Who is Melissa Heholt?
Melissa Heholt was born on 10 October 1987, in New York City, USA, and is an events planner as well as a businesswoman, but perhaps best known for being the wife of rapper J. Cole. Her husband rose to fame in the early-2010s with the release of his album “Cole World: The Sideline Story”. Since then, he’s released numerous hits, and collaborated with various popular artists.
The Net Worth of Melissa Heholt
As of early-2020, Melissa Heholt’s net worth is estimated to be over $700,000, earned largely through a successful career in events planning.
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She probably benefits from the success of her husband as well, with J. Cole having an estimated net worth of over $35 million, with numerous successful albums and singles to his name.
Early Life, Education, and Career
Melissa is of multi-racial descent, and she grew up in New York. She attended the private Archbishop Molloy High School. She didn’t have a clear direction for her career at a young age, but after matriculating, she enrolled at St. John’s University where she would eventually meet her future husband J. Cole.
After completing her degree, she then began a career as a teacher, but didn’t last long as she quickly learned that she leant more towards events planning, and was very interested in it.
She first worked for Makini Regal Designs as an apprentice, learning from the event design company based in Brooklyn, which specializes in wedding events. After staying there for a few years, she left the company to create her own event planning business, Statice Events in 2014. She has since planned numerous events, ranging from seminars to weddings. She also works as one of the executive directors of the Dreamville Foundation, a charitable organization founded by her husband.
Husband – J. Cole
Jermaine Cole is of African-American descent, born in Frankfurt, West Germany where his father served on a US military base as a member of the US Army, and his mother worked for the US Postal Service.
It was a mixed ethnic family as his mother was white and father Afro-American, who later abandoned the family, and he settled with his mother in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he grew up with an older brother.
At a young age he developed a love for both sports, playing basketball, and music, learning to play the violin which led him to perform with the Terry Sanford Orchestra. At the age of 12, he became interest in rap, and eventually focused more on it as it became a possible career in his eyes. He learned more about production, and adopted the name Therapist for his productions. He performed well in high school, and wanted to get more opportunities in New York City, leading him to accept a scholarship at St. John’s University.
Career Beginnings – J. Cole
While at college, J. Cole became interested in a career in computer science, but later shifted to business and communication, as he was discouraged by witnessing the life of a lonely professor in computer science. He was very active within the college community, and graduated as magna cum laude though he didn’t receive his degree until 2015 due to an overdue library book, which led to the university withholding it. For a time he worked numerous odd jobs including as a mascot and a newspaper salesman.
He kept various song samples with him, and also had a notebook that contained songs he wrote over the years.
After creating a full- CDs-worth of work, he traveled to Roc the Mic Studio, hoping to catch the attention of rapper Jay Z. He was dismissed by the famous rapper, but that motivated him to make even more music, and in 2009 he released the mixtape “The Warm Up”, which eventually helped him gain the attention of Jay Z, leading him to be featured on Jay’s album “The Blueprint 3”.
The Success of J. Cole
After collaborating with Jay Z, J. Cole was signed to the Roc Nation imprint, and would release another mixtape “Friday Night Lights”. He earned fame with his mixtape releases as well as his constant features and work with other popular artists.
In 2011, he released his debut album – “Cole World: The Sideline Story” – which was certified platinum in the US by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His album debuted at the top of the US Billboard 100 and he received a lot of praise for both his musical ability and production work.
He followed up his debut album with “Born Sinner”, and then another project – “2014 Forest Hills Drive” – which continued to build his fame. His second and third albums also achieved platinum certification, and led to his first Grammy nomination. In 2016 he had another chart-topping release with “4 Your Eyez Only”, which became another platinum-certified hit.
Two years later he produced “KOD”, making it his fifth number one album in five album releases.
Apart from his music, he also works as a producer for Janet Jackson and Kendrick Lamar. He created the label called Dreamville Records, and also launched the non-profit organization Dreamville Foundation.
Melissa met J. Cole while both of them were students at St. John’s University. They kept their relationship private and secret, even holding a secret wedding in 2015.
It wasn’t until a year later that J. Cole surprised many of his fans by admitting that he was married to his college sweetheart, while in an interview with director Ryan Coogler a year later, he revealed that he and his wife had a child.
Apart from their relationship, the couple is very active in supporting young women and adolescent single mothers through the Dreamville Foundation. J. Cole focused on these efforts after experiencing hardships with his mother growing up. He even bought his childhood home, and later offered the accommodation to young adolescent mothers, free of rent.