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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Student Athlete of the Week: Christina Cornelius

Cornelius attributes her family, including her late grandfather and the creator of Soul Train Don Cornelius for motivation. “I feel like he was such a trailblazer,” Cornelius said about her grandfather. “He’s such an amazing person, I feel like if ...
Posted: August 10, 2017, 12:36 pm

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Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the show. Robbins Park, 17738 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 704-892-6031. 6:30-10 p.m. Aug. 26. Volunteers needed at Wings of Eagles Ranch: Wings of Eagles Ranch Fall Session ...
Posted: August 22, 2017, 5:17 pm

Don Cornelius' Suicide Reveals Troubled Life of 'Soul Train' Founder

Don Cornelius' death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound has drawn new attention to the dark side of the "Soul Train" founder. Cornelius, 75, was plagued by health problems in the last three decades of his life. He underwent a 21-hour operation in 1982 to ...
Posted: January 31, 2012, 4:00 pm

Autopsy: Wed 9 Aug, Don Cornelius

Medical examiner Dr Michael Hunter is taking a fresh look at the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, an icon who inspired generations. Medical examiner Dr Michael Hunter is taking a fresh look at the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, an ...
Posted: August 9, 2017, 1:53 pm

Don Cornelius Dead: 'Soul Train' Host And Creator Dies After Apparent Suicide

Don Cornelius, the creator and longtime host of the groundbreaking music show ‘Soul Train,' has died. He was 75. According to the New York Times, the police responded to reports of gunshots at Cornelius's Sherman Oaks home. They found Cornelius with a ...
Posted: February 1, 2012, 1:25 am
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