- Full Name: Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr.
- Born: 06/20/1949
- Place of Birth: Tuskegee, Alabama
- Occupation: Singer
- Marital Status: Divorced
Lionel Richie Net Worth History
Lionel Richie began his professional music career nearly half a century ago, when he signed with the record label Motown Records with the musical group Commodores in 1968. Over a dozen years later, he decided to become a solo artist. His first hit single was the song “Truly,” which made it to number one. Since this time, Richie has sold over 100 million albums worldwide throughout his career, which makes him one of the best selling musicians of all time.
About Lionel Richie
Born in Tuskegee, Alabama to parents Alberta and Lionel Richie, Richie was raised on the campus of the renowned Tuskegee Institute. During his time in high school, Richie was an all-star tennis player. Upon graduation, he received a scholarship to play tennis for the Tuskegee Institute, although he dropped out after two years. Despite the fact that he had considered becoming a priest, he ultimately decided against it and decided instead to pursue his musical career.
Throughout his time at Tuskegee, Richie was in a number of R&B groups. The last group, known as the Commodores, signed a one-record deal with Atlantic Records. After recording this album, they moved on to sign with Motown Records, who originally signed them as a back-up act to the Jackson 5. Richie wrote many of the group’s songs, which led him to receive requests by other popular artists, such as Kenny Rogers, to write songs for them.
In 1982, Richie launched his solo career and immediately became one of the most successful beginning solo artists of the 1980s. His first album alone sold over three million copies, and his second album, released in 1983, sold over six million. In 1986, Richie released yet another hit album, titled Dancing on the Ceiling. After releasing so many hit songs and albums, Richie decided to take a well-deserved break from his career.
In 1990, after the death of his father, Richie returned to the music world. He has released several albums since then, although none of them have been as wildly popular as his music from the 1980s. While his recent music has not be incredibly popular in the United States, it has garnered some attention throughout Europe, although not as much as his previous works. Richie’s latest work notably sticks to his original style, which is uncommon for people in the music industry. In recent years, Richie has become incredibly popular in the Arab world. He has performed concerts in a number of Arab countries.
After dating Brenda Harvey in college, Richie and Harvey were married in 1975. Together the couple has one adopted daughter, named Nicole. While still married to Harvey, Richie began a relationship with Diane Alexander in 1986. Harvey eventually discovered Richie and Alexander in a hotel room together, leading her to a reaction of anger, which ultimately resulted in her arrest. Harvey and Richie divorced, and Richie married Alexander in 1995. Together the couple has two children, one son and one daughter. Richie divorced his second wife in 2004.