Don Cornelius Net Worth is$15 Million
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Profession: TV Personality, Television Producer
Date of Birth: Sep 27, 1936
Nicknames: Donald Cortez Cornelius
Ethnicity: African American
Country: United States of America
Don Cornelius is a TV host and producer with a net worth of $15 million. Don Cornelius made his net worth through the creation and ownership of the television dance show "Soul Train" and his many performances on televison shows and the movie screen. He was born in Chicago, Illinois.
Donald Cortez "Don" Cornelius (September 27, 1936 - February 1, 2012) was an American television show host and producer who was best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance/music franchise Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971 to 1993. Cornelius sold the show to MadVision Entertainment in 2008.
Cornelius was born in Chicago's South Side on September 27, 1936, and raised in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Following his graduation from DuSable High School in 1954, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served 18 months in Korea. He worked at various jobs following his stint in the military, including selling tires, automobiles, and insurance, and as an officer with the Chicago Police Department. He quit his day job to take a three-month broadcasting course in 1966 despite being married with two sons and only $400 in his bank account. In 1966, he landed a job as an announcer, news reporter and disc jockey on Chicago radio station WVON.
Cornelius joined Chicago television station WCIU-TV in 1967 and hosted a news program called A Black's View of the News. In 1970 he launched Soul Train on WCIU-TV as a daily local show. The program entered national syndication and moved to Los Angeles the following year.
Originally a journalist inspired by the civil rights movement, Cornelius recognized that in the late 1960s there was no television venue in the United States for soul music, and introduced many African-American musicians to a larger audience as a result of their appearances on Soul Train, a program that was both influential among African-Americans and popular with a wider audience. As writer, producer, and host of Soul Train, Cornelius was instrumental in offering wider exposure to black musicians such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Michael Jackson, as well as creating opportunities for talented dancers that would presage subsequent television dance programs. Cornelius said "We had a show that kids gravitated to," and Spike Lee describe

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Revealed: Dick Clark's brazen scheme to oust Don Cornelius and replace Soul Train with his own all-black dance show

Dick Clark, who dominated TV for teens with his lily-white American Bandstand, tried to have Don Cornelius’ all-black Soul Train taken off the air--and replaced with his own knockoff, Soul Unlimited. Soul Train, the brainchild of producer and host ...
Posted: March 21, 2014, 4:36 am

Onetime Don Cornelius estate is up for lease in Beverly Hills

Got company coming for the holidays? Check out this Beverly Hills estate once owned by “Soul Train’s” Don Cornelius. Offered at $20,000 a month, it can also be rented for as short a period as three days. Could be a great place to stash the in-laws.
Posted: December 3, 2017, 11:00 pm

Week Ahead Weather: Rain, Then Chance of Snow In Cornelius

CORNELIUS, NC -- It's going to start feeling a lot more like winter this week, all the way don to a chance of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Monday and Tuesday will feel unseasonably warm, with highs topping out near 63 Tuesday ...
Posted: December 4, 2017, 7:29 am
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