Berry Gordy, Jr.
Gordy’s Motown Records became the most successful African-American enterprise of its time with sales in the early 1970s of $50 million. Gordy’s first gold record came just one year after the founding of Motown - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ 1960 hit “Shop Around.” Diana Ross and the Supremes was Motown’s most successful group in the 1960s, achieving record sales of over $12 million, second only to the Beatles. In the early 1970s, it was the Jackson Five that became Gordy’s most lucrative find.


Education / Military

  • Military Service: Army