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father and manager of Beyonce Knowles
Mathew Knowles (born January 9, 1952) is an American talent manager and businessman. He is best known for being the manager of the Grammy award winning multi-platinum R&B girl group, Destiny’s Child. He also managed Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, who are also his daughters. He is the ex-husband of Tina Knowles, and father-in-law of Jay Z.
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Mathew C. Knowles
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Mathew Knowles (born January 9, 1951) is an American music executive, businessman, record producer, and manager. He is the father of Beyoncé Knowles, and Solange Knowles and former manager of Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson and Destiny's Child.
Before Knowles became a star maker in the music business, he had distinguished himself by a career in sales of office and medical equipment. Knowles moved to Houston in 1976 and began working for the Xerox Corporation, with whom he enjoyed a successful ten-year tenure, primarily as part of an specialist unit in the medical systems sales division. Knowles was the number-one medical systems sales rep for three of the four years he worked in that division. When Xerox closed its medical systems division Knowles was working as a CT/MRI sales specialist, selling diagnostic imaging equipment to hospitals and health facilities—and for two other major medical equipment companies, as well. He also worked in the area of neurosurgical sales, representing a wide range of devices and solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders. In 1992 Knowles left his career in corporate and medical sales to devote full-time attention to his growing music company.
Manager and producer
Mathew Knowles was the manager of Destiny's Child and has worked as either a producer or an executive producer on many of the group's projects. Under Music World Artist Management, Destiny's Child became a global phenomenon records and collecting nearly 200 awards, including GRAMMY Awards, World Music Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Awards (United States, Europe, and Asia), Billboard Awards, BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and countless others. Billboard magazine ranked the group as one of the Greatest Trios of All Time and, in 2008, inducted them into the All Time Hot 100 Artists. Destiny's Child was named on Billboard magazine’s Top 10 Artists of the Decade (2000–2009) and, as a solo artist, Beyoncé was crowned Billboard’s number one Artist of the Decade—Female (2000–2009) and number 4 Top Artist of the Decade (2000–2009). During that time, Knowles also launched and managed the solo careers of the other members of Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland.
In addition to his work in music, Knowles is also one of the executive producers of the 2009 thriller Obsessed, which stars his eldest daughter Beyoncé. He has also ventured into television. Knowles executive produced and is featured in two international reality series: UK’s top-rated show, Chancers, and the new series Breaking From Above, a six-episode program based on the British girl group From Above and their struggles to stay on top. The series airs on MTV International.
Knowles founded Music World Entertainment in 1992. MWE is one of the world’s leading music and entertainment conglomerates, with record sales exceeding 300 million worldwide. Its worldwide platforms include record label ventures; management services for recording artists and producers; artist development services; endorsement and partnership deals, performance and event facilities; a master catalog series; film and television ventures; licensed merchandise products; and investment and property holdings. Knowles established several recording imprints under Music World Music, including Music World Gospel, Music World Kids, and Music World Country/Compadre. The label has produced many artists such as Beyoncé Knowles, Solange Knowles, From Above, Sunshine Anderson, Trin-i-tee 5:7, The Pastor Rudy Experience, and J. Xavier.
Knowles also established joint ventures with Sony Music, Interscope/Geffen, Fontana/Universal, Integrity Africa, Fontana International, and Sony Brazil. In addition, Knowles has negotiated mega-endorsement deals and strategic partnerships with Fortune 50, 100, and 500 corporations across various industries, including Wal-Mart, BET, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, ESSENCE Communications, American Express, L’Oreal, General Mills, Verizon, Pepsico (Pepsi), McDonald’s, Nintendo, Giorgio Armani (Emporio Armani Diamonds), DirecTV, Chesebrough-Ponds (Vaseline), Ocean Pacific, Soft Sheen-Carson, Crystal Geyser, Samantha Thavasa, and others.
In 2002 Knowles founded Spirit Rising Music, which is now Music World Gospel, as a faith-based record and management company under Music World Music. Music World Gospel is the largest owned and operated African American Gospel label in the world. Music World Gospel features a roster of award-winning recording artists, joint ventures and special projects including Trin-i-tee 5:7, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Brian Courtney Wilson, Micah Stampley, Juanita Bynum, Le'Andria Johnson, Amber Bullock, Andrea Helms, and Elder Goldwire, as well as ESSENCE Gospel, Ultimate Gospel, the Most Powerful Voices
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Music executive, businessman, record producer, and manager
Destiny's Child, Beyoncé, Solange Knowles
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