Who is Neil Diamond and what is his net worth 2018? Neil Leslie Diamond led an extremely colorful and illustrious life for five decades in the music industry. The awesome and renowned singer initially sang for a choir group with Barbara Streisand, his classmate. Although the primary songs that he composed failed to earn him money, he pursued his love and passion for music. His career gave a steep rise in 1966 after which he started signing prestigious contracts and became an established and well-renowned performer.
Neil Diamond was born on 24th January 1941 in Brooklyn in the city of New York. His father’s name was Akeeba Kieve Diamond was known to be a merchant of dry goods. Both of his parents were Jewish immigrants. His father also served the military during the Second World War. During this period, the family was at Wyoming where Neil frequented the local cinema matinee shows and fell for the movies of singing cowboy. After the World War ended the family returned to their home in Brooklyn. His passion for music grew up with his acoustic guitar presented to him on his birthday.
His first wife was Jaye Posner but in 1969 they got divorced. In that very year, he married Marcia Murphey and in 1994 they got divorced.
The first song composed by Neil Diamond is Here Them Bells and he wrote it when he was only 15. Neil and Barabara Streisand, his classmate sang in a fixed chorus of 100 members in the Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn. Later, he formed a singing group with Jack Packer, his friend and sang at the Little Neck Country Club in Long Island. This duo group gave birth to Shell Records which did not become successful leading the duo to part ways. He joined New York University in 1958 for becoming a doctor with a partial scholarship. But the subject failed to catch his interest and he started working for the Sunbeam Music.
A sudden encounter with Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry led to Bang Records. His singles Solitary Man, Cherry Cherry came out to be successful hits in 1966. In the very year, he also appeared on American Bandstand for two times. His song I’m a Believer in The Monkees, in 1967 came out to be a hit. He appeared on television in the shows of The Mike Douglas Show, Merv Griffin Show, and Mannix. In 1969, he parted ways with Bang Records and recorded his gold records with Uni-Label of California. He introduced Elton John in 1970. He signed a contract with the Columbia Records in 1971.
He produced a soundtrack for the film Jonathon Livingston Seagull in 1973 but was a failure at the box-office. Being passionate about music, he declined the acting offers for the films Lenny, and Taxi Driver. But in 1978, he became a part of The Last Waltz which had Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and John Mitchell apart from him. He appeared on NBC twice. He played the lead role in the film The Jazz Singer which was released in 1980 which earned thrice its budget. America, his hit single came out in 1981.
In 1974, Neil won the Golden Globe Award for the category of Best Original Score in the film Jonathon Livingston Seagull and also bagged a Grammy Award for the same film for its awesome soundtrack. In 1990, he got the American Music Award of Merit. In 2011, he also won the Billboard icon award and Kennedy Center Honors.
Neil Diamond Net Worth
The net worth of Neil Diamond is $185 million. 125 million records of the renowned singer have been sold throughout the world making him one of the most popular artists of all times. He divorced his wife, Marcia Murphey, in which he made his divorce settlement with $150,000,000. His net worth in 2013 was $118 million, in 2014 was $145 million and in 2015 was $159 million.
Today, he is known to be one of the most famous singers and performers of all times. He knew that lacked the talent in acting and he never acted in movies. He now performs in concerts in an occasional manner and has created a vast music catalog.