American music manager, Record Producer, author, and businessman Jerry Heller had a $20 million fortune. His management of some of the first “gangster rappers,” including N.W.A. and Eazy-E, is what made him most famous. However, Heller had already achieved a high level of success prior to starting to work on rap music. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was an agent for a number of well-known musicians, including Journey, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, Credence Clearwater Revival, Black Sabbath, and the Who.
Jerry Heller Biography and Net Worth
|Net Worth $20 million|
|Full Name Gerald Elliot “Jerry” Heller|
|Birth Date October 6, 1940|
|Died September 2, 2016|
|Birthplace Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|Profession Businessperson, Film & Record producer|
|Girlfriend Gayle Steiner|
Jerry Heller Early Life
Jerry Heller was born Gerald Elliot Heller on October 6, 1940, in Cleveland, Ohio. Heller, who was raised in a Jewish household, later served in the US Army before enrolling in the University of Southern California following high school. He began working in the agency industry in the early 1960s. Before starting his own agency in Beverly Hills, he worked for a number of other firms.
Jerry Heller Career Beginnings
In the late 1960s, the Heller-Fischel Agency was established, and it quickly became a successful business. The business made $1.9 million in revenue during its first year and $3.7 million during its second. The company generated $5.8 million in revenue by the third year, and by the fourth year, Jerry’s new business was bringing in over $7 million annually. He was now a representative for bands like Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, and the Who. Several prominent composers, including Carly Simon, Van Morrison, and Cat Stevens, were also employed with the agency at the time.
Jerry Heller Success
By the middle of the 1980s, Heller had discovered a brand-new genre of music that was swiftly becoming popular in the US, Court Rap Music. Together with Eazy-E, Jerry formed Ruthless Records, which eventually paved the way for Priority Records and Interscope Records to flourish. Later, Ruthless Records expanded to include musicians and producers like Dr. Dre, who became successful in large part thanks to Heller’s assistance. Ruthless Records went on to sell more than 110 million records. Although Easy-E went away and Jerry finally departed Ruthless Records, the business was once generating more than $10 million in monthly sales. Heller oversaw performers in the 1980s like C.I.A., a pioneering outfit that featured a young Ice Cube.
Jerry Heller Wife
In 1996, Jerry Heller wed Gayle Steiner, they were a Californian couple and in 2014, they got divorced.
Jerry Heller Death
Jerry Heller experienced a sudden heart attack while driving in Thousand Oaks on September 2, 2016. He crashed his vehicle as a result, hurting himself. Despite being sent to a local hospital, Jerry eventually passed away at the age of 75. His attorney immediately asserted that “Straight Outta Compton” was largely to blame for the collision and heart attack.
Jerry Heller Net Worth
Jerry Heller had a net worth of $20 million at the time of his death. He was regarded as one of the wealthiest rap executives in American hip-hop history.