Lionel Richie Biography

Published On Oct 06, 2017
Facts of Lionel Richie
Date of Birth: 1949 , June-20
Height: 5 Feet 11 Inch
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Lionel Richie began his career as a singer and saxophonist with the American funk/soul band, Commodores. Then after, Lionel released his solo album, Lionel Richie, which became one of the successful achievement of his career.

Thereafter, Richie co-wrote the charity single, ‘’We Are the World’’ along with the famous American singer, songwriter, and dancer, Michael Jackson, which sold more than twenty million copies. Further, it created a history by selling more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Besides, Lionel performed at National Memorial Day Concert, AFL Grand Finale Replay in Australia and many others. Along with this, Lionel has donated more than $3 million for the ''Breast Cancer Reseach'' foundation.

Moreover, Lionel also appeared in numerous movies, documentary and television series such as Scott Joplin, The Preacher’s Wife, Pariah, The Simpsons, Who Do You Think You Are? and much more.

From his amazing career, Richie honored with ‘’Grammy Award’’ five times. Besides, Lionel also won the Songwriters Hall of Fames. Currently, Lionel has officially became a new judge in ‘’American Idol’’  in 2017.

Taking bout his personal life, Lionel married beautiful wife, Brenda Harvey-Richie on October 28, 1975. From their relationship, the couple welcomed their first child, Nicole Richie. After spending 18 years together the husband and wife got divorced, and the information regarding their separation has still hidden to the media and web.

Later on, Lionel married Diana Alexander Richie on December 21, 1995. From their relationship, the couple gave birth to children, Sofia and Miles Brockman Richie.

The couple spent togetherness of nine years, unluckily, their second marriage also turned to divorce. Besides, his married life, he was involved in a love affair with his ex-girlfriend, Bai Ling, a Chinese-American actress.

Accounting his financial status, he earns a decent amount of salary through his career through which he has a net worth of $200 million by which he finances his living and as a judge on the American idol he signed a contract with the salary of $25 million.

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Total Net Worth


Lionel Richie earns a tremendous amount of money through his professional career. As of 2017, Lionel Richie has a net worth of $200 million by which he mantains a fancy celebrity life.

Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, USA

June 20 , 1949

Lionel Richie was born on June 20, 1949, in Tuskegee, Alabama. He was born to Lionel Brockman and Alberta and grew up with his sibling, Deborah Richie.

Married to Brenda Harvey-Richie

October 28 , 1975

Lionel Richie married Brenda Harvey-Richie on October 28, 1975, after dating for a couple of years. However, the couple couldn't continue their relationship and divorced on August 9, 1993.

Married to Diana Alexander Richie

December 21 , 1995

Lionel Richie married married his second wife, Diana Alexander Richie on  December 21, 1995. The couple remained together for nine years but they couldn't continue their relationship and separated. 

won the Grammy Award


Lionel was honored with ''Grammy Award'' in 1985 for ''We Are the World'', a song of the year which he co-wrote along with Michael Jackson. Along with this, he has won the ''Academy Award'' for Best Original Song for ''Say You, Say Me''.