- ull Name: Prince Rogers Nelson
- Born: 06/07/1958
- Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Occupation: Musician, songwriter, record producer, actor
- Marital Status: Married Mayte Garcia (1996-1999)
- Married Manuela Testolini (2001-2006)
Prince’s Net Worth History
Prince began his musical career as a musician as a member of local Minneapolis, Minnesota bands. He was signed a contract with Warner Bros. Recording Studio in 1978 and produced his first album For You. His second album Dirty Mind quickly rose on the Billboard Charts. Prince’s popularity as a musician quickly grew. He performed on American Bandstand in 1980 and formed the band Prince and the Revolution.
In 1984 Prince’s eclectic mix of popular music helped him build his fortune. He opened a recording complex, Paisley Park, in Minneapolis. The album Purple Rain was featured in the movie of the same name that Prince starred in. The movie grossed over $80 million in the United States and won an Academy Award. In 1985 Prince formed his own record company Paisley Park Records which Warner Bros. funded and distributed for.
Throughout the 1980s, 1990s and the new millennium, Prince continued to produce albums and performed concerts that were widely popular. He starred in more movies, wrote and produced songs for other pop stars, produced theme music for films, launched the careers of pop stars and opened a nightclub in Minneapolis. He continues to produce records which he releases through downloads and promotional CD’s today. Prince has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and 7 Grammy Awards. He is considered one of the wealthiest musicians.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson to Mattie and John Nelson in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has a younger sister, Tika. Mattie was a jazz singer and John was a musician with the stage name Prince Rogers. Prince revealed his musical talent at the young age of 7 when he composed a song for his father. He went on to play in local Minneapolis bands with his friend, André Cymone, and cousin’s husband, Pepé Willie. At just 17 years old, Prince’s demo caught the ear of Owen Husney who recorded it. Warner Bros. Recording Studio were impressed and contracted with Prince in 1978. Prince was the youngest producer associated with Warner Bros. His first album For You was written by Prince.
Prince was a prolific songwriter and performer. His single I Wanna Be Your Lover helped his album Dirty Mind shoot to #5 on the Billboard Dance Chart and he performed on American Bandstand in 1980. Prince became involved with the band The Time and formed the band Prince and the Revolution which made the album Purple Rain. Purple Rain was the soundtrack for the movie of the same name that starred Prince in 1984. The film won an Academy Award and the songs topped the Billboard Chart.
With his diminutive stature and shy personality Prince juxtaposes his offstage presence with his vibrant, eclectic music, sometimes raunchy lyrics and flamboyant stage appearance. Known for odd-shaped guitars, wild purple outfits and high heals, Prince did not shy away from controversy. In 1985 he made the “Filthy Fifteen” list of the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center), a group started by Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore.
Prince continued to stir controversy by changing his name to a symbol. Upset with contract obligations with Warner Bros., Prince’s unpronounceable new name prompted people to call him “The artist formally known as Prince. Nevertheless, his solo album Sign “O” the Times was critically acclaimed despite declining sales. He went on to produce more records, work with other recording artists and won a Golden Globe for his music in the animated film Happy Feet.
Prince will forever be known for his iconic musical talent. He is a multi-instrumentalist who wrote, sang, played and produced most of his music. He has helped a number of musical talents including Madonna, Sinead O’Connor, Chaka Kong, The Bangles and more. Prince’s legendary albums, Purple Rain, Diamonds and Pearls and Emancipation among many others will live in pop music history.