Gladys Knight Net Worth

Gladys Knight Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Gladys Maria Knight net worth is
$28 Million

Gladys Maria Knight Wiki Biography

Gladys Maria Knight was born on 28 May 1944, in Atlanta, Georgia USA, and through a successful career as a soul music singer, but also featuring sounds from other music genres, such as soft rock, gospel, funk, doo-wop and R&B, became known as the Empress of Soul, being regarded as one of the most powerful and influential music stars of the 20th century. Gladys is also known as an author and songwriter, and furthermore, she is a great businesswoman and humanitarian. All these sources have played important roles in the accumulation of Gladys’ net worth.

So just how rich is Gladys Knight? Sources have estimated that Gladys’ net worth reaches $28 million, earned largely through her singing career spanning more than 50 years.


Gladys Knight Net Worth $28  Million

Gladys Knight was born to parents Sarah Elizabeth Woods and Merald Woodlow Knight, Sr. She became interested in music at a very young age, and at seven she won the television contest named ‘Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour TV’. Gladys and relatives then formed ‘The Pips’, and had mild success during their teenage years. From 1961 onwards, the group acheived internatinal success, and reached the heights by winning Grammy Awards for the songs ‘Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)’in 1972, ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ in 1973, and ‘Love Overboard’ in 1987. Due to great popularity, Knight was invited to play a leading role in the drama ‘Pipe Dreams’ directed by Stephen F. Verona. However, the film was not very popular among cinema-goers, although Knight received positive critics’ evaluation and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as the Best New Actress, this way adding to Gladys’ net worth, too.

During Knight’s career in the band, she has also collaborated with Dionne Warwick, Elton John and Stevie Wonder in a song ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ written by Burt Bacharach. winning a Grammy Award for the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or a Group without Vocal in 1986. In 1988, after the disbandment of ‘The Pips’, Gladys Knight began her successful solo career, which has played important role in the rise of her net worth. As a solo singer she has released ten studio albums and seventeen singles. Her sixth album ‘At Last’ won a Grammy Award for the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album in 2001.

Overall, Gladys Knight has won Grammy Awards seven times, which has also significantly increased her  net worth. In addition to this, Gladys has been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Hit Parade Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Gladys Knight’s net worth rose even more after she was awarded for her lifetime achievements by the BET cable network, Las Vegas Music Awards, 16th Annual Ella Award by the Society of Singers, Stardust Music Awards and Soul Train Music Awards.

Gladys Knight appeared in various television series during the 1980s 90s, without conspicuous success, and has also made television cameo appearances. In 2012, she began a  role in the syndicated sitcom ‘The First Family’. Also in 2012, Gladys competed in the 14th season of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’, partnered by Tristan MacManus, but they were eliminated, unfortunately during the show’s ‘Motown Week.’

Aside from being a great singer, Knight has increased her net worth publishing books as ‘At Home with Gladys Knight’, and ‘Between Each Line of Pain and Glory: My Life Story’.

In her personal life, Gladys Knight has had four marriages. She first married James Newman (1960-73), with whom she had a son who died in 1999, and a daughter Kenya Newman. Gladys then married Barry Hankerson (1974-81) and they have a son Shanga-Ali Hankerson. Thirdly she married Les Brown(1995-97), and now she has been married to William McDowell since 2001.

Full NameGladys Knight
Net Worth$28 Million
Date Of BirthMay 28, 1944
Place Of BirthAtlanta, Georgia USA
Height5 ft 3 in (1.613 m)
Weight60 pounds
ProfessionSinger-songwriter, Actor, Author, Businessperson, Humanitarian
EducationGesu Catholic Grade School, Shaw University - Honorary Doctorate in Performing Arts
SpouseWilliam McDowell (m. 2001), Les Brown (m. 1995-1997), Barry Hankerson (m. 1974-1981), James Newman (m. 1960-1973)
ChildrenKenya Newman, Shanga-Ali Hankerson, James "Jimmy" Newman
ParentsSarah Elizabeth Woods, Merald Woodlow Knight, Sr.
SiblingsWilliam McDowell (m. 2001),
NicknamesLicense to kill - Gladys Knight , Gladys Knights , Gladys Maria Knight , The Empress of Soul , Empress of Soul
AwardsGrammy Awards for the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or a Group without Vocal/ Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album/Best Gospel Performance/ Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album, NAACP Image Award, BET Inaugural Best Living Legend Award/Lifetime Achievement Award, Soul Train Music Awards Lifetime Achieveme...
Record LabelsVee-Jay, Motown, Buddah, Columbia, MCA, Verve
AlbumsI Feel a Song (1974), Neither One of Us (1973), Imagination (1973), Claudine (1974), All Our Love (1987), Good Woman (1991)
NominationsGeorgia Music Hall of Fame, Hit Parade Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of Fame
MoviesPipe Dreams (1976), Hollywood Homicide (2003), I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009)
TV ShowsBenson, The Jeffersons, A Different World, Living Single, The Jamie Foxx Show, New York Undercover, House Of Payne (2009), The First Family (2012), Dancing with the Stars (2012)
1Believe me when I say this: you can't please everyone in concert, even though I still want to. Someone always wants you to sing a song that isn't necessarily on your set list. So I'm heavy on the medleys these days.
1Born on the exact same day as Rudy Giuliani, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Sondra Locke and Billy Vera.
2Currently tours with her choir "Saints Unified Voices" throughout the United States at LDS (Mormon) church meetinghouses, cultural events and concerts. Ray Charles' last album contains a duet with Gladys Knight which received a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance (Duet). [February 2005]
3She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on June 27, 1995.
4She owns a chain of chicken and waffles restaurants based in Atlanta.
5Has an older sister, Brenda Knight, and a younger brother, David Knight.
6The name, "The Pips", came from the name of their manager, James "Pip" Wood, who is also Knight's cousin.
7Parents are Merald Woodlow Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Knight.
8Had a gambling problem.
9Mother of Jimmy Newman III (died 1999), Kenya Jackson (née Newman), and Shanga Hankerson.
10Once performed "Licence to Kill" in concert at Caesars Atlantic City for Jason Allentoff and Brandon Allentoff.
11Is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
12Ranked #18 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
13Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Gladys Knight and the Pips) in 1996.
14Sister of Merald Knight, cousin of William Guest, and Edward Patten.
15Aunt, by marriage, of singer Aaliyah (she was married to Aaliyah's uncle Barry Hankerson).
16She has three children, sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
17Won on "Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour" (1948) at age seven.


Almost Christmas2016Shelter Director Dorothy
Hot in Cleveland2015TV SeriesMiss Shonda
Super Bowl Gospel Celebration2015TV MovieGladys Knight
Empire2015TV SeriesGladys Knight
Seasons of Love2014TV MovieMs. Angie
The First Family2012-2013TV SeriesGrandma Carolyn
I Can Do Bad All by Myself2009Wilma
House of Payne2009TV SeriesGladys Knight
30 Rock2008TV SeriesGladys Knight
Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen2006VideoCandie (voice)
Unbeatable Harold2006Phyllis
Las Vegas2005TV SeriesGladys Knight
JAG2005TV SeriesEtta
Hollywood Homicide2003Olivia Robidoux
The Jamie Foxx Show1997-2001TV SeriesJanice King
Ally McBeal1999TV SeriesGladys Knight
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1999TV SeriesChocolate
Living Single1997TV SeriesOdelle Jones
Baywatch1995TV SeriesGladys Knight
New York Undercover1994TV SeriesNatalie
Twenty Bucks1993Mrs. McCormac
Out All Night1992TV SeriesGladys Knight
A Different World1988TV SeriesGladys Knight
CBS Schoolbreak Special1987TV SeriesDr. Donna Robinson
Desperado1987TV MovieMona Lisa
Charlie & Co.1985-1986TV SeriesDiana Richmond
The Jeffersons1983TV SeriesGladys Knight
Pipe Dreams1976Maria Wilson


Empire2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 68th Annual Tony Awards2014TV Special performer: "On the Sunny Side of the Street", "It Don't Mean a Thing"
The Butler2013/Iperformer: "You And I Ain't Nothin' No More"
The Paperboy2012performer: "The Nitty Gritty" / writer: "The Nitty Gritty"
2011 Soul Train Awards2011TV Special performer: "I Need You"
For Colored Girls2010performer: "Settle"
It's Complicated2009performer: "Since I Fell for You"
Later... With Jools Holland2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
I Can Do Bad All by Myself2009performer: "The Need to Be", "Just Don't Wanna Know/Over It Now"
Fired Up!2009writer: "Two Type of Bitches"
The Family That Preys2008performer: "I Hope You Dance"
The Simpsons Game2007Video Game "That's What Friends Are For"
Hoge bomen: Pioniers2007TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Las Vegas2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bond Girls Are Forever2002TV Movie documentary performer: "Licence to Kill"
Kevin & Perry Go Large2000performer: "The Look Of Love"
Ally McBeal1999TV Series performer - 1 episode
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1999TV Series performer - 1 episode
Joe the King1999performer: "Between Her Goodbye & My Hello"
A Life Less Ordinary1997performer: "IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN"
Set It Off1996performer: "I'll Be Missing You"
Melrose Place1993TV Series performer - 1 episode
True Identity1991performer: "Walk the Line"
Ghost Dad1990performer: "Strong As Steel"
Licence to Kill1989performer: "Licence to Kill"
Sesame Street, Special1988TV Movie performer: "Put Down the Duckie Reprise"
Women in Rock1986Video documentary performer: "I Will Survive"
Cobra1986performer: "Loving On Borrowed Time" Love Theme from Cobra
Soul Train1985TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Rocky IV1985performer: "Double Or Nothing"

Music Department

Charlie & Co.TV Series singer - 1 episode, 1986 composer - 1 episode, 1986


Mic Check Live: Gladys Knight Rockumentary2011TV Movie executive producer
Sisters in the Name of Love1986TV Special executive producer


Della1969TV SeriesHerself
Operation: Entertainment1968TV SeriesHerself
The Real2015TV SeriesHerself
Unsung Hollywood2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton2015TV SeriesHerself
The Queen Latifah Show2013-2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Musical Guest
Extra2014TV SeriesHerself
Fox and Friends2014TV SeriesHerself
The Chew2014TV SeriesHerself
On the Money2014TV SeriesHerself
The 68th Annual Tony Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Knight Life with Gladys2013TV MovieHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
2013 Soul Train Awards2013TV SpecialHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2013TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
The 365Black Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Lifetime Achievement Honoree
My Music: Burt Bacharach's Best2013TV MovieHerself
44th NAACP Image Awards2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Apollo Live2012TV SeriesHerself - Judge
The Talk2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Bebe Winans' America, America2012TV MovieHerself
Don Cornelius: Visionary, Trailblazer & Cultural Icon2012TV MovieHerself
Dancing with the Stars2012TV SeriesHerself - Contestant / Herself - Performer
The 2012 Billboard Music Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Good Morning America2012TV SeriesHerself
2011 Soul Train Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
Black Girls Rock! 20112011TV MovieHerself
BET Awards 20112011TV SpecialHerself
The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
American Idol2003-2011TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Musical Guest / Herself - Guest Judge
Why Not? With Shania Twain2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Mic Check Live: Gladys Knight Rockumentary2011TV MovieHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2010TV MovieHerself
TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival2010TV MovieHerself
A Capitol Fourth2010TV Movie documentaryHerself - Performer
Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement2009DocumentaryHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show1991-2009TV SeriesHerself
The Paul O'Grady Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Later... With Jools Holland2009TV SeriesHerself (also Interview)
The Early Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Michael Jackson Memorial2009TV Movie documentaryHerself - VIP Audience (uncredited)
Man v. Food2008-2009TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2006-2008TV SeriesHerself
The BET Honors2008TV MovieHerself - Performer
American Idol Rewind2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
BET Awards 20072007TV SpecialHerself
2007 Trumpet Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
The View2006TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Duets2006TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Tavis Smiley2006TV SeriesHerself
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Chris Botti Live: With Orchestra and Special Guests2006Video documentaryHerself
Nobel Peace Prize Concert2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
BET Awards 20052005TV SpecialHerself
2005 Trumpet Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
Good Day Live2005TV SeriesHerself
The 10th Annual Walk of Fame Honoring Smokey Robinson2004TV MovieHerself
Bridge to Havana2004Video documentaryHerself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Motown 452004TV SpecialHerself
VH1 Divas 20042004TV MovieHerself - Performer
Intimate Portrait1999-2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Pyramid2003TV SeriesHerself
The Michael Jackson Story2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
When I Was a Girl2003TV SeriesHerself
American Juniors2003TV SeriesHerself - Judge
Divas on Ice2001/IITV SpecialHerself
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration2001TV Special documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story1998-2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2001TV SeriesHerself
Essence Awards2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-2001TV SeriesHerself
An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence2001TV Special documentaryHerself
The Messiah XXI2000DocumentaryHerself - Soloist
Music Bridges Over Troubled Waters1999DocumentaryHerself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie1999TV Series documentaryHerself
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHerself
League of Legends1998TV MovieHerself
The 1998 Annual ShoWest Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHerself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHerself
The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Host
The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
Wheel of Fortune1994TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Ebony's 15th Annual Black Achievement Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The Jackson Family Honors1994TV Special documentaryHerself
The 21st Annual American Music Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
26th NAACP Image Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
The American Music Awards 20th Anniversary Special1993TV SpecialHerself
The Les Brown Show1993TV SeriesHerself
One on One with John Tesh1991-1992TV SeriesHerself
The 13th Annual CableACE Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
The 13th Annual American Black Achievement Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
The 19th Annual American Music Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music1991TV Special documentaryHerself
Soul Train1971-1991TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Guest / Herself (on film)
Ebony/Jet Showcase1983-1991TV SeriesHerself
Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick & Patti LaBelle: Superwoman1991ShortHerself
The 5th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The 12th Annual Black Achievement Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Host
Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll1991TV Series documentaryHerself
Motown 30: What's Goin' On!1990TV SpecialHerself
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHerself
Dionne and Friends1990TV SeriesHerself
The 17th Annual American Music Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1989TV MovieHerself
The Joan Rivers Show1989TV SeriesHerself
Kenny Rogers Classic Weekend1989TV SpecialHerself
Diet America Challenge1989TV SpecialHerself
Family Feud1989TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
The 10th Annual Black Achievement Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
Happy New Year, America1988TV SpecialHerself - Host
Sesame Street, Special1988TV MovieHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1986-1988TV SeriesHerself - Panelist / Herself - Center Square
The 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
WrestleMania IV1988TV SpecialHerself
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards1988TV Special documentaryHerself - Performer
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself
The $10,000 Pyramid1975-1987TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Uptown Comedy Express1987TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
The 14th Annual American Music Awards1987TV SpecialHerself
Kraft Salutes Super Night at the Super Bowl1987TV MovieHerself
Happy New Year, America1986TV SpecialHerself - Host
Women in Rock1986Video documentaryHerself
Closeups1986TV SeriesHerself
Sisters in the Name of Love1986TV SpecialHerself
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Performer and Presenter: Favourite Song
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 7th Annual Black Achievement Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Host
The 12th Annual American Music Awards1985TV SpecialHerself
New American Bandstand 19651970-1985TV SeriesHerself
Solid Gold1980-1985TV SeriesHerself
The 6th Annual Black Achievement Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Host
The 26th Annual Grammy Awards1984TV SpecialHerself
The 11th Annual American Music Awards1984TV SpecialHerself
Salute!1983TV SeriesHerself
The 4th Annual Black Achievement Awards1983TV SpecialHerself
The 25th Annual Grammy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself
Live from Her Majesty's1983TV SeriesHerself
The Suzanne Somers Special1982TV SpecialHerself
Marvin Hamlisch: They're Playing My Song1981TV MovieHerself
The First 100 Years of Recorded Music1981TV SpecialHerself
Gladys Knight and the Pips1981TV MovieThemselves - Performers (as Gladys Knight and the Pips)
The Third Annual Black Achievement Awards1980TV SpecialHerself
The Muppet Show1980TV SeriesHerself - Special Guest Star
Top of the Pops1972-1980TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Lead Singer, Gladys Knight & The Pips
Uptown: A Tribute to the Apollo Theatre1980TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1972-1980TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest / Herself
The Midnight Special1973-1980TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1975-1978TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host / Herself - Vocalist
Standing Room Only1978TV SeriesHerself
Rolling Stone Magazine: The 10th Anniversary1977TV MovieHerself - Performer
The George Burns One-Man Show1977TV SpecialGladys Knight
The 19th Annual Grammy Awards1977TV SpecialHerself
Dinah!1977TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1968-1976TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Singer
Rock Concert1976TV SeriesHerself
The Gladys Knight & the Pips Show1975TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Sweepstakes1975TV SeriesHerself
The 17th Annual Grammy Awards1975TV SpecialHerself
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People1974TV SeriesHerself - Host
The Hollywood Squares1974TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The 16th Annual Grammy Awards1974TV SpecialHerself
The Dean Martin Show1974TV SeriesHerself
Save the Children1973DocumentaryHerself
In Concert1973TV SeriesHerself
The Helen Reddy Show1973TV SeriesHerself
The Harry Secombe Show1972TV SeriesHerself
Full House1972TV SeriesHerself
The Jerry Reed When You're Hot You're Hot Hour1972TV SeriesThemselves - Gladys Knight & The Pips
Kenny Rogers and the First Edition: Rollin' on the River1971TV SpecialHerself
Rollin' on the River1971TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1968-1971TV SeriesHerself - Singer
The Andy Williams Show1970TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The David Frost Show1969-1970TV SeriesHerself
Get It Together1970TV SeriesHerself
Black Journal1969TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Palace1969TV SeriesHerself - Singer

Archive Footage

New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music2013TV MovieHerself - Performer
The Butler2013/IHerself (uncredited)
... Sings James Bond2012TV MovieHerself - Licence to Kill
Motown Gold from 'The Ed Sullivan Show'2011Video documentaryHerself
20 to 12010TV Series documentaryHerself
VH1 Rock Docs2010TV SeriesHerself
Muppets 201: Rarities from the Henson Vault2009DocumentaryHerself
American Idol2008TV SeriesHerself
I Love the '70s: Volume 22006TV SeriesHerself
Get Up, Stand Up2003TV Series documentaryHerself
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration2002TV MovieHerself
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1995TV SeriesMs. McCormac
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHerself
Marvin Gaye1987TV Movie documentaryHerself
DTV: Rock, Rhythm & Blues1984VideoHerself
Top of the Pops1977TV SeriesHerself

Won Awards

2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)Album: "Where My Heart Belongs"
2005BET AwardBET AwardsLifetime Achievement Award
1995Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded on June 27, 1995 at 7083 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

2014Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding SongThe Butler (2013)
2013Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe First Family (2012)
1987ACECableACE AwardsPerformance in a Music SpecialSisters in the Name of Love (1986)
1987ACECableACE AwardsMusic SpecialSisters in the Name of Love (1986)
1977Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Acting Debut in a Motion Picture - FemalePipe Dreams (1976)

Known for movies

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