Gladys Knight is one of the originators of the modern soul sound.
As the lead singer of Gladys Knight and The Pips, the Georgia native got her start in the church before working her way out to the legendary Motown Records. After working with artists like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson, the group released a string of hits including “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Neither One of Us,” and “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me.”
Eventually, too, Knight branched out into acting, with diverse roles in everything from “Hawaii Five-O” to “Hollywood Homicide,” per IMDb.
In recent years, Knight has been introduced to the younger generation thanks to her popular Verzuz with Patti Labelle.
With such a legendary career, it’s no wonder that your favorite auntie’s favorite singer has earned a most impressive $28 million net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Gladys Knight hasn’t just left behind some legendary songs. She’s also a devoted mother and grandmother.
Let’s get to know who Gladys Knight’s three children are below.
Editorial note: The net worth listed in this piece is a speculative estimate drawn from a variety of online sources.
James Gaston Newman III
Born in 1962, James Gaston Newman III was a graduate of the University of San Diego who went on to become a record label executive and a talent agent. Sadly, he passed away in 1999, according to The Las Vegas Sun. But he is survived by his wife, Micheline, and five children.
Born in 1963, Kenya Newman keeps a much lower profile than either of her brothers. She is the owner of Kenya’s Cakes bakery in Las Vegas, according to a different report for the Las Vegas Sun.
Shanga Hankerson is Gladys Knight’s third child and second son.
As for Shanga, he was the owner of the now-defunct Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles restaurant in Atlanta, which closed in 2016, according to Black Enterprise.