Quick Facts of Neil Leslie Diamond

  • Full NameNeil Leslie Diamond
  • Net Worth$175 million
  • Date of Birth1941 /01 /24
  • NicknameNeil Diamond
  • Marital StatusMarried
  • BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York
  • EthnicityWhite-American
  • ReligionJewish
  • ProfessionSinger-Songwriter, Actor
  • NationalityAmerican
  • Active Year1962-present
  • Eye colourGrey
  • Hair colourHazel
  • SpouseJaye Posner (m, 1963-1969,d), Marcia Murphey (m,1969-1990,d), Katie Mcneil m, 2012
  • Height1.83 m
  • EducationErasmus Hall high school, Abraham Lincoln High School, New York University
  • Online PresenceInstagram, Twitter
  • Children4
  • HoroscopeAquarius

When it comes to Pop-rock, folk-country music there are very few singers who are above the singer Neil Diamond. He is an American singer-songwriter and actor who received various prestigious awards such as Sammy Cahn and Grammy lifetime achievement award, Kennedy Center Honors. Neil has won Hall of fame status for his exceptional work as songwriter and rock and roll singer.

Some of his most notable work includes Crackin Rosie, Song Sung Blue,  If you know what I mean, Desire, America among many other hits. Apart from his professional career what about his married life, children, and net worth?

Poor Background

Neil Diamond born as Neil Leslie Diamond on January 24, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York to father Akeeba Diamond who sold dry goods to make a living and mother Rose Rapoport a housewife. Neil followed the Jewish religion and belongs to Russian and Polish descendants. He spent most of his time in several homes in Brooklyn and later moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming after his father was stationed in the army.

He comes from a poor background.
Neil in his teen days. Source: Pinterest

During his time at Brooklyn, he attended Erasmus Hall high school where Neil became one of the members of the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club alongside singer Barbra Streisand. Although he wasn’t close with Barbra at the time they hung out together because of their similar poorly background.

He left University to pursue career.
Neil in his college days. Source: Mirror

Later, he attended Abraham Lincoln high school based in Ocean parkway and remained a member of combat sports where he shared a close relationship with Olympic fencer Herb Cohen. Currently, the 79-year-old singer saw the first concert of folk singer Pete Seeger when his school went on a trip to Surprise Lake Camp. That concert moduled the path of Neil and decided to take guitar lessons and writing own song. The songwriting idea helped him to cope with the frustration in life he had faced in his initial life.

Focused on his Passions

Ultimately, he developed skills in writing and started to write poetry for the girls he liked and often won their hearts. Neil’s friend encouraged him to write poems which they used for their success to win girls. Upon graduation from school, he worked various jobs to support his family as a waiter in Catskills resort. Since he had already practiced combat during school days he got a scholarship at New York University and studied to become a medical student.

His interest towards singing grew at the age of 16.
Neil getting ready to sing in the studio. Source: Parade

However, destiny had a different plan for Diamond since he never found interest in Fencing and often got bored during the class. Due to which he decided to focus on writing song lyrics and started cutting classes to travel to Tin Pan Alley which is a music publisher dominated town. After massive hard works and dedication, Neil received offered from Sunbeam Music publishing.

He had to struggle a lot kiss success.
Neil in his mid 20’s. Source: Pinterest

Sadly things didn’t turn out the way Neil had thought it would since he was not hired by Sunbeam after working for 16 weeks. However, he kept on writing songs. In his own words Neil said:

“I never really chose songwriting,” he says. “It just absorbed me and became more and more important in my life

A struggle followed by Success

Finally, he got the first recording contract as ”Neil and Jack” which he recorded alongside school friend Jack Packer but sadly it turned out unsuccessful. Although it became commercially unsuccessful Neil received excellent reviews from Cashbox and Billboard magazines.

He sang for sony music.
Neil singing with fellow singers. Source: Mirror.uk

Due to the reviews, Neil was signed by authorized top label company Columbia Records owned by Sony Music as a solo performer. Again he got excellent reviews but failed to make the charts. Due to which he went back to writing songs in and out of publishing houses for the next seven years.

He gained success after crossing thirty year of age.
Neil posing for a picture. Source: Parade

Moreover, despite facing failure Neil didn’t stop working and kept on writing songs wherever he could including buses. Finally, his work paid off and got recognition in charts for two songs Cherry Cherry and Solitary Man. Slowly things started to fall right and he became a successful songwriter with hits such as Sunday and Me, I m a believer. Viggo Mortensen, Chelsea Tyler, and Davey Havok are some renowed musicians like Neil.

Married and Divorced

Neil married three-times during his life. He married high school sweetheart Jaye Posner. The couple dated from high school before tieing the knot in 1963 in an intimate ceremony. During his marriage to Jaye, she became huge support in his struggling days where she worked as a teacher to support the family. They were happily married and shared two daughters before separating in 1967. Their divorce was finalized after two years in 1969.

She was his first wife.
Neil chilling with his wife Jay Posner. Source: telegraph

Ultimately after his divorce was finalized Neil married Marcia Murphey who worked in production as assistant for him. He had a subtle married life with Marcia, which lasted for 25 years and is the longest ever married for Neil. Sadly things started to fall after the birth of their children which resulted in indifferences. Eventually, they decided to separate mutually in 1994 or 1995.

The couple were married for 25 years.
Neil posing with Marcia Murphy. Source: Legal

Nevertheless, upon divorce with his second wife Neil started dating Australian lady, Rae Farley. The former couple met in Brisbane, Australia. They were in intimate relationships for more than eight years. Since Ray was in bad health due to chronic back pain, Neil dedicated the Album Home before dark to her. Although they didn’t tie the knot they lived in a live-in relationship before separating in the midst of 2010.

Current Marriage

After a break-up, Neil remained single for a year before he met producer Katie McNeil. Despite the age difference of 29 years, the 70-year-old Neil fell in love with 49-year-old Katie. The couple announced their engagement through twitter and later tied the knot in Los Angeles in a private ceremony. Just like Neil’s ex-girlfriend, he dedicated an album Melody road to McNeil who he calls a muse. After the release of the album in 2014 he explained the relationship in his own words:

“There’s no better inspiration or motivation for work than being in love. It’s what you dream of as a creative person. I was able to complete this album – start it, write it and complete it – under the spell of love, and I think it shows somehow.

She is her third marriage.
Neil with Katie McNeil. Source: abc

Furthermore, Katie gained fame after producing the documentary based on her husband Neil Diamond: Hot August Night Nyc. As of now, the couple lives happily with no rumor of dispute as of 2020.

Four Children

Neil Diamond is the father of four children from his three marriages. Currently 79 years old became a father for the first time with his first wife Jaye Posner. The then couple welcomed two daughters named Marjorie Diamond in 1966 and Elyn Diamond in 1968.

Additionally, he became the father of more two children from his second marriage to Marica Murphey. The ex-couple were blessed with two sons name Jesse Diamond, musician turned photographer born in April 1970. He married actress Sheryl Lee and shared a son Elijah Diamond making Neil a grandfather.

Likewise, his other son Micah Diamond born on February 14, 1978. As of now all of his children are pursuing their respective careers and can be seen with Neil during events and awards night.

Net Worth-$175 million

Neil Diamond has a massive net worth of $175 million which he accumulated from his career as songwriter and singer. His album sold over 100 million copies until now. Neil’s earnings have risen from $50 or the US $423 a week to earn $100,000. During an initial career in the early ’70s, pop-rock singer earned $1 million from the sales of two albums. Afterward, he started earning $1 million to $5 million from the albums.

The house worth $7.5 million.
Neil Diamond’s house in Malibu. Source: Forbes

Additionally, his earning rose until 2009 where he earned a total of $30 million from the record sales of albums. After 2009 his earning started slowing down and earned comparatively low around $200,000 on average from the sales until 2014. Moreover, his net worth could have been $275 million but he had to give $100 million for the divorce settlement with two wives. As of now, he lives with his third wife in Beverly hills house which asking price is $38,750,000. In addition, the pop-rock legend owns a house in Malibu which worth $7.25 million.