Mathew Knowles

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Mathew Knowles
Born (1952-01-09) January 9, 1952 (age 63)
  • Businessman
  • music manager
  • record producer
Spouse(s) Tina Knowles (m. 1980; div. 2011)
Gena C. Avery (m. 2013)
Musical career
Years active 1975–present
Labels Music World
Associated acts

Mathew Knowles (born January 9, 1952)[1] is an American talent manager and businessman.[2] He is best known for being the manager of the Grammy award winning multi-platinum R&B girl group, Destiny’s Child. He also managed Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, who are also his daughters. He is the ex-husband of Tina Knowles, and father-in-law of Jay Z.


Early career[edit]

Knowles began his business career in McDonalds, Texas. 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.

Music career[edit]

Knowles established several recording imprints under Music World Entertainment, including Music World Gospel, Music World Kids, and Music World Country/Compadre. The label has produced many artists such as Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, From Above, Sunshine Anderson, Trin-i-tee 5:7, The Pastor Rudy Experience, and J. Xavier. Knowles also established joint ventures with Sony Music, Interscope/Geffen/A&M, Fontana/Universal, Integrity Africa, Fontana International, and Sony Brazil.

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, and Elder Goldwire. In 2007, 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 trio 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 include the Grammy Award, the American Music Award, BET Awards, and many others. Billboardmagazine inducted the group into the All Time Hot 100 Artists.[3] 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 thriller 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.

Personal life[edit]

Knowles was raised in Gadsden, Alabama,[1] the son of Lou Helen and Mathew Knowles.[citation needed] 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. Knowles is an adjunct instructor at Texas Southern University, where he teaches a course on the entertainment industry in the School of Communications. 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.

Knowles was married to stylist and House of Dereon owner Tina Knowles in 1980. Together, they had two daughters, R&B singers Beyoncé and Solange Knowles. Tina Knowles filed for divorce after several reports about Matthew's affair with actress Alexsandra Wright had surfaced. The reports went as far as claiming that Wright was pregnant with Knowles' child. After Wright's son Nixon was born in 2010,[4] she requested a paternity test from Knowles, who had admitted to having an affair with her. The paternity test was positive and Knowles was ordered to pay child support to Nixon and Wright.[5]

Mathew and Tina Knowles' divorce was final as of December 2011, ending their 31-year marriage. On June 30, 2013, after a year-and-a-half engagement, Knowles married former model and realtor Gena Charmaine Avery in Houston, Texas.[6] In July 2014, real estate agent TaQoya Branscomb claimed that in 2010 she and Knowles had an affair that resulted in a daughter, Koi. As of September 18, 2014, the court-ordered paternity test had come back, stating that Knowles fathered the four-year-old Koi.[7]


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