Jay Z – Family, Family Tree

by Jessica Sara

Jay Z. One name, many hats. His real name is Shawn Corey Carter. Jay Z is an American entrepreneur, famous rapper, and record producer. He was the President of Def Jam Recordings and is the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records. He co-owns the 40/40 Club and co-created the clothing line Rocawear. He is the founder of Roc Nation and the sports agency Roc Nation Sports. He is also a certified NBA and MLB sports agent. Despite a childhood living in drug-infested neighbourhoods, dealing in drugs, and flirting with gun violence, Carter grew up to be one of the most successful personalities ever seen by the world of music.


This famous artist had swept the world off its feet with his rap music, and even appeared on the television series Yo! MTV Raps in 1989. His friendship with rap legend Notorious B.I.G. is well-known, with whom he attended Eli Whitney High School. In his songs, Carter mentions how he accidentally shot his elder brother in the shoulder while his sisters looked on.


One of his songs, December 4th, speaks of the struggle inside him – “I went to school, got good grades, could behave when I wanted/ But I had demons deep inside that would raise when confronted.”

Jay Z Family Tree


Jay Z’s illustrious family tree is worth looking into.

Jay Z Parents – Gloria Carter and Adnes Reeves


Adnes left the family when Jay Z was 11 years old. His mother, Gloria, brought him up in the housing project Marcy Houses in Brooklyn.

Jay Z Siblings – Andrea Carter, Eric Carter, Michelle Carter

Andrea Carter

Born – Unknown

Married – Unkown

Andrea is a corrections officer at Rikers Island.

Eric Carter

Born – Unknown

Married – Unknown

Michelle Carter

Born – Unknown

Married – Unkown

Jay Z’s siblings stay out of the limelight and there isn’t much information about them.

Jay Z Spouse – Beyonce Knowles (current)

Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter


Born – September 04, 1981

Beyonce married Jay Z in 2008. She is an American songwriter, singer, and actress. She was the lead singer of the R&B band, Destiny’s Child. She has been awarded 17 Grammy Awards. In 2014, she was ranked in Forbes’ Celebrity 100. She is the highest-paid black musician of all time.

Jay Z Children – Blue Ivy Carter

Blue Ivy Carter


Born – January 07, 2012

Blue Ivy Carter was born at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Her cries (at 2 days old) were included in the song, Glory. Thus, she became the youngest person to feature on a Billboard chart.

Jay Z Net Worth


According to Forbes, Jay Z has a net worth of US$ 60 million. He ranks #6 on the Celebrity 100 list.