Memphis' 21st century "Elvis", Justin Randall Timberlake, was born in Memphis on January 31, 1981. After years of touring globally with N'Sync and on his own, JT has always kept roots here in Memphis. His wife and him reportedly own a house in Downtown Memphis' Harbor Town neighborhood.
Justin's business ventures pay homage to Memphis as well:
• His 901 tequila brand is named after the Memphis zip code.
• William Rast, his clothing brand's business partner and childhood friend, Juan Ayala, has been quoted saying that the clothing line is inspired by Elvis Presley.
"Elvis is the perfect mixture of Justin and I," Ayala says. "You can go back and see pictures of him in cowboy boots and a cowboy hat and a nice button-down shirt, but then again you can see him in a tux and a collared shirt with rhinestones on it and slacks. We like to think 'If he was alive today, what would he be wearing?'"
• Mirimichi Golf Course, the world-class facility located outside of Memphis in Milington, TN was redeveloped as an eco-friendly golf course at a cost of some $16 million by Timberlake.
In October 2011, Timberlake received the Futures Award at the Environmental Media Awards for his green-conscious golf course.
• Named #1 NBA Franchise by ESPN: The Magazine, the Memphis Grizzlies part owner, Justin Timberlake, took minority ownership of the NBA team in late 2012 because he wanted Robert Pera to keep the Grizz in Memphis and because he "puts on for his city."
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