In a list populated with movers and shakers such as Eddy Cue of Apple (who basically made iTunes) and Shiro Nakamura of Nissan (the inventor of the first major electric-only car for everyone), there sits Jay Chou at no. 70. The Asian music mogul is touted for his success as a singer-songwriter, which he has parlayed into a career in other media – including directing and acting.
Or as Fast Company explains:
Once a behind-the-scenes guy who penned songs for other musicians and subsisted on instant ramen, Jay Chou has parlayed his wild success as a singer-songwriter — he reportedly made $17.5 million last year — into other ventures. His debut as a movie director, the 2007 film Secret, was an instant hit. When the film was released, he opened his second Mr. J restaurant in Taiwan, with servers wearing costumes from the film. Last year, the 31-year-old launched a dessert shop filled with Chou memorabilia; directed his first television series; and made his first foray into Hollywood, playing Kato in Michel Gondry’s Green Hornet, set to release in December. This year, he says, will be devoted to music; his latest album debuted in May.
The blurb makes us wonder if the person who nominated Jay Chou to a space above the guy who kickstarted the Netbook revolution in computing (Asus EeePC founder Jonney Shih) has actually ever heard his music and/or watched his movies. I mean, sure he’s made some fun pop hits – but ever noticed how they’ve been recycled over and over since? And dear goodness, do we even want to begin talking about his movie career, which somehow has managed to be more cringe-inducing than his cowboy-themed album, On the Run (我很忙).
However, bravo for taking his highest rated movie, The Secret, and turning it into a cosplay restaurant chain. It takes some kind of cross-promotional genius to see a decent directorial debut about time traveling pianos and think “people would want to eat to this.”