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Richard Marx


Richard Marx is a singer, songwriter, and rock musician from the United States. Richard Marx has sold more than 30 million records. He has received multiple Grammy Awards for his songs. He has 17 singles that have reached the top of the US charts, and he is also a philanthropist.

Early Life

Richard Marx was born in Chicago, Illinois, the United States, on September 16, 1963. According to the astrological chart, he has a birth sign of Virgo and he is currently 60 years old. In addition, his full Richard Noel Marx. He holds American nationality and belongs to a mixed ethnicity Ashkenazi Jewish, French, German, Irish, Scottish, remote English, remote Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and remote Welsh.

He was born to his father Dick Marx and Ruth Marx. His father is a former singer and jazz musician and founder of a jingle company. Moreover, he learned to play guitar and piano at a young age. He was raised with his three half-siblings from his father’s previous marriage.


Additionally, he began singing in his father’s jingle advertisements at five. Additionally, he was schooled at North Shore Country Day School in Illinois. Lionel Richie, the famous recording artist, happened to hear 17-year-old Marx’s music and was pleased.

Regarding his academic background, he went to North Shore Country Day School.

Professional Career

At age five, Richard Marx started his career, singing commercial jingles written by his father’s company; his advertising hits include Arm & Hammer, Ken-L Ration, and Nestlé Crunch.

Moreover, his work as a backing vocalist on Richie’s album ‘Can’t Slow Down’ gained him a solid reputation in the music industry. This was followed by offers from singers Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, and Madonna.

Aside from being a background vocalist, he attempted to write his songs. He also appeared in the television film ‘Coach of the Year’, starring Robert Conrad. In 1984, Kenny Rogers recorded Richard’s songs with those of James Ingram and Kim Carnes. The trio’s singles peaked at number one on the Adult Contemporary list.

Debut Album

In June 1987, he released his debut album “Richard Marx” in the year 1987 and featured four hit singles, ‘Don’t Mean Nothing’, ‘Should’ve Known Better’, ‘Endless Summer Nights’ and ‘Hold On to the Nights.’ ‘Surrender to Me’ which he co-wrote with Ross Vanelli, appeared in the film “Tequila Sunrise” in 1988.

His second album “Repeat Offender” was released in May 1989. It went on to number 1 on Billboards album chart went triple platinum within a few months and eventually sold over 5 million copies in the United States alone.

Caption: Richard Marx performing in front of huge crowd (Source: Facebook)

In 1991, he released his next multi-platinum album, “Rush Street.” Its single ‘Hazard’ was a huge smash, peaking at number one on charts all over the world. “Paid Vacation,” his fourth consecutive multiple-platinum album, was released in 1994. The rock ballad ‘Now and Forever’ from it topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for 11 weeks.

He released the adult contemporary album “Flesh & Bone” in 1997, which was his final record for Capitol. Its single ‘Until I Find You Again’ peaked at number one in several countries.

In 2000, he released his sixth studio album “Days in Avalon” under the label of Signal 21 Records. In 2004, he extended his contract with ‘Manhattan Records’ and released his seventh album “My Own Best Enemy.” The album had two big songs, ‘Ready to Fly’ and ‘When You’re Gone.’

Continued releasing new albums and singles

In 2008, Marx released “Duo,” on which he collaborated with Vertical Horizon’s lead singer Matt Scannell. In 2008, he released the albums “Emotional Remains” and “Sundown” through his official site. The track ‘Through My Veins’, appearing in ‘Emotional Remains’, is a tribute to his late father. “Stories To Tell” was his first acoustic album released in March 2010.

In 2011, he released “The Christmas EP,” a collection of Christmas songs, in memory of his late grandmother. His debut radio record was ‘Christmas Spirit,’ which he co-wrote with Fee Waybill.
In 2012, he released the holiday album “Christmas Spirit.” The radio hit ‘Little Drummer Boy’ was his first Top Ten record in 14 years.

In July 2014, he released his eleventh studio album “Beautiful Goodbye.” Additionally, he released his twelfth album “Limitless” in February 2020. Meanwhile, it’s lead-off single, ‘Another One Down’, hit No. 14 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, giving Marx 32 years in the format.

His autobiography, ‘Stories to Tell,’ was released in July 2021. His next album, “Songwriter,” was released on September 30, 2022, with the first song, Same Heartbreak, Different Day, on July 15, 2022.


His solo single, ‘Don’t Mean Nothing,’ was released in 1988. It earned him a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Rock Vocal Performance – Male.’ He and Luther Vandross co-wrote the record ‘Dance with My Father’. The album earned him four Grammy Awards in 2004.

Net Worth 2024

According to online websites, his net worth is estimated at around $25 million while his current salary and income. Further, he mainly earned through his album sales, concerts, records, and others.

Relationship Status

On December 23, 2015, Richard Marx married Daisy Fuentes in Aspen, Colorado, as confirmed on his official Facebook page. However, much information regarding their relationship and they also have not talked about their kids. Previously, he married the singer/dancer/actress Cynthia Rhodes on January 8, 1989. With the marriage, the couple has three sons; Brandon, Lucas, and Jesse.

Caption: Richard Marx’s family photo (Source: Facebook)

Moreover, Marx’s divorce from Cynthia attracted a fair amount of controversies. Additionally, he also became part of another headline after he stepped in to help restrain a passenger on a Korean Air flight who reportedly attacked flight attendants and other passengers. Additionally, the comment he made regarding Chris Brown was also termed controversial.

Richard Marx – Body Measurements

Caption: Richard Marx posing for a photo (Source: People)

Marx stands 5 feet 10 inches tall (1.78 m) and weighs an average. Meanwhile, he has a pair of green eyes with dark brown hair colour.

Social Media

Marx has a huge fan following on social media sites. On his Instagram page ‘@therichardmarx’ there are over 249k followers. Likewise, there are over 345.7k followers on his Twitter page ‘@richardmarx’ and over 1.2 million followers on his Facebook. Similarly, he runs a self-titled YouTube channel and has over 1.2 million subscribers on it.