How Diana Ross’ net worth was built
Born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross, Diana Ross is an icon of the Motown era known for her cool vocals, spider lashes, big hair and dramatic, shimmering wardrobe. Ross began singing as a teenager and found fame as the lead singer of The Supremes, a pop trio produced by Motown Records. The Supremes were Motown’s biggest female act and one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. They had a string of hits, such as “Baby Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love” and “Love Child.” Under Motown Records producer Berry Gordy, The Supremes had five No. 1 songs in a row, among them “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Come See About Me.”
Ross left The Supremes in 1970 and went on to have a successful solo career in music and movies. Her debut solo album included the hits “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).” She starred in the films “Lady Sings the Blues,” “Mahogany,” for which she sang the hit theme song “Do You Know Where You’re Going To?” and “The Wiz.” In the early 1980s, she and Lionel Richie recorded the title song for the movie “Endless Love” and it went to No. 1.
Ross’ empire is worth $250 million as of May 2017, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
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- Born: 1944
- Birthplace: Detroit
What she’s up to now
Now in her 70s, Ross is still performing. In the summer of 2017, she is slated to perform at Summerfest in Milwaukee and headline the 23rd annual Essence Festival in New Orleans. The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas will present Ross in a nine-show performance called “The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade.”
Ross’ career spans six decades and her list of accolades is long. Her first, an Image Award, was won in 1972 for Best Actress in “Lady Sings the Blues,” and she won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer for that film. She was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1982 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 for her work in The Supremes. She received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and was honored by President Barack Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2016.
See how Diane Ross’ net worth compares with that of another music legend who made it big in the 1960s, guitarist Eric Clapton.