Lionel Richie may be known, today, for his judging role on “American Idol” — but he’s a bonafide R&B legend (He’s also an HBCU graduate!).
After first coming to prominence as part of the 1970s funk & soul collective, The Commodores, he launched a successful solo career in the 1980s. During this solo career, according to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, he became one of the most successful balladeers of the 20th century, racking up sales totaling more than 100 million copies of his albums sold worldwide. In the process, he also secured an Oscar win and four Grammy Awards. And if all that wasn’t enough, he teamed up with the legendary Michael Jackson to record the mega-smash “We Are The World” benefit single.
All told, Lionel Richie never had to record another note again — especially once his breakthrough solo album, “Can’t Slow Down,” was certified diamond by the RIAA. Yet, his career continued on an upward trajectory, earning him the legendary status he continues to enjoy today. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has amassed an impressive $200 million net worth, and his legacy in the music industry has been forever cemented.
Now, his three children are enjoying the fruits of his labor while pursuing careers in the entertainment industry of their own. Here’s how they’re doing it.
Editorial note: The net worths listed in this piece are speculative estimates drawn from a variety of online sources.
Perhaps the best known of all of Lionel Richie’s children is his first child, Nicole Richie. After first coming to prominence as Paris Hilton’s reluctant sidekick on “The Simple Life,” Nicole Richie went on to star in several reality shows and even had bit parts in films and television shows. In 2005, she published a best-selling book called “The Truth About Diamonds.”
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Nicole Richie has a net worth of $40 million.
Since 2010, she has been married to Good Charlotte lead singer Joel Madden, and they have two children together — making Lionel Richie a grandfather.
Miles Brockman Richie
In addition to being his father’s doppelganger, Miles Brockman Richie is a model signed to Wilhemina Models and has walked the runway during New York Fashion Week (per W Magazine).
The youngest of Lionel Richie’s three children, Sofia Richie is also a model, like her brother. According to Wonderland Magazine, she’s appeared in campaigns for companies like Tommy Hilfiger, adidas, and Michael Kors.