Clarence Avant Net Worth

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Clarence attended Dudley High School for two years and then moved to New Jersey in 1947, after which he worked as a stock clerk for Macy’s. In the 1950s, he found opportunity in the music industry when he became part of Teddy P’s Lounge as a manager. He was mentored by Joseph G. Joe Glaser who was the founder of the Associated Booking Corporation, and the Consolidated Booking Corporation. Later on, Clarence would start managing singers such as Tom Wilson, Sarah Vaughan and Little Willie John, and also Lalo Schifrin and Jimmy Smith.

In 1967, Avant helped incorporate Venture Records Inc. which would lead to the first successful venture between an African-American artist and a major record company. The company was run by William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Avant had to move to Beverly Hills to work for the company, for two years until MGM Records shut the label down. Despite that, he earned a good salary and his net worth increased. He became an associate producer and started several stage projects, including in the same year founding Sussex Records in Los Angeles, and it would run for six years until shut down by the IRS. During the run of Sussex, they had artists such as Bill Withers and Dennis Coffey, but there was controversy that the company had ripped-off several artists by not paying royalties.

In 1971 Clarence founded Avant Garde Broadcasting, Inc. and would also buy an FM radio station in Los Angeles, the first owned by an African-American. The company, however, never really became profitable and was forced into bankruptcy in 1975. Afterwards, he continued with other projects such as working with Paramount Pictures for “Save the Children”. He was rewarded by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences the Trustees Award in 2008. In 2016, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame thanks to his contributions to the recording industry.

For his personal life, it is known that Avant married Jacqueline Alberta Gray in 1967 and they have a son and a daughter. Jacqueline served on the board of directors of the UCLA International Student Center, and was also the entertainment chairman of the NOW benefit auction and NOW membership.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Clarence Avant
  • Net Worth: $10 Million
  • Date Of Birth: February 25, 1931
  • Place Of Birth: Climax, North Carolina, United States
  • Profession: Producer, Actor
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Jacqueline Avant
  • Children: Nicole Avant, Alexander Devore Avant
  • Parents: Gertrude Avant
  • Siblings: William E. Avant, Weldon L. Avant, Paul A. Avant, Ann M. Avant, Harold L. Avant, Linda Woods, Brenda Avant
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  • Awards: NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award, The BET Honors Entrepreneur Award
  • Movies: Jason’s Lyric, Stalingrad


  • He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6363 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 7, 2016.
  • His daughter, Nicole Avant, became the 13th United States Ambassador to the Bahamas on October 22, 2009. She was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama on June 16, 2009, and September 13, 2009.
  • His wife, Jacqueline “Jackie” Avant, served as president of the Neighbors of Watts, a support group for the South Central Community Child Care Center (1974), entertainment chairperson of the NOW benefit auction and dinner dance, and chairperson of NOW membership (1975). She’s also on the board of directors of the International Student Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


Title Year Status Character
Jason’s Lyric 1994 executive producer
New Attitude 1990 TV Series producer – 1 episode
Stalingrad 1990 producer
Livin’ Large 1989 TV Movie co-producer
Heart and Soul 1988 TV Movie co-executive producer
Deliver Us from Evil 1975 executive producer
Save the Children 1973 Documentary executive producer
Title Year Status Character
The Color Purple 1985 African Musician
Title Year Status Character
Crackula Goes to Hollywood 2015 special thanks
VH1 Rock Docs 2010 TV Series very special thanks – 1 episode
Hollywood Shuffle 1987 thanks
Krush Groove 1985 thanks
Title Year Status Character
The BET Honors 2013 TV Movie Himself
Don Cornelius: Visionary, Trailblazer & Cultural Icon 2012 TV Movie Himself
Searching for Sugar Man 2012 Documentary Himself – Former Chairman of Motown Records
41st NAACP Image Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
Still Bill 2009 Documentary Himself
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones 1990 Documentary Himself
Soul Train 1973 TV Series documentary Himself


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