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Chris Lighty (Darrel Steven Lighty) was born on 8 May, 1968 in The Bronx, New York, United States, is a Music industry executive. Discover Chris Lighty's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 44 years old?

Popular As Darrel Steven Lighty
Occupation Music industry executive
Age 44 years old
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Born 8 May 1968
Birthday 8 May
Birthplace The Bronx, New York, United States
Date of death August 30, 2012,
Died Place Riverdale, New York, United States
Nationality American

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Who Is Chris Lighty's Wife?

His wife is Veronica Lighty (m. 2003–2012)

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Wife Veronica Lighty (m. 2003–2012)
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Children Tiffany Lighty, Deja Lighty

Chris Lighty Net Worth

His net worth has been growing significantly in 2020-2021. So, how much is Chris Lighty worth at the age of 44 years old? Chris Lighty’s income source is mostly from being a successful . He is from American. We have estimated Chris Lighty's net worth, money, salary, income, and assets.

Net Worth in 2021 $1 Million - $5 Million
Salary in 2020 Under Review
Net Worth in 2019 Pending
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On August 30, 2012, Lighty was found dead on the patio of his South Riverdale, Bronx apartment from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The New York Daily News reported that "a gun shot was heard and Lighty was found lying face-up with a 9mm pistol next to his body". Forbes magazine reported that he had been involved in an argument with his wife Veronica not too long before his body was discovered.

Lighty's brother stated that he did not believe that the death was a suicide and that the family would be staging its own private independent investigation and would share any solid findings with the public. Rapper 50 Cent, a client and close friend of Chris, also questioned the suicide claim; he hired a team to investigate the details of the incident, at the request of Lighty's mother. Friend and rapper Papoose questions Lighty's death as suicide in the song "Obituary 2012".


In 2011, Lighty launched the website, which allowed new artists to submit their music online and have top music executives listen to it for a US$10 fee. (The site is no longer active.)

In 2011, Violator merged with another company, Primary Wave to form Primary Violator.


Lighty worked for Def Jam, Jive and Loud Records. He was chief executive of the Brand Asset Group. In 2004, Lighty brokered the largest brand endorsement deal in hip hop to date. He was the architect of what turned out to be one of the most lucrative deals in hip hop history: rapper 50 Cent’s Vitamin Water pact. When Coca-Cola paid $4.1 billion for Vitamin Water's company Glaceau three years later, 50 Cent received $100 million, and Lighty received an undisclosed sum.


In 2002, Lighty and a DJ from Chicago, DJ Scrap Dirty, created The Violator Allstar DJs. "We wanted to build a situation for the DJ’s who might need more muscle," Lighty remarked. The same year he appeared in the Electronic Arts video game Def Jam: Fight for NY as the character Baby Chris.


Lighty began working in the music industry by carrying vinyl record crates for DJ Red Alert. Later, Russell Simmons' company, Rush Artist Management, hired him. Lighty founded a management company in the early 1990s called Violator; the company is named after the gang he belonged to in the Bronx. Violator was responsible for getting L.L. Cool J his first Gap commercial in 1997. Lighty developed endorsements for Sprite with A Tribe Called Quest, AT&T with Diggy Simmons, and for Mountain Dew with Busta Rhymes.


Darrel Steven "Chris" Lighty (May 8, 1968 – August 30, 2012) was an American music industry executive. He co-founded Violator, a record label, management and marketing company, which represented hip hop artists such as Nas, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, Missy Elliott, LL Cool J, Uncle Murda, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey and Sean "Diddy" Combs. The New York Times called him "one of the most powerful figures in the hip-hop business."