Justin Timberlake was best known as one of the lead vocalists of the boy band NSYNC. After the group broke up he embarked on a highly-successful solo career in music and film. Timberlake has raked in multiple awards and hundreds of nominations for his work, and so far it seems his momentum is not stopping anytime soon.
Aside from his work in the entertainment industry Timberlake also has businesses and ventures that add to his wealth. With all the fortune that comes to him Timberlake has not forgotten to contribute back to society with his charities and philanthropic endeavors.
Read on and find out how Justin Timberlake became a successful solo star and how he made his money.
Justin Timberlake Net Worth in 2018 – $230 Million
How Did Justin Timberlake make his money & wealth?
Born on January 31, 1981 in the city of Memphis, Tennessee, Justin Randall Timberlake grew up with an early exposure to music. His father Charles Randall was the choir director of a Baptist church where the young Timberlake sang.
Timberlake’s earliest exposure was in 1993 when he performed as “Justin Randall” in the show Star Search but he did not win. During the same year he joined the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club where he was given the opportunity to sharpen his skills in performing. It was in this show where he met many future celebrities like Ryan Gosling, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and JC Chasez.
After the show ended two years later Chasez and Timberlake were recruited by singer Chris Kirkpatrick and manager Lou Pearlman after the latter viewed some of Timberlake’s performances as a Mouseketeer. Eventually they formed a group of five boys and became the popular boy band NSYNC. Timberlake was one of the front-men and his displays of impressive vocals and dance moves raked in millions of fans worldwide.
NSYNC proved to be immensely successful with three studio albums namely NSYNC (1998), No Strings Attached (2000), and Celebrity (2001). The group performed in many notable events and was regarded as one of the greatest boy bands in the 90s. Before the decade ended Timberlake starred in the television movie Model Behavior
The group went on hiatus in 2002 and Timberlake began to pursue a solo career in music by working on his debut album. Justified was released in November of that year and was met with critical praise. The songs departed from the NSYNC pop fare and instead aligned heavily towards R&B tunes. The album managed to sell around 10 million copies globally and won Timberlake various awards and nominations.
In 2004 Timberlake’s performance with Janet Jackson in Super Bowl XXXVIII resulted in a wardrobe malfunction that momentarily revealed the female singer’s breast. The incident made Timberlake go on hiatus with his work in music and instead he focused on acting for the meantime. He appeared in a couple of movies like Black Snake Moan, Alpha Dog, and Edison Force. After two years Timberlake released his next studio album FutureSex/LoveSounds which was again well-received critically and commercially.
Timberlake again went on hiatus from 2006 to 2013, focusing on acting and working on collaborations with
other singers. His third album The 20/20 Experience was released in 2013 and again didn’t fail to impress the critics. It was the first of a two-part project with the second half released six months later, but the latter only managed to gather mixed reviews.
For now Timberlake has announced that he is currently working on his fifth studio album and that it might take some time before completion. He has also provided the voice of the main character in the upcoming animated film Trolls, and has written and performed its soundtrack “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
Outside of film and music Timberlake has other deals and ventures that help add to his income.
Fast-food juggernaut McDonald’s struck a sponsorship deal with Timberlake in 2003 for his song “I’m Lovin’ It” and for the singer to be part of their multiple advertisements and public relations events. The tasty deal not only made Timberlake $6 million richer, it also gave him exposure to almost 110 countries.
In 2005 Timberlake and his best friend Trace Ayala founded the William Rast clothing line with a focus on denim wear. The brand’s name was derived from the first and last names of Timberlake’s and Ayala’s grandfathers respectively.
His other venture with friends involved restaurants. First was the Chi restaurant which opened in 2003 and shut its doors in 2005. Next was Destino in 2006 but it was closed in 2013 due to sewage problems. Finally the Southern Hospitality bar and restaurant which opened in 2007 and is still going strong.
Timberlake and Interscope Records started the record company Tennman Records in 2007. Their roster of stars includes Esmee Denters, Matt Morris, and alternative band FreeSol. 2013 saw the star strike a deal with brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev in promoting their Bud Light Platinum beer brand and in becoming their creative director. The deal only ran for a year and was not renewed.
In 2014 he partnered with liquor manufacturer Beam Inc. in the creation of his own premium tequila named “Sauza 901” which is under the manufacturer’s Sauza Liquors brand. Timberlake’s venture into liquor making originated after a 2009 trip to Jalisco, Mexico which inspired him to make a bottle of “901” tequila.
Justin Timberlake Personal Life & FAQ’s
Is Justin Timberlake married?
Yes to actress Jessica Biel. They were married in 2012 and their son Silas Randall was born in 2015. He was famously known for his past relationships with Britney Spears and Cameron Diaz.
Justin Timberlake Salary & Annual Earnings in 2015
Timberlake earned $63.5 million last year. He did not have any film or album released last year.
Justin Timberlake’s House
Timberlake has a mansion in Los Angeles, California which was originally owned by actress Helen Hunt. The 13,250 square foot estate was purchased for $8.3 million last 2002.
Justin Timberlake’s charity, donations and philanthropy
During his NSYNC days Timberlake participated in the “NSYNC’s Challenge For The Children” charity that helped raise funds for programs and causes intended for the young ones.
Timberlake founded the Justin Timberlake Foundation in 2001 with a focus on supporting music education in school curriculums.
Timberlake’s 2008 single with YouTube celebrity Esmee Denters “Follow My Lead” was made available for download at the cost of 99 cents. The proceeds were donated to the non-profit Shriners Hospitals for Children. From 2008 to 2012 Timberlake hosted the Shriners Hospitals for Children’s Open golf tournament.
In 2006 Timberlake and R.E.M. vocalist Michael Stipe released a charity extended play album that brought awareness to the Hurricane Katrina survivors. Six years later in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel volunteered in the relief efforts for the survivors.
During the 2010 Hope for Haiti telethon Timberlake and former fellow Mouseketeer Matt Morris covered the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah”. It was included in the Hope for Haiti Now album with the proceeds donated to relief organizations helping the survivors of the devastating earthquake.
Some of the other charities Timberlake supports include Childwatch, Mission Australia, Musicares, Oxfam, Red Cross, and Waves for Water.
Justin Timberlake’s Accomplishments
Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience World Tour is ranked as the 19th highest grossing tour during the 2000s.
Critics hail Timberlake as the President and Prince of Pop for his efforts in the industry.
In 2009 Timberlake broke the record for being the celebrity who raised the most funds for charity in that year. The singer accrued $9.2 million for Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Timberlake was inducted in the 2015 Memphis Music Hall of Fame and he is currently their youngest member.