Chris Lighty (Entrepreneur) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Darrel Steven “Chris” Lighty 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.”

Born: Darrel Steven Lighty, May 8, 1968, The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: August 30, 2012, The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality: American
Occupation: Music industry executive
Years active: 1989–2012
IMDb: Chris Lighty’s IMDb

About Chris Lighty

American music executive, best known for founding the label Violator.

Before Fame

He grew up in the projects and said that he received his MBA in Hell.


He brokered in 2004 what was at the time the most expensive hip-hop endorsement deal to date: 50 Cent’s $100,000,000 deal with Vitamin Water.

Family Life

He committed suicide in 2012, though his brother believed it was a murder and launched an investigation.


He helped LL Cool J once land a GAP commercial in 1997.

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Latest information about Chris Lighty updated on August 29, 2020.

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