Stevie Wonder Net Worth
Stevie Wonder Net Worth: Stevie Wonder is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer who has a net worth of $110 million dollars. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter, Wonder is considered by many to be a genius, Stevie Wonder was signed to Motown Records at the age of 11. Some of his 30 #1 hits include "Superstition," "Isn't She Lovely," and "I Just Called to Say I Love You."
Early Life: Stevie Wonder was born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan. He is the third of six children of Calvin Judkins and songwriter Lula Mae Hardaway. He was born six weeks premature which, along with the oxygen-rich atmosphere in the hospital incubator, resulted in retinopathy of prematurity, a condition in which the growth of the eyes stops and causes the retinas to detach, leading to Stevie's blindness. When he was four, his parents divorced and the kids moved with their mom to Detroit, Michigan. As a child, Wonder sane in the choir at the Whitestone Baptist Church. He began playing instruments at an early age, including piano, harmonica, and drums. He formed a singing partnership with a friend; calling themselves Stevie and John, they played on street corners and occasionally at parties and dances.
Wonder's blindness gave him a heightened awareness of sound that let him create vibrant and colorful music. His talent was soon spotted by Motown CEO Berry Gordy and in 1961 he signed with Motown at the age of 11.
As a child, Wonder attended Fitzgerald Elementary School. After his first album was released, he enrolled in Michigan School for the Blind.
Career: Because of Wonder's age, the label drew up a five-year contract in which royalties would be held in trust until Wonder was 21. He and his mother were paid a weekly stipend to cover their expenses: Wonder received $2.50 (equivalent to $21.39 today. His first album, Tribute to Uncle Ray, an album of covers of Ray Charles songs, was released when Wonder was still 11 years old. The instrumental album called The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie was released next. At the end of 1962, when Wonder was 12 years old, he joined the Motortown Revue, touring the "Chitlin' Circuit" of theatres across America that accepted black artists. At the Regal Theater, Chicago, his 20-minute performance was recorded and released in May 1963 as the album Recorded Live: The 12-Year-Old Genius. A single, "Fingertips," from the album was also released in May, became a major hit.
Wonder scored several hits between 1968 and 1970 such as "I Was Made to Love Her," "For Once in My Life," and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours." The hit single "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" was his first-ever self-produced song.
In September 1970, at the age of 20, Wonder married Syreeta Wright, a singer-songwriter. Wright and Wonder worked together on the next album, 1971's Where I'm Coming From. Wonder turned 21 on May 13, 1971, and let his Motown contract expire.
Wonder signed a new contract with Motown Records which was a precedent at Motown as it gave Wonder a much higher royalty rate. Wonder returned to Motown in March 1972 with Music of My Mind. Released in late 1972, Talking Book featured the number one hits "Superstition" and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." Between them, the two songs won three Grammy Awards.
Innervisions, released in 1973, featured "Higher Ground" (No. 4 on the pop charts) as well as "Living for the City" (No. 8). Both songs reached number one on the R&B charts. Innervisions generated three more Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. The album is ranked No. 23 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Among Wonder's best-known works are compositions like "Superstition," "Sir Duke," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," "Mon Cherie Amour," and "I Just Called to Say I Love You." As for his best-known albums, they include Talking Book, Innervisions, and Songs in the Key of Life. Having received 25 Grammy Awards, Wonder is the most awarded male solo artist ever. In addition to the above, he is also appreciated for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a holiday in the United States. By popular vote, Stevie Wonder was inducted into The Soul Music Hall of Fame in December 2012.
Personal Life: Wonder has been married three times and has nine children by five different women. In 1970 he married Motown singer-songwriter Syreeta Wright. They divorced amicably in 1972. He was married to fashion designer Kai Millard from 2001 to 2012. In 2017, he married Tomeeka Bracy.
Aisha Morris, born in 1975, is Wonder's oldest child. Her mother is Yolanda Simmons, whom Wonder met when she applied for a secretarial job at his publishing company. Aisha was the inspiration for Wonder's hit single "Isn't She Lovely?" She is now a singer who has toured with her father and accompanied him on recordings, including his 2005 album A Time to Love. Wonder and Simmons also had a son, Keita, in 1977.
In 1983, Wonder had a son, Mumtaz Morris, with Melody McCully. He has a daughter, Sophia and a son, Kwame with a woman whose identity has never been disclosed publicly. He has two sons, Kialand and Mandla, with his second wife Kai Millard.
Wonder's ninth child, his second with Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, a daughter named Nia, was born in December 2014. The name of Wonder's first child with Bracy is unknown.
Real Estate: In 2009, Wonder bought a 4,511 square foot Mediterranean estate built in 1928 in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles for $2.407 million. Four years later, he put the home on the market for $8.199 million.
|Net Worth:||$110 Million|
|Date of Birth:||May 13, 1950 (70 years old)|
|Height:||6 ft (1.84 m)|
|Profession:||Record producer, Drummer, Organist, Keyboard Player, Pianist, Composer, Singer-songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Musician, Actor|
|Nationality:||United States of America|