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Ray Charles Net Worth

Ray Charles Net Worth

Net Worth: $100 Million

  • Source of Wealth Music
  • Age Deceased at 73 years old on 2004-06-10
  • Birth Place Albany, Georgia, United States
  • Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)
  • Marital Status Single
  • Full Name Ray Charles Robinson
  • Nationality American
  • Date of Birth September 23, 1930
  • Ethnicity African American
  • Occupation Composer, Musician, Arranger, Bandleader
  • Education Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
  • Children 12 (Sheila Raye, Ryan Corey, Charles Wayne, Robert, Vincent, Robyn, Evelyn, David, Ray Charles Jr., Reatha, Raenee, Alexandra)
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About Ray Charles

American musician Ray Charles Robinson had an estimated net worth of $100 million. He was 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.

Earnings & Financial Data

The below financial data is gathered and compiled by TheRichest analysts team to give you a better understanding of Ray Charles's net worth by breaking down the most relevant financial events such as yearly salaries, contracts, earn outs, endorsements, stock ownership and much more.

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  • Earnings 2009
  • Earnings 2001
  • Earnings 2000
  • Earnings 1998
  • Earnings 1959
Earnings 2009 N/A
Earning Turned Donation 2009

Donated for Dillard University's program about black culture

Earnings 2001 N/A
Earning Turned Donation 2001

Charles made donation for Albany State University

Earnings 2000 N/A
Earning Turned Donation 2000

Charles donated the said amount for Wilberforce University's scholarship funds

Earnings 1998 N/A
Earning Turned Donation 1998

Donated for Los Angeles Police Department's youth mentoring program.

Earnings 1959 N/A
Misc. 1959

Advance payment he received from ABC with higher royalties than previously offered and eventual ownership of his masters

Record Sales 1959

Estimated earnings from his album The Genius of Ray Charles (500,000 copies)

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