Randy Jackson has a net worth of $50 million as an American musician and reality show judge. Jackson is best recognized for being a former judge on the reality TV show “American Idol,” despite being a talented musician. Jackson has an amazing reputation as a session musician, having played with high-profile groups throughout his career as a bass guitarist, outside of reality television.
He is the bassist for the band Journey as of 2020. Randy is a Grammy-winning song producer in addition to judging and singing. Randy has also worked as a television executive producer. Randy Jackson also runs a radio top 40 countdown show called “Randy Jackson’s Hit List.”
Randy Jackson’s Early Years
Randall Darius Jackson was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 23, 1956. Randy’s father was a plant foreman, while his mother was a stay-at-home mom. Randy attended Southern University after graduating from high school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 1976.
Randy Jackson’s Career
Jackson began his career as a session bass guitarist for bands such as Taxxi and artists such as Jean-Luc Ponty and Carlos Santana in the 1980s. He was a member of Journey from 1986 to 1987, and he joined them in the studio to record the album “Raised on Radio.” He cooperated with the pop artist Zucchero after relocating to Italy. He also worked with Billy Cobham around this time.
Jackson joined an all-star band to record music for the film “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” in the mid-80s. Aretha Franklin and Keith Richards were among the members of the ensemble. Randy made his debut in the late 1980s with Steve Lukather’s first solo album and Maze’s “Silly Soul.” He also worked on Kenny G’s, the Divinyls’, Tracy Chapman’s, and Bruce Springsteen’s albums.
Randy Jackson has worked as a producer with a number of well-known performers, including Mariah Carey. Randy Jackson’s Music Club, Vol. 1 was released in 2008. Jackson was the only producer of the record. He’s worked with a lot of American Idol finalists over the years, including Kimberley Locke.
Randy Jackson first appeared as a judge on “American Idol” in 2002. He was eventually the only judge from the original panel who remained. Jackson finally quit the show in 2014, citing a desire to pursue other career opportunities. He then went on to produce “America’s Best Dance Crew,” a spin-off series. The show premiered in 2008 and was discontinued owing to low ratings in 2010.
Randy Jackson’s Relationships
Elizabeth Jackson was Randy Jackson’s first wife. Before their marriage was dissolved, they had one kid together. Jackson married Erika Riker in 1995. Before filing for divorce in 2014, they had two children together.
Randy Jackson’s Salary at American Idol
For his first season as a judge for “American Idol,” Jackson was paid a salary of $10 million. That number rose as the series became more popular, and Jackson was probably earning much more by the time he departed in 2014. Randy Jackson was said to make almost $30 million less per year on average than Simon Cowell.
Randy Jackson’s investment in Properties
In 2014, it was reported that Randy Jackson had sold a property in Los Angeles for $1.9 million. The home is situated in a gated community in the Tarzana neighbourhood. The residence has 5,878 square feet of living space, a pool, a spa, and a guesthouse, and was built in 1990 with Spanish architectural elements.
He originally paid $2.725 million for the property in 2005. Randy Jackson seemed aware from the start that he would lose money on the investment, as he first listed the property for $2.199 million. Eventually, he settled for a loss of $825,000 when he finally sold the home.