Andre Romelle Young best known as ‘Dr Dre’ is an American rapper, record producer, multiple award winner and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Aftermath Entertainment which he founded after ditching Death Row Records. He is also the CEO of Beats Electronics. Dre is one of the best hip-hop acts around and has helped to launch the careers of many top hip-hop acts in the industry today such as 50 Cent, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, The Game, etc. He produced albums for 2Pac, The D.O.C., Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Knoc-turn’al and so many others. He is married to Nicole, the ex-wife of Sedale Threatt. Read to find more about his family, children, net worth, etc.
Dr Dre Wiki/Bio
Dr Dre was born in Compton, California, United States on February 18, 1965. His birth name is Andre Romelle Young. His parents are Theodore and Verna Young. His father, Theodore, sang in an amateur music group called the ‘Romells’ and impregnated his mother, Verna, when she was still in high school, even though they eventually got married.
His parents divorced after 8 years of marriage; that probably influenced his attitude towards marriage. He is not steady with women with his Casanova lifestyle being responsible for him fathering seven children from five women and marrying only one of those women. Despite a challenging childhood and early life, he found solace in music from that early age.
Dre attended Vanguard Junior High School in Compton. He moved around to other high schools because of gang violence and riots in that time, especially the 1965 Watts Riots. He attended Roosevelt Junior High School, Chester Adult School in Compton and then tried radio broadcasting school. He also went to Centennial High School in Compton in 1979, before transferring to Fremont High School in South Central Los Angeles due to his poor school grades. Dre applied for an apprenticeship program at Northrop Aviation Company and was turned down, but music never turned him down.
Dr Dre Wife
Dre is married to Nicole Threatt who was born on January 1, 1970, in the United States. She is a legal practitioner, but she is no longer practising, thanks to being married to one of the biggest names in American hip-hop with a net worth of $740 million. There is no information as regards her parents, childhood or educational background.
Her marriage to Dr Dre is her second marriage. Nicole was previously married to NBA star player (now retired), Sedale Threatt. She met Dre while still married to Threatt. The story behind her leaving her ex-husband for her current one, Dre is public knowledge. Dre made a battle out of his desire to make Nicole his own despite the fact that she was still married at the time. He wrote her a game-changing letter, stating clearly that she should dump her husband and marry him.
Nicole married Dr Dre in 1996 after he left Death Row Records to start his own label, Aftermath Entertainment. She has two kids for the rapper – a son, Truice and a daughter, Truly despite not having any for her former husband. Their first child, Truice was born in 1997, one year after they tied the knots while their daughter, Truly, was born in 2001. Being the only wife of the rap icon, she is step-mother to Dr Dre’s other five children: Curtis Young, La Tanya Danielle Young, Tyra Young, Marcel Young, as well as late Andre Young Jr., who died as a result of a drug overdose in 2008.
Dr Dre Net Worth
As the race for who will become the first hip-hop billionaire gets closer to the finish line, entrepreneur, rapper, record producer and multiple Grammy award winner, Dr Dre is not very far behind. With an estimated net worth of $740 million (as at 2017), he is just $260 million shy of the mark. He expanded his wealth with Aftermath record label, Beats headphone and HP laptop line.
Dr Dre has not put out a new album in the last 10 years. Many may be fooled to think that this is a downward spiral for the musician but that would be concluding too fast. The legendary rapper and producer has an uncanny interest in business and investments and has reaped tremendously from his endeavours. Aside from discovering, nurturing and launching young talents into superstardom just like he did with 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and many more, his business interests are wide ranged.
Dr Dre released his first brand of headphones, Beats Electronics in July 2008. It is a line of superb headphone tech that consists of Beats Solo & Solo HD; Beats Tour; Beats Studio; Beats Spin; Diddy Beats and Heartbeats by Lady Gaga.
In August 2011, Dr Dre reportedly sold 50% stake in Beats Audio and Electronics line to Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC for $310 million. This deal added $135 million to his fortune which was estimated at $125 million at that time. Then in May 2014, Apple purchased the Beats line for a whopping $3 billion which made Dre declare himself “the first billionaire in hip-hop” but in reality, his net worth only soared to $550 million.
Dr Dre Height/Body Stats
Dr Dre has an athletic build with a height of 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm). His weight is 238 lbs (108 kg). His eye colour is brown while his hair colour is black. His shoe size is 10 (US). His body measurements are unavailable.
Dr Dre Son/Kids
Dr Dre has seven children, four sons and three daughters, by five different women.
La Tanya Danielle Young
Andre Young Jr.
Not much is known about Tyra Young, except that she is an actress and a producer, best known for films such as ‘Ropes Of Silicon’ and ‘Take 6’.
In 2001, the rapper and Nicole welcomed their second child a daughter, named Truly. She is the rapper’s youngest child.