Beyoncé Knowles and Matthew Knowles
In 1995, Matthew Knowles quit his job as a salesman to become the manager of the earliest incarnation of Destiny’s Child, adjusting the lineup, booking local gigs in Houston, and running organizing a summertime “boot camp” to improve the girls’ singing and dancing skills. When his professional gamble paid off with a 1997 record deal with Columbia, he maintained control of the group, though it seems that his daughter Beyoncé’s interests were his first priority. In 1999, citing favoritism, original members LaTavia Roberson and LaToya Luckett requested a personnel change and found themselves unceremoniously dumped from the group (they later sued for breach of contract). Knowles now manages Beyoncé’s solo career, though though he was reportedly close to losing his job this summer, when his daughter learned he had cheated on wife Tina with actress Alexsandra Wright.