Les Brown is an American author and a motivational speaker who has given so many speeches inspiring people to achieve their dreams. Les Brown is also an author who has written books such as Live Your Dreams, God’s Guidance System, and It’s Possible. He is known for his catchphrase “It’s Possible” which he often uses in his speeches.
Brown has also been a politician who was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He hosted The Les Brown Show, a syndicated TV show from September 1993 to January 1994. Scroll down to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Les Brown in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Leslie Calvin Brown was born on 17th February, 1945, in Miami, Florida, the United States in an abandoned building along with his twin brother Wesley. Leslie was adopted by a thirty-eight-year-old single woman named Mamie Brown who was a domestic and a cafeteria attendant.
While in grade school, Brown was declared educable mentally retarded and overcame the condition with the help of his mother and his high school teacher who encouraged him and brought out his full potential. Brown often mentions this phase of his life in his speeches to motivate his listeners.
In 1995, Les Brown married singer Gladys Knight also known as the Empress of Soul in a private ceremony in Las Vegas. The marriage did not last long, and the couple got divorced in 1997. Les Brown has ten children namely, Calvin, John Andrew, Ona, Tayloria, Patrick, Thad, Ayanna, Serena, Sumaya, and John- Leslie. He has fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In 1997, Les Brown was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Les Brown decided to become a radio jockey and used to visit a local radio station where he was given sanitation jobs. He turned up every day at the station and one fine day he got the opportunity to go on-air as the scheduled radio jockey could not make it to the show. Les Brown grabbed the opportunity and inspired the people of the radio station and was taken as one of the station’s permanent employees from that day.
He later became a social activist which led to many controversies and soon he was terminated from his job. Brown contested for a seat in the Ohio State Legislature and held the seat for three terms becoming the chairman of Human Resources Committee the third term. He also became a motivational speaker at that time giving orations at different places and events all over the United States.
His speeches inspired many, and he gained more popularity which paved the way for him to host the Les Brown Show. He started to give speeches in many countries and began publishing books and audio series. Brown has so far won the Council of Peers Award of Excellence, Regional Emmy Award, the Golden Gavel Award from the National Speakers Association and was listed among the top 5 outstanding speakers of all time by Toastmasters International in 1991.
Net Worth & Earnings
The talented speaker earns around $50,000 per engagement, and his annual salary at the peak of his career is said to be more than $500,000. His successful career as a radio jockey, a politician, a speaker and an author has amassed him very good fortune, and his net worth is estimated to be $12 million.
Les Brown has become one of the best speakers in the world after facing many hardships in his life which gave him the wisdom his words carry. His famous catchphrase Its Possible has lifted up many frustrated souls making him one of the great orators of all time.