MATHEW KNOWLES BIO
Author, professor, lecturer, public speaker, entrepreneur, music executive, artist manager and founder of Music World Entertainment (MWE) would be the words used to sum up the professional career of Mathew Knowles, Ph.D.
Based out of Houston, MWE is one of the world’s leading music and entertainment conglomerates, with record sales exceeding 450 million worldwide, having worked with Chaka Khan, Earth Wind & Fire, The O’Jays, Destiny’s Child, Solange and Beyoncé, just to name a few.
Knowles is widely recognized in the entertainment industry for his effective approach to developing and promoting award-winning artists. Through Music World Entertainment and Artist Management, he has served as executive producer for more than 100 award-winning, platinum and gold albums in multiple genres, including pop, R&B, gospel, dance, and country, as well as soundtracks and special-themed projects.
Knowles has garnered countless awards for his achievements in business, the music industry, and community partnerships. He is the winner of an MTV Video Music Award, the recipient of the Century Award of Excellence (1911-2011) from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and he also received the 2011 Living Legends Foundation Award. He was named the “2007 International Executive of the Year” by the Greater Houston Partnership, and was honored by the City of Houston with the declaration of “Mathew Knowles Day.”
Knowles is a 1974 graduate of Fisk University, where he earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He was bestowed with the honor of Doctor of Humane Letters from his alma mater at the University’s 2008 Commencement Ceremony.
Dr. Knowles possesses an MBA in Strategic Planning and Organizational Culture and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Cornerstone Christian Bible College, and has held professorships at Texas Southern University, where he taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses on the entertainment industry and entrepreneurship. He was also a distinguished lecturer at Cornell University, Fisk University and Rice University.
He has been a popular keynote speaker and guest lecturer at colleges, universities and various organizations throughout the country. This includes Berklee College of Music where he was the keynote speaker for The Formation of a Star…the DNA of Achievers and a panelist for The Evolving Music Industry seminar, along with other speaking engagements at Hampton University, Howard University, Alabama A&M, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, University of Southern California, The Learning Annex, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Billboard Music & Money Symposium, The Power of Diversity Leadership Panel Discussion, E Women’s Network, Circle of Sisters, Revolt Music Conference and numerous others.
Knowles is also the author of the #1 best-selling book, The DNA of Achievers: 10 Traits of Highly Successful Professionals. His other books include Racism from the Eyes of a Child, which is a personal reflection on racism in America through the lens of his childhood, and his newly released book The Emancipation of Slaves Through Music, where he presents a keen examination of the liberating effects of music on oppressed people.
As a self-made entrepreneur from the small town of Gadsden, Alabama he became the top salesperson at Xerox Medical Systems and then one of the world’s top entertainment managers and executives in the music industry. Knowles highly enjoys motivating and educating others by sharing his knowledge and experience.
His philanthropic efforts and community service include The Knowles Temenos House, 400 apartment units to help the homeless, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gospel Music Association Board of Directors, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Board Member, The Recording Academy Board Member, and the Survivor Foundation.
As a pioneer for African-American success in the corporate world, Dr. Knowles intimately understands the need to empower the community by sharing knowledge.