Lionel Richie Net Worth
Lionel Richie net worth: Lionel Richie is an American singer-songwriter who has a net worth of $200 million dollars. Lionel Richie is an incredibly gifted musician and producer who first rose to fame with the group The Commodores. He also enjoyed a very successful solo career.
Early Life: Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. was born on June 20, 1949, in Tuskegee, Alabama. He is the son of Lionel Brockman Richie Sr. and Alberta Foster. He grew up on the campus of the Tuskegee Institute. He graduated from Joliet Township High School in Joliet, Illinois where he was a star tennis player. He attended the Tuskegee Institute on a tennis scholarship and graduated with a B.S. in economics. Richie formed a number of R&B groups in the mid- 1960s while he was a student at Tuskegee. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity as well as Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honor fraternity for band members. Richie attended graduate school briefly at Auburn University. He considered becoming a priest in the Episcopal Church but ultimately decided to continue with his music.
Career: In 1968, Richie became a singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. The group signed a one record recording deal in 1968 with Atlantic Records before moving to Motown Records, where they were a support act to The Jackson 5 at first. The Commodores became a popular R&B group with the songs "Brick House," "Machine Gun," "Easy,", and "Three Times a Lady." In the late 1970s Richie started writing songs on commission for other musicians. He wrote "Lady" for Kenny Rogers, which became a number one hit for him in 1980. In 1981, Richie sang the theme song for the movie "Endless Love," which was a duet with Diana Ross. The single topped the charts in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. It was one of Motown's biggest hits and was nominated for an Academy Award. This success inspired Richie to go out on his own with a solo career.
Richie's debut solo album "Lionel Richie" was released in 1982 and had three hit singles: "Truly," "You Are," and "My Love." Stylistically it was similar to the music of the Commodores. The album hit number three on the charts and sold over four million copies. His 1983 album "Can't Slow Down," sold twice as many records and won two Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. The album contained the number one hit "All Night Long." In 1984, Richie performed "All Night Long" at the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Richie had a number of Top 10 hits in the 1980s including "Hello," "Stuck on You," "Running with the Night," and "Penny Lover." In 1985 he wrote and performed the song "Say You, Say Me" for the film White Nights. The song won the Oscar for Best Original Song, hit number one on the U.S. charts and stayed number one for four weeks. Lionel Richie collaborated with Michael Jackson on the charity single "We Are the World," which was another number one hit. In 1986, Richie released the album "Dancing on the Ceiling," which produced five Top 20 hits in the U.S. and U.K.: "Say You, Say Me," "Dancing on the Ceiling," "Love Will Conquer All," "Ballerina Girl," and "Sela."
Richie's albums in the 1990s failed to match the enormous commercial success of his first three albums. Since 2004, Richie has produced six Top 40 singles in the U.K. He released the album, Just Go in 2009 and toured Australia and New Zealand through spring 2011. On March 26, 2012, Richie released his tenth studio album, Tuskegee, and in 2013 announced that he would begin his first North American tour, "All the Hits All Night Long," in over a decade.
In recent years, Richie has become wildly popular in a number of Arab states and has performed in Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Libya. ABC News reported in 2006 that: "Grown Iraqi men get misty-eyed by the mere mention of his name. 'I love Lionel Richie,' they say. They can sing an entire Lionel Richie song."
Richie has won four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year in 1985 for "We Are the World," Album of the Year in 1984 for "Can't Slow Down," Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) in 1984 and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Truly" in 1982. Richie was the first person to receive an RIAA Diamond album award. Richie has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards and won one. In 1982 he was nominated for Best Original Song for the film Endless Love. In 1986 he was nominated and won the award for Best Original Song for the song "Say You, Say Me," from the film White Nights. This song also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
In 2019, Richie was a judge on "American Idol."
Personal Life: On October 18, 1975, Richie married his college sweetheart Brenda Harvey. In 1983 the couple informally adopted Nicole Camille Escovedo, the two-year-old daughter of one of the members of Lionel's band and Sheila E's niece. They raised her as their daughter, Nicole Richie, and adopted her legally when she was nine years old. In 1986, while still married to Harvey, Lionel began a relationship with Diane Alexander. Richie and Harvey divorced on August 9, 1993, after being married nearly 18 years. Richie married Diane Alexander on December 21, 1995. They have a son, Miles Brockman and a daughter, Sofia. Richie and Alexander divorced in January 2004.
Richie became a grandfather in 2008 when Nicole Richie gave birth to a baby girl with the lead singer of Good Charlotte, Joel Madden. Richie's second grandchild was born to the couple in 2009.
Salary Highlights: Lionel Richie reportedly made $10 million as a judge during his first season on "American Idol" in 2019.
|Net Worth:||$200 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Jun 20, 1949 (71 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.803 m)|
|Profession:||Record producer, Actor, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist|
|Nationality:||United States of America|