How tall was Prince? Was he married? What was Prince's net worth? Read on for all the answers you need…
An artistic genius, Prince was a performer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and filmmaker. His flamboyant style is just as well-known as his musical prowess.
Who was he?
Prince Rogers Nelson was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His mother and father were both musical artists. Mattie Della, his mother, was a jazz singer. The pianist and songwriter John Lewis Nelson was his father. Clearly, music was in his blood.
Prince is one of the greatest musicians of any generation. In fact, he ranked number 27 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Prince's most popular songs include “Purple Rain”, “Little Red Corvette”, “When Doves Cry”, “Kiss”, and “Raspberry Beret”. His eclectic funky pop music, later dubbed “The Minneapolis Sound”, dominated radio waves during the 1980s and early 90s.
Truly though, his music spanned all genres. He crafted heartfelt love songs, like “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” as well as funk tracks like “Controversy”. Prince may have been able to accomplish this because of his unmatched instrumental skills.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Prince was known for his stellar guitar work, as well as his talents on the drums, bass, keyboard, and synthesizer. Prince's music incorporated several styles, like funk, psychedelic, R&B, soul and new wave, to produce a unique sound.
During his lifetime, he sold over 100 million albums worldwide, ranking him among the best-selling artists of all time.
How tall was Prince?
Prince was 5'2″. At five-foot-two, he was eight inches shorter than the average American male. Prince was certainly a modest man among men of modest height.
He's one of the shortest men we've featured here on TMM.
Was Prince married?
Prince was married twice. His first wife was Mayte Garcia, an American dancer, actress, and singer.
The two met at one of his concerts when she was a teenager. Later, she began working for him as a backup dancer.
They married when she was 22 years old. At the time, Prince was 37. Prince and Garcia were married for four years, from 1996-2000.
For his second marriage, Prince married Manuela Testolini, a lawyer-turned-philanthropist. They met through his charity, Love4One Another. Testolini was hired as a consultant. The couple divorced in 2006, after five years of marriage.
After his two divorces, Prince did not marry again. However, he was romantically linked to several women over the course of his lifetime, including Kim Basinger, Sheila E., and Carmen Electra.
What was Prince's Net Worth?
Prince's net worth at the time of his death was estimated to be between $200 and $300 Million.
Of course, with rumors of a treasure trove of unreleased material, including music and films, his estate will continue to generate wealth posthumously. According to Investopedia, that catalog is conservatively estimated to be worth $216 Million.
In any case, Prince certainly left a financial legacy for his family. Since he died without a will in place, it has taken the courts years to work through the probate process. According to Forbes, his remaining assets will be divided among his six siblings.
A Legacy of Style
In addition to his musical prowess, Prince was known for his flamboyant sense of style. Just as much of a fashion icon as a music icon, it's easy to conjure up a classic Prince look.
When we think of Prince, we think of ruffles, lace, purple, and a whole lot of personality.
Prince's Stage Style
Like many artists, Prince's fashion sense has evolved over the years, the wardrobe changes reflecting changes in his music.
In the 1980s, Prince adhered to a sexy, glam rock aesthetic which was popular at the time.
His looks often involved sequins, boas, ruffles, and high heels. He wore makeup and incorporated plenty of feminine elements into his wardrobe. His gender-bending, boundary-pushing style continued throughout his entire career.
In 1993, during a contract dispute with Warner Brothers, Prince changes his name to an unpronounceable symbol. During this time, he was called “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince”.
During this era, he wore 70s inspired, and psychedelic gear. He would also frequently sport high-waisted pants and go shirtless on stage.
In the early aughts, Prince continued with some of his signature looks. He would wear psychedelic jackets, ruffled tops, and boldly colored suits with relative frequency.
He also began to introduce all-white, low contrast looks into his wardrobe.
Continuing his affection for flamboyant fashion, Prince ushered in his final era in wearing what he loved.
Even in his 50s, he rocked sequin suits, psychedelic tunics, and leather jackets.
Prince's Street Style
When he wasn't working, Prince's unique style never took a day off. Prince looked like the rock star he was even if he was just grabbing a cup of coffee.
He constantly wore fashion-forward pieces in his everyday life.
Prince would often incorporate highly feminine details into his outfits, like wearing high heels or lace. He also frequently sported flared pants, fur coats, and sequins, no matter the time or place.
The Lasting Impact of Prince
No one ever sounded or dressed like Prince. His unique artistic vision was felt in his fashion as well as his musical choices.
Like many celebrities we've covered, he used his style to create a signature look, almost like a logo for his brand. Such is the power of style.
Unfortunately, the world lost Prince on April 21, 2016. It's been said that he was struggling with opioid addiction and had accidentally ingested a fatal dose of fentanyl. He was 57 years old.
In August of that year, he was posthumously inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame.
Like his contemporaries who've passed away, there has been a resurgence in interest in his work following his death.
One thing is for certain; he will never be forgotten.