wife, Kids

Eric Yuan is a Chinese billionaire entrepreneur. He is the founder and the CEO of Zoom Video Communications.The already successful company soared to new heights in light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19.  

According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, Eric Yuan is currently worth $6.37 billion.  

How Eric Yuan Became A Billionaire?

Early Beginnings: WebEx And Cisco Systems

Eric Yuan moved to Silicon Valley, California from China in 1997. He landed his first job with WebEx, a tech company that specialized in online-conferencing. When WebEx was acquired by the tech giant, Cisco Systems, in 2007, Yuan got promoted to the Corporate Vice-President of Engineering.     

Zoom Video Communications

When Eric got dissatisfied with the direction, or lack thereof, in Cisco, he resigned from his post and with 40-or-so engineers in tow, launched Zoom in 2012. 

Eric Yuan founded Zoom in 2012
Eric Yuan founded Zoom in 2012   Source: Zoom

The online-conferencing app could host remote meetings for as little as two and as many as 1000 people. 

Yuan described Zoom as:

“An enterprise-grade, affordable, all-in-one platform for video conferencing, audio conferencing, web conferencing, and IM/presence. It works on mobile and desktop devices, and in conference rooms. Its affordable, easy to use and is very scalable, so it can support collaboration groups of as few as two and as many as 500 people, all on video.”    

The broad-spectrum tool provides a variety of services like video-conferencing, screen-sharing, voice-only chat, and text-based messaging service that is highly scalable, highly affordable, and highly reliable. 

The service was rolled out to the public in January 2013 and within four months, had over a million clients. 

By June 2014, that number had proliferated to 10 million, and by February 2015, over 40 million people had been hosted by Zoom Meetings.

In January 2017, Zoom‘s valuation surpassed $1 billion and when the company went public in April 2019, its valuation was placed just under $16 billion.     

Increased Usage Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak 

Zoom transcended from a conferencing app to a risk-free socializing app in light of the recent coronavirus pandemic of 2019/2020.   

Due to the outbreak of the highly contagious pathogen, almost one-third of the world is in lockdown and people are advised to maintain social distancing and self-isolate to contain the spread.

At a time when global stock markets are tanking, Zoom has seen its revenue proliferate thanks to the coronavirus pandemic rendering social gatherings, or gatherings in general, impossible. 

From casual gathering among friends to high-stake company meetings, and everything in between, Zoom has stepped in as the go-to app. Due to its litany of features specifically geared towards web-conferencing, the app has seen increased usage in recent months. 

The number of users increased dramatically when many academic institutions adopted the conferencing app to host online classes. It also saw increased usage among individuals who use the app casually to hang out with friends, or family members, spawning a pop-culture phenomenon. 

Increase in Zoom's stocks after COVID-19 outbreak
Increase in Zoom’s stocks after COVID-19 outbreak   Source: Investopedia

From the new year to mid-March 2020, Zoom gained 2.2 million new users and saw its usage increase by 67%. Consequently, the valuation of the company also saw a monumental increase and saw its shares increase from $36 to $$160.98 per piece: an increase of 263% from the time the company first went public.  

The increased valuation saw CEO Yuan’s net worth increase by $4 billion and have a net worth that as of April 2020, stands at $6.37 billion.     

Early Life And Childhood

Eric S. Yuan was born in 1950 in Tai’an, Shandong Province, China. Born to mining engineer parents, great things were expected of Yuan; and Yuan excelled. He enrolled in the Shandong University of Science and Technology where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in applied mathematics and computer science.

Yuan spent the next four years after his graduation working in Japan before deciding to move to the United States. It was during his visa application that Eric would encounter his biggest hurdle: he was denied visa eight times.   

After two years and on his ninth try, Eric was finally granted a visa to the United States. He moved to Silicon Valley, California, in 1997, when he was 27.

Personal Life And Marriage 

Eric has been married since 22 to his girlfriend from university. While a freshman, he endured a 10-hour train ride just to be with his girlfriend. The inconvenience that it caused him would be the impetus behind his innovating Zoom

Happy couple: Eric Yuan and his wife
Happy couple: Eric Yuan and his wife    Image Source: Zim Bio

In his own words, Yuan said of the experience in an interview with Medium

“I first envisioned Zoom when I was a freshman in college in China and regularly took a ten-hour train ride to visit my girlfriend (who is now my wife). I detested those rides and used to imagine other ways I could visit my girlfriend without traveling — those daydreams eventually became the basis for Zoom.”     

The happy couple is surely an example. 

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