Gladys Knight Wiki, Husband, Divorce, Children and Net Worth

Updated On: 03 Dec, 2018

Gladys Knight Wiki, Husband, Divorce, Children and Net Worth

Quick Information

Date of Birth May 28, 1944
Age 74 Years 6 Month(s)
Citizenship American
Profession Singer & Songwriter
Marital Status Married
Husband/Spouse William McDowell (m. 2001), Les Brown (m. 1995–1997), Barry Hankerson (1974-1979), James Newman (1960-1973)
Divorced Yes (Thrice)
Gay/Lesbain No
Net Worth $28 million dollars (Estimated)
Ethnicity African-American
Social Media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Children/Kids Shanga Hankerson & James Newman III (Sons), Kenya Newman (Daughter)
Height 5 Feet 3½ Inches (161 cm)
Education Shaw University
Parents Merald Woodlow Knight, Sr. (Father), Sarah Elizabeth Woods (Mother)
Siblings David Knight & Merald "Bubba" Knight (Brothers), Brenda Knight (Sister)

An American singer–songwriter and actress Gladys Maria Knight is well known as the "Empress of Soul". Popular with the stage name Gladys Knight, seventy one years old Knight is able to make her presence in the industry by achieving huge success. She is a complete legend whose career and success has inspired lot of people. In between 1960s and 1970s, she has recorded several hits through which she gained popularity. Seven-time Grammy Award-winner Knights receives a beautiful salary from her profession which makes a jaw dropping net worth of $28 million. This net worth of Gladys Knight shows how successful she has been in her career so far.

Talking about her early life, she was born on May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia. As the daughter of Merald Woodlow Knight, Sr., a postal worker and Sarah Elizabeth, talented Knight was born with black ethnicity. By the very early age, she discovered her skills in singing and was able to captivate people with her mesmerizing voice. At the age of seven, Knight won Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour TV show contest which helped her to achieve minor success. In the meanwhile, she formed a musical group called the Pips with her sister Brenda, brother Merald, and cousins Elenor Guest and William which had begun to tour by the end of the decade.

Moving onto her personal life, she has been married four times. She has altogether three children. In the year 1960, knight was first married to James Newman, her boyfriend since high school. In the year 1962, she gave birth to son, James "Jimmy" Newman. A daughter Kenya was born in 1963. Her relationship with her high school sweetheart was getting sour day by day. In 1973, she had a divorce with James. A year after she married Barry Hankerson, a Blackground Records founder and producer by profession. With her ex-husband Hankerson, she has a son named Shanga Hankerson. Knight had a divorce with Barry Hankerson in 1981. In the year 1995, she was again married to motivational speaker Les Brown and was separated in 1997; after two years of marriage. In the year 2001, Gladys Knight married William McDowell with whom she has sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Standing tall with the height of five feet three inches Gladys Knight has experienced a wonderful height of success. Despite of her achievements and success, she seems to be very down to earth. It’s all about her passion, dedication and hard work that have helped her to climb the success. Most of her songs during 1960s and 1970s are still loved and played. Seventy one year old Knight is still active in the industry since 1953 and has lot more to achieve in the days to come. At this age, she seems so energetic and active when it comes to singing and her passion has inspired many aspiring singers. To know more about her professional career, one can obtain information from Wikipedia. Likewise, many wiki sites contain biography on her from where one can know more about her in detail.