Berry Gordy | $ 345 Million
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Berry Gordy

American record producer, and songwriter

Net Worth $ 345 Million
  • Birthday28th Nov, 29
  • Birth PlaceUnited States
  • Marital statusDivorced
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Born as Berry Gordy Jr. has an estimated net worth of $345 million. Gordy dropped out of high school in the 11th grade and wanted to become a professional boxer. He had high hopes of becoming rich quick with such career but had to give it up when he was drafted by the United States Army for the Korean War. When he returned and married, his interest for music specifically writing songs and opening the 3-D Record Mart began. The store didn’t work out and his family connections put him in touch with Al Green, the owner of the Flame Show Bar talent club and this is where he got to meet the singer Jackie Wilson. Wilson recorded the song “Reet Petite” which was co-written by Gordy and his sister. The song was very successful internationally particularly in the UK as it was able to get in the Top 10. Eventually, the duo got more success in their co-writing stints and Gordy used this money to invest in producing. From 1957 when he first discovered The Miracles (formerly known as The Matadors) up until the time that he created his R&B label Tamla Records, Gordy was able to produce various successful singles. It was in 1959 when Tamla and Motown labels were merged into a new company Motown Record Corporation. To date, Gordy has brought success to various artists such as The Supremes, The Jackson 5, Jimmy Ruffin, The Four Tops, The Temptations and the like.

Quotes

  • I've discovered that Motown and Broadway have a lot in common - a family of wonderfully talented, passionate, hardworking young people, fiercely competitive but also full of love and appreciation for the work, for each other and for the people in the audience.
  • I have this ability to find this hidden talent in people that sometimes even they didn't know they had.
  • I'm a songwriter, that's what I love.
  • If I settle a case out of court, it's because I love the person.
  • Today's business climate is not for me.
  • Whenever I came up against presidents of other companies, I was always smarter, because I was from the streets.

Did you know?

  • Sold Motown Records to MCA for $61 million in 1988.
  • Borrowed $800 to start Tamla Motown Records.
  • Father of songwriter Stefan Gordy by producer Nancy Leiviska.
  • Has 8 children altogether: Hazel Joy, Berry, Terry, Kerry, Sherry, Kennedy, Rhonda and Stefan.
  • He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

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Berry Gordy Estates and Homes (1)

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