Jamaica has a huge number of extremely talented and versatile artists and business tycoons. Though the Jamaicans do not enjoy the same level of global name, fame, and popularity as their varied talents, but that doesn’t make them low.
In fact there are many Jamaicans who has earned a huge name both regionally and globally due to their marvellous success in career and are really world class. They are versatile and do promotes their culture through performing and serving for their nation. In a huge number of talented Jamaicans, the name of the top 14 richest people in 2018 are as follows:
14. Beenie Man
Anthony Moses Davis or Beenie Man was born on 22 August 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica is a Jamaican deejay, songwriter, rapper, producer and dancehall artist who has also being awarded Grammy awards. From a very young age, Bennie was engaged in the music industry. At the age of only five, he started rapping and toasting. His total net worth is estimated at 3.7 million dollars and is regarded as the “King of Dancehall”.
13. Buju Banton
Born on 15 July 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica, Mark Anthony Myrie aka Buju Banton is a Jamaican deejay, dancehall artist and reggae musician who was active from 1987 to 2011. With recording pop and dance songs, Buju Banton has also recorded many songs that are related to socio-political topics.
He has released many dancehall singles in the year 1988 but it was in 1992 when he released his two well-known albums namely the ‘Stamina Daddy’ and ‘Mr. Mention’ and came to prominence. He then signed with Mercury Records and released his next album ‘Voice of Jamaica’. He is also a Grammy award-winning artist with a net worth of 4 million dollars.
12. Maxi Priest
Max Alfred “Maxi” Elliott was born on 10 June 1961 in Lewisham, London, England. His family later moved to Jamaica for want of more opportunities to provide their children. His first performance as a child was in a church of Jamaica. Maxi Priest is now a well known by his stage name Maxi Priest. Maxi is an English reggae singer, vocalist, and songwriter as well. He is well famed for singing reggae music or reggae fusion. As of the record of 2017, he is listed to number five in the list of top 10 richest Jamaican artists in the world. His total net worth is 4.6 million dollars.
11. Damian Marley
Damian Robert Nesta “Jr. Gong” Marley, the youngest son of the well-known Bob Marley, was born on 21 July 1978 in Kingston, Jamaica and is the only child of Marley and Cindy Breakspeare. He was only two years old when Bob Marley died. Damian is a famous Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist. Since the age of thirteen years, Damian is performing his music and has been awarded the Grammy award thrice till date. He has a total net worth of 6 million dollars.
10. Sean Kingston
Kisean Anderson is popularly known by his stage name Sean Kingston. He was born on February 3, 1990, in Miami, Florida. Later his family moved to Kingston, Jamaica. He is a Jamaican as well as an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His grandfather Lawrence Lindo aka Jack Ruby was also a noted Jamaican reggae producer of his time. Sean’s first studio album was his self-titled album “Sean Kingston” which was released in the year 2007. His total net worth is estimated about 7 million dollars, which make him listed among the top richest Jamaican artists in the world.
9. Ziggy Marley
David Nesta Marley aka Ziggy Marley was born on 17 October 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica. Ziggy is a well famed and versatile Jamaican musician, guitarist, songwriter, Philanthropist, and producer as well. He is the elder son of Bob Marley and is the leader of the two widely known reggae music band- ‘Ziggy Marley’ and ‘Melody Makers’. He has also made a theme song for ‘Arthur’, the children’s cartoon series. He too is awarded the Grammy awards three times till date. Ziggy is one among the top 10 richest Jamaican artists and he has a total net worth of 10 million dollars.
8. Sean Paul
Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques was born on 9 January 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a well-famed rapper, musician, singer, songwriter, producer and as well as an actor. In the year 2012, he was married to Jodi Stewart, a TV host from Jamaica. He is globally known for one of his largest selling studio album ‘Dutty Rock’ of 2002 which helped him to win the Grammy Award. As of the recent records of 2017, he owns a total net worth of 11 million dollars.
7. Jimmy Cliff
Jimmy Cliff, OM is the only Order of Merit holding musician still living. He was born on 1 April 1948 in Somerton district of Jamaica. He is a famous Jamaican reggae musician, singer, actor and multi-instrumentalist. He is well known for the list of songs like the “Wonderful World, Beautiful People”, “Hakuna Matata”, “Reggae Night”, “You Can Get It If You Really Want”, “I Can See Clearly Now”, “The Harder They Come” and “Wild World”. Jimmy has also starred in many films including ‘The Harder They Come’ and ‘Club Paradise’. He was also among the five performers who induced into the 2010’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With a total net worth of 18 million dollars, Jimmy is considered as one of the richest Jamaicans of the world.
Orville Richard Burrell CD is best known by the name of Shaggy. He is a Jamaican as well as American deejay and reggae singer. He was born on 2nd October 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica. Shaggy is widely known for his famous hit singles like “Oh Carolina”, “It Wasn’t Me”, “Bombastic”, and “Angel”. As of 2018, he is considered as the 2nd richest Jamaican artist in the world who earns an impressive amount of net worth of 22 million dollars.
5. Joseph John Issa
Joseph John Issa or Joey Issa was born on 1 December 1965. He is a Jamaican businessman and philanthropist. Joey is the founder of the well-known Cool Group, which encompasses over 50 companies. At the age of 30, his first business venture was Cool Oasis, a petrol station which gradually became the Jamaica’s largest local operator of petrol stations. In the year 2003, Joey also set up Cool Card, a telephone card distributing business. He then later extended it by including automotive and household products under the Cool brand. With the passage of time, the Cool brand rapidly grew into a group of fifty different varieties of companies which earn him an estimated net worth of 15 billion dollars.
4. Paula Kerr-Jarrett
Paula is one of the most influential persons in Jamaica. She is an attorney and philanthropist. At present, she, along with her husband, Mark, are working together to support the Montego Bay tourism. She belongs to a very wealthy family and was a strong resistant to marriage. But now, after getting married and having her two children, she is glad that she did chose the second option. Paul’s grandmother was the first woman in Jamaica to run in general elections. Her net worth is 45 million dollars which make her one among the richest Jamaicans in the world.
3. Chris Blackwell
Christopher Percy Gordon Blackwell or Chris Blackwell was born on 22 June 1937. He is a businessman and record producer as well. Chris is the founder of one of the Britain’s independent labels- Island Records. At the age of 22, he was amongst the famous Jamaican musicians who recorded Jamaican popular music, known as ska. He is from a very affluent family. They used to have a business of Sugar and Appleton Rum. Chris has produced many kinds of music for several artists such as Bob Marley, Tina Turner, Burning Spear and Black Uhuru. He currently runs an Island Outpost in Jamaica and Bahamas. He has a net worth of 180 million dollars.
2. Michael Lee-Chin
Michael Lee-Chin was born in the year 1951 in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is a self-made billionaire. Primarily, he used to work for the government of Jamaica as a simple road engineer and gradually, with the passage of time, he built his way to the founder and chairman of an investment company called the ‘Portland Holdings’ in Jamaica. Michael is also the CEO of AIC Ltd and National Commercial Bank. According to Forbes, his personal real estates includes a total of 250 acres beachfront land & property in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. He also owns homes in Florida and Florida. His total net worth is about 2.5 billion dollars.
1. Joseph M. Matalon
He is one among the foremost Jamaica leaders in the business market. Joseph M. Matalon is the chairman of the British Caribbean Insurance Co. and the ICD Group of company. His knowledge and expertise are being utilized in the field of banking, investment, finance, and transaction. He was the director of a Jamaican bank, the Bank of Nova Scotia and is currently the director of the Commodity Service Corporation and Gleaner Corporation. With the same, he has been also involved with a huge number of special committees of Jamaica where he advises the Jamaican government on matters related to finance and economy
Hence, these are the top 14 richest Jamaican in 2018 who are not only well known within their mainland but also across the globe.