Memphis rapper Yo Gotti is making headlines as he embarks on a new academic journey at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Following the successful conclusion of his Gangsta Art tour, where he shared the stage with artists like GloRilla, EST Gee, and Moneybagg Yo, Yo Gotti is delving into the world of business education at the prestigious Anderson School of Management.
The specific course capturing Gotti’s attention is “Corporate Valuation,” a comprehensive exploration of analytical tools crucial for assessing the value of various business entities.
This course covers a spectrum of topics, including the valuation of projects, corporations, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, private firms, and debt. With weekly meetings, the curriculum aims to equip students with the methodological tools necessary for making informed and astute investment decisions.
Beyond his musical success, Yo Gotti has garnered recognition for his entrepreneurial ventures, particularly his record label, Collective Music Group (CMG), which received accolades from Billboard last May.
The 42-year-old artist is not only making waves in the music industry but has also diversified his portfolio. As a co-owner of the professional men’s soccer club D.C. United, owner of the Memphis restaurant Prive, and an investor in real estate and esports, Gotti exemplifies a multifaceted approach to business.
In a recent appearance on the Own Your Leisure podcast in August, Yo Gotti shared insights into his entrepreneurial journey. He discussed the strategic move of investing $400,000 to $500,000 to buy himself out of unfavorable contracts and reshape CMG in 2012.
Reflecting on this pivotal moment, Gotti explained, “The company had folded, and then the contracts got acquired by the next company that bought it. We basically moved to the company that bought the other company, but I wasn’t really like super pleased with the original company anyway. So, I saw that as a move when they went to the new company, to approach them like, ‘Yo, I’m trying to like do something different, but I ain’t asking for nothing for free. You know what it costs. So, how we can work it out?”
Yo Gotti’s commitment to education and strategic business decisions underscores his determination to excel not only in the music industry but also in various entrepreneurial pursuits. As he navigates the corridors of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, his journey continues to be one of inspiration and success.