Charlie Walk – Net Worth, Bio, Wife, Children, Age, Quotes  

Charlie Walk is an American music executive who began his tenure with Republic Music Group in 2013 first as vice president before his eventual promotion to president in February 2016.

Between 2005 and 2008, Walk served as the president of Epic Records, a division of Sony Music.

Biography

Charlie first discovered his love of music when he was 8 years old while listening to Boston radio on his old transistor radio.

In 1990, he graduated from Boston University’s School of Management (Questrom School Of Business).

While he was attending Boston University’s School of Management, Charlie started to work as a marketing representative for Sony Music Distributions New England branch.

In 1990, he started to work at Columbia Records as a promotion and marketing manager covering the Northeast Region.

At Columbia Records, Walk worked with:

  • Aerosmith;
  • Destiny’s Child;
  • Bruce Springsteen;
  • Beyoncé Knowles;
  • John Mayer;
  • Will Smith;
  • Wyclef Jean;
  • Maxwell;
  • Lauryn Hill;
  • The Fugees;
  • Mariah Carey;
  • John Legend.

In 2004, Walk was promoted to executive vice president of creative marketing and promotion at Columbia Records.

In the follow-up year, he became president of Epic Records.

In February 2009, Charlie started his own entertainment company CWE Media. In 2009, he co-founded RJW Collective, later known as JWALK. CWE Media functioned until 2011.

In 2013, he joined Republic Records as its executive vice president.

In 2015, Walk was named to Billboard’s Power 100 list of influential music minds.

In February 2016, Charlie was named the president of the Republic Group.

In 2018, Walk appeared as a judge on the television reality series The Four: Battle for Stardom, an American reality television music competition series that is broadcasted on Fox.

In March 2019, Charlie started a new music consulting service called Music Mastery.

Wife

Charlie married Lauran Miller Walk in 1997.

Children

The couple has four children named:

  • Jewel;
  • Jade;
  • Jagger;
  • Jesse.

Quotes

”I think the Grammys get more modern each year.”

”The way you win is having the best music. After that, it’s a strategy.”

”Being successful at work and home. That balance is the hardest thing to achieve in life, and rarely are my stars all aligned.”

”The core business is music but it’s also about the things around the artists that we do can do. It’s not just audio. We create content.”

”Innovation is everything in my world. If you are not innovating and changing something, then you are part of yesterday, not tomorrow.”

Trivia

Walk has overseen a number of philanthropic efforts to fund after school music programs in public schools across the United States.

Charlie first said that he wanted to work in the music industry after he listened to the Boston pop music station WRKO on an old transistor radio. He was 8.

Charlie produced a one-off revival episode of Total Request Live on MTV named – “Total Ariana Live” on July 2, 2014.

On January 29, 2018, Charlie was accused of sexual misconduct – an allegation he denied. In a statement, he said:

“It is very upsetting to learn of this untrue allegation made by someone who worked with me 15 years ago, without incident. There has never been a single HR claim against me at any time during my 25+ year career, spanning three major companies.”

Walk also said:

”I have consistently been a supporter of the women’s movement and this is the first time I have ever heard of this or any other allegation — and it is false.”

In a different interview, he said:

“I did not do these things and this is not who I am. Throughout my career, I have always sought to conduct myself professionally and appropriately.”

Charlie went on to say:

”It is upsetting to be presented with false claims from long ago that I know to be untrue and were never reported.”

In February 2018, in a lengthy piece published by Rolling Stone, 5 women accused Charlie of sexual misconduct over a period of decades.

All the women who accused Charlie of misconduct fit the same criteria:

  • working as assistants or in similar positions;
  • relatively new to the industry;
  • early 20s.

Tristan Coopersmith was the first to publicly accuse Charlie of misconduct. She said that when she worked for him at a Sony division years ago, he:

“made me feel sick to my stomach almost every day.”

Coopersmith also said:

”I was paid to keep my mouth shut and my reputation intact. I’m ashamed of that piece but it’s a truthful part of my story. I took that dirty money and moved to LA.”

In a different interview, Tristan declared:

“I applaud all the women who shared their truth and I am gratified that Universal created a safe process for them to do so.”

After the accusations, Charlie quitted his job as a judge at Fox’s “The Four: Battle for Stardom.” 

Republic Records has announced that the company and Walk are going their separate ways.

A Sony representative said:

“Sony Music believes in a safe, professional and respectful workplace and will not tolerate behavior that isn’t within these guidelines.”

Since then, Walk worked as a consultant on radio strategy for UnitedMasters, a company that provides music distribution and other digital services to artists.

Interesting note – UnitedMasters received funding of $70 million from:

  • Andreessen Horowitz;
  • 21st Century Fox;
  • Alphabet.

Steve Stoute from UnitedMasters said:

“I hired him {Charlie Walk} as a consultant to work on some radio strategy for us. I know Charlie and his wife Lauren really well. During the entire crisis, I’ve spoken to him.”

Steve Stoute continued:

”Before I considered bringing him on as a consultant, I sat down with his wife and my rationale was very simple: His wife stayed with him. She believes him. He denied it. Who am I to go any further than that?”

Charlie Walk – Net Worth

Walk earned most of his wealth through his career as a marketing expert and music entrepreneur and executive. He has consistently delivered used innovative tactics to turn artists into icons and products into brands.

Moreover, during his career, Charlie has played an important role in promoting 50 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits. Therefore, Charlie Walk has an estimated net worth of $12.5 million.

References

https://www.brulteco.com/charlie-walk-innovation-interview/
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/charlie-walk-sexual-misconduct_n_5a7056dee4b0a52682ff5474
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/charlie-walk-steve-stoute-new-job-771788/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5331749/Charlie-Walk-denies-sexual-misconduct-allegations.html

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