44 Forty-fours: People the Same Age as Jay Z

Jay Z turns 44 years old today. That's the same age age as...

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Jay Z has always had an odd obsession with the number 4. He was born today on December 4, he owns the 40/40 Club, his wife, Beyoncé, was born on September 4 and they got married on April 4 (4/4 if you didn't catch that). When Jay turned 40, he made sure we all knew that 40 was the new 30 and that his age wouldn't deter his hustle or style. The rap world accepted that. 

Today Jay Z turns 44, which has to be a milestone in itself. He's gone vegan, he's become a sports agent, he still raps and according to Forbes he's worth $475 million. To commemorate his 44th birthday, we took a page from his book of lyrics. A decade after Reasonable Doubt's release, he dropped a follow up to "22 Twos" titled "44 Fours." He ended it, as if to make a point about status and longevity, with the declaration, "Motherfucker, I'm nice."

He was. And he is. And we thought it'd be nice, as a way to wish him a happy birthday (what do you get for the guy who's got everything?), to assemble a list of 44 Forty-fours: People The Same Age As Jay Z. Welcome to the 44/44 Club, Hov!

1. Jennifer Lopez, Singer and actress, Out of Sight

2. Marilyn Manson, Rock star

3. Gwen Stefani, Pop star

4. Wes Anderson, Movie director, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums

5. Bobby Brown, R&B Singer and ex-husband of the late Whitney Houston

6. Brett Favre, Retired NFL quarterback

7. Ken Griffey Jr., Retired MLB outfielder

8. Sanjay Gupta, Neurosurgeon, news correspondent

9. Spike Jonze, Director, Where the Wild Things AreBeing John Malkovich

10. Stacy London, Fashion consultant and co-host of TLC’s What Not To Wear

11. Shawn Kemp, Retired NBA power forward

12. Trey Parker, Co-creator of Comedy Central’s South Park

13. The RZA, Hip-hop producer, founder of Wu-Tang Clan

14. Tiesto, EDM DJ and Producer

15. Edward Norton, Actor, The Fight Club; American History X

16. Mariano Rivera, Retired MLB relief pitcher

17. Jennifer Aniston, Actress, Friends; Office Space; The Good Girl

18. Mariah Carey, Pop and R&B Star

19. Jason Bateman, Actor, Arrested Development; Horrible Bosses

20. Marc Anthony, Salsa singer

21. Zach Galifianakis, Comedian and actor; The Hangover

22. Dave Grohl, Rock star

23. Chaz Bono, Son of Sonny and Cher

24. Dana White, President of UFC

25. Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer on National Geographic's The Dog Whisperer

26. Brian “Birdman” Williams, Co-founder of Cash Money Records

27. Paul Rudd, Actor, Clueless; I Love You Man

28. Gerard Butler, Actor, 300; How to Train Your Dragon

29. Joel D. Kaplan, Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Policy

30. Wood Harris, Actor, The Wire; Paid In Full

31. Sean “Diddy” Combs, Entrepreneur, founder of Bad Boy Records

32. Mo Rocca, Comedian

33. Kim Fields, Actress, Facts of Life

34. Denis McDonough, Current White House Chief of Staff

35. Michael Noer, Executive Editor at Forbes

36. Emmitt Smith, Retired NFL running back

37. Al B. Sure, R&B star

38. Ice Cube, Rapper, actor, movie director

39. Natas Kaupas, Skateboard legend

40. Clinton Kelly, Co-host of TLC’s What Not To Wear

41. Ken Jeong, Actor, CommunityThe Hangover 

42. Rex Lee, Actor, Entourage

43. Triple H, Professional Wrestler

44. William R. Seiger, Former Director of the Office of Global Health Affairs for the U.S. Department of Health

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