It doesn't take a genius to figure out why Jay isn't in the same predicament. Dame only got a cut of what Jay made. For starters, unlike Dame, we know for certain that Jay has hundreds of millions. So if Armandale vodka or whatever isn't getting a foothold in the market, then Jay is better able to absorb the shock. Secondly, I think Damon sunk his money into ventures that he didn't necessarily know how to make work. He wanted to get his own conglomerate going, but that's easier said than done. You can own Pro-keds, but how do you increase Pro-keds market share? How do you make the brand as relevant as it was before you bought it? Now, Dame has a pretty good hustle and obviously an eye for talent if she signed both Jay and Kanye and Cam, etc., but running Rockafella with Jay on the roster is like Phil Jackson getting the lion share of the credit for the six championships with Michael Jordan on the team. I would assume that when Dame was partnered with Jay he had more money rolling in than he does without Jay.
As for S. Ronson, I stand corrected then, C. Ronson, and my bad, if you were talking about the record label not the clothing line. I actually think Dame and Jay sold Rockafella records to Def Jam for a lot less than ten million. The sale of that company was not where either made the bulk of their money,but that's really besides the point because you're POV is that Dame had no money to finance these ventures, when the reality is, Dame had the funds to bankroll quite a few, C. Ronson and Rachel Roy among them.
And You *** right, she wasn't broke. When she wasn't spending the NBA money she got off of Yinka Dare, she was probably spending Dame's child support checks that she got for their eldest daughter Ava.
Fendi, Being broke and having enough collateral to finance a clothing line like that are two things entirely. Kimora wasn't broke when she started dating Russell either, but she certainly didn't have the clout or the infrastructure to launch Babyphat on her own, and neither did Rachel Roy, and she most likely wouldn't have had the opportunity if not for Dame, period.
What reason do you have to believe that she could have gotten her line off of the ground without Dame?
I mean we can sit here and pretend that Rachel would have put up with Damon(leaving her for Aaliyah even though Rachel and Damon had a daughter together) and the other chippies on the side, if he didn't have his money at the time. We could also pretend that the money that she got from the sale of her line isn't making the decision to leave any easier now that Dame aint so rich anymore, but sometimes, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck . . .then it's probably a . . .