Net Worth: $100 Million
- Source of Wealth Music
- Birth Place Albany, Georgia, United States
- Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)
- Full Name Ray Charles Robinson
- Nationality United States
- Date of Birth September 23, 1930
- Ethnicity African American
- Occupation Composer, Musician, Arranger, Bandleader
American musician,Ray Charles Robinson had an estimated net worth of $100 million.Ray Charles was the musician most responsible for developing soul music. Singers like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson also did a great deal to pioneer the form, but Charles did even more to devise a new form of black pop by merging ’50s R&B with gospel-powered vocals, adding plenty of flavor from contemporary jazz, blues, and (in the ’60s) country. Then there was his singing; his style was among the most emotional and easily identifiable of any 20th century performer, up there with the likes of Elvis and Billie Holiday.
He was also a superb keyboard player, arranger, and bandleader. The brilliance of his 1950s and ’60s work, however, can’t obscure the fact that he made few classic tracks after the mid-’60s, though he recorded often and performed until the year before his death. Blind since the age of six (from glaucoma), Charles studied composition and learned many instruments at the St. Augustine School for the Deaf and the Blind. His parents had died by his early teens, and he worked as a musician in Florida for a while before using his savings to move to Seattle in 1947.
Charles died on June 10, 2004 at 11:35 a.m. of liver cancer at his home in Beverly Hills, California, surrounded by family and friends. He was 73 years old.His body was interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery.