Nigo is a popular fashion designer, record producer, and entrepreneur from Japan. He is best known for founding the urban clothing brand “A Bathing Ape” in the year 1993. He is also a famous DJ and is a member of the Japanese hip-hop band “Teriyaki Boyz”. Now let’s have a closer look at the net worth of Nigo in 2019.
Early Life & Biography:
Tomoaki Nagao or Nigo was born on December 23, 1970, in Maebashi, Japan. Since an early age, he was interested in fashion, and hence he went to the Bunka Fashion College after completing his high school.
Nigo does not speak English and hence uses a translator during his interviews.
Nigo married Yuri Ichii in 1999. The couple divorced in the year 2002. After living a single life for a few years after the divorce, he married Riko Makise who is a Japanese actress.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Nigo started his career selling Bape T-shirts in a small store along with printed camouflage hoodies. The t-shirts became very popular among teenagers. In 2002, Nigo released a sneaker which he called the “Bapesta”.
The design of the shoes was very similar to the design of Nike’s Air Force 1 sneakers. Along with Pharrell Williams, he created the streetwear brand Ice Cream footwear and Billionaire Boys Club. He also serves as the creative director of his own brand “Human Made” and UT brand of Uniqlo.
In 1993, while he was in Japan, he launched a “Bathing Ape” in Shibuya, Japan. The stores are present in various parts of the world including China, Paris, Bangkok, London, Tai Pie, Hong Kong and many more.
His company previously used to manage “Baby Milo’ Bape Café’”, “Bape Cuts” and “The Cay Soldier” hair salon before the brand got owned by the I.T Group.
Nigo is the founder of a Japanese hip-hop band known as the “Teriyaki Boyz”. He is also the DJ of the group. The band has released various hit music albums including “Serious Japanese” and “Beef or Chicken” and a mixtape “Delicious Japanese” in the year 2009.
The group has also released various singles including “I Still Love H.E.R”, “Itsumo It’s More”, “Tokyo Drift”, “Heartbreaker” and many more. They have also released two mix albums “World Tour” and “The Official Delivery Iccho DVD”.
Nigo has also created a Japanese show “Nigoldeneye” which airs on MTV. He is the manager and producer of “BILLIE IDLE” which is a girl hip-hop band.
In 2005, he was awarded the “Style Award” in the MTV Asia Awards.
Net Worth & Earnings:
His estimated net worth is more than $40 million. This huge net worth is the result of his successful career as a fashion designer and entrepreneur. He received $2.8 million after selling his company to I.T Ltd. He has also accumulated his wealth from his own clothing line which has stores all over the world. He has also appeared in many movies and also own a television show in Japan. Additionally, he has been a member of a hip-hop band which has released many successful music albums.
Nigo is considered one of the most renowned fashion designers in the world. His brand has stores in almost all the prominent cities in the world. He was also seen in a short film “Akihabara Majokko Princess” which was directed by Takashi.