Suzanne De Passe Net Worth

Suzanne De Passe Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Suzanne Celeste DePasse net worth is
$40 Million

Suzanne Celeste DePasse Wiki Biography

Suzanne de Passe was born on the 19th July 1946, in Harlem, New York City, USA, and is an entrepreneur, and a film, television, and music producer, best known for discovering the Jackson Five music act. Her career began in 1967, when her talent for business caught the eye of the owner of the Cheetah Disco music club.

Have you ever wondered how rich Suzanne de Passe is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that de Passe’s net worth is as high as $40 million, an amount earned through her successful career in business and producing.

Suzanne de Passe Net Worth $40 Million

Suzanne de Passe was the only daughter of West Indian immigrant parents; her mother worked as a schoolteacher, while her father was an executive. Raised in a comfortable middle class environment, Suanne was allowed to pursue her interests, which revolved around fine arts from an early age. She attended ballet classes, and enrolled at Syracuse University in order to study writing. However, dissatisfied with the program and options at the university, she returned to New York, where she attended Manhattan Community College. During this period, she started to spend her time at the famous disco club, Cheetah Disco, where the owner took notice of her good ear for music and comments about the live sets.

Soon, Suzanne was working at the club in the capacity of talent coordinator. Afterwards, she worked briefly for a talent agency, before being invited to join Motown Records by its founder, Berry Gordy, who acted as her mentor, and she honed her business skills under his tutelage. Her big break, both for herself and the company, was when she discovered a music act comprised of five brothers, called the Jackson 5. Not only did she discover them, but she also supervised almost every aspect of their career, guiding them on the path of international success. Besides the Jackson 5, Suzanne also had a hand in other music acts, such as The Commodores, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Lionel Richie, and Thelma Houston. Her net worth benefited from these acts as well.

In the early 1970s, she branched out in her interests, co-writing a screenplay which detailed the life of Billie Holliday, called “Lady Sings the Blues” (1972), which starred Diana Ross, earning an Academy Award nomination for the script. She also advanced at Motown, first becoming the vice president of Motown’s West Coast division, and then the vice president of the entire Motown Industries.

Since 1981, when she was named the president of Motown, she has dedicated herself more to writing and producing films for the label. She earned two Emmy Awards, in 1983 for “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever”, and in 1985 for “Motown Returns to the Apollo”.

Proving that she can do anything she sets her mind to, Suzanne produced a Western mini-series in 1985, based on the Larry McMurtry’s novel, “Lonesome Dove”, which was an overnight success, and won two Golden Globe Awards for Best Miniseries and Best Actor in a Miniseries.

After her many success at Motown, she decided to found her own production company, starting De Passe Entertainment in 1992. The company produced the sitcoms “Sister, Sister” (1995-1999), and “Smart Guy” (1996-1999), among others. For her extraordinary contribution to show business and female entrepreneurship, de Passe has been honored with multiple awards, including Women in Film Crystal Award (1988), Revlon Business Woman of the Year Award (1994), and Madame C.J. Walker Award (2004).

Regarding her personal life, Suzanne has been married to Paul De Mat since 1978, with whom she has three children.

Full NameSuzanne de Passe
Net Worth$40 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 19, 1946
Place Of BirthHarlem, New York City, USA
ProfessionProducer, Writer
EducationSyracuse University
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Or Music Program
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series, WGA Award for Best Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials - Television
MoviesZenon: Z3, Zenon: The Zequel, Class Act, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, Lady Sings the Blues
TV ShowsAll American Girl
1Motown Records Executive (1968-1988).
2As of 2008, is the only African American woman to be nominated for a screenplay Oscar.
3Took possession of Mowtown Productions when Berry Gordy sold it in the 1980s. In the 1990s, she changed the company's name to De Passe Productions.
4Is portrayed by Vanessa Williams in The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992).
5Is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


Daytime Divas2017TV Series executive producer pre-production
The Vivianne Carter StoryTV Movie executive producer pre-production
Errors of the Human Body2012executive producer
The 2006 Black Movie Awards2006TV Special executive producer
The Black Movie Awards2005TV Special executive producer
The Soluna Project2004TV Movie executive producer
Zenon: Z32004TV Movie producer
Essence Awards2003TV Movie documentary executive producer
34th NAACP Image Awards2003TV Special executive producer
Essence Awards2002TV Movie documentary producer
32nd NAACP Image Awards2001TV Special executive producer
Zenon: The Zequel2001TV Movie executive producer - as Suzanne de Passe
Cheaters2000TV Movie executive producer - as Suzanne de Passe
The Loretta Claiborne Story2000TV Movie executive producer
Streets of Laredo1999TV Mini-Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Sister, Sister1994-1999TV Series executive producer - 119 episodes
Smart Guy1997-1999TV Series executive producer - 51 episodes
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century1999TV Movie executive producer - as Suzanne de Passe
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever1998TV Movie documentary executive producer
The Temptations1998TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes
Dead Man's Walk1996TV Mini-Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years1995TV Series executive producer
Buffalo Girls1995TV Movie executive producer
On Our Own1994-1995TV Series executive producer - 4 episodes
Someone Else's Child1994TV Movie executive producer
Return to Lonesome Dove1993TV Mini-Series executive producer - 4 episodes
Class Act1992executive producer
The Jacksons: An American Dream1992TV Series co-executive producer - 2 episodes
Smokey Robinson: The Quiet Legend1990TV Movie documentary executive producer
Small Sacrifices1989TV Movie executive producer
Bridesmaids1989TV Movie executive producer - as Suzanne de Passe
Lonesome Dove1989TV Mini-Series executive producer - 4 episodes
Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues1988Video documentary executive producer
Motown Merry Christmas1987TV Movie producer
Showtime at the Apollo1987TV Series executive producer - 2002-
Marvin Gaye1987TV Movie documentary executive producer
Nightlife1986TV Series producer
Motown on Showtime: Temptations and Four Tops1986TV Movie documentary executive producer
Motown Returns to the Apollo1985TV Special executive producer
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever1983TV Movie documentary executive producer
Happy Endings1983/IITV Movie executive producer


The Black Movie Awards2005TV Special
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever1998TV Movie documentary
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever1983TV Movie documentary
Lady Sings the Blues1972screenplay - as Suzanne de Passe


Goin' Back to Indiana1971TV Special script supervisor
Diana!1971TV Special creative consultant - as Suzanne de Passe


50 Years of Star Trek2016TV Movie special thanks


Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall2016DocumentaryHerself
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHerself - Fmr President, Motown Productions
Unsung Hollywood2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Tavis Smiley2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Lionel Richie2010TV MovieHerself
The Black List: Volume Two2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
TV One on One2006TV SeriesHerself
Behind the Blues: Lady Sings the Blues2005Video shortHerself
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentaryHerself
Essence Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Michael Jackson Story2003TV Movie documentaryHerself - Motown Records Executive 1968-1988
Intimate Portrait2000-2003TV Series documentaryHerself
All American Girl2003TV SeriesHerself / Coach
Girlfriends2003TV SeriesHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2003TV Series documentaryHerself
It's Black Entertainment2002TV Special documentaryHerself
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHerself - Producer
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Women in Film Crystal Awards1996TV SpecialHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor1993TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The 11th Annual Black Achievement Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
Story of a People: The Black Road to Hollywood1990TV Special documentaryHerself
Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues1988Video documentaryHerself
The Media Show1988TV SeriesHerself
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program

Won Awards

2001Byron E. Lewis Trailblazer AwardAcapulco Black Film Festival
1996Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTelevision Feature FilmStreets of Laredo (1995)
1995TV Producer of the Year AwardAmerican Film Institute, USA
1994Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTelevision Feature FilmReturn to Lonesome Dove (1993)
1990Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTelevision Feature FilmLonesome Dove (1989)
1988Crystal AwardWomen in Film Crystal Awards
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramMotown Returns to the Apollo (1985)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramMotown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983)

Nominated Awards

1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding MiniseriesThe Temptations (1998)
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding MiniseriesBuffalo Girls (1995)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding MiniseriesThe Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding MiniseriesSmall Sacrifices (1989)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding MiniseriesLonesome Dove (1989)
1989ACECableACE AwardsMusic SpecialMichael Jackson: The Legend Continues (1988)
1987ACECableACE AwardsMusic SpecialMotown on Showtime: Temptations and Four Tops (1986)
1973OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or ProducedLady Sings the Blues (1972)

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