Who is Clarence Avant? His Biography, Wife and Net Worth

Clarence Avant known in the entertainment circles, as “The Black Godfather”, is a well-known American music executive, film producer and businessman.

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 22: Clarence Avant arrives at The African American Film Critics Association’s 11th Annual AAFCA Awards at Taglyan Cultural Complex on January 22, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)

Clarence Avant Biography

Clarence Alexander Avant was born in Climax, North Carolina, the United States of America. He is 91 years old and was born on February 25, 1931.

Clarence Avant was raised by his mother Gertrude Avant and was the oldest of eight children in his family. His siblings include Ann M. Avant, Brenda Avant, William E. Avant, Weldon L. Avant, Linda Woods, Paul A. Avant and Harold L. Avant.

Talking about his schooling life, Clarence Avant began his education at a one-room school in Greensboro, North Carolina until the ninth grade. He completed his freshman and second years of high school at Dudley High School in Greensboro.

Clarence Avant later relocated to New Jersey in 1947 where he worked as a stock clerk at Macy’s as well as for a law directory. He started the music business in the 1950s when he managed Teddy P’s Lounge in Newark, New Jersey.

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CLEVELAND, OHIO – OCTOBER 30: Clarence Avant accepts the Ahmet Ertegun Award onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame )

Clarence Avant has since served as the manager of several music artists. He managed R&B singer Little Willie John, jazz singers Sarah Vaughan, Kim Weston, Luiz Bonfa, Wynton Kelly, Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, and Pat Thomas.

Clarence also managed rock and roll pioneer Tom Wilson, jazz producer Creed Taylor, jazz musician Jimmy Smith and Argentine pianist-composer, Lalo Schifrin. Clarence Avant’s 75th birthday was celebrated by Billboard in its February 2006 issue.

Clarence Avant Wife

Clarence Avant tied the knot with his wife Jacqueline Avant in 1967. Jacqueline Avant was a popular American philanthropist. The couple is proud parents of two children, a daughter named Nicole Avant and a son Alexander Devore Avant.

Clarence Avant Net Worth

Clarence Avant has an overall net worth of approximately $50 million which he amassed from his rather successful works as a music executive and film producer over his multi-decade career.