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Damon Dash

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Damon Dash
Damon Dash by David Shankbone.jpg
Dash at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2007.
Born (1971-05-03) May 3, 1971 (age 45)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Dame Dash
  • entrepreneur
  • music producer
  • executive producer
  • actor
  • screenwriter
Years active 1990–present
Known for co–founder of Roc-A-Fella Records
Net worth USD$-2 million[1]
Spouse(s) Rachel Roy (m. 2005–09)
Partner(s) Aaliyah (1999–2001)[2]
Relatives Stacey Dash (cousin)
Darien Dash (cousin)

Damon Dash (born May 3, 1971), also known as Dame Dash, is an American entrepreneur, music producer and actor.[3] Dash is best known as co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records along with Shawn Carter and Kareem Burke.[4]


Early life

Born in New York City, Dash swept the floors of a local barbershop and sold newspapers in order to buy sneakers and shirts as a teenager. Dash "learned to hustle", in his own words, from the example of his mother, who died of an asthma attack when he was 15.[5] Dash was sent to a private school in order to receive a better education. His success helped him discover the different fields he wanted to branch out into.[6]


Dash served as Jay-Z's former manager and business partner at Roc-a-Fella Records, and in 1999, he organized a tour for Jay-Z which made $19 million.[7] Their relationship soured as a result of two subsequent events. The first was when Roc-A-Fella Records was purchased by Def Jam Recordings (which had previously only owned half of the company) in 2004, after which Jay-Z agreed to take a job as Def Jam's president. Then, in late 2005, Jay-Z bought Dash out of his stake in Rocawear.[8] In April 2014, it was announced that Dash is also involved with Blind Debit, a fingerprint payment application being developed by Dez White.[9]

Personal life

Dash met R&B singer Aaliyah in late 1999 through his accountant[10] in New York City and dated her until her death on August 25, 2001 in a plane crash in The Bahamas.[11] Though they were not formally engaged, in interviews given after Aaliyah's death, Dash stated that the couple had planned to marry.[12]


  1. ^ "Damon Dash Net Worth". Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ Biography - Aaliyah
  3. ^ Baron, Zach (January 13, 2010). "Welcome to Damon Dash's DD172, New York's Last Line of Defense Against "Wack World"". The Village Voice. Village Voice, LLC. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ Fraser, George C. (2009-05-05). Success Runs in Our Race. Harper Collins. ISBN 9780061927027. 
  5. ^ "Dash to Solo Success for Hip Hop Mogul". CNN. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Damon Dash Net Worth". Celebrity Net Worth. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Company, Johnson Publishing (2001-01-01). Ebony. Johnson Publishing Company. 
  8. ^ Konigsberg, Eric (19 June 2006). "Why Damon Dash Hates Mondays". New York. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Hutcherson, Lori (19 April 2014). "Invisible Apps Creator Dez White and GirlCodeLA". KTLA. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Damon Dash Talks Losing Aaliyah: 'Nothing Prepares You for That'". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  11. ^ .Retrieved August 25, 2012
  12. ^ Calloway, Sway; Hiatt, Brian; Kroft, Ryan (August 28, 2001). "Damon Dash Says Every Day with Aaliyah Was Special". MTV News. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 

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