Chad Hugo was born as Charles Edward Hugo in Virginia on February 24, 1974. He is a multi-instrumentalist who can play the piano, the saxophone, and the guitar. Hugo who is best known as one half of The Neptunes and also as a member N.E.R.D. He is also a record producer who is responsible for producing several number one hits. It is now estimated that Chad Hugo has a personal net worth of $55 million. So, how did this talented man get so rich?
His Life History
Hugo grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia. While he was at grade school, his parents sent him to band camp. It was there that he met his lifelong friend Pharrell Williams. The two boys bonded over the fact that neither of them enjoyed band camp. However, the setting gave them the opportunity to experiment with beats, which was something about which they were both passionate. After leaving band camp, the pair continued to work together playing in various live bands and mixing beats. They called themselves The Neptunes.
As young adults, Hugo and Pharrell occasionally produced for artists. These were usually associated with Teddy Riley and included SWV and BLACKStreet. After a few years, The Neptunes scored some bigger songwriting and production gigs with artists including Mystikal and N.O.R.E. Some of the songs they wrote and produced became hits, and this established them in the music industry. Their success also made them more desirable, and they began to work for A-listers in the music industry, such as Jay-Z. By this time, their work had developed a reputation for having its own distinct sound. Following their work with Jay-Z, Hugo subsequently signed a deal with BMG Music Publishing.
The Neptunes continued to enjoy success as a producer, and by 2002 their work was finally being officially recognized. In that year, they the awards for Producers of the Year at both the Billboard Music Awards and The Source Awards. Their success led them to move into a different element of the music industry, and they began to write and produce work for themselves. By August 2003, they had released their own album ‘The Neptunes Present…Clones’, which debuted at number one on the charts in the United States. Hugo has gone on to work apart from Pharrell Williams on several projects during his career. One aspect of his career that did not involve Williams was working with Kenna. He produced their 2003 album ‘New Sacred Cow’, and the majority of their second album ‘Make Sure They See My Face’. Furthermore, he was the lead producer on their 2011 EP ‘Land 2 Air Chronicles I: Chaos and the Darkness’. Hugo also worked with Kenna to produce the 2013 EP ‘Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation is Suicide Chapter 1’.
He also founded the DJ team ‘Missile Command’ in 2011. This was another project that did not involve Pharrell Williams. Instead, he was working in collaboration with Daniel Biltmore, and the pair signed a deal with Fool’s Gold Records. With this record label, Missile Command’ has released two mixtapes. The first of these was ‘Foolcast #22’ in 2011. This was followed in 2013 by ‘Why Fight the Space Age?’. Another example of a project that is separate to his work in The Neptunes is Hugo’s creation of a band called ‘No Planes in Space’ with Paul Banks.
Another of Hugo’s collaborations is his work with Malaysian artist Yuna. He collaborated with her on her album ‘Nocturnal’, specifically the song ‘Someone Who Can’, which was released in 2013. In the same year, Chad Hugo produced Earl Sweatshirt’s debut album ‘Doris’, the second album for The Internet, and ‘Hear Ye Him’ which is No Malice’s debut album. Furthermore, he also produced the third track on Fugitive 9’s third album ‘Carbon Harbringers’. 2014 was another good year for Chad Hugo as a solo producer. Some of the artists for whom he produced that year included DJ Qbert, Red Velvet, and Kid Sister. Also, during 2014, Hugo released several remixes for both himself and for other artists. Some of these artists included St. Vincents, Little Dragons, and Graph Gonzales.
Chad Hugo reunited with Pharrell Williams and Shea Healey in 2015 to reform his former band N.E.R.D. They reunited specifically to contribute three songs to the 2015 movie ‘The SpongeBob Movie 2: Sponge Out of Water OST’. In the same year, N.E.R.D. collaborated with Iamsul & P-Lo for a track for the soundtrack of ‘The Manny Pacquiao Movie’. N.E.R.D. officially reunited in 2017. On December 15, 2017, they released their fifth studio album ‘No One Ever Really Dies’. Hugo’s most recent project with Williams as The Neptunes was in 2018 when they collaborated with Justin Timberlake to produce nine tracks for his ‘Man of the Woods’ album. This was the first release of Timberlake’s since he released the album ‘Justified’ in 2002.
His Net Worth
Due to the Chad Hugo’s successful career in the music industry, he is now a very rich man. In fact, according to sources, he now has an estimated personal net worth of $55 million. His fortune is solely due to his work as a songwriter, musician, and producer in the music industry as he has no other business interests. Hugo continues to work in the music industry and to accrue more wealth. He has not released any information about his future plans or what he is working on now as he rarely takes part in interviews about his work or his personal life. In his personal life, Hugo has been married twice and has fathered three children. He was first married to Rachel Hugo between September 1998 and September 2010, and they had two children together. Following his divorce, he met his second wife Priscilla Lynch Hugo. They married on February 22, 2014, and they have one child together.