Johnny Dang is a Vietnamese-born jeweler based in Houston, Texas, and is the co-founder of Johnny Dang and Co. jewelers alongside his business partner, the Grammy Award-nominated rapper, Paul Wall.
As of June 2020, Dang is valued at $20 million. In this article, we look at how the 45-year-old jeweler came to be a recognized celebrity.
Johnny Dang’s Net Worth: Salary & Earnings Breakdown
For Johnny, jewelry is a family business: his grandfather and his father had both been jewelers in their time.
When his father immigrated to the USA and started his own jewelry shop in Texas, Johnny — who had been training to become a jeweler — joined in the family business when they were reunited in 1996.
Johnny started as a jewelry repairman, but his business didn’t take off until he came into acquaintance with rapper Paul Wall. Dang was repairing jewelry in a flea market when Wall happened upon him and got impressed with his handiwork — especially when it came to making grills (diamond-encrusted mouthpieces).
While other jewelers filed teeth to fit the grills, Dang’s technique didn’t require the hassle. With Wall’s list of A-list contacts in the entertainment industry and Dang’s skills, their collaboration yielded in a profitable venture for both.
The collaboration yielded, Johnny Dang and Co., a state-of-the-art jewelry retailer based in a 14,000-square-foot building in Houston, Texas.
The building complex itself is a work of art and features majestic chandeliers, gold imported from Vietnam, designer apparel, and top-level decks, reportedly costing over $4.5 million to build from the ground-up.
It is in the complex that the magic happens: over 50 jewelers and an on-site design department committed to creating unique and top-of-the-line custom jewelry for anyone with the inclination.
As revered as his work is, Johnny has been a showbiz star of late due to his “bling” being adorned by top rappers and hip-hop artists. Some of his A-list clientele include/have included Beyoncé, Katy Perry, P. Diddy, Lebron James, Hugh Hefner, and Kanye West, to name a few; not to mention high-rollers and billionaires from all over the globe.
His collections have also been featured in hip-hop magazines like XXL, Ozone, and The Source.
The loveable man has also featured in music videos, most notably in the Grammy Award-nominated track, “Grillz“, by rapper Nelly featuring Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp.
Johnny Dang is also the star of the reality show, The Johnny Dang and Paul Wall Show, alongside Paul Wall, and has made appearances in reality shows like MTV’s Super Sweet Sixteen, and BET’s Spring Bling.
Johnny Dang: Early Life and Childhood
Johnny Dang was born Thanh Dang on November 21, 1974, in Đắk Lắk, Vietnam. His father fought in the Vietnam War and defected to the United States in 1987, leaving behind his family and ran a jewelry shop in Houston, Texas.
He was reunited with his family in 1996 when the rest of his family joined him in Texas.
Johnny Dang: Marriage and Children
Johnny is married to Jessica Dang.
They have two children, a boy, and a girl.