Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

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Name: Lionel Richie
Occupation: R&B Singer
Gender: Male
Height: 180 cm (5' 11'')
Birth Day: June 20, 1949
Age: 73
Birth Place: Tuskegee, United States
Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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Height: 180 cm (5' 11'')
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Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie was born on June 20, 1949 in Tuskegee, United States (73 years old). Lionel Richie is a R&B Singer, zodiac sign: Gemini. Find out Lionel Richienet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He and Michael Jackson co-wrote the #1 hit single "We Are the World," which raised funds for people in Africa.

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$200 Million

Salary 2020

Not known

With the net worth of $200 Million, Lionel Richie is the # 1862 richest person on earth all the time follow our database.

Lionel Richie Salary Detail

Salary Highlights: Lionel Richie reportedly made $10 million as a judge during his first season on "American Idol" in 2019.

Before Fame

He founded several R&B groups and played tennis on scholarship at the Tuskegee Institute.

Biography Timeline


As a student in Tuskegee, Richie formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-1960s. In 1968, he became a singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. They signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown Records initially as a support act to The Jackson 5. The Commodores then became established as a popular soul group. Their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, as in such tracks as "Machine Gun" and "Brick House." Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as "Easy", "Three Times a Lady", "Still", and the breakup ballad "Sail On".


In 1974, Richie achieved his first commercial success as a songwriter with "Happy People," which he co-wrote with Jeffrey Bowen and Donald Baldwin. Originally intended as a Commodores track, it was recorded by The Temptations, who had their penultimate #1 R&B with the song. By the late 1970s, Richie had begun to accept songwriting commissions from other artists. He composed "Lady" for Kenny Rogers, which hit No. 1 in 1980, and produced Rogers' album Share Your Love the following year. Richie and Rogers maintained a strong friendship in later years. Latin jazz composer and salsa romantica pioneer La Palabra enjoyed international success with his cover of "Lady," which was played at Latin dance clubs. Also in 1981 Richie sang the theme song for the film Endless Love, a duet with Diana Ross. Issued as a single, the song topped the Canada, Brazil, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and US pop music charts, and became one of Motown's biggest hits. Its success encouraged Richie to branch out into a full-fledged solo career in 1982. He was replaced as lead singer for the Commodores by Skyler Jett in 1983.


On October 18, 1975, Richie married his college sweetheart, Brenda Harvey. In 1983 the couple informally adopted Nicole Camille Escovedo, the two-year-old daughter of one of the members of Lionel's band, and niece of drummer Sheila E. They raised her as their daughter, Nicole Richie, and adopted her legally when she was nine years old.


Richie's 1982 debut solo album, Lionel Richie, contained three hit singles: the U.S. number-one song "Truly", which continued the style of his ballads with the Commodores and launched his career as one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s, and the top five hits "You Are" and "My Love". The album hit No. 3 on the music charts and sold over 4 million copies. His 1983 follow-up album, Can't Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won two Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, propelling him into the first rank of international superstars. The album contained the number-one hit "All Night Long" a Caribbean-flavored dance number that was promoted by a colorful music video produced by former Monkee Michael Nesmith. In 1984, he performed "All Night Long" at the closing ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Richie has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards and won one. In 1982 he was nominated for Best Original Song for the film Endless Love. In 1986 he was nominated and won the award for Best Original Song for the song "Say You, Say Me", featured in the film White Nights. This song also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.


Several more Top 10 hits followed, the most successful of which was the ballad "Hello" (1984), a sentimental love song that showed how far he had moved from his R&B roots. Richie had three more top ten hits in 1984, "Stuck on You" (#3), "Running with the Night" (#7) and "Penny Lover" (#8), as well as writing & producing "Missing You" for former labelmate and duet partner Diana Ross (#10 Pop, #1 R&B). In 1985, he wrote and performed "Say You, Say Me" for the film White Nights. The song won an Academy Award and reached No. 1 on the U.S. charts, staying there for four weeks, making it the number-two song of 1986 according to Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 chart, behind the charity single "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne and Friends. He also collaborated with Michael Jackson on the charity single "We Are the World" by USA for Africa, another number-one hit.


Richie has won four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year in 1985 for "We Are the World" which he co-wrote with Michael Jackson, Album of the Year in 1984 for Can't Slow Down, Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) in 1984 and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Truly in 1982.


In 1986, Richie released Dancing on the Ceiling, his last widely popular album, which produced a run of five US and UK hits, "Say You, Say Me" (U.S. #1), "Dancing on the Ceiling" (U.S. #2), "Love Will Conquer All" (U.S. #9), "Ballerina Girl" (U.S. #7), and "Se La" (U.S. #20). He made his return to recording and performing following the release of his first greatest-hits collection, Back to Front, in 1992.

In 1986, while still married to Harvey, Richie began a relationship with Diane Alexander. He later separated from Harvey, who in 1988 allegedly discovered Richie and Alexander together in a Beverly Hills hotel room by saying she was "room service." In June 1988, Harvey was arrested and charged with corporal injury to a spouse, resisting arrest, trespassing, vandalism, battery, and disturbing the peace after she found Richie at Alexander's Beverly Hills apartment. Richie and Harvey divorced on August 9, 1993, after nearly 18 years of marriage. Richie married Diane Alexander on December 21, 1995. They have a son, Miles Brockman (born May 27, 1994), and a daughter, Sofia Richie (born August 24, 1998). The marriage ended in 2004.


Since then, his ever-more-relaxed schedule has kept his recording and live work to a minimum. He broke the silence in 1996 with Louder Than Words, on which he resisted any change of style or the musical fashion-hopping of the past decade, sticking instead with his chosen path of well-crafted soul music, which in the intervening years has become known as contemporary R&B.


Richie helped to raise over $3.1 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. He was the featured performer at the Foundation's Soirée Bouquet, the annual spring gala, in 2003.


Richie was the headliner at a 2006 Fourth of July tribute concert with Fantasia Barrino at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. On May 7, 2006, Richie performed on the main stage (Acura Stage) at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, replacing Antoine "Fats" Domino, who had fallen ill. Richie released his eighth studio album titled "Coming Home" on September 12, 2006. The first single of the album was "I Call It Love" and was premiered in July 2006, becoming his biggest hit in the U.S. in ten years. The album was a big success for Richie in the United States, peaking at No. 6. On December 9, 2006, Richie hosted and performed live on the British television show An Audience with Lionel Richie. Two months later, he performed "Hello" on the 49th Grammy Awards show.

In recent years, Richie has become a popular musician in various Arab states, and has performed in Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Libya. John Berman for ABC News reported in 2006 that "Grown Iraqi men get misty-eyed by the mere mention of his name. 'I love Lionel Richie,' they say. They can sing an entire Lionel Richie song." Berman wrote that Richie said he was told that Iraqi civilians were playing "All Night Long" the night U.S. tanks invaded Baghdad. Richie was against the war and has said he would like to perform in Baghdad someday.


On May 2, 2008, Richie was the 21st recipient of the George and Ira Gershwin Lifetime Achievement Award at UCLA's annual Spring Sing. In accepting the award, Richie said: "Forget about surviving 30 some odd years in the music business, Lionel Richie survived 27 years of Nicole Richie." On December 31, 2008, Richie performed in Times Square for the New Year's Eve celebration and ball drop. He also performed on the 2009 season finale for American Idol with Danny Gokey.

Richie became a grandfather in 2008 when Nicole Richie gave birth to a baby girl with the lead singer of Good Charlotte, Joel Madden. Richie's second grandchild was born to the couple in 2009.


In May 2009, he announced that he would like to get The Commodores back together soon, "or in the next 10 years no one will care." An album, Just Go, was released in 2009. On July 7, 2009, Richie performed "Jesus is Love" at Michael Jackson's memorial service.


On October 2, 2010, Richie performed at the AFL Grand Final Replay in Australia, both at the pre-game entertainment to a sell-out crowd and also post-match at AAMI Park.


Richie returned to Australia in 2011 where he and guest artist Guy Sebastian toured the country and New Zealand with concert dates throughout March and April. Richie and Guy Sebastian have recorded Richie's 1983 number 1 single "All Night Long" together, to raise money for Australian floods and New Zealand earthquake relief. Richie handpicked Sebastian to support him in Australia and the pair will perform the song together at each concert.

On March 4, 2011, Richie appeared on NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? The program did research into Lionel Richie's genealogy and found out that his maternal great-grandfather was the national leader of an early African-American fraternal organization. Notably, J. Louis Brown was:


On March 26, 2012, Richie released his tenth studio album, Tuskegee, which featured 13 of his hit songs performed as duets with country stars including Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Little Big Town, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, and Jimmy Buffett. In an interview with American Songwriter magazine, Richie stated "I'm just gonna stand next to them again with great country artists and hug them." After years of mediocre sales in the U.S., the album returned him to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, his first number one album there since Dancing on the Ceiling, and achieved Platinum status within six weeks of release.


On June 7, 2013, Richie announced on NBC's The Today Show that he would launch "All the Hits All Night Long", his first North American tour in over a decade. The tour began on September 18 in Hollywood, Florida, and ended on October 18 in Los Angeles, California. Also in June 2013, Richie appeared in a television commercial for the Lion Nathan alcohol company to promote the "Tap King" draught beer product. Richie reportedly received A$1.5 million to appear in the promotional campaign that depicts the musician singing "Hello" at a piano, while the device rests on top of the instrument.


On June 28, 2015, Richie played to an audience of between 100,000 and 120,000 people at the Glastonbury Festival, England. His show was described as "triumphant" by the BBC and was followed by his return to the top of the UK albums chart with a reissued compilation album of his work as both a solo artist and with the Commodores. In September 2017, ABC announced that Richie would be a judge for the revival of American Idol.


In May 2017, Lionel Richie was honored at Berklee College of Music during the 2017 Commencement Concert where graduating students performed a medley of his discography. Richie was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music. On December 3, 2017, Lionel Richie received the Kennedy Center Honors.

In October 2017, it was reported that Lionel Richie had secured the rights to produce a Curtis Mayfield biopic. In a statement he said, "I'm so grateful to be working closely with [Mayfield’s widow] Altheida Mayfield, [son] Cheaa Mayfield and the Curtis Mayfield Estate and couldn't be happier to be moving forward on this amazing project about a one-of-a-kind music genius." Altheida Mayfield added, "It’s time to celebrate and re-evaluate Curtis' legacy. For years, too many others have tried to claim what he alone did. He was a genius, always stood on his own."


On March 25, 2019, Richie announced a 33-date tour across North America for the summer. His 'Hello Tour' kicked off May 10 at Arlington's KAABOO Festival and runs through August.

Family Life

Lionel married Brenda Harvey-Richie on October 28, 1975 and, after their divorce on August 9, 1993, he married Diana Alexander Richie on December 21, 1995. Lionel has two daughters named Nicole and Sofia and a son named Miles.

Family Members

# Name Relationship Net Worth Salary Age Occupation
#1 Sofia Richie Sofia Richie Daughter $8 Million N/A 22 Model
#2 Nicole Richie Nicole Richie Daughter $10 million (2017) N/A 39 Reality Star
#3 Lionel Brockman Richie Father N/A N/A N/A
#4 Brenda Harvey-Richie Former spouse N/A N/A N/A
#5 Diane Alexander Former spouse N/A N/A 53 Celebrity Family Member
#6 Adelaide Mary Brown Grandmother N/A N/A N/A
#7 Alberta R. Richie Mother N/A N/A N/A
#8 Deborah Richie Sister N/A N/A N/A
#9 Miles Brockman Richie Son N/A N/A N/A
#10 Harlow Madden Harlow Madden $1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.) N/A 12 Celebrity Family Member
#11 Sparrow Madden $1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.) N/A 11 Celebrity Family Member

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Lionel Richie is 73 years, 9 months and 7 days old. Lionel Richie will celebrate 74th birthday on a Tuesday 20th of June 2023. Below we countdown to Lionel Richie upcoming birthday.


Recent Birthday Highlights

71st birthday - Saturday, June 20, 2020

Sofia throws a picnic for her dad Lionel Richie’s birthday

Sofia and Nicole Richie both flooded their Instagrams with photos and videos of their father Lionel Richie on Saturday to celebrate his 71st birthday. Sofia, 21, joined her father for a picnic at his enormous Beverly Hills estate, while Nicole, 3 ..

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70th birthday - Thursday, June 20, 2019

Happy Birthday to Lionel Richie, Born June 20, 1949

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69th birthday - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lionel Richie is going strong on his 69th birthday | Big 95 | Big 95 Morning Show with Dewayne Wells

Lionel Richie turns 69 today and he's still going strong more than four decades after joining The Commodores. #BigMorningShow #KBGO

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68th birthday - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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67th birthday - Monday, June 20, 2016

Nicole Richie honors dad Lionel's birthday with sweet throwback pic

'Only you could work it out to being celebrated 2 days in a row. Happy Birthday L-Train,' the 34-year-old captioned the Instagram snapshot of a young Nicole wrapping her arms around the iconic singer.

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66th birthday - Saturday, June 20, 2015

Happy 66th Birthday, Lionel Richie!

Born Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. in Tuskegee, Alabama. Lionel Richie singer, writer, producer and actor grew up on the campus of The Tuskegee Institute and later his family moved to Joliet, Illinois where he became a star Tennis Player and accepted a Tennis scholarship to attend The Tuskegee Institute and later dropped out in his sophomore year.

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65th birthday - Friday, June 20, 2014

Concert Review: Kid Rock helps Lionel Richie turn 65 at DTE

INDEPENDENCE TWP. - If those of legal drinking age took a shot Friday night every time Lionel Richie mentioned it was his birthday during his concert at the DTE Energy

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64th birthday - Thursday, June 20, 2013

PHOTOS: Lionel Richie's Juiciest Jheri Curl Moments

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63rd birthday - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers Hang in a Tent, Recall the Birth of ‘Lady’ | SPIN

SPIN went backstage with Das Racist, chauffered the Black Lips, pitched a tent with EMA, and visited the campgrounds with Danny Brown at Bonnaroo this year, but we weren't knocked nearly speechless until we were standing in a small tent with Kenny Rogers and his special guest, R&B legend Lionel Richie. We sent a few nervous texts to our parents (mom freaked, dad wondered if Richie remembered meeting him in Vegas a few years ago), fiddled with cameras, and remarked on the Tennessee mist. Then we realized these dudes are old friends and they pretty much interviewed themselves. Today on Richie's 63rd birthday, we'd like to give you a gift. Read on for the tale of how the two first met: Kenny: "He's Lionel. People get us confused all the time." Lionel: "Ahhh my little brother here just has a little problem." SPIN: "How did you two first meet?" Kenny: "I called him on the phone 32 years ago, it was 1979." Lionel: "Goddang!" Kenny: "I asked him to write me a song and he said he didn't really

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62nd birthday - Monday, June 20, 2011

Vintage Lionel Richie T-Shirt | Running With The Night

A vintage tee gallery inspired by today's date. Happy 62nd birthday to Lionel Richie born on June 20, 1949. Still looking and sounding as sharp a

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  1. The musician is the winner of the Johnny Mercer Award received for his songwriting talent.
  2. The performer once said that he would take a chance to give a concert in Baghdad in the future.
  3. Richie has recently turned into a highly recognized and respected star in Egypt, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, and some other Arab states.
  4. Richie has been seriously thinking of becoming a priest but later on, Lionel Richie gave up this idea and started pursuing his musical career.
  5. Can he boast the Golden Globe Award?
    The singer has got two nominations and one victory.  
  6. Where does his invest money? 
    Lionel Richie is an owner of a football team called Tuskegee Angels, the chain of restaurants, and the brand of vodka.
  7. Has Lionel worked with Michael Jackson? 
    The singer contributed to the creation of the charity track entitled “We Are the World.” He worked on it with the King of the Pop.
  8. What is about his charity work? 
    Lionel Richie contributes to the raising of foundation to help women who face breast cancer. Lionel once told that his grandma had suffered from this life0treatening disease but she managed to recover.

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