Net Worth $130 Million USD
Chris Blackwell born 22 June 1937 is a British record producer and businessman, who was the founder of Island Records, the most successful and groundbreaking independent record company in history. Blackwell has been a music industry mogul for over fifty years.
Forming Island Records in Jamaica in 1959 aged 22, Blackwell was amongst the first to record the Jamaican popular music that eventually became known as ska. Returning to Britain in 1962, he sold records from the back of his car to the Jamaican community. Backed by Stanley Borden from RKO Entertainment, Blackwell's business and reach grew substantially, and he went on to forge the careers of Bob Marley, Grace Jones and U2 amongst many other diverse high-profile acts. He has produced many seminal albums, including Marley's Catch A Fire and Uprising.