Who is Tommy Mottola?

Thomas Daniel ‘Tommy’ Mottola was born in New York City, USA on 14 July 1948 – his zodiac sign is Cancer, and he holds American nationality. He’s a music producer, executive and author, while he’s probably known best for being the former husband of Mariah Carey, a famous American singer-songwriter and actress.

Early life and education

Tommy was raised in The Bronx alongside his siblings Joan, Jean and Mary Ann, by their American father Thomas Mottola Sr. and Italian mother Peggy Bonetti.

He became interested in music while attending Iona Gramma School; upon completing his elementary school education in 1962, Tommy enrolled at Iona Prep, from which he matriculated in 1966.

He went on to attend a military school, and upon completing it enrolled at Hofstra University, however, Tommy dropped out wanting to pursue a career in music.

Tommy’s career

While still attending University, Tommy joined the cover band The Exotics as their guitarist and singer, which was why he then quit the university.

In the mid-‘60s, he began working for CBS Records as their recording artist, and used ‘T. D. Valentine’ as his professional name. Because he failed to gain recognition as a recording artist, Tommy began working for the powerhouse Chappell Publishing, and then founded his own company Champion Entertainment Organization, gaining recognition when he signed American pop rock duo Hall & Oates to his company.

In 1988, Sony Music hired Tommy to run their operations in the US, and he became the company’s Chairman/CEO two years later. Tommy helped Sony Music expand into more than 60 countries, and helped sign some of the biggest global stars, such as Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. Some of the other stars which Tommy had signed included Gloria Estefan, Jessica Simpson and Shakir, so whereas the company had $800 million revenue prior to Tommy becoming Chairman/CEO, this rose to $6 billion in the year 2000.

He had also worked with Michael Jackson in 1990, however, in 2001, Michael revealed that he was no longer friends with Tommy, because he believed him to be racist.

Tommy left Sony Music Entertainment in January 2003, bought the not-so-successful Casablanca Records, and managed to resurrect it; he then signed popular musicians Mika and Lohan.

He published his book “Hitmaker” in January 2013.

Most recently, in March 2021, Tommy co-founded the entertainment and media company NTERTAIN, together with the company Range Media Partners and CEO of Neon16 Lex Borrero; Tommy and Lex are today running the company.

Love life and marriage with Mariah Carey

Tommy has married thrice. He first exchanged vows with Lisa Clark in 1971; she’s probably known best for being the daughter of Sam Clark, the CEO of ABC Records. Tommy converted to Judaism for Lisa, she gave birth to their two children, but they divorced in 1990.

Tommy married his second wife Mariah Carey, on 5 June 1993, in a large ceremony attended by many of their friends and family members; they didn’t have children together, and divorced on 5 March 1998, following a one-year separation.

He married his third wife, Mexican pop singer and actress Ariadna Thalia Sodi Miranda on 2 December 2000, and she gave birth to their daughter Sabrina Sakae Mottola Sodi in October 2007, while their son Matthew Alejandro Mottola Sodi followed in June 2011.

As of June 2022, Tommy’s married to his third wife Thalia, and has two children with her, while he also has two children with his first wife Lisa Clark.

Hobbies and other interests

Tommy enjoys running his Instagram account, and it’s today followed by close to 800,000 people, while he’s uploaded nearly 500 pictures onto the network, most featuring him during his everyday life.

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Posted by Tommy Mottola on Thursday, January 28, 2021

Tommy’s favorite season is summer, as he enjoys going yachting and swimming in the ocean.

He’s into travelling, and has been to more than 20 US states for both work and pleasure, while he’s vacationed in various European and Asian countries, with his dream travel destination being Dubrovnik, Croatia.

He’s a dog-lover, and his and his wife’s pet dog can be seen featured in many of his Instagram pictures.

Tommy was physically quite active during his 20s, 30s and 40s, as he had multiple training sessions at the gym every week, however, he no longer works out nowadays.

He enjoys watching movies in his spare time – his favorite actor and actress are Al Pacino and Scarlett Johansson, while a couple of his favorite films include the trilogy “The Godfather”, “Scent of a Woman” and “Scarface”.

Age, height and net worth

Tommy’s age is 73. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and he weighs around 155lbs (70kgs).

As of June 2022, Tommy’s net worth has been estimated at over $540 million, while his former wife Mariah’s net worth stands at more than $320 million.

Who is his former wife Mariah?

Mariah Carey was born in Huntington, New York State USA, on 27 March 1969 – her zodiac sign is Aries, and she holds American nationality. She gained recognition when her self-titled debut album was released on 12 June 1990, and she’s today often referred to as ‘Queen of Christmas’.

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Mariah was raised in Huntington alongside her two older siblings Alison and Morgan, by their father Alfred Roy Carey who was an aeronautical engineer, and their mother Patricia (nee Hickey) who was a vocal coach and opera singer; Patricia was disowned by her family after she married a black man (Alfred). They eventually divorced, and Mariah rarely heard from her father.

She began writing lyrics while studying at Harborfields High School, from which Mariah matriculated in 1987; she didn’t attend college, but instead spent 500 hours at a beauty school.

It was Tommy who signed Mariah to Columbia Records after having heard her demo, and around $1 million was spent to promote her debut album, which eventually peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, holding the position for 11 weeks; the album also won Mariah various awards, including two Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Four singles topped the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, including “Love Takes Time” and “Vision of Love”.

Her second album “Emotions” was released on 17 September 1991, while a couple of her following albums were “Music Box”, released on 31 August 1993, “Merry Christmas” on 1 Novembers 1994, and “Daydream” on 3 October 1995; her sixth album “Butterfly” came out on 16 September 1997.

Mariah’s seventh studio album “Rainbox” was released on 2 November 1999 under Columbia Records, and it debuted on #2 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

Mariah suffered an emotional breakdown in July 2001, and it was only after the release of her ninth album “Charmbracelet” in December 2002 that she began to recover. Her 10th album “The Emancipation of Mimi” came out on 12 April 2005, and was followed by “E=MC²” on 15 April 2008.

She has since released four albums, with the most recent having been the 2018 “Caution”.

Mariah’s also an actress, having appeared in more than 20 movies and TV series, such as the 2003 comedy movie “Death of a Dynasty”, the 2008 action comedy film “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” and the 2017 comedy movie “Girls Trip”.

Mariah has won numerous awards and accolades, and was in August 2015 honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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