Jimmy Iovine Bio, Age, Wife, Liberty Ross, Apple, House, Dr Dre, Net Worth

Jimmy Iovine

Jimmy Iovine Biography

Jimmy Iovine (James Iovine) is an American record producer and the co-founder of Interscope Records. Iovine and rapper-producer Dr. Dre founded Beats Electronics in 2006.

Dr. Dre produces audio products and operated a now-defunct music streaming service and was purchased by Apple Inc. for $3 billion in May 2014.

Jimmy Iovine Age

Iovine was born on 11 March, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S. He is 69 years old as of 2023.

Jimmy Iovine Family

Iovine was born to an Italian working-class family. He was born to a secretary mother and Vincent “Jimmy” Iovine who worked in the docks as a longshoreman. His father’s death and love for Christmas inspired him to record A Very Special Christmas in 1985.

Iovine schooled at Catholic school in Brooklyn. He then graduated from the since-closed Bishop Ford Central Catholic HS and then went on to attend New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

He was a college dropout at 19 years old. Iovine was then introduced to music production after he met a songwriter who then got him a job cleaning a recording studio and began working as a studio professional around 1972. Since he started his career, Jimmy has taken part in production of more than 250 albums.

Stevie Nicks

He entered into a relationship with singer Stevie Nicks while producing her album Bella Donna. The couple then split in 1982. Stevie had written the song “Straight Back”, which was included in the Fleetwood Mac album Mirage, about him.

To Nicks, Jimmy was an inspiration for one of her signature songs, Edge of Seventeen and according to her his despondence from the death of his good friend John Lennon overwhelmed Nicks. This finally led to the end of their relationship.

 Jimmy Iovine Wife

For 24 years, Iovine was married to writer, lawyer, and model Vicki Iovine. Iovine and Vicki have four children together.

Jimmy Iovine Liberty Ross

Iovine started dating model and actress Liberty Ross in 2014. The couple got married in front of their Malibu beach house on Valentine’s Day, 2016, with their friends and family in attendance.

Sean Combs (P.Diddy) remarked on the wedding saying it was “the blackest wedding with a Rabbi [he had] ever seen!”

Son | Children

Iovine has two daughters and two sons with previous wife Vicki; Jade Iovine, Jeremy Iovine, Jessica Iovine, and James Iovine.

Interscope Records Jimmy Iovine

Iovine co-founded Interscope Records in 1990. In 1999, he became Interscope Geffen A&M after a merger.

He was responsible for providing distribution, initial funding and financial oversight for the highly successful Death Row Records hip-hop label in the 1990s.

The label operated as a subsidiary of his company Interscope, and was also largely responsible for Interscope’s initial platinum selling chart successes throughout the 1990s, later launching the company into greater success in the 2000s with platinum artists like Eminem and 50 Cent.

Jimmy Iovine Tupac

In 1991, Jimmy then signed Tupac Shakur to a recording contract as one of the first hip-hop acts on the Interscope label.

Dr Dre| Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine

Iovine teamed up with Dr. Dre to co-found Beats By Dr. Dre, a headphones brand in 2008 and by 2012, it had captured 20 percent market share of the headphones industry.

Jimmy announced the expansion of the Beats brand into the online digital music world with Daisy, a new service slated to launch in late 2013.

The former Topspin Media executive Ian Rogers and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor were said to be involved.

Jimmy Iovine Apple

Apple Inc. announced the acquisition of Beats Electronic on May 28, 2014. Iovine was the hired to assume an undisclosed position at Apple where he helped in the creation of Apple Music.

American Idol

He was a mentor on Fox’s American Idol from 2011 to 2013 and his protégés—Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, and Candice Glover—release their music through Interscope. He stopped working with the show in mid-2013.

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Jimmy Iovine HBO

HBO ran a four-part documentary about Jimmy Iovine’s relationship with Dr. Dre and other musicians titled The Defiant Ones in July 2017.

Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy

With Dr. Dre, Iovine donated a $70 million endowment to the University of Southern California to create the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. The academy’s first class began in September 2014 with 31 students.


iovine-young@usc.edu or call (213) 821-6140.

Net Worth | Worth | How Much Is Jimmy Iovine Worth?

Iovine has an estimated net worth of $800 million.

Jimmy Iovine Quotes

  • You try to do the best with what you’ve got and ignore everything else. That’s why horses get blinders in horse racing: You look at the horse next to you, and you lose a step.
  • Beats succeeded because, as music lovers, we knew oscilloscopes don’t buy headphones – people do.
  • Just because you did something once doesn’t mean anything. You have to be willing in your heart to begin again every day. The minute I’m not willing to do that, I will retire.
    Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/jimmy_iovine

Jimmy Iovine House

Iovine purchased a Malibu Mansion owned by television producer Marcy Carsey in a secret, off-market deal in 2015. He reportedly bought it for $60 million.



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Jimmy Iovine on His Secrets to Success and Remaining Humble

Published: JUN 12, 2017

Adapted From: www.esquire.com

 I’ve spent a lot of my career studying givers and takers, and you’ve been pegged as a giver. Patti Smith said musicians know you as ambitious—but ambitious for them, not for yourself. Where did this generosity of spirit come from?

Jimmy Iovine: What I realized early on is what I didn’t bring to the picture. Over four or five years, I did six albums with three people: John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, and Patti Smith.

I felt that if I could care as much about their music as they did, I could be useful to them. I really cared about their music and their lives.

These incredible people allowed me into their lives, into touching their music at such a high level, you’d better take care of this and respect this. They were my three professors.

The minute I met those people, I said, This is how I’m going to learn. I learned my work ethic from Springsteen. I was a guy who would say, Five o’clock, I’m out of here. Springsteen worked all the time. We were in a room with no window—no one ever knew what time it was.

Do you look for that generosity in collaborators?

Jimmy Iovine: I don’t look for it; I try to plant it. As [music producer] Jon Landau says in the first episode of The Defiant Ones, it’s not about you. If you can learn that, you can take a lot from it.

That quality is really important to me. It was implanted in my brain by Landau. I try to give that to people I work with.

How do you stay humble after becoming successful?

Jimmy Iovine: I don’t have a rearview mirror. I’m interested in listening to the people who walk in the door. If your ego and your accomplishments stop you from listening, then they’ve taught you nothing.

There are geniuses, savants; I’m not one of them. I work hard, I see where popular culture’s going to move, but I’ve gotta keep having information pumped into me. I look under every rock.

At the height of Interscope, a nineteen-year-old kid said to me, “I’ve got a tape of a white rapper.” I said, “Give it to me. I’ll give it to Dr. Dre.” That was Eminem.

I did it today with a kid at Apple Music. When I met Steve Jobs and Eddy Cue at Apple, I didn’t know how to make a headphone. I learned how to navigate that business by hanging out with Eddy. I was trying to help Apple as much as possible, and I was getting all this knowledge in return.

Just because you did something once doesn’t mean anything. You have to be willing in your heart to begin again every day. The minute I’m not willing to do that, I will retire.

When we did Beats, we had to begin again. Nobody at Best Buy knew who we were. Did they care we had produced a record? They didn’t give a shit. Don’t believe your own bullshit. If I were going to teach a course, it would be called Don’t Breathe Your Own Exhaust.

I’ve found that just like the rest of us, great innovators are afraid of failing—but they’re even more afraid of failing to try.

In The Defiant Ones, you say something about making fear a tailwind instead of a headwind. How do you go about that?

Jimmy Iovine: Fear wants to be a headwind. If you could practice judo and make it a tailwind, it’s so powerful. You gotta get it to push you forward. Be willing to fail.

The greats have failed. You get punched enough times and you say, I lived through this. I’m going to take the fear and I’m going to go. You can get that fear behind you.

Bruce Springsteen is as afraid as any of us, but he knows how to conquer it. If you’re great, that means you’re freaked out that the next day you’re not going to be great. You keep trying. Never be satisfied.

So many teams are less than the sum of their parts. You’ve had more than your share of collaborations that are the opposite. How?

Jimmy Iovine: With Dr. Dre, what you have is a white man and a black man from two different racially charged neighborhoods [Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Compton, California].

We connected and nothing could disconnect us. We should’ve been disconnected for many reasons. Then we went on and did Beats together, and we did it as partners. We’ve never had an argument. I know what he’s great at and he knows what I’m great at.

You’ve gotta really understand what the other person does. If the other person is not contributing, you’ve gotta be honest: It’s time to move on. If you really respect what the other person brings to it, then you keep your relationship together.

Differences of opinion are inevitable when you’re working with other people—especially if they have a strong creative vision. How do you handle disagreements?

Jimmy Iovine: I play mental games with myself. David Geffen and I disagree a lot. I say, This guy’s really smart. I think he’s completely wrong, but I’m going to try it anyway. He’s right often enough that I’ve been friends with him for forty years.

Sometimes that feeling is wrong. I’m willing to try things that other people want to try. If I’m with the right team, we’re going to win anyway.

Even at Apple right now, Eddy has a lot of different ways of looking at things than I do, but I really respect him and I just try it. He bets on me and I bet on him.

If I believe in you, I will listen to you. I don’t care if we sink. I can feel who wants it more in the room. And then I go with that.

Bono says, “Jimmy happens to you like a virus.” What’s that about?

Jimmy Iovine: If I think I want to work with you, I let you know. I really go for it. I know it’s going to work out for both of us. You may not know it yet, but I do.

That’s what I did with [Iovine’s wife] Liberty Ross. On our fourth date, I said, “Liberty, have you ever been surrounded by one person before?”

What will you be doing in ten years?

Jimmy Iovine: I have no idea. In ten years I’ll be seventy-four. I can only think about doing a job for Tim [Cook] and Eddy, because they believe in us so much.

All I care about is that Beats is successful and Apple Music is as great as it can be. And I’m not thinking about anything beyond that, except my family.

I have a responsibility to these guys. And that’s what I care about. That and musicians—to try to help the music business do better financially. Right now it’s up to the record companies to join in and be part of the transition.

 Rather than thinking a technology company’s going to take care of anything, work with the technology companies. A lot of music is out there for free, with people taking advantage of cracks in the laws. Artists are getting screwed, and I think that sucks. You have to spend too much time on the road, not enough time making music.

Any advice for people who want to follow in your footsteps?

Jimmy Iovine: Get in the room with the best people you can and open your heart, ears, and mind. Open up and learn. Be of service. Because if you’re of service, they will teach you. With Lennon and Springsteen and Smith, I knew that I had to be of service.