Jay-Z with his longtime personal assistant Carline Balan, circa-1998.
Balan spent many years as Hov’s executive assistant. Anyone you asked would say she was hard-working and went out of her way for her client. The rumor was Dame Dash had her fired in mid-2002 without Hov’s consent, adding to the unraveling of the Roc-A-Fella Records relationship. It is said that Hov then flew her out to Europe, where he was taking one of his first-ever holidays breaks, and hired her personally. They would end their professional relationship around 2009, but remain friends.