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Net Worth:
$10 Million
Jul 10, 1942 - May 16, 2010 (67 years old)
5 ft 4 in (1.626 m)
Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Record producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Songwriter
United States of America
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Ronnie James Dio was an American vocalist and writer who had a net worth of $10 million at the time of his death. Ronnie James Dio is known for founding and fronting many bands over the years, including Elf, Rainbow, Heaven & Hell, and Black Sabbath. He is widely considered one of heavy metal's greatest vocalists of all time and is credited with popularizing the "devil horns" hand gesture as seen throughout hard rock music.

Early Life

Ronnie James Dio was born Ronald James Padavona on July 10, 1942, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His family moved to New York when he was a child, and he began playing the French horn and trumpet while in elementary school. By the time he reached high school, Ronnie had already recorded singles with multiple bands. In high school, he played bass guitar in a band called The Vegas Kings. The group was later renamed Ronnie & the Redcaps after he took over as lead singer. After recording a few singles, the group members changed and the band was renamed Ronnie and the Prophets. The band stuck together until 1967, releasing one album and multiple singles. In 1967, Ronnie formed the rock band Elf with former bandmate Nick Pantas, and they became a regular opening act for Deep Purple.


When Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore formed the band Rainbow in 1975, he asked Dio to be the lead singer. During Ronnie's tenure with Rainbow, the band released three studio albums, "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow," "Rising," and "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll." Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore split, and Blackmore took the band in a more commercial direction with Graham Bonnet on vocals.

Black Sabbath

Ronnie James Dio quickly emerged as one of rock's top vocalists, and in 1979, he replaced Ozzy Osbourne as the lead singer in Black Sabbath. He appeared on three studio albums with Black Sabbath: "Heaven & Hell," "Mob Rules," and "Dehumanizer," all of which were successful.


In 1982, Ronnie James Dio left Black Sabbath to form his own band, Dio. Dio had two albums certified platinum by the RIAA. Their debut album, "Holy Diver" included the hit singles "Rainbow in the Dark" and "Holy Diver." The band changed members over the years, but in all, they released 10 albums, with "Master of the Moon" being the last one in 2004.

Ronnie James Dio

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Heaven & Hell

In October of 2006, Dio joined Black Sabbath members Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler. and former drummer Vinny Appice to tour under the new name Heaven & Hell. Named after the title of the first Dio-era Black Sabbath album, they felt it best to use a different moniker for this version of the band. In 2007, they recorded three new songs under the Black Sabbath name for the compilation album, "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years." They released one album under the Heaven & Hell moniker, "The Devil You Know."

Honors & Accolades

Ronnie James Dio's powerful vocals and extended, versatile range have landed him many honors and accolades over his career. He was awarded the "Metal Guru Award" by Classic Rock Magazine in 2006 and named the "Best Metal Singer" at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in 2010. In 2013, Dio was ranked the genre's best vocalist by music journalist Sacha Jenkins. And in January of 2017, Ronnie James Dio was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History.

Personal Life

Ronnie James Dio and his first wife, Loretta Berardi, married in 1963 and divorced in 1972. They adopted a son together. Dio married Wendy Walters in 1978, a band manager throughout the 1980s.

In November of 2009, it was announced that Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He underwent treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and Heaven & Hell canceled all of their summer tour dates. Ronnie James Dio passed away six months later on May 16, 2010.

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