Berry Gordy is a successful record producer who is the founder of the record label Motown Records. He is also a film and television producer as well as a songwriter. He has received many honors including the National Medal of Arts. His career has spanned for over six decades and continues to be active in it. Keep reading to know more about the net worth of Berry Gordy in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Berry Gordy III aka Berry Gordy Jr. was born in November 1929 in Detroit, Michigan. His father was Berry Gordy II and he hailed from a middle-class family. His grandfather was a plantation owner. His siblings include Robert L. Gordy, Anna Gordy Gaye, and George Gordy. He maintains a very good friendship with Smokey Robinson.
As per reports, Berry Gordy went to Northeastern Senior High School. However, he later dropped out of his high school. He was very talented in songwriting right from his early childhood. He then decided to become a boxer and boxed in a total of 19 matches. Soon he was drafted in the United States Army and remained there till 1953.
From 1953 to 1960, Berry Gordy was married to Thelma Louise Coleman. His second marriage was to Raynoma Singleton from 1960 to 1964. In 1990, he got married to Grace Easton. However, the couple got separated after three years. Gordy was quite a ladies man and has also been in relationships with Diana Ross, Jeana Jackson, Margaret Norton, and Nancy Leiviska. Through various relationships, he is the father of Redfoo, Hazel Gordy, Kerry, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Rockwell, Sherry, Berry Gordy IV, and Terry James Gordy.
Career, Award & Nominations
Berry Gordy created the record store called 3-D Record Mart. However, it became unsuccessful. In 1957, he recorded the song “Reet Petite”, which became an international hit. He then recorded or wrote several other songs like “Lonely Teardrops”, “Bad Girl”, “You Got What It Takes”, and “Money”. In the 1960s and 1970s, he wrote songs like “Shop Around”, “Do You Love Me”, “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save”, I’ll Be There”, and “Get It Together”.
In addition to this, Gordy created the Miracles in 1957 and began building artists. Later, he created the recording company and named it as Tamla Records. He also created Motown in 1959 and Tamla Records served as its subsidiary. Over the course of time, he signed many popular artists like Four Tops, the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, and the Temptations.
In 1988, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, U.S. Business Hall of Fame, and Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame. In 2013, Gordy created the Broadway musical called ‘Motown: The Musical’. In addition to this, he was also the writer of the Broadway plays ‘Rock ‘N Roll’ and ‘Lennon’. He has been honored with a Star on the Walk of Fame.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much would be the net worth of a person who has done many endeavors in his career? Apart from music, he has also written songs and Broadway plays. He has also the producer of the film ‘The Last Dragon’ in 1985. His estimated net worth is $420 million. This comes with his success as a record producer. He has also produced the drama movie called ‘Lady Sings the Blues’.
Berry Gordy is a very successful person. By adopting different endeavors, he established himself as a leading producer of movies, television, and music. In 1994, he came up with a biography entitled ‘To Be Loved’. He has worked with several big names in the music industry.