Steve Rifkind is an American hip hop recording artist as well as a music entrepreneur. He is the former CEO of Loud Records and SRC Records to which artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Akon, David Banner, Asher Roth, Joell Ortiz and Big Pun were associated.
Early Life and Career
Born on March 2, 1962, in Merrick, Long Island, Steve Rifkind is the son of Spring Records producer Jules Rifkind.
Rifkind is an American music entrepreneur. Growing up in a razzle and dazzle of rap music he soon got linked with R&B music. He was an employee at his father’s Spring and worked on king Tim III by the FatBack Band in 1979, promotion man. He then went on to work with R&B group New Edition in 1986.
In 1991 he was appointed the CEO of Loud Records. The company launched the careers of the stars such as Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Three 6 Mafia and Big Punisher. He was on account of film division and a clothing line in Loud. The film Paid in Full released by Loud in 2002 was a collaborated work of Rifkind with Brett Ratner, Jay-Z and Damon Dash.
Later on, Steve Rifkind founded Street Records Corporation in 2002. The company got to sign with famous personalities like David Banner and Akon. He then became the vice president of the Universal/Motown Records in 2003. He also invested in Coalition Music Group, a Reggaeton label.
In 2008 Rifkind founded a technology marketing company entitled Rifkind Thal Group. SanDisk, a data storage products inventor and manufacturer, was their first client. Furthermore, he has launched several marketing campaigns for companies such as T-Mobile, Adidas, Nike, Pepsi, Levi Jeans and many others.
Besides that Rifkind is an active philanthropist. He supported Camp Excel a week-long overnight camp for underprivileged children with learning disabilities. He is also a sponsor and coaches the Delray Blazers, a youth basketball team of Del Ray Beach, Florida. He sponsored breast cancer charity by donating the profits from his Think Pink Rocks.
Steve Rifkind was in a romantic relationship with his ex-fiancee Sanaa Lathan. Lathan was his long-time girlfriend, and the duo got engaged in 2010.
They even had three children together namely Alex, Caroline, and Ryan. The couple eventually separated in 2011. As of now, Rifkind is a single man.
Rifkind holds the staggering net worth of $200 million. He made his fortune working on several business ventures.