Mathew Knowles

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Mathew Knowles
Born (1952-01-09) January 9, 1952 (age 72)
EducationFisk University (BA, BSBA)
Occupation(s)College professor, author, businessman, record executive, music manager, record producer
Years active1975–present
  • (m. 1980; div. 2011)
  • Gena C. Avery
    (m. 2013)
Children4, including Beyoncé and Solange[1]
RelativesBlue Ivy Carter (granddaughter)
Musical career
LabelsMusic World

Mathew Knowles (born January 9, 1952)[2] is an American record executive, businessman and university lecturer.[3] He is best known for being the manager of Destiny's Child. He also once managed the solo careers of his daughters Beyoncé and Solange Knowles.

Knowles is the founder of Music World Entertainment, which embraces country, gospel and children's music.

Early life and education[edit]

Knowles was born in Gadsden, Alabama,[2] the son of Lou Helen Knowles (née Hogue) and Matthew Q. Knowles (April 4, 1927 – December 30, 1996).[4] 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.[5] He has an MBA in Strategic Planning and Organizational Culture from Cornerstone Christian Bible College.[6][dubious ]


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 worked selling 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.[7]

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.[8]

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. By 1997 he had secured the group a label deal with Columbia Records and a feature on the Men in Black soundtrack.[9] During this time, Knowles brought in producers such as Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri, and Master P to focus on a fusion of hip hop with R&B to cross over to different audiences. Under Music World Artist Management, Destiny's Child became a top-selling group, winning several awards including Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, BET Awards, and many others. Billboard magazine inducted the group into the All Time Hot 100 Artists.[10] Knowles also managed the solo careers of Destiny's Child members Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. Former members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson once sued Knowles, accusing him of misappropriating group funds.

In 2002, Knowles founded Spirit Rising Music, which became Music World Gospel. Its artists include Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Brian Courtney Wilson, Juanita Bynum, Le'Andria Johnson, Micah Stampley, 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 James McMurty, Johnny Cash, Billy Joe Shaver, 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!.

In addition to his work in music, Knowles was one of the executive producers of the 2009 movie Obsessed, which starred Beyoncé. He was also executive producer of, and was 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 seminar where he taught music executives like Van Benson and other successful students.[11]

In March 2018, Knowles joined the advisory board of Tunedly, an online recording studio for songwriters.[12]

In July 2019, Knowles joined the cannabis and real-estate firm Bangi as its chief marketing officer.[13] On October 25, Knowles announced via an Instagram video that he would release an album featuring then-unreleased music from Destiny's Child's childhood days as Girls Tyme.[14] The album, Destiny's Child: The Untold Story Presents Girls Tyme, was released on all streaming platforms and the iTunes Store on December 2, 2019. The album's release was also accompanied by a book, Destiny's Child: The Untold Story, written by Knowles.[15]

In February 2021, Knowles launched his iHeartRadio podcast "Mathew Knowles Impact" and revealed his plans to retire from the music industry.[16]

In March 2022, Knowles sold Music World Entertainment Group to APX Capital Group. Upon signing this deal, he became a member of APX's board of directors, and the manager of a $275 million fund for film and television co-productions between the United States and Italy.[17] One of the first projects under the agreement, The Mathew Knowles Story, will tell the story of how Knowles guided Destiny's Child to success, while also giving a behind-the-scenes look at the solo careers of his daughters Beyoncé and Solange, as well as Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland.[18]


Knowles is a visiting professor at Texas Southern University, where he teaches courses on the entertainment industry in the School of Communications. In 2018, the university established the Mathew Knowles Institute in his honor.[19] He currently holds a professorship at University of Houston, Prairie View A&M University, and the Art Institute.[20] Knowles joined the teaching staff at London College of Creative Media as a visiting professor. In September 2022, a bursary scholarship was established in his name.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Knowles married Tina Knowles in 1980.[22] She filed for divorce in 2009, dropped the matter in 2010, then refiled in August 2011, stating "discord or conflict of personalities" that prevented them from "reasonable expectation of reconciliation" as the reason. The divorce was finalized in November 2011.[23]

On June 30, 2013, he married Gena Avery, a former model.[24]

In October 2019, Knowles announced he had been diagnosed with male breast cancer.[25]


  1. ^ "Beyoncé Has More Siblings Than You Realize". Showbiz Cheat Sheet. January 24, 2020. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Taraborrelli, J. Randy (2015). Becoming Beyoncé: The Untold Story. United States: Grand Central Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 978-1455516728.
  5. ^ "Mathew Knowles Named to Fisk University Board of Trustees" (Press release).
  6. ^ "Mathew Knowles". Archived from the original on May 23, 2021. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "Beyoncé's dad, Mathew Knowles, diagnosed with breast cancer". October 3, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  8. ^ "Mathew Knowles' Music World Entertainment Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary" (Press release). January 17, 2012.
  9. ^ Patoski, Joe Nick (January 21, 2013). "Money in the Making". Texas Monthly. Retrieved November 2, 2022.
  10. ^ "Destiny's Child inducted into Billboard All Time Hot 100 Artists". Billboard. August 2, 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2014.
  11. ^ Osorio, Kim (October 19, 2015). "Exclusive With Mathew Knowles: Does Your Child Have What It Takes To Be Beyonce". Archived from the original on October 20, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  12. ^ "Executive Turntable: Moves at TuneIn & Coalition Agency, Additions to Tunedly Advisory Board". Billboard. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "Top Black Cannabis Entrepreneurs Cashing In On The $75 Billion Market". Forbes. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  14. ^ "Mathew Knowles Is Dropping An Unreleased Destiny's Child 'Girls Tyme' Album". Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  15. ^ "Stream: Mathew Knowles Releases 'Destiny's Child: The Untold Story Presents Girls Tyme' Album & Book - That Grape Juice". Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  16. ^ "Beyoncé's father Mathew Knowles is leaving the music industry". March 2021.
  17. ^ White, Peter (March 17, 2022). "Mathew Knowles Sells Music World Entertainment Group To APX Capital, Plots 'King Richard'-Style Biopic As Part Of $275M Film & TV Fund". Deadline. Retrieved March 19, 2022.
  18. ^ Abraham, Mya (March 18, 2022). "Mathew Knowles Embarks On His Own 'King Richard' Moment In Hollywood". Vibe. Retrieved March 19, 2022.
  19. ^ "Texas Southern University Establishes the Mathew Knowles Institute". February 9, 2018.
  20. ^ "Professor Knowles is Set to Teach at the University of Houston — and Megastar Guests Will Follow". October 13, 2020. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  22. ^ Perpetua, Matthew (December 19, 2011). "Beyoncé's Parents Finalize Divorce". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on November 24, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014. The couple, who married in 1980, filed for divorce back in 2009.
  23. ^ "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 — Beyonce'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.
  24. ^ "Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles weds former model Gena Charmaine Avery". New York Daily News. July 6, 2013.
  25. ^ "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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