Jay Z is no doubt an icon in hip hop with his platinum-selling albums and sold-out tours. But the rapper has been one of few moguls in the industry to successfully stretch the boundaries when it comes to business.

Estimated to have a net worth of $500 million, Jay has used his stature to his advantage making numerous deals to invest his money in, and thus keep his money long. The rapper said it best himself, "I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man." Whilst this may seem like some rapper bravado, Hov is on point knowing that anything he so desire to put his name to will bring him some sound returns.

Throughout his ventures, he has done more than just associate his name to a product. Jay has proved he's a real entrepreneur, grabbing opportunities to get involved in marketing details, the presentation of products as well as bringing fresh ideas to anything he co-signs. More than anything, this is probably what has turned the rapper into a mogul.

We're breaking down all of Hova's investments, from the very beginning of his career up to present day. Check out the timeline below, and click through the slides above to find out more on each specific venture.