28th Nov 29
Born in: United States
Marital status: Divorced
American record producer, and songwriter
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.