All About Lenny Kravitz and his Earnings
Lenny Kravitz has a net worth of $90 million as a Grammy-winning American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and record producer. Kravitz has sold over 40 million copies of his 11 studio albums, and his debut album, 1989’s “Let Love Rule,” went Gold in several countries, including the United States. “Are You Gonna Go My Way” and “5” were both certified 2x Platinum, and his 1991 single “It Aren’t Over ’til It’s Over” peaked at #2 on the “Billboard” Hot 100 chart. Lenny has also appeared in a number of films and television shows, including “Precious“, “The Hunger Games” (2012), and the FX series “Better Things” (2016). Kravitz received France’s highest honor Officer in 2011.
Leonard Albert Kravitz was born on May 26, 1964, in New York City. His mother, Roxie Roker, was an actress best known for her role in “The Jeffersons,” and his father, Sy, worked as an NBC news producer. Lenny is also a second cousin of Al Roker, the popular TV weatherman. Kravitz’s mother and father were both Christians, but he wasn’t religious until he was 13, when he started going to church; he later decided to become a non-denominational Christian. Lenny began using pots and pans as drums when he was three years old, and by the age of five, he had decided that he wanted to be a musician.
Lenny attended P.S. Kravitz attended 6th grade in Manhattan before moving to Los Angeles after Roxie was cast in “The Jeffersons.” He spent three years in the California Boys Choir and performed with the Metropolitan Opera. Later, he began to listen to rock bands like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd. Lenny went to Beverly Hills High School with future stars Slash and Nicolas Cage, where he learned to play the bass and piano. Kravitz went on the road after graduating in 1982, performing as “Romeo Blue.”
In the mid-1980s, Lenny began recording his first full-length album with financial assistance from his father. He worked with keyboardist/bassist/recording engineer Henry Hirsch and saxophonist Karl Denson, and his friend Stephen Elvis Smith started managing him, resulting in five record labels bidding for Kravitz. In January 1989, Lenny signed with Virgin Records, and the album “Let Love Rule” was released in September of that year. He co-wrote and produced Madonna’s hit “Justify My Love” in 1990. Kravitz’s album “Mama Said,” released in 1991, went Platinum in five countries.
In 1993, he appeared on tracks by Mick Jagger and David Bowie, and his third album, “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” debuted at number one in Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Lenny released “Circus” in 1995, “5” in 1998, and “Fly Away” in 1999, earning him his first Grammy. He won a Grammy the following year for his cover of The Guess Who’s “American Woman,” which he recorded for the soundtrack to “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.”
Kravitz released six more albums after the Grammy-winning “5”: “Lenny” (2001), “Baptism” (2004), “It Is Time for a Love Revolution” (2008), “Black and White America” (2011), “Strut” (2014), and “Raise Vibration”. He has directed his 2019 “Here to Love” video and co-directed the videos for “Where Are We Runnin’?” and “Calling All Angels” in 2004. Several of his singles, including “Let Love Rule,” “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” and “Fly Away,” have reached the top 10 on the “Billboard” Alternative Airplay chart.
Lenny Kravitz founded Kravitz Design Inc. in 2003, which specializes in residential and commercial design. Kravitz designed the interiors of a Hollywood Hills home that sold for $38 million in 2017.
Lenny has designed two cameras for Leica, and an exhibition of his photographs was held at the Leica Gallery in Germany in 2019. Kravitz has also had a successful acting career, earning nominations for his performances in “Precious” and “The Hunger Games,” as well as cameos in “Zoolander” (2001), “Zoolander 2” (2016), and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (2007). Lenny appeared as Roland Crane in the Fox series “Star” in 2016.
Lenny met actress Lisa Bonet at a New Edition concert in 1985, and after two years of friendship, they began dating. Kravitz moved in with Bonet in New York City, and they married on November 16, 1987, in Las Vegas. Zo, the couple’s daughter, was born on December 1, 1988, and she went on to become a successful actress. Lenny and Lisa divorced in 1993, but they are still close friends. Kravitz has also dated singer Vanessa Paradis, and in the early 2000s, he was engaged to model Adriana Lima and actress Nicole Kidman, who would later co-star with Zo on HBO’s “Big Little Lies.”
Lenny has followed a vegetarian, vegan, and raw food diet at various points in his life. He’s a member of the charitable organization Artists Against Racism and has supported Amnesty International, Rock the Vote, and Zero Hunger. Kravitz also formed his own charity, the Let Love Rule Foundation.
Awards and Honors
Kravitz has received nine Grammy nominations, including Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. He won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video for “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” in 1993, and a Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist the following year. Billboard Music Video Awards, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, American Music Awards, ASCAP Pop Awards, and the UK Music Video Awards have also recognized Lenny.
In 1998, he was named Most Fashionable Artist, Male at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, and in 2009, he shared a Boston Society of Film Critics Award and a Black Reel Award with his “Precious” co-stars; the Black Reel Awards also nominated Kravitz for Best Actor.
Lenny paid nearly $9 million for a 6-bedroom, 10-bathroom home in Miami in 2001. In 2005, he sold this 12,000 square foot mansion for $14.5 million. He has also owned properties in Paris, Brazil, the Bahamas, and New Orleans, and in 2010, he sold his Manhattan duplex penthouse to Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz for $14.995 million.
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