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Chris Blackwell Net Worth

Chris Blackwell net worth is

$180 Million

Chris Blackwell Wiki Biography

Christopher Percy Gordon Blackwell was born on the 22nd June 1937 in Westminster, London England, and is a businessman and record producer best known to the world as the founder of the Island Records, one of the Britain’s most successful record labels, but which he sold to PolyGram records in 1989. His career started in the late ‘50s.

Have you ever wondered how rich Chris Blackwell is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Blackwell’s net worth is as high as $180 million, earned through his successful career in the music industry.

Chris Blackwell Net Worth $180 Million

Chris is of mixed ancestry; his father was English, while his mother was born in Costa Rica and belonged to a Sephardic Jewish family from Jamaica. Although born in London, Chris spent his childhood in Jamaica, and then moved to Britain to attend Harrow School. His parents divorced when he was 12, and once he finished high school he returned to Jamaica to work as ADC for the Governor of Jamaica, Sir Hugh Foot. Following Foot’s departure to Cyprus, Chris left King’s House and worked several jobs in real estate and other industries, including managing jukeboxes, through which he was introduced to the Jamaican music community.

In 1958 during one of his boat trips, his boat got stuck on a coral reef, and Chris swam back to the shore to find help. He collapsed on the beach, and was eventually rescued by Rasta fisherman, who healed his wounds with traditional Ital food. This pushed Chris into Rastafarianism, and encouraged him to further explore the culture and music. The same year he founded Island Records, with the help of his parents who gave him $10,000, and with a business partner, radio personality Graeme Goodall.

Chris’s first performer was pianist Lance Hayward, who recorded a piano and vocal album. In 1959 he started recording Jamaican music and soon enough landed his first hit, “Boogie in my Bones/Little Sheila”, performed by Laurel Aitken.

In the next couple of years, Chris had several successful singles on his label, and a couple of albums. He then decided to return to England to try to expand his business, by starting selling Jamaican music to the community in London. Little by little Chris’s name became more known in the music industry, and he was the one who firstly signed The Spencer Davis Group, featuring Steve Winwood, to a recording contract. After that, he focused on rock musicians, such as Nirvana, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens, Spooky Tooth, Etta James, The Cranberries and U2. The success of these bands and musicians increased Blackwell’s net worth by a large margin.

Apart from Island Records, which he sold in 1989 to PolyGram, Chris had several other business ventures, including Mango Records, through which he released Jamaican musicians such as Burning Spear, Third World, Salif Keita, King Sunny Ade among many others.

After that, he started Palm Pictures, which was not only focused on music but also on film and DVD releases. However, he merged company with Rykodisc in the late ‘90s to form RykoPalm. Thanks to his contribution to music, he was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Aside from music, Chris has created a luxurious resort on Oracabessa Bay in Jamaica, once owned by famous writer Ian Fleming, creator of secret agent James Bond and called Goldeneye.

Regarding his personal life, Chris was married to Mary Vinson Blackwell from 1998 until her death in 2009; the couple had three children. In his late wife’s honor he founded the philanthropic organization called Mary Vinson Blackwell Foundation, while he has also started several other organizations, including Oracabessa Foundation and Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary.

Full Name Chris Blackwell
Net Worth $180 Million
Date Of Birth June 22, 1937
Place Of Birth Westminster, United Kingdom
Profession Businessman
Education Harrow School
Nationality American
Spouse Mary Vinson (m. 1998–2009)
Children Jake Blackwell, Ollie Blackwell
Parents Joseph Blackwell, Blanche Lindo
Twitter https://twitter.com/chiswaah
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0085889/
Awards Grammy Trustees Award
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Movies Third World Cop, Good to Go, Countryman, Ken Adam: Designing Bond, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, Los Angeles, CA, United States, Phoenix, AZ, United States
# Fact
1 He owns “James Bond” writer Ian Fleming’s former Jamaican home, Goldeneye. It is now a luxury resort. Blackwell grew up nearby.
2 Founded the Palm Pictures group in 1997.
3 Sold Island Records to PolyGram (now Universal Music) in 1991.
4 Was almost single-handedly responsible for bringing reggae music to the world outide of Jamaica by signing Bob Marley to Island Records.
5 Founded Island Records in 1960.


Title Year Status Character
Marley 2012 Documentary executive producer
Arena 2007 TV Series documentary executive producer – 1 episode
Sun Dogs 2006 Documentary executive producer
The Last Minute 2001 executive producer
Third World Cop 1999 executive producer
Dancehall Queen 1997 executive producer
Mandela 1996 Documentary executive producer
The Basketball Diaries 1995 executive producer
New Orleans Live! 1992 TV Movie executive producer
The Lunatic 1991 executive producer
Sidewalk Stories 1989 executive producer
Big Time 1988 Documentary executive producer
Sweet Lies 1987 executive producer
Slam Dance 1987 executive producer – uncredited
Good to Go 1986 executive producer
Choose Me 1984 executive producer
Countryman 1982 producer
Caribbean Nights: The Bob Marley Story 1982 Documentary executive producer
The Harder They Come 1972 executive producer – uncredited


Title Year Status Character
Strisser på Samsø 1998 TV Series Styrmand
Quatermass 1979 TV Mini-Series Dancer
Out of the Unknown 1967 TV Series Robot
Dr. No 1962 Henchman jumping off dock into water (uncredited)


Title Year Status Character
A Show Down at the O.K. Cinema 2007 Short
The Jules & Lulu Show 2004 TV Series

Music Department

Title Year Status Character
Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends 2012 Video Game musician: bass / musician: drums


Title Year Status Character
Strapless 1989 music: “Skyred” uncred
A Chorus of Disapproval 1989 music: “Midnight Lady”, “Big Jig” – uncredited

Location Management

Title Year Status Character
Dr. No 1962 location manager – uncredited


Title Year Status Character
Mad Dogs & Englishmen 1971 Documentary manager: Island Artists Ltd.


Title Year Status Character
Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches 2009 TV Series documentary special thanks – 1 episode
The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry 2008 Documentary thanks
Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub 2008 Documentary special thanks
Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley’s 60th Birthday 2008 Documentary heartfelt thanks
No Place Like Home 2006/I very special thanks
Ian Fleming: 007’s Creator 2000 Video documentary short special thanks
Let’s Talk About Sex 1998 very special thanks
An Evening with Harry Belafonte & Friends 1997 TV Movie thanks: for their enthusiasm, friendship and support
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood 1996 special thanks
The Reggae Movie 1995 Documentary special thanks
In the Name of the Father 1993 thanks
U2: Rattle and Hum 1988 Documentary special thanks


Title Year Status Character
Dreadtown Documentary post-production Himself
Radio Caroline Documentary filming Himself
Downloaded 2013 Documentary Himself
Marley 2012 Documentary Himself
Toots and the Maytals Reggae Got Soul 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Keep on Running: 50 Years of Island Records 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Impact: Songs That Changed the World 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Roots of Reggae: The Ernest Ranglin Story 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Ian Fleming: 007’s Creator 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Ken Adam: Designing Bond 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Inside ‘Dr. No’ 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Classic Albums: Bob Marley & the Wailers – Catch a Fire 1999 Video documentary
Behind the Music 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Caribbean Nights: The Bob Marley Story 1982 Documentary Himself

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2013 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media Marley (2012)
1993 CableACE CableACE Awards Music Special New Orleans Live! (1992)

Known for movies

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