Lionel Richie Net Worth 2022: Why He Had To Undergo 4 Throat Surgeries?

Singer and composer Lionel Richie hail from the United States. Lionel Richie, who first found popularity with The Commodores, is a very talented musician and producer. He also had a fruitful career as a solo artist.

Early Life

A. Lionel Brockman A native of Alabama, Richie, Jr. entered the world on June 20th, 1949. As a child, he spent his days exploring the grounds of the Tuskegee Institute. He was a standout tennis player at Joliet Township High School in Illinois, where he eventually graduated. He won a tennis scholarship to Tuskegee and used it to earn a degree in economics. During his time as a student at Tuskegee University in the middle 1960s, Richie founded several R&B groups. Richie spent some time as a graduate student at Auburn.


Richie began his career with the Commodores in 1968 when he was recruited to sing and play saxophone for the group. In 1968, the band signed a contract to record with Atlantic Records, but only for one album. With hits like “Brick House,” “Machine Gun,” “Easy,” and “Three Times a Lady,” the Commodores established themselves as a major R&B act.

Richie began taking commissions to compose music for other artists in the late ’70s. The song “Lady,” which he wrote for Kenny Rogers, was a huge hit for him in 1980. To promote their 1981 film Endless Love, Richie and Diana Ross recorded the film’s theme song as a duet. One of Motown’s most popular songs, it also received an Oscar nod. Since then, Richie has been pursuing a solo career, motivated by his earlier success. Also, read about Topher Grace

The tracks “Truly,” “You Are,” and “My Love” all became hits after the publication of Richie’s self-titled debut album in 1982. It resembled the sound of the Commodores in many ways. It debuted at #3 and has sold over 4 million copies. His 1983 album “Can’t Slow Down” outsold “Lionel Richie” by a factor of two. The album “Can’t Slow Down” won two Grammys, including Album of the Year. Richie’s performance of “All Night Long” at the 1984 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in Los Angeles was the album’s most memorable moment.

The 1980s were a banner decade for Richie, with many top ten singles like “Hello,” “Stuck on You,” “Running with the Night,” and “Penny Lover.” He composed and performed the film’s theme song in 1981. The duet, which also featured Diana Ross, was considered for an Oscar for Best Original Song that year.

For the 1985 film White Nights, he composed and sang the song “Say You, Say Me.” It spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song “We Are the World,” which Richie and Michael Jackson worked on together, is another example. The album “Dancing on the Ceiling” he released in 1986 yielded five Top 20 singles: “Say You, Say Me,” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” “Love Will Conquer All,” “Ballerina Girl,” and “Sela.”

Albums released by Richie in the ’90s were not as well received as his previous three. Richie has had six songs that peaked in the top 40 in the United Kingdom since 2004. “Just Go” was his 2009 album release. ‘Tuskegee,’ Richie’s tenth studio album, was released on March 26, 2012. Also read about DJ Drama

Throughout the last few years, Richie’s popularity and success in the Arab world have skyrocketed. Among the countries where he has performed are Egypt, Libya, the United Arab Emirates, and Morocco.

Lionel Richie

Richie has been honored with four Grammys: Song of the Year for “We Are the World” in 1985, Album of the Year for “Can’t Slow Down” in 1984, Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) in 1984, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Truly” in 1982. Richie earned the RIAA’s first-ever Diamond album certification. Richie has won one Golden Globe and has been nominated for another. In the 2019 season of “American Idol,” Richie served as a judge.

Personal Life

On October 18, 1975, Richie married his college girlfriend, Brenda Harvey. Nicole Camille Escovedo, the daughter of Sheila E’s niece and a member of Lionel Richie’s band, was informally adopted by the couple when she was two years old. Richie finalized the adoption when Nicole was nine years old.

In 1986, Richie and Diane Alexander began dating. Brenda Harvey remained his wife. After 18 years of marriage, Richie and Harvey split up in 1993. During the month of December 1995, Richie wed Alexander. Miles is their son, and Sofia is their daughter. In early 2004 they separated.

When Nicole Richie gave birth to a daughter with husband Joel Madden of the band Good Charlotte in 2008, Richie became a grandfather. Nicole and Joel welcomed their second child in 2009, marking Richie’s second grandson.

Throat Surgeries

But the 72-year-old American Idol judge admits he’s been through some rough patches in his life. During the height of his solo fame, Richie recalls feeling burdened while battling a mystery ailment that affected his throat.

“About as near to a nervous collapse as you ever would’ve come,” the performer said of that time. After experiencing throat problems since the early 1990s, Richie had four consecutive procedures to treat the issue.

“You don’t want just anyone going into that basement. Concerning the operations, he says, “This is your identity, and I never really thought that it would end.”

Lionel Richie Net Worth

Lionel Richie Net Worth is estimated to be around  $200 Million. Reported earnings for Lionel Richie’s first season as a judge on “American Idol” in 2019 put his take-home pay at $10 million.

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