|Age/Date of Birth:||April 05, 1973|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in or 175 cm|
|Net Worth:||$150 million|
|Wife or Girlfriend:||Helen Lasichanh (2010-Present)|
|Parents:||Pharoah Williams and Carolyn Williams|
With at least 13 Grammy Awards under his belt, Pharrell Williams is an established American record producer, singer, and businessman. He began by producing songs for established musicians and their successes slowly propelled him to the fore. Active in the entertainment industry since the mid-90s, Pharrell has continued to stay relevant. His most successful song, Happy, released in 2013 as a soundtrack for Despicable Me 2 shot his fame over the roof. Williams continues to stay happy, keeping most details of his family life outside the media space while continuing to make music and bolster his efforts with shrewd business decisions.
Who Exactly is Pharrell Williams?
Pharrell Lanscilo Williams was born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Interestingly enough for him, he was born in a family that was not shy of the entertainment industry with a mother that was once a beauty queen. He was raised alongside his two brothers, one is his younger, Cato Williams, and Psolomon Williams. Pharrell also has half-siblings from his father earlier marriage: Pharaoh Williams, David Williams, Hope R. Williams, and Carrie W. Parks who died in 2015.
It was since he was a child that Pharrell had a passion for music. By the time he was in high school, Williams played musical instruments including the keyboard and the drums. During his 7th-grade summer band camp, he met Chad Hugo who played the tenor saxophone and together they were part of a marching band.
In 1990, Williams and Hugo formed R&B group The Neptunes. At a high school talent show, the group attracted the attention of Teddy Riley who signed them after graduation.
Music Career Beginnings and Breakthrough
The Neptunes went on to establish themselves as a production duo. They first gained widespread attention after producing N.O.R.E’s 1998 song “Superthug” which peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their success increased rapidly after they began producing songs for top artists like Britney Spears Nelly and Jay Z, most of which featured on the charts. The Neptunes won producer of the year in 2002. Per findings, The Neptunes produced over 40% of songs played on US radio in 2003. With their friend Shay Haley, they formed the band, N.E.R.D.
Williams’ first solo single Frontin’ released in 2003 was a massive hit. In 2004, he featured with Snoop Dogg in the single “Drop It Like Its Hot” which was named by Billboard in 2009 as the “rap song of the decade”. Pharrell released “Happy” in 2013. The commercially successful single was part of his 2014 album “Girl”.
Pharrell Williams has 13 Grammy Awards and counting to show for his outstanding contributions to the world of music. He has also won no less than 6 Billboard Music Awards, 3 BET Awards including Hip Hop, 2 BBC Awards one for Happy as the song of the year in 2014.
Williams Has Found Huge Success Composing Film Scores
Pharrell Williams is primarily a producer and as such, he has found more success producing than singing. He began composing movie scores in 2010 with Illumination entertainment’s 3-D animated film Despicable Me collaborating with fellow composer Hans Zimmer. The animation grossed $543.1 million from a budget of $69 million. Pharrell again collaborated with Zimmer to produce and score three original songs for the 2013 sequel Despicable Me 2, one of the songs was Happy which went on to become an international hit. The sequel was even more successful making $970.8 million against a budget of $76 million.
Also in 2013, he was part of the music producing team for the superhero film, Man of Steel. Other movies he has composed music for include, Hidden Figures (2016), and Despicable Me 3 (2017) which grossed over $1 billion. He made a cameo appearance in the 2016 movie “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” and together with Sean Combs was the executive producer of “Dope”, a 2015 crime comedy-drama film. Williams made a special appearance in 2020’s musical film, Black Is King. He learned to voice as a narrator to another Illumination Entertainment production, The Grinch (2018).
He Served As A Judge on Music Show The Voice From 2014 – 2016
Pharrell Williams was opportune to learn his musical expertise to upcoming musicians when he was selected as one of the judges on the music show The Voice. Having begun working on the program from the 4th season as a part-time advisor to Team Usher, Williams was in March 2014 announced as the replacement for CeeLo Green.
He would go on to serve as one of the four main judges from the 7th season to the 10th season. His co-judges for these seasons included Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. Williams proved his musical prowess again when he won his second season – season 8 with Sawyer Fredericks who became the youngest winner in the show’s history. For his judge duties, Williams per Feel Guide was paid $8 million for his first season, this figure however pales in comparison to $17 million earned by Christina Aguillera per season.
Here’s a Highlight of Pharrell’s Most Successful Career Efforts
- Music Production for various popular recording artists
- 2013 hit song Happy
- Grammy Record of the Year “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk
- Musical Score for The Despicable Me Franchise
- The Voice Coach (2014 – 2016)
Pharrell Bolsters His $200 Million Net Worth with Multiple Business Ventures
Pharrell Williams has loads of engagements outside the music scene that keeps him Happy. In 2012, he launched a multimedia creative collective and record label; I am OTHER. The establishment also helms Pharrell’s other endeavours including his dedicated YouTube channel, and his clothing lines; Billionaire Boys Club (BBC) and Ice Cream. Williams has collaborated with a number of luxury lines for various product designs including designing sunglasses for Moncler in 2013.
He has a long-term partnership with Adidas. In June 2016, his Pharrell X Adidas NMD “Human Race” collection was released at Billionaire Boys Club flagship stores as well as selected Adidas Consortium retailers worldwide. The sneakers which come with a unique lacing system retail at about $250 a pair. Pharrell in 2017 collaborated with Addidas and Chanel to design a a €1,000 sneaker. In 2016 Williams became a co-owner of G-Star Raw, a Dutch designer clothing company.
Williams also owns a non-profit organization named “From One Hand To AnOTHER” (FOHTA). An educational foundation, its mission is to “change the world one kid at a time by giving them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential”. Through the organization, Williams built a $35 million afterschool center in his native town, Virginia Beach. Per Forbes, he made $32 million between June 2014 and June 2015.
A Recap of Pharrell’s Business Ventures
- I am OTHER – multimedia creative and record label
- Billionaire Boys Club – clothing line
- Ice Cream – clothing line
- G-Star Raw – Dutch designer clothing company.
- From One Hand To AnOTHER (FOHTA) – Non-profit organization
A Look At Pharrell Williams’s Earnings Over the years
- 2007 – $17 million
- 2008 – $20 million
- 2009 – $16 million
- 2010 – $13 million
- 2011 – $10 million
- 2012 – $7 million
- 2013 – $9 million
- 2014 – $22 million
- 2015 – $32 million
- 2016 – $20 million
- 2017 – $20 million
- 2018 – $18 million
- 2019 – $25 million
Williams Has Flipped A Handful of Real Estate
In 2015, he paid $15.6 million for an ultra-modern mansion in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles. The posh 17,000 square-foot mansion is featured on our list of 30 Most Jaw-Dropping Celebrity Homes. The house which he bought from Tyler Perry was previously said to cost $7 million.
Five years later in March 2020, Pharrell moved houses, putting the Canyon mansion for sale at $17 million. The next month in April, he reportedly got a $30 million bargain for another 17,000 square-foot mansion in Coral Gables, Florida originally listed at $45 million. The house which sits on a 3-acre piece was previously owned by Former Univision executive Ray Rodriguez.
In the past, Pharrell lived in a 9,000 square-foot waterfront house in his hometown, Virginia Beach, Virginia which he reportedly bought in 2001 for $1.85 million. Six years later, in 2007 he put up his Miami property for sale at $8.5 million. He immediately replaced this with a $12.5 million, 9,000 square-feet penthouse in Miami. After listing this property in 2012 for $17 million, he settled for a $9.35 million sale price in 2015.
Pharrell Williams Is Married To A Fashion Designer
Full Name: Helen Lasichanh
Date of Birth: 22 July 1980
Occupation: Model, Fashion Designer
Married: 2013 – Now
No of Children with Pharrell: 4
Pharrell Williams got married to Helen Lasichanh after he had to work very hard to win the model and designer over. When they first met, Lasichanh was in a relationship with another man, she stayed in this relationship for the next couple of years. When she became single again, Williams had to work even harder to get her. Williams and Helen began dating in 2007. Three years later in 2013, on the 12th of October, in Miami, Florida, United States, they got married and have since stayed married, making them one of the longest-lasting couples in the entertainment world.
Helen is no tabloid fodder, however, over the years, she has made a few headlines for her dress sense, beginning from their wedding in 2013 when she ditched the traditional white dress for a navy blue plaid dress, matching her husband who equally wore a plaid tux. Her fashion sense has seen her make celebrity best-dressed list curated by the Huffington Post. She occasionally accompanies Williams to the red carpet and famously wore a red puffy outfit for the 2017 Met Gala. In collaboration with her husband, Helen has a passion for charity work. Over the years, she has been spotted out actively serving the community. She holds a degree from Miami’s St. Thomas University where she was an active part of the volleyball team.
Pharrell Is A Father To Four Children
All his life, Pharrell Williams has been married to only one woman – Helen and she is the mother to all of his four children.
Full Name: Rocket Ayer Williams
Date of Birth: 2008
Before Pharrell officially became married to Helen, the long-time best friends had already welcomed their first child, a son named Rocket who was born in 2008. From his photos, it is obvious that he’s dad’s twin. Williams in his interview with Today referred to his first son as an amazing big brother. “Rocket’s Theme” one of the theme songs he wrote for Despicable Me was written in honor of his son. Rocket seems to have inherited his parent’s fashion sense, so says W Magazine whose 2018 article referred to him as The Coolest Kid In Hollywood.
The Musician Is A Father To Triplets
Pharrell Williams is one to be very secretive about his family and after the birth of his triplets in January 2017, he took that secrecy a notch higher. To date, the musician is yet to reveal the names and even sex of his triplets. However, he has spoken about becoming a dad again at some interviews including the one with Today where he revealed that the kids cry in harmony.
How Tall Is The Musician?
The star is 1.75 m tall and it has been commonly assumed that his weight is around 68kg. Other details of his body measurements are 14, 40 and 32 inches, respectively for his biceps, chest and waist.
|Also Known As:||Pha-real, Lil’ Skateboard P, P. Willy|
|Profession:||Singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur|
|Famous For:||Being a member of the band N*E*R*D (also known as No one Ever Really Dies)|
|Colleges/Universities Attended:||Northwestern University|
|Educational Qualifications:||Dropped out|
|Birthday & Zodiac
|Age/Date of Birth:||April 05, 1973|
|Birth Place:||Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA|
|Country of Residence: ||USA|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in or 175 cm|
|Weight:||68 kg or 150 pounds|
|Eye Colour:||Dark Brown|
|Other Body Measurements:||Chest – 40 inches, Arms / Biceps – 14 inches, Waist – 32 inches|
|Spouse/Partner:||Helen Lasichanh (2010-Present)|
|Family and Relatives
|Children:||A son named Rocket (born 2008), and a set of triplets|
|Siblings:||Cato Williams (Younger Brother), Psolomon Williams (Younger Brother), Pharoah Williams (Half-Brother), David Williams (Half-Brother)|
|Other Relatives:||Not available|
|Estimated Net Worth:||$150 million|
|Source of Wealth:||Music career, businesses such as a multimedia creative collective and record label, clothing lines,|