The start of the Stevie Wonder net worth first began at the young age of 11 when he was first discovered. He is undoubtedly one of the most loved musicians of all time. He started his career in 1961 and still performs his magical, soulful music to this day, addressing love, race and politics in an effort to free the world of prejudice.
Stevie Wonder Net Worth: $110 Million
Stevie wonder was born in Michigan in 1950 and was one of six children who later moved to Detroit when he was 4. Born premature, he was placed in an incubator and due to the excessive oxygen in that environment, a rare condition occurred causing his blindness.
His mother was very protective over him because of his blindness and kept him indoors, this exposed him to music and rhythm at a young age as he would listen to music for hours. Despite his challenges, he always had this love for music, joining his church choir and learn to play many instruments at a young age. He and a friend regularly played on street corners and performed at events.
Little Stevie Wonder Gets Signed
Stevie Wonder was signed to Motown is Tamla label and given the name Little Stevie Wonder. At 11 years of age Clancy Paul, a producer and songwriter, worked together on two albums which took them a year. The pair went on to create several instrumental, cover and blues records.
At the age of 12 Stevie Wonder joined the Motown Revue and toured theatres across America where colored artists were accepted.
Then, at the age of 13 he became the youngest Artist to ever hit the top of the charts on the Billboard Hot 100. Due to his young age, his label had drawn up a 5 year contract in which royalties were kept in trust until Wonder was 21. The label provided Wonder’s mother with a pathetically small $2.50 weekly allowance and covered Stevie’s tutoring while on tour.
When his voice started to change as he approached his teens, he continued to study classic piano and soon after went on to release popular hits like, Uptight, I Was Made to Love Her, For Once in My Life, My Cherie Amour and Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
The Stevie Wonder Net Worth Begins to Grow
When Stevie Wonder turned 21, he took the royalties that he had earned over the past 10 years and build his own recording studio. Wonder established his own publishing company called Black Bull Music and only re-signed with Motown later on, after he had negotiated higher royalties and the rights to his own music.
Stevie Wonder went on to create the classic You are the Sunshine of my Life in late 1972 when his first daughter, Aisha was born. He went on to have nine children with five different mothers, quite the ladies man!
Stevie Wonder and Other Greats
Stevie Wonder has worked with many greats in his career, including Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Gladys Knight and Lionel Richie to name a few. These collaborations have brought sweet musical bliss to generations.
His last performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards was another heartfelt display of why his feel good music has made him unforgettable. He joined with Pentatonix to pay tribute to Maurice White, member of Earth, Wind & Fire who passed earlier in 2016.
Born: May 13, 1950