Mike Kyser is one of the richest basketball players, boasting a net worth of $500 Million and being honored with multiple awards throughout his career.
Kyser had served as President of Black Music at Atlantic Records, signing artists such as Trey Songz and working closely with rappers such as Cardi B on her record-setting album Invasion of Privacy.
Early Life and Education
Michale Kyser is an American entrepreneur and President of Black Music at Atlantic Records. In this capacity he oversees their roster of rap artists such as Trey Songz, T.I., Flo Rida and Trick Daddy as well as being close friends of Joe Budden; appearing multiple times on his podcast show.
In 1942, he began touring his small band and experienced some modest success. But his true passion lay in doing charity work with them – so much so that most commercial gigs were declined (except where contractually obliged).
After World War II, he continued his philanthropy by helping build a wing at St. John’s hospital in Santa Monica as thanks for performing there and also becoming engaged in spreading Christian Science religion.
Mike Kyser is the President of Black Music at Atlantic Records and oversaw Cardi B’s marketing and promotion to ensure she would not become just another one-hit wonder. Additionally, last year Atlantic released three #1 Billboard 200 albums from Meek Mill, Kodak Black, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – each making the Billboard 200 chart #1 albums!
He has also served as coach of the Utah Jazz and played in Lebanon’s Lebanese Basketball League for Tadamon Zouk, making his debut against Texas Stars on August 30 with eight points and two rebounds scored during an exhibition game.
He was born June 18, 1905 in North Carolina and became known for his Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge broadcast and eleven #1 records. Additionally he co-starred alongside Ann Miller in several movies such as 1944’s Carolina Blues.
Achievement and Honors
Louisiana Tech University welcomed him with open arms as part of their basketball team and in four games he averaged 3.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, before joining Enosis Neon Paralimni of the Cypriot League for more action.
Kyser’s busy wartime schedule had taken its toll, and he sought relief through visiting a Christian Science practitioner for arthritis in his feet. Finally, relief came and he resumed his entertainment activities.
As president of black music at Atlantic Records, Mike Kyser oversaw Cardi B’s success by producing two No.1 albums on Billboard 200 charts during 2018. Additionally, he oversaw Meek Mill and Kodak Black’s triumphant rise. Mike Kyser’s work on The Greatest Showman soundtrack received considerable acclaim.
Kyser was an enthusiastic golfer and hunter, enjoying camping trips with his family. Additionally, he was active within The Mother Church – The First Church of Christ Scientist, serving as their church spokesperson.
After the musicians’ strike ended in November 1944, Kyser began touring his band to entertain service members throughout the country. Additionally, they participated in a Hollywood Victory Caravan to raise money for war bonds.
Kyser’s band stood out from other big bands of its time by featuring individual musicians who became stars themselves, such as vocalist Harry Babbitt, cornetist Merwyn Bogue (known as Ish Kabibble), trombonist Bruce King and saxophonist Jack Martin – each becoming stars themselves and becoming household names during his or her own right. Additionally, Kyser recorded many popular hits, as well as appearing twice on NBC television show Kollege of Musical Knowledge as stars themselves.
As a senior, Kyser guided the Tech Hokies to the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals and established himself as their career blocks leader. On September 23rd 2017 he signed with Enosis Neon Paralimni of Cypriot League where he averaged 15 points and 14 rebounds per game.
As President of Black Music at Atlantic Records, Kyser assisted Cardi B in making her 2018 album Invasion of Privacy not just another one-hit wonder – topping the Billboard 200 chart and earning widespread critical acclaim from professional critics alike.
Kyser has won several tournaments as a golfer and currently ranks within the top 100 of Official World Golf Rankings. Additionally, he owns Barnbougle Real Estate Development Company; along with his wife Lindy they have two daughters and three sons; currently living between Oregon and Wisconsin.