Mathew Knowles

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Mathew Knowles
Born1952 (age 66–67)
EducationFisk University (BA), (BS)
  • College professor
  • author
  • businessman
  • record executive
  • music manager
  • record producer
Tina Knowles
(m. 1980; div. 2011)

Gena C. Avery
(m. 2013)
Children4 including Beyoncé & Solange Knowles
Musical career
OriginGadsden, Alabama
Years active1975–present
LabelsMusic World
Associated acts

Mathew Knowles (born 1952)[1] is an American record executive, talent manager, and businessman.[2] He is best known for being the manager of Destiny's Child. He also managed his daughters Beyoncé and Solange Knowles. He is the ex-husband of Tina Knowles, and father-in-law of Jay-Z.

Early life[edit]

Knowles was raised in Gadsden, Alabama,[1] the son of Lou Helen Knowles (née Hogue) and Matthew Q. Knowles (April 4, 1927 – December 30, 1996).[3] He is a 1974 graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.[citation needed]


Knowles began his business career in sales of office and medical equipment. He moved to Houston in 1976 and worked for the Xerox Corporation for 10 years, primarily in the medical-systems sales division. Knowles afterward worked selling a CT/MRI diagnostic imaging equipment to hospitals and health facilities. He also worked in neurosurgical sales. In 1992, Knowles left this career to devote himself to his music company, Music World Entertainment, which he founded that year.[4]

Knowles established several recording imprints under Music World Entertainment, including Music World Gospel, Music World Kids, and Music World Country/Compadre. Knowles also established joint ventures with Sony Music, Interscope/Geffen/A&M, Fontana/Universal, Integrity Africa, Fontana International, and Sony Brazil.[citation needed]

In 2002 Knowles founded Spirit Rising Music, which became Music World Gospel. Its artists include Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Brian Courtney Wilson, Micah Stampley, Juanita Bynum, Le'Andria Johnson, Amber Bullock, Andrea Helms, Trinitee 5:7, and Elder Goldwire. In 2016, through Music World Music, Knowles acquired the country music catalog Compadre, which includes Johnny Cash, Billy Joe Shaver, James McMurty, Trent Willmon, and Kate Campbell. Knowles also launched the family-oriented music imprint, Music World Kids. The label has released youth projects that include Baby Jamz, Krazy Kuzins, Kid's Rap Radio, and the Music World Kids CD 5-pack. The venture also has released music from Nickelodeon's popular cartoon series, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!.

Knowles became manager of the vocal group Destiny's Child, working 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 top-selling group, winning several awards including the Grammy Award, the American Music Award, BET Awards, and many others. Billboard magazine inducted the group into the All Time Hot 100 Artists.[5] Following the departure of his daughter Beyoncé from the group, Knowles 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 movie Obsessed, which stars Beyoncé. He is also executive producer of, and is featured in, two reality series: The UK's Chancers, and MTV International's Breaking From Above.

In October 2015, Mathew Knowles released his first book, "The DNA Of Achievers: 10 Traits of Highly Successful Professionals". In an interview with, he spoke about teaching entrepreneurship on the college level, and his entertainment industry seminars.[6]

In March 2018, Billboard announced that Mathew Knowles joined the advisory board of Tunedly, an online recording studio for songwriters.[7]

In July 2019, Mathew Knowles joined the cannabis and real-estate firm Bangi as its chief marketing officer.[8]


Knowles is a visiting professor at Texas Southern University, where he teaches courses on the entertainment industry in the School of Communications.[citation needed]


Knowles is the recipient of the Century Award of Excellence (1911–2011) from the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He also received the 2011 Living Legends Foundation Award and was named the "2007 International Executive of the Year" by the Greater Houston Partnership. Knowles is an active and longtime voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and serves on its GRAMMY Board Committee. In 2011, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Gospel Music Association.

Personal life[edit]

Knowles married Tina Knowles in 1980.[9] She filed for divorce in 2009, dropped the matter in 2010, then refiled in August 2011, stating "discord or conflict of personalities" which prevented them from "reasonable expectation of reconciliation" as the reason. The divorce was finalized in November 2011.[10] In 2009, Knowles fathered a child with actress Alexsandra Wright, as a paternity test established.[11] He later married Gena Avery. In 2010, he fathered a child with TaQoya Branscomb, as a paternity test also established.[11]

In October 2019, Knowles announced he has been diagnosed with male breast cancer.[12]


  1. ^ a b Knowles in Mathew Knowles - My American Story (YouTube). BeyonceWorld9481. February 1, 2011. Event occurs at 00:24. I grew up in Gadsden, Alabama. I was born in 1952.
  2. ^ Norment, Lynn (September 2001). "The Untold Story of How Tina & Mathew Knowles Created The Destiny's Child Gold Mine – Interview". Ebony. Retrieved March 4, 2010 – via
  3. ^ Taraborrelli, J. Randy (2015). Becoming Beyoncé: The Untold Story. United States: Grand Central Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 1455516724.
  4. ^ Vincent, Alice (2017-06-19). "Beyoncé's embarrassing father: who is Mathew Knowles?". The Telegraph. UK. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  5. ^ "Destiny's Child inducted into Billboard All Time Hot 100 Artists". Billboard. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  6. ^ Osorio, Kim (19 October 2015). "Exclusive With Mathew Knowles: Does Your Child Have What It Takes To Be Beyonce".
  7. ^ "Executive Turntable: Moves at TuneIn & Coalition Agency, Additions to Tunedly Advisory Board". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  8. ^ "Our Team". Bangi. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  9. ^ Perpetua, Matthew (December 19, 2011). "Beyoncé's Parents Finalize Divorce". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved September 7, 2014. The couple, who married in 1980, filed for divorce back in 2009.
  10. ^ "Beyonce's Mom & Dad -- Finally Divorced ... for Real This Time". December 19, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2019. The final decree of divorce was issued last month in a Texas court, and according to documents — obtained by TMZ — eyonce's mom refiled on August 30. Tina's first swing at the divorce was in November 2009 ... but the matter was dropped in 2010 when they were both no-shows for court.
  11. ^ a b Vincent, Alice (June 19, 2017). "Beyoncé's embarrassing father: who is Mathew Knowles?". The Telegraph. UK. Archived from the original on July 25, 2019. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  12. ^ "Interview: Mathew Knowles reveals he is battling breast cancer: 'We need men to speak out'". Good Morning America. October 2, 2019.

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