Tommy Mottola : Biography
Tommy Mottola was born 14th July, 1949. He is an American music executive, record producer and television producer. Currently, he co-owns the Casablanca Records which is a joint venture with the Universal Music Group. He served as the head of Columbia label’s parent company Sony Music Entertainment for nearly 15 years. He has worked many global stars like Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé, among others. He has a memoir, The Last Startmaker.
He was born in The Bronx, New York City, United States as Thomas Daniel Mottola and spent most of his childhood in his hometown. He has an American nationality. He was a member of the middle class Italian family. He was sent to military school for a brief time. On finishing up with high school, he went to Hofstra University, Long Island. He never graduated as he dropped out from college to make a career in the acting and music industry. he was once a member of a R&B band, The Exotics.
He ventured into the music industry with CBS Records, during the mid 60s. His father-in-law (father of Lisa) was the head of CBS and helped him start his career. He was a recording artist then and used the pseudonym ‘T.D. Valentine’. However, he failed to establish himself as a recording star so he started working for Chappell Publishing, a publishing powerhouse. He formed his own management company called Champion Entertainment Organization. He was welcomed to Sony Entertainment and became its CEO in 1990, taking the company to a greater height. Under his management, the company increased its revenue from $800 million a year to more than $6 billion annual income by 2000. He worked for Sony for 15 years and made it into one of the most successful company producing the global brands like Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey, Shakira and many more. He promoted the Latin stars like Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. He left Sony Music Entertainment in January 2003. He then bought the rights to Casablanca Records. He revived it along with the resurrection of the career of actress Lindsay Lohan, Mika and Marc Anthony.
Talking about his personal life, he has been married three times until now. His first wife was Lisa Clark. He changed his religion to Judaism to get married to her. They had been married from 1971 to 1990 and he has a son and daughter with her. He married his second wife, Mariah Carey on June 5, 1993. This relationship too ended with a divorce on March 5, 1998. After that he had been involved with several stars and dated them for brief period. Then, he met Thalia, who is a Mexican recording artist and telenova star. The couple dated for some time before getting married on 2 December, 2000. He has two children with her, a son, Matthew and a daughter, Sabrina.
One of the greatest music executives ever, Tommy, is not only famous but also rich. He has an estimated net worth of $ 200 million. He accumulated most of his net worth from his hard work at Sony Music Entertainment and later from Casablanca Records. His dedication has established him well in his career. The businessman, who will be celebrating his 65th Birthday soon has achieved almost anything anyone hopes to achieve in his life. He has given the music industry its biggest stars and is still working. Maybe he has few more stars to shine. His recent and detailed biography is available on Wikipedia and other websites. To know more about him one can follow his profile in the popular social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.