|Real Name/Full Name||Lionel Brockman Richie Jr.|
|Nick Name/Celebrated Name:||Lionel Richie|
|Birth Place:||Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S.A.|
|Date Of Birth/Birthday:||20 June 1949|
|Age/How Old:||73 years old|
|Height/How Tall:||In Centimetres – 180 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 9″
|Weight:||In Kilograms – 77 Kg
In Pounds – 170 lbs
|Hair Color:||Dark Brown|
|Parents Name:||Father –Lionel Brockman Richie Sr
Mother –Alberta Richie
|School:||Joliet Township High School|
|Wife/Spouse Name:||Diane Alexander (m. 1995-2004)
Brenda Harvey Richie (1975-1993)
|Kids/Children Name:||Brockman Richie, Sofia Richie, Nicole Richie|
|Profession:||Songwriter, Singer, Record Producer|
|Net Worth:||$230 million|
|Last Updated:||March 2023|
Lionel Richie is one of the greatest singers of all time. His songs have been a hit such that his album made a record-breaking sale of over 20 million copies. He also values teamwork, and he has collaborated with other artists such as Michael Jackson, among others. Currently, he is divorced. However, he is a father of three children where one is an adopted child. He is also a grandfather.
Well, how well do you know about Lionel Richie? If not much, here is what we know about Lionel Richie to date.
Biography and Early Life
Lionel Richie was born on 20th June 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S.A. His parents are Alberta and Lionel. At a young age, he was active in sports. He was a skillful tennis player. He also enjoyed music but did it for fun, oblivious of what music can do for his future.
Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement
So, how old is Lionel Richie in 2023 and what is his height and weight? Well, Lionel Richie’s age is 73 years old as of today’s date 19th March 2023 having been born on 20 June 1949. Though, he is 5′ 9″ in feet and inches and 180 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 170 lbs in Pound and 77kg in Kilograms.
Lionel was enrolled at Joliet Township High School. While in high school, he became the school’s tennis star. As a result, his talent was noticed. After his graduation, he obtained a fully-funded scholarship to join Tuskegee Institute due to being a skilled tennis player. Unfortunately, he only learned at the institute for about one year and dropped out of school.
Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids
When he dropped out of college, he was still uncertain of what to do. Initially, he had the dream of becoming a priest. However, as he was still contemplating what to do, he started engaging in music on a full-time basis now that he was no longer a student. It was then that he realized another talent as a singer can take him far. He then became serious about music. 65
He fell in love with his girlfriend Brenda while in college. The two lovers ended up in marriage in 1975. He also adopted a girl named Nicole Camille Escovedo, the daughter of one of his band members. Later, he adopted Nicole legally and changed her surnames. Currently, he is a proud grandfather of Nicole’s two children.
Unfortunately, his relationship with his first wife went sour and came to an end in 1993 when they divorced. Two years later, he married Diane Alexander, and they bore Miles and Sofia. He divorced his second wife in 2003.
Is Lionel Richie Gay?
No. He is straight. He entered into a love relationship with an opposite-gender twice despite the failure of his marriages. He fell in love with Brenda and Diane but later, they divorced. He has two children with his second wife of himself. Thus, Lionel Richie is not gay, and neither is he a bisexual.
His career began when he joined the Funk-Soul Band. He was the band’s lead saxophonist and singer. The band became famous for its upbeat dance such as ‘Brick House’ and ‘Machine Gun.’ Later, the band produced more romantic up beats that further enhanced their fame. Some of the hit upbeats include; ‘Sail On’ and ‘Easy.’
He also began solo music in 1981 when he released the song ‘, Endless Love.’ The song was used in a movie and made him more famous. He quit from the funk-soul band also known as ‘Commodores’ in 1982. The same year he released his first Album, eponymous solo album, which featured some of his hit songs such as ‘My Love,’ ‘Truly,’ and ‘You Are.’
His album was such a hit that it could make at least 4 million sales of copies. His second album was ‘Can’t Slow Down.’ The album performed much better than the first, making it won Grammy Awards twice and termed the year’s album. His second album ushered him to international fans and enhanced his celebrity.
He also released more songs in 1984, such as ‘Penny Love,’ ‘Running with the Night, ‘Stuck on You,’ and ‘Hello.’ In 1985, he collaborated with Michael Jackson and released the song ‘We Are the World’ for charity works. This song broke the sales record as it sold over 20 million copies across the globe. Later, he released singles such as ‘Say You, Say Me’ that won the Year’s Academy Award. He also produced ‘White Nights’ and ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’.
He produced his 4th album in 1996, dubbed ‘Louder Than Words. The music still had some soulful style but did not produce significant results. However, his album ‘Coming Home’ released in 2006, was a hit after ten years of reduced popularity. Just as the title of the album, it was his comeback. The song made it easier for his album’ Tuskegee,’ released in 2012, to hit. The last album was a collaboration of popular artists such as Blake Shelton, Billy Currington, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, and many more.
- He won Grammy Awards four times
- In 2008, he received George and Ira Gershwin Lifetime Achievement Award
- In 2016, he received the Johnny Mercer Award, which is the highest honor of Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Lionel Richie in 2023
As of 2023, Richie has a net worth of $230 million. His main source of income is from his musical career. His albums have been a hit and among the bestselling. In collaboration with other artists, one of his record-breaking albums made over 20 million sales across the globe. As a celebrity, he has also been a brand ambassador for popular brands such as Lion Nathan. Besides, he has obtained several lucrative endorsement deals.
Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know
His music has made over 100 million sales worldwide, making him among the world’s bestselling artists.
Lionel is a smart person who has produced record-breaking and award-winning albums. He has been the singer of the year on several occasions. Besides, his music has made great sales, and now he is among the richest singers. He is divorced but has children.