Lionel Richie net worth: American Idol singer and judge’s fortune

Lionel Richie has been in the music business for a long time, he was born in 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama, and graduated from college with a BS in Economics while practicing music from an early age.

His musical talent pushed him to form different rhythm & blues groups

After having made groups, he joined in 1968 the most successful group of his career, the legendary Commodores where he took over as singer, pianist and saxophone playerr.

They became famous with Brick House

With the Commodores they changed labels from Atlantic to Motown records where they rose to fame with the classics “A brick house“, “Machine Gun”, “Easy” and “Three times a lady”.

Write songs for other musicians

Since there are sometimes talented musicians in a band, Richie started writing songs for other musicians; he wrote “Lady” for Kenny Rogers, which achieved number one success in the early 80s. After that success, he wrote the song “Everlasting love” as the soundtrack of the film, a song which, in duet with Diana Ross, would deserve an Oscar nomination.

Richie leaves the Commodores

Once he rose to prominence as an independent musician, it allowed him to leave the band and start a solo career.

His first album sold four million copiesand throughout the 1980s he achieved musical success.

Oscar winner

In 1985, he wrote and performed the song “Tell you, tell mefor the soundtrack to “White Nights,” a song that earned him his first Oscar statuette for Best Original Song.


Lionel Richie has won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Producer of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

american idol

In 2019, Richie joined the judges of “American Idol” where he earned $10 million in his first season judging on the popular show.

After all the success, Lionel Richie net worth is assessed in $200 million.

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