Jay Chou is a popular Taiwanese musician and actor. His music has gained popularity since his debut album Jay. Apart from the Asian community, he also caters to the Western countries. Jay has been referred to as the King of Asian Pop. He debuted his acting career in 2005, and his latest appearance was in Now You See Me 2. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Jay Chou in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Jay Chou was born on 18 January 1979 in Linkou, Taipei, Taiwan. He is the son of Yeh Hui-Mei and Chou Yao-Chung. His mother was a music teacher in secondary school, and his father is a biochemical researcher. He has a passion for music since his childhood days when he used to record sounds in tapes. He joined conscripted for mandatory military service after completing his graduation. He was exempted from military service when he was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis.
Chou is married to Hannah Quinlivan who is a professional model. The couple had a relationship since 2010 and Chou disclosed their relationship in 2014. The couple married in 2014, and they have two children. They married in Selby, England and they celebrated a wedding ceremony with their friends and family on 17th January 2015.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
Jay Chou started his career under the recommendation of JR Yang and started to sing his own songs. In 2000 he launched his first music album named Jay under Alfa Music. One song of this album won the award of 24th China Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs. Then he released Fantasy, and it helped him to be a star. He earned five wins at the 13th Golden Melody Awards in 2002. He also got the award for the best composer. The released The Eight Dimensions which was his third album.
This album was nominated for five categories at Golden Melody Awards. His fourth album was Yeh Hui-mei which released in 2003. He received the “Best Album of the year” in 2004 at Golden Melody Awards for his written song Grandmother. His album Common Jasmin Orange was released by Sony Music in 2004. His versatile creative work in music world helped him to earn a great commercial success, and his style becomes “Chou Style”.
Apart from the music career he also has a successful acting career in the industry. He got the first lead role in Initial D in 2005. After acting in this movie, he received the award for Best Newcomer Actor at Golden Horse Awards and also Hong Kong Film Awards.
He acted in the second film named Curse of the Golden Flower in 2006. In 2008, he acted in Kung Fu Dunk which received a good commercial success as well. In 2016, he acted in Now You See Me 2 where his costar was Daniel Radcliffe. He also directed some movies like Secret and The Rooftop.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect from one of the most popular pop singers in Asia? Well, he is among the richest singers in the world with a net worth of over $90 million. Apart from income from his albums, the main source of his wealth is his stage performances a world tours. There are big endorsement deals to his name. Moreover, his part-time roles in multiple Hollywood movies have contributed significantly to his wealth.
Jay has recently entered into directing movies. Some of his other recent works include writing books and investing in the gaming industry. He is also a philanthropic person.