Craig Kallman is an American businessman and former DJ. He might be the best known for founding the independent music label, Big Beat Records, which was later purchased by Atlantic Records, and also for being the Chairman and CEO of the Atlantic Records Group. He is one of the world’s leading investors in rare records. If you want to learn more about his life, career, and earnings, keep on reading.
The exact date of Kallman’s birth is still unknown. There are some informations that he was born in 1965, while others claim that it was 1966. He was born in Manhattan, New York, U. S. His father owned an eclectic record collection, which was the reason for his interest in a wide variety of music. When he was very young, Kallman’s trips to record stores, in search of records, began. Later on, the trips became the weekend job. He attended Trinity High School and then enrolled into Brown University. In 1987, Kallman graduated magna cum laude with a liberal arts degree. At first, he wanted to continue his education at Harvard Business School, but then changed his mind and decided to pursue a career in the music industry.
During his high school years, Kallman used to work in the dance department at Columbia Records. He made a deal with his father that he was allowed to DJ on weeknights as long as he maintained his good grades and good behavior in school. During his college years, he was a representative for CBS Records and programmed urban and rock specialty shows for an internet radio station WBRU-FM. In 1987, Kallman founded his own independent record label, Big Beat Records. The label’s first artist was Taravhonty. Four years later, Atlantic Records purchased Big Beat Records. Some of Big Beat’s artists included Lil’ Kim, Robin S., Junio Mafia, Jay Williams, Double X Posse, Jomanda, Quad City DJs, Artifacts, and Inner Circle. Thanks to Kallman, numerous major artists were signed by Atlantic Records. Those include Aaliyah, Brandy, Timbaland, and P.O.D. In 2002, Kallman became co-president of the label, and three years later, he was named Chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records Group. After he became the CEO, he was responsible for signing artist like Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Death Cab For Cutie, Trey Songz, Flo Rida, Gnarls Barkley, B.o.B., Janelle Monae, Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane, Cardi B, Nipsey Hussle, Charlie Puth, The War On Drugs, Lizzo Halestorm, Hunter Hayes, and Fitz and The Tantrums. Another this he did was to extend Atlantic Records reach into the film soundtrack industry.
From 1990 till 1991, Kallman dated a model Stephanie Adams. He is very private about his love life, so there are no informations about his other relationships.
Craig Kallman’s net worth is estimated at up to $10 million. Most of his earnings come from his smart investments and being the CEO of the Atlantic Records Group. It is believed that his net worth will grow with the years to come.