Net Worth and Salary

Net Worth and Salary

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Marvin Gaye III

Marvin Gaye III’s net worth is $5 million.

Marvin Gaye III

Who is Marvin Gaye III?

Marvin Gaye III was a singer, composer, and businessman of African-American descent. Marvin Gaye III popularized songs like “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” He was instrumental in the establishment of Motown Records. He is best known for his 1982 smash track “Sexual Healing,” which spent ten weeks at the top of the Hot Black Singles chart and was usually recognized as the 1980s’ biggest R&B success.

Marvin Gaye III – Birth, Parents, Siblings & Education

Marvin Pentz Gay Jr., aka Marvin Gaye III, was born on April 2, 1939, in Washington, D.C. Marvin Gay Sr. was a church minister, and his mother, Alberta Gay, was a housekeeper.

Marvin grew up with his step-siblings from his mother and father’s extramarital affair.

He grew up in a home where his father frequently used physical and mental violence toward him and his siblings.

Marvin attended Randall Junior High School after graduating from Syphax Elementary School.

He became more serious about singing in junior high and joined the Randall Junior High Glee Club, where he climbed to popularity.

Marvin briefly attended Spingarn High School before transferring to Cardozo. He was a member of Cardozo’s Dippers and D.C. Tones, two doo-wop vocal groups.

Marvin’s father’s treatment of him deteriorated as he grew older, and he couldn’t take it anymore, so he moved out and dropped out of school.


Marvin was 44 years old when he was shot by his father, Marvin Gay Sr., during an altercation on the eve of his birthday. On the night of April 1, 1984, he was shot twice.

His father was sentenced to six years suspended and five years probation, and he spent the rest of his life in care institutions before dying in 1998 at the age of 84.

Net Worth of Marvin Gaye III? Salary, Earning

In 2008, Marvin’s estate earned $3.5 million (US$4,207,032 in 2020 values). Finally, he was rated 13th on Forbes’ list of “Top-Earning Dead Celebrities.”

Marvin Gaye III’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

Facts of Marvin Gaye III

Name Marvin Gaye III
Age: 45 (death)
Birth Date: April 02, 1939
Death Date: April 01, 1984
Profession singer, composer, businessman
Net Worth $5 million
Father Marvin Gay Sr
Mother Alberta Gay

Relationship, Married life, Boyfriend/Girlfriend

Anna Gordy, Marvin Gaye III’s first wife, was 17 years his senior. They first met in 1960 and were married in 1963. They each adopted a baby boy.

When her marriage collapsed and the couple divorced, he was devastated.

In 1977, Marvin married his second wife, Janis Hunter, and they had two children. His drug addiction and mental health difficulties caused the marriage to end in 1981.

On April 1, 1984, at the age of 44, his already terrible personal life ended tragically when his father, who had always been harsh to him, shot him dead.

Body Measurement- Height, Weight, Hair Color

Marvin Gaye III was around 6 feet 11 inches (1.85m) tall. His hair was black, and his eyes were dark brown. His weight and other bodily measurements are also unknown.

Marvin Gaye III – Professional Career

Gaye III wanted to be a pilot and joined the United States Air Force at the age of 17.

When he was only given menial tasks to accomplish, he became disgruntled and feigned to be ill in order to get fired.

With a friend, Reese Palmer, he co-founded the vocal quartet The Marquees.

The band finally changed its name to ‘Harvey,’ and they started making music. They found work as session singers for other artists such as Chuck Berry.

Gaye finally went solo, releasing his first single, ‘Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide,’ in 1961. His first solo success, ‘Stubborn Kind of Fellow,’ was released in 1962.

It peaked at No. 8 on the R&B charts. He published the album ‘Let’s Get It On,’ which became a great hit in 1973.

Marvin Gaye III attends Motown Family Night at ‘Motown: The Musical’ on Broadway. Source: Getty Images

In the late 1970s, Marvin was going through a divorce when he wrote a song called ‘Here, My Dear,’ which was dedicated to his failing marriage to his first wife, Anna Gordy.

He published his song ‘Sexual Healing,’ which became a massive hit in 1982.

He won two Grammy Awards in 1983 for ‘Sexual Healing,’ Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Instrumental Performance.

Gaye also won an American Music Award for the song in the R&B-soul category.

He received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 1996 for his creative and aesthetic contributions to the world of music.

Marvin Gaye III – Social Media Status

Despite the fact that Marvin is no longer with us, his music and singing will go on. Marvin has 17,3k Instagram followers, 1247 Twitter followers, and 3.5 million Facebook admirers.

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Quick Facts of Marvin Gaye III

  • Marvin was well known for his 1982 hit single “Sexual Healing” which lasted 10 weeks at No.
  • His estate made $3.5 million in 2008 (US$4,207,032 in 2020 dollars).
  • Marvin aspired to be a pilot and joined the United States Air Force when he was 17 years old.
  • He eventually began pursuing a solo career, releasing his debut single, ‘Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide,’ in 1961.
  • In 1962, Marvin’s single ‘Stubborn Kind of Fellow’ became his first solo hit.
  • He died at the age of 44 after being shot by his father, Marvin Gay Sr.