Michael Collins Ajereh is among the top 10 richest musicians in Nigeria; in this post, we explore Don Jazzy net worth, biography, cars, and lifestyle.
Don Jazzy, who is also known as Michael Collins Ajereh (his real name), is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. A native of Delta State, he co-founded Mo’ Hits Records in 2004, which is now defunct. On May 8, 2012, the artist then established Mavin Records after Mo’ Hits Records’ closure.
Mr. Michael always carries out collaborative projects with other Nigerian/African artists; even in songs with his name as the singer, he still features at least an artist. For the majority part of his music career, Don Jazzy is either producing or making background vocals for his clients with his popular baritone voice.
The entertainer has produced albums and singles for several artists in this country. Also, he mostly performs on stage with his team. Indubitably, Don Jazzy is one of the top richest musicians in today’s Nigeria. Let’s learn more about Don Jazzy’s net worth, biography, cars, and lifestyle!
Don Jazzy Net Worth
Here are some quick facts about this musician’s net worth:
- Artist’s Full Name: Michael Collins Ajereh
- Nationality: Nigeria
- State of Origin: Delta State
- Birthplace: Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
- Source of Wealth: Music Production, Entertainment
- Age: 37
- Net Worth: $100,000,000
As earlier stated, Don Jazzy is among the most valuable artists in Nigeria in 2019. His primary source of income is music production and performance.
Don’s works are vast — featuring many musicians from Nigeria’s entertainment industry, including D’Banj, Naeto C, Okechukwu, and several others. He has produced tracks for the likes of D’Prince, Dr. SID, Naeto C, Tiwa Savage, to mention a handful.
Apart from his earnings from the entertainment industry, Michael also has an investment in oil and owns a large number of fuel tankers.
His net worth, estimated in 2019, lies in the region of $100,000,000.
Don Jazzy Biography
Don Jazzy was born November 26, 1982, in Umuahia, Abia State in South East, Nigeria. Though he grew up in Lagos, his state of origin Delta State and is an Isoko man.
During his childhood, his family relocated to Ajegunle, which is a city in Lagos. Young Michael was raised in this city.
He had his elementary education at the Federal Government College Lagos, a co-educational high school in the state. He acquired a degree in Business Management Studies at Ambrose Alli University, which is sited in Ekpoma, Edo state.
While Don’s mother is an Igbo princess from Abia State, his father is a native of Delta (Isoko).
Michael Collins Ajereh developed an interest in music early in life. When he clocked 12, he started playing the bass guitar. Ajereh equally acquired knowledge of traditional as well as percussion instruments.
He visited London in 2000, where he played the drums for the local church on an invitation from his uncle. During his stay in London, he got employed as a security guard at McDonald’s.
During this period, his interest in music never waned as he collaborated with a number of artists such as JJC, Solek, Kas, The 419 Squad, & D’Banj. He acquired production skills from Emeka Infiniti at O-Town record company.
While in England, Don Jazzy met D’Banj, a fellow Nigerian, and the two of them formed a partnership in music. They returned to Nigeria in 2004 to establish “Mo’Hits” records. This famous record label would later produce one of Nigeria’s most successful albums.
Through Mo’ Hits, Don Jazzy was able to produce several albums, with the likes of Dbanj, Wande Coal, Dr. Sid, D’prince (his brother) benefiting from his impeccable production skills. Without any modicum of doubt, Don Jazzy is a sedulous producer cum singer.
Don Jazzy and Dbanj, in 2012, reneged on their initial collaboration and parted ways. Most times, when this sort of issues crops up in this industry, while one of the pair continues to put up a successful performance in the business, the other usually sinks.
However, in the case of the duo of Don Jazzy & Dbanj, the two excelled in the wake of the split up, and their erstwhile brand, Mo’Hits, seemed to be the only casualty of the break-up.
Don Jazzy formed Mavin Records in 2012. The record label, which is also known as the Supreme Mavin Dynasty, has produced a number of famous award-winning music stars since its inception.
Some of these comprised big names in Nigeria entertainment, such as Reekado Banks, John Drille, Koredo Bello, Rema, Di’ja, DNA Twins, and Wande Coal that went solo later on. These artists, working as a team, have doled out sensational singles, such as Dorobucci, Arise, Adaobi, and lots more.
There are also producers in this record, including the Don himself, Altims and Baby Fresh, and others.
DJ Big N became the official disc jockey of Mavin Records in 2014. Apart from Wande Coal, other artists that have left the label are Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, and Reekado Banks.
Mavin released Solar Plexus, its compilation album, on May 8, 2012. Earlier in January 2019, the label secured a multi-million dollar investment (estimated to be $100million) from a subsidiary of Kupanda Capital & TPG Growth — Kupanda Holdings.
Don Jazzy has produced several albums, and some of them are listed below:
- MAVINS – Solar Plexus (2012)
- Dr. SID Turning Point (2010)
- D’banj – No Long Thing (2005),
- Run Down, Funk U Up (2006),
- The Entertainer (2008)
- Mo’ Hits All Stars – Curriculum Vitae (2007)
Don Jazzy has won a number of awards:
- City People Entertainment Award (2015) – special recognition award
- The Headies 2014 – Producer of the Year for Dorobucci
- Nigerian Music Awards (2006) – Producer of the Year.
- Nigerian Entertainment Awards (2007) – Music Producer of the Year
- The Headies 2011 – Producer of the Year for Over The Moon, Mr Endowed, and Pop Something
Don Jazzy’s Cars and Houses
According to online sources, Don Jazzy is said to own more than four cars. His car collection boasts a Porsche Carrera (valued at around ₦32M); a Bentley Continental (with an estimated cost of about ₦70M), a Cadillac Escalade (valued at ₦26M), a Range Rover (₦23M), which has his name on the number plate.
The Mavin Records CEO is also said to own a private jet.
Talking about his houses, he has a property in Banana Island, an artificial island that lies beside the Lagos shore. His mansion in this location is said to be valued at around ₦150M.
He also has another property nicknamed Lekki Office in Lekki.
Don Jazzy’s Lifestyle
The artist, in an exclusive telephone chat with Saturday Beats, discussed his lifestyle, especially his relationship status. He noted: “I don’t bring up issues about my relationship status on purpose. People always talk about it.
“It is not difficult to find a wife; there are many beautiful women out there. It is not like I am ready; I am not the perfect version of what I would like to be to my wife and family.
“I want to work on myself until I am ready. By the time I am ready, if someone still wants to be with me, that would be great.
“It is not like I am looking for a wife and cannot find one. There are lots of nice and beautiful ladies out there. I don’t think I am there yet. I am not in a hurry.
“If time passes and nobody wants to marry me, then so be it but for now, I don’t feel I have worked on myself enough.
“I don’t want a scenario where I would get married and my music or business would take me away and the next thing would be that my wife would start complaining that I am hardly around. Then people would start saying he doesn’t care about his family. I don’t need that type of talk in my life.
“Let me be on my own, whenever I am ready, I am ready. I have a girlfriend; I have had different girlfriends in the last 10 years. I can’t just be single; I never said I was celibate. The relationship can break, she can leave me and go, and it is possible.
“My other ex-girlfriends left me, they didn’t break my heart, they just moved on, some of them are married now, if they were still waiting for me, they won’t be married by now.
“People have their personal agendas and it is understandable. For me, I am not in a hurry.”
On that note, we bring this post on Don Jazzy’s net worth, biography, cars, and lifestyle to an end.