Kevin Liles is an American record executive and the co-founder and CEO of 300 Entertainment.
He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on February 27, 1968. Kevin was named R&B/Hip-Hop Executive of the Year by Billboard Magazine in 2020 for both his activism and Megan Thee Stallion’s continuous success.
Kevin Liles’s net worth
Kevin Liles is a $60 million dollar record executive from the United States. Kevin Liles was President of Def Jam Records and Executive Vice President of The Island Def Jam Music Group, as well as a record executive and entrepreneur. He served as executive vice president of Warner Music Group from 2004 to 2009 and is now pursuing other business ventures.
Kevin Liles was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on February 27, 1968, and attended Woodlawn High School. From 1999 to 2004, Liles served as president of Def Jam Recordings and executive vice president of The Island Def Jam Music Group. He began working for Def Jam in the Mid-Atlantic region as an unpaid intern in 1991.
By 1993, he had risen to the post of Mid-Atlantic Marketing Manager, and by 1998, Liles had taken the position of President of the Def Jam Music Group, a position he had held for only seven years. Def Jam’s revenues increased nearly $400 million during his presidency.
Liles managed the diversification of the Def Jam brand, including the establishment of Def Jam South, Def Soul, Def Soul Classics, Roc-A-Fella, and Murder Inc., in addition to overseeing the label’s artist roster and day-to-day business.
Before stepping down as executive vice president of Warner Music Group in September 2009 to pursue entrepreneurial pursuits, he worked as an executive vice president at Warner Music Group, reporting to his former Island Def Jam associate Lyor Cohen. Erika, his wife, is his life partner. Kevin has two children from a prior marriage and one daughter from a previous relationship. Genevieve is Kevin and Erika’s daughter.
Early childhood development and education
Liles attended Woodlawn High School in Baltimore, Maryland, where he grew up. With three siblings, he was reared by his mother, Alberta Fennoy, an accountant, and stepfather, Jerome Fennoy, a railway conductor. He studied engineering at Morgan State University on a NASA-funded electrical engineering scholarship, but dropped out before graduating to pursue a musical career.
Liles began his musical career as a member of the Numarx DJ crew in Baltimore. The group co-wrote “Girl You Know It’s True” in 1986, which was first recorded by Numarx but went on to become a major debut hit for Milli Vanilli.
From 1999 to 2004, Liles served as president of Def Jam Recordings and executive vice president of The Island Def Jam Music Group. Before stepping down as executive vice president of Warner Music Group in September 2009 to pursue entrepreneurial pursuits, he worked as an executive vice president at Warner Music Group, reporting to his former Island Def Jam associate Lyor Cohen.
Liles founded KWL Enterprises in New York City in 2009. With Lyor Cohen, Roger Gold, and Todd Moscowitz, he co-founded 300 Entertainment in 2012.
Serving as co-chair of the New Yorkers For Children Gala and founding and continuing to participate in the Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation are just a few of Liles’ philanthropic endeavors.
Erika Liles is Liles’s wife. He and Erika are the parents of two girls.