Justin Timberlake is an American singer who first rose to fame as part of the boy band NSYNC in the late 1990s. He would eventually established a successful solo music career and then venture into acting as well.
After numerous hit songs and successful projects on the big screen, Justin Timberlake’s net worth has steadily grown since he first began working in the industry. However, Timberlake’s assets are more diverse than one might think. The star co-owns a clothing line, owns a restaurant, and has an impressive real estate portfolio. Read on to discover Timberlake’s most successful projects and trace his career from beginning until now.
Justin Randall Timberlake was born in Memphis, Tennessee on January 31, 1981. His mother is Janet Lynn Harless and his father is Charles Randall Timberlake. He has three half-siblings from his father’s subsequent marriage. This includes his two half brothers, Jonathan and Stephen, from his father’s second marriage.
Timberlake comes from a family of prolific musicians. His background is a combination of country music and gospel music. When he was 11 years old, Timberlake joined Star Search under the name Justin Randall, this would be the beginning of his musical career.
A year after his appearance on Star Search, Timberlake joined the cast of The All New Mickey Mouse Club. He stayed on the show from 1993 to 1994. He was there with other future stars Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, and JC Chasez. Timberlake would later recruit Chasez to join him in an all-male singing group managed by Lou Pearlman, which would become NSYNC.
Timberlake and Chasez became the lead vocalists of the boy band, which went on an introductory European tour in 1996. In 1998, the band released their first studio album. They sold 11 million copies, and they quickly became a household name in the United States. Their subsequent albums, No Strings Attached and Celebrity also performed quite well.
It is obvious that Timberlake’s music career was off to a good start. As early as two years into the founding of the group, and even before they were known in the US, Justin Timberlake’s net worth was already at more than $2 million. At the same time, Timberlake did not fully give up his own dreams as he continued to pursue solo projects.
NSYNC’s popularity eventually started to wane, and issues were mounting with the band’s manager Lou Pearlman, who was being sued by fellow boy band, the Backstreet Boys. In 1999, NSYNC sued Pearlman and his record company, Trans Continental, as well over illicit business practices.
All of this business drama didn’t deter Timberlake from pursuing what he really wanted, a solo career. In 2000, he starred in Model Behavior on the Disney Channel. A year later, he collaborated with Pharrell Williams to pursue his music further.
It was in August 2002 that Timberlake launched his first single as a solo artist, Like I Love You. A couple of months later, he released his first solo album, Justified. The following year, Timberlake was on the Justified/Stripped Tour with Christina Aguilera, who was also promoting her album. Both former Mickey Mouse Club members were very promising solo artists by this time.
Super Bowl Controversy
At the 2004 Super Bowl, Timberlake drew a lot of public attention following a wardrobe malfunction during his halftime performance with Janet Jackson. In an unintentional move, Timberlake tore off part of Jackson’s outfit, revealing one of her breasts on live TV with millions of viewers. The regrettable event didn’t have a negative impact on Timberlake’s career, though. And by the end of 2004, Justin Timberlake’s net worth was estimated at $42 million.
Shortly after the accident, Timberlake took a brief break from singing and diverted his attention to acting. In the next couple of years, he appeared in movies such as Edison, Alpha dog, Black Snake Moan, Southland Tales. He also provided the voice for Artie in Shrek the Third in 2007.
Timberlake took to acting quite naturally and he continued appearing in critically acclaimed films. Some of these are The Social Network, Bad Teacher, Friends with Benefits and Wonder Wheel. Timberlake has also guested on TV shows like Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He even wrote an Emmy Award-winning skit for SNL in 2006 called Dick in a Box.
Timberlake has recently sold his song catalog for approximately $100 million to Hipgnosis Song Management in May 2022. The deal gives the company complete control over the catalog, which includes 200 songs that Timberlake wrote or co-wrote. It includes songs from when he was in NSYNC as well as throughout his solo career.
Timberlake also co-launched his own clothing line called William Rast in 2005 with his friend Trace Ayala. The brand sells cashmere sweaters, cord jackets, polo shirts and jeans. The brand’s name was a combination of Timberlake’s grandfather’s first name and Ayala’s father’s last name.
Timberlake is also the co-owner of the Chi restaurant in West Hollywood, and the Destino and the Southern Hospitality restaurants in New York. Aside from these ventures, Timberlake also has an impressive real estate portfolio with wife Jessica Biel.
In 2021, Timberlake and Biel, listed their Los Angeles home for sale for $35 million. Additionally, they owned a NYC Soho penthouse that was bought in 2010 for an estimated $6.5 million. In 2018, the penthouse was listed for $8 million, and eventually sold at a small loss, $6.35 million.
The couple also purchased a NYC Tribeca penthouse for $20 million. The 5,375 square foot home included a 71-foot indoor swimming pool along with a 5,000 square foot landscape roof terrace.
In 2015, Timberlake purchased approximately 126 acres in Tennessee for $4 million. Around the same time, the couple also invested in a ski resort and real estate development in Big Sky, Montana.
Timberlake is married to actress Jessica Biel, with whom he has two sons. Their eldest, Silas, was born in 2015 and the youngest, Phineas, was born in 2020. Timberlake and Biel have been married since 2012.
Before settling down with Biel, Timberlake has been known to date a number of celebrities over the years. One of his most publicized relationships was with singer Britney Spears, who was his girlfriend from 1999 to 2002. Following their breakup, Timberlake dated actress Cameron Diaz for the next four years.
Justin Timberlake’s Net Worth 2022
Justin Timberlake’s net worth is now valued at approximately $250 million. The combination of his boy band years, solo music career, film acting, and a few other business ventures had certainly paid off. Timberlake does put his assets to good use as he is known to be very generous in giving back to the community.
Fans can expect to see Timberlake next in Reptile opposite Alicia Silverstone and Benicio Del Toro. He is also involved in an untitled TV series, which will be based on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.