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(Songwriter, record executive)

Berry Gordy is an American record executive, record producer, songwriter, film producer and television producer. Berry is not dating anyone.

Relationship Facts of Berry Gordy

Berry Gordy is not having an affair with anyone presently.
His sexual orientation is straight.

What is the relationship of Berry Gordy?

Berry Gordy is currently single.

Previously, he married his girlfriend Thelma Coleman in 1953. The couple welcomed three children together- Hazel Joy (born August 24, 1954), Berry IV (born October 1955), and Terry James (born August 1956). But, their relationship ended with divorce in 1959.

After that, he married Raynoma Mayberry Liles in 1960. The pair had already welcomed a daughter named Kerry Gordy on June 25, 1959, before their marriage. But, the couple divorced in 1964.

Then, he dated Jeana Jackson and welcomed a daughter Sherry (born May 23, 1960) and from Margaret Norton, he had a son named Kennedy William (born March 15, 1964).

After that, he dated Diana Ross for five years and welcomed a daughter Rhonda Suzanne (born August 14, 1971). From his affair with Nancy Leiviska, a daughter named Stefan Kendal Gordy, better known by his stage name Redfoo of the  LMFAO duo was born.

Furthermore, On July 17, 1990, he married Grace Eaton but the couple soon divorced in 1993.

Who is Berry Gordy?

Berry Gordy is an American record executive, record producer, songwriter, film producer, and television producer. He is best recognized as the founder of the record label Motown.

Berry Gordy: Age, Parents, Siblings, Ethnicity

He was born on November 28, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. His birth name is Berry Gordy III. He was born to his father Berry Gordy Sr., a plastering contractor while his mother Bertha Fuller Gordy worked as an insurance agent.

He has seven siblings- four sisters and three brothers.

His sisters are Anna Gordy Gaye, Gwen Gordy Fuqua, Esther Gordy Edwards, Loucye Gordy Wakefield, and his brothers are Fuller Berry, George, and Robert Gordy. Also, he has a half-brother named James.

Gordy holds American citizenship but his ethnicity is All-American.

Education, School/College University

Talking about his education history, he attended the Northeastern Senior High School.

Berry Gordy: Professional Life, Career

Berry Gordy tried to open his own record store which featured jazz music and 3-D glasses but did not become successful. Then, he met the owner of the Flame Show Bar Talent Club where he met Jackie Wilson.

Wilson co-wrote the song ‘Reet Petite’ with Berry Gordy’s sister Gwen and writer-producer Billy Davis which became a hit and gained much success internationally, reaching Top 10 in the UK.

Gordy and Wilson worked together for the next two years and recorded six more songs. He reinvested his profits from songwriting into producing and borrowed $800 from his family to create an R&B record company named Tamla Records. The label began recording on January 12, 1959.

The album titled ‘Bad Girl’ by the Miracles did not become so successful. The Tamla and Motown labels were merged into a new company Motown Record Corporation in April 1960 and singed Mary Wells into the label, making her the label’s second star.

Similarly, Berry has moved to Los Angeles in 1972 where he produced ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ followed by ‘Mahogany’ in 1975 and ‘The Last Dragon’ in 1985. He sold his interests in Motown Records to MCA and Boston Ventures on June 28, 1988, for $61 million.

Later, he published an autobiography, ‘To Be Loved’ in 1994.

Awards, Nominations

He won Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Pioneer Award in 2013, making him the first living individual to receive the honor. In addition, he won the National Medal of Arts from President Obama in 2016.

Berry Gordy: Net Worth, Salary

He has an estimated net worth of around $400 million as of 2022, and he has earned that sum of money from his professional career.

Berry Gordy: Rumors, Controversy

There was a rumor that he had male lovers but he denied the rumors. He is straight in sexual orientation.

Body Measurements: Height, Weight

Berry Gordy has a height of 5 ft. 9 inches and weighs 78 kg.

He has black eyes and black hair. But, his shoe size, dress size, etc. are not available.

Social Media

Berry is active on Twitter but he has hidden his fan followers hidden. Also, he is not active on Facebook and Instagram.


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