It’s A Family Affair: 15 Celebrities Managed By A Parent

April 2, 2015  |  
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While many of us couldn’t fathom working with our mothers and fathers each and every day, these celebrities managed by their parents say they couldn’t have made it in the entertainment industry if they hadn’t made it a family affair.


Jonetta Patton started managing Usher’s career when he was just 13 and negotiated his first record deal. Although his mom stopped working as his manager a long time ago (they kept bumping heads over the women in his life), Usher still credits her with making him a superstar.

Waka Flocka Flame

Waka Flocka Flame’s mother, Debra Antney, didn’t just help make her son famous. The CEO of Mizay Entertainment also once managed Nicki Minaj and Gucci Mane.


We all remember the days when Tina Knowles made Beyoncé’s clothes and Matthew Knowles managed her career. But Beyoncé’s fashion eventually evolved —  and her father managed to get himself fired.

“I’ve only parted ways with my father on a business level. He is my father for life, and I love my dad dearly. I am grateful for everything he has taught me.

I grew up watching both he and my mother [Tina Knowles] manage and own their own businesses. They were hard-working entrepreneurs and I will continue to follow in their footsteps.”

Brandy and Ray J

Sonja Norwood has nurtured both of her children’s careers from the very beginning. She even quit her job to devote herself to making their dreams come true, saying, “It’s always great to have a trustworthy member of your family involved in your career.”

Keke Palmer

Sharon Palmer left her job as a teacher to manage her daughter’s career. When it was clear that Keke wanted to get in the business, she packed them all up and moved the family from Illinois to California to make it happen.

Chris Brown

Even though Chris has worked with different managers, his mother, Joyce Hawkins, has always co-managed his career.

Holly Robinson Peete

Not only did Holly Robinson’s mom, Dolores Robinson, manage her career, but the 21 Jump Street star wasn’t even her biggest client! In fact, by the time Holly got into the business, her mother had been a manager for 12 years. She also managed Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez, and Montel Williams.


Tina Douglas has been managing Ashanti’s career since the singer was just 13. Douglas says you can just call her “momanger”: “I spell it the same way I pronounce it. It’s just mom and anger. If you mess with my kid you make me angry.”

Kadeem Hardison

By the time Kadeem Hardison caught the acting bug, his mother, Bethann Hardison, was already changing the face of modeling. She would go on to become his manager.

As Kadeem’s manager, she used her connections and skills to help her son land his iconic role as Dwayne Wayne on A Different World.

Kim Kardashian

Kris Jenner manages the entire Kardashian clan but did you know she also manages Selena Gomez? She has said that she has her eye on Justin Bieber, Jaden Smith and Cara Delevingne as the next additions to her management empire.

Justin Bieber

If Kris Jenner wants Justin Bieber, she may have to talk to his mom, Pattie Bieber. She’s the momager responsible for releasing the YouTube videos that led to her son’s discovery. And although she’s not his manager anymore, she keeps close tabs on his career.

Jessica Simpson

Joe Simpson made everyone feel weird about “dadagers” when he shared this tidbit about his daughter/client to GQ in 2004:

“Jessica never tries to be sexy. She just is sexy. If you put her in a t-shirt or you put her in a bustier, she’s sexy in both. She’s got double D’s! You can’t cover those suckers up!”


Lindsay Lohan

Dina Lohan has been managing her daughter’s career since she was a child. But now that her career has reached an all-time low, rumors have circulated for years that claim Lindsay’s considering firing her mother. Does Dina have what it takes to revive her career?

Michael Jackson

No list like this would be complete without acknowledging Joe Jackson. He was the “dadager” responsible for pushing the Jackson 5 all the way to stardom.

Although allegations of abuse caused several of the Jacksons to cut ties with their father, Michael maintained their relationship until the end. He even celebrated “Joseph Jackson Day” at Neverland Ranch and publicly forgave him, moving past the much-publicized physical abuse.

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