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Lionel Richie

American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor

Net Worth $ 200 Million
  • Birthday20th Jun, 49
  • Birth PlaceUnited States
  • Marital statusDivorced
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Born as Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. has an estimated net worth of $200 million. His family moved from Tuskegee, Alabama to Joliet, Illinois and Richie graduated from Joliet Township High School, East Campus. He was the star player of the place eventually got a tennis scholarship at the Tuskegee Institute. There, he graduated major in Economics and then went to Auburn University to push through with his graduate studies. While he was at Tuskegee, he formed several R&B groups in the mid-1960s and in 1968 Richie became the singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. They were initially signed under Atlantic Records and then moved to Motown Records as the support act to The Jackson 5. Thanks to their exposure, the group was known to be a popular soul group and got to release albums that made their singles “Machine Gun” as well as “Brick House” popular. Richie started to accept songwriting commissions coming from other artists in the late 1970s. One of the more popular ones was “Lady” for Kenny Rogers which ranked first in 1980 and he also produced Roger’s album Share Your Love the following year. In 1981, Richie had the chance to sing the theme song for the movie Endless Love together with Diana Ross. The song became one of Motown’s biggest hits as it sold more than two million copies in the United States alone. The success made Richie decide to go on a solo career and his debut album Lionel Richie and his single “Truly” topped the charts as well.

Quotes

  • I find the greatest songs in the world come out of pain, and I don't like it! Here's what it does: It strips away all of your facade. It makes you so honest. It's cleansing.
  • I think the whole world is dying to hear someone say, 'I love you.' I think that if I can leave the legacy of love and passion in the world, then I think I've done my job in a world that's getting colder and colder by the day.
  • So much of my career has been about saying things the way people say them, using melodies not that I can sing but that the people can sing.
  • Lionel Richie, love song, OK, thank you very much, good-bye. And all of a sudden I realized that, in my career, what has made my career has always been the surprises.
  • I'm a songwriter, and people will tell you the greatest stories about their lives, whether you want to hear it or not.
  • I knew I was going to do a country album one day. But I was just trying to figure out for the life of me, what we were going to do to make it different, unique.
  • I travel around the world, experiencing every language, every religion... some places where there's just no reason to smile, because their lives are so difficult.

Did you know?

  • Performed at benefit dinner for Global Business Council on HIV/AIDS in front of former President Bill Clinton and UN Secy General Kofi Annan, 12 June 2002.
  • Seriously considered becoming an Episcopalian Priest before turning to music.
  • He has performed with the SAS (Spike Edney
  • 20 June 2003: Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Michael Jackson was the godfather of his daughter Nicole Richie.
  • A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994.
  • He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Family & relationships

Lionel Richie Estates and Homes (1)

Beverly Hills Home

Lionel Richie Autos and Cars (3)

Ferrari Scaglietti

Mercedes S550

Range Rover L322

Lionel Richie Cause (4)

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Providing funding which has led to major accomplishments in breast cancer research, and increasing public awareness

Celebrity Fight Night Foundation

Winning the fight for charities. Founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker, the foundation raises funds through an annual charity event. Recognized as one of the nation’s elite charity events, Celebrity Fight Night is a star-studded evening presented in honor of Muhammad Ali. Celebrities and professional athletes from all over the country participate in a night filled with incredible Live Auction items and live musical performances by many of today’s brightest stars. The event provides significant dollars for charities that help many people in need. Throughout Celebrity Fight Night’s thirteen year history over $45 million has been raised with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute as the primary beneficiary. Numerous other charities have benefited and countless lives have been changed thanks to the tremendous generosity of their supporters.

City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases, guided by a compassionate patient-centered philosophy, and supported by a national foundation of humanitarian philanthropy.

Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center

Providing excellence in treatment, research, and education for patients and families affected by Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders regardless of ability to pay.

Lionel Richie Brands (1)

Doors t-shirt

Some Brands that Lionel Richie Wears

John Varvatos Jacket

John Varvatos Jacket
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