Chris Blackwell Net Worth

Chris Blackwell Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Chris Blackwell net worth is
$180 Million

Chris Blackwell Wiki Biography

Christopher Percy Gordon Blackwell was born on the 22nd June 1937 in Westminster, London England, and is a businessman and record producer best known to the world as the founder of the Island Records, one of the Britain’s most successful record labels, but which he sold to PolyGram records in 1989. His career started in the late ‘50s.

Have you ever wondered how rich Chris Blackwell is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Blackwell’s net worth is as high as $180 million, earned through his successful career in the music industry.

Chris Blackwell Net Worth $180 Million

Chris is of mixed ancestry; his father was English, while his mother was born in Costa Rica and belonged to a Sephardic Jewish family from Jamaica. Although born in London, Chris spent his childhood in Jamaica, and then moved to Britain to attend Harrow School. His parents divorced when he was 12, and once he finished high school he returned to Jamaica to work as ADC for the Governor of Jamaica, Sir Hugh Foot. Following Foot’s departure to Cyprus, Chris left King’s House and worked several jobs in real estate and other industries, including managing jukeboxes, through which he was introduced to the Jamaican music community.

In 1958 during one of his boat trips, his boat got stuck on a coral reef, and Chris swam back to the shore to find help. He collapsed on the beach, and was eventually rescued by Rasta fisherman, who healed his wounds with traditional Ital food. This pushed Chris into Rastafarianism, and encouraged him to further explore the culture and music. The same year he founded Island Records, with the help of his parents who gave him $10,000, and with a business partner, radio personality Graeme Goodall.

Chris’s first performer was pianist Lance Hayward, who recorded a piano and vocal album. In 1959 he started recording Jamaican music and soon enough landed his first hit, “Boogie in my Bones/Little Sheila”, performed by Laurel Aitken.

In the next couple of years, Chris had several successful singles on his label, and a couple of albums. He then decided to return to England to try to expand his business, by starting selling Jamaican music to the community in London. Little by little Chris’s name became more known in the music industry, and he was the one who firstly signed The Spencer Davis Group, featuring Steve Winwood, to a recording contract. After that, he focused on rock musicians, such as Nirvana, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens, Spooky Tooth, Etta James, The Cranberries and U2. The success of these bands and musicians increased Blackwell’s net worth by a large margin.

Apart from Island Records, which he sold in 1989 to PolyGram, Chris had several other business ventures, including Mango Records, through which he released Jamaican musicians such as Burning Spear, Third World, Salif Keita, King Sunny Ade among many others.

After that, he started Palm Pictures, which was not only focused on music but also on film and DVD releases. However, he merged company with Rykodisc in the late ‘90s to form RykoPalm. Thanks to his contribution to music, he was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Aside from music, Chris has created a luxurious resort on Oracabessa Bay in Jamaica, once owned by famous writer Ian Fleming, creator of secret agent James Bond and called Goldeneye.

Regarding his personal life, Chris was married to Mary Vinson Blackwell from 1998 until her death in 2009; the couple had three children. In his late wife’s honor he founded the philanthropic organization called Mary Vinson Blackwell Foundation, while he has also started several other organizations, including Oracabessa Foundation and Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary.

Full NameChris Blackwell
Net Worth$180 Million
Date Of BirthJune 22, 1937
Place Of BirthWestminster, United Kingdom
EducationHarrow School
SpouseMary Vinson (m. 1998–2009)
ChildrenJake Blackwell, Ollie Blackwell
ParentsJoseph Blackwell, Blanche Lindo
AwardsGrammy Trustees Award
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
MoviesThird World Cop, Good to Go, Countryman, Ken Adam: Designing Bond, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, Los Angeles, CA, United States, Phoenix, AZ, United States
1He owns "James Bond" writer Ian Fleming's former Jamaican home, Goldeneye. It is now a luxury resort. Blackwell grew up nearby.
2Founded the Palm Pictures group in 1997.
3Sold Island Records to PolyGram (now Universal Music) in 1991.
4Was almost single-handedly responsible for bringing reggae music to the world outide of Jamaica by signing Bob Marley to Island Records.
5Founded Island Records in 1960.


Marley2012Documentary executive producer
Arena2007TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
Sun Dogs2006Documentary executive producer
The Last Minute2001executive producer
Third World Cop1999executive producer
Dancehall Queen1997executive producer
Mandela1996Documentary executive producer
The Basketball Diaries1995executive producer
New Orleans Live!1992TV Movie executive producer
The Lunatic1991executive producer
Sidewalk Stories1989executive producer
Big Time1988Documentary executive producer
Sweet Lies1987executive producer
Slam Dance1987executive producer - uncredited
Good to Go1986executive producer
Choose Me1984executive producer
Caribbean Nights: The Bob Marley Story1982Documentary executive producer
The Harder They Come1972executive producer - uncredited


Strisser på Samsø1998TV SeriesStyrmand
Quatermass1979TV Mini-SeriesDancer
Out of the Unknown1967TV SeriesRobot
Dr. No1962Henchman jumping off dock into water (uncredited)


A Show Down at the O.K. Cinema2007Short
The Jules & Lulu Show2004TV Series

Music Department

Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends2012Video Game musician: bass / musician: drums


Strapless1989music: "Skyred" uncred
A Chorus of Disapproval1989music: "Midnight Lady", "Big Jig" - uncredited

Location Management

Dr. No1962location manager - uncredited


Mad Dogs & Englishmen1971Documentary manager: Island Artists Ltd.


Bridget's Sexiest Beaches2009TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry2008Documentary thanks
Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub2008Documentary special thanks
Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley's 60th Birthday2008Documentary heartfelt thanks
No Place Like Home2006/Ivery special thanks
Ian Fleming: 007's Creator2000Video documentary short special thanks
Let's Talk About Sex1998very special thanks
An Evening with Harry Belafonte & Friends1997TV Movie thanks: for their enthusiasm, friendship and support
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood1996special thanks
The Reggae Movie1995Documentary special thanks
In the Name of the Father1993thanks
U2: Rattle and Hum1988Documentary special thanks


DreadtownDocumentary post-productionHimself
Radio CarolineDocumentary filmingHimself
Toots and the Maytals Reggae Got Soul2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Keep on Running: 50 Years of Island Records2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bridget's Sexiest Beaches2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Impact: Songs That Changed the World2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Roots of Reggae: The Ernest Ranglin Story2006Video documentary shortHimself
Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Ian Fleming: 007's Creator2000Video documentary shortHimself
Ken Adam: Designing Bond2000Video documentary shortHimself
Inside 'Dr. No'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Classic Albums: Bob Marley & the Wailers - Catch a Fire1999Video documentary
Behind the Music1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Caribbean Nights: The Bob Marley Story1982DocumentaryHimself

Nominated Awards

2013GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Compilation Soundtrack For Visual MediaMarley (2012)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsMusic SpecialNew Orleans Live! (1992)

Known for movies

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