Les Brown
Les Brown
Real Name/Full Name Leslie Calvin Brown
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Les Brown
Birth Place: Liberty City, Miami, Florida
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 17 February 1945
Age/How Old: 79 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 180 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 11″
Weight: In Kilograms – 75 Kg
In Pounds – 165 lbs
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color:  Dark brown
Parents Name: Father – N/A
Mother – Mamie Brown
Siblings: Wesley Brown
School: Booker T. Washington High School
College: N/A
Religion: Christian
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Gladys Knight (1995-1997)
Kids/Children Name: Patrick, John, Serena, Sumaya, Calvin, Thad, John, Ayanna, Tayloria, and Ona Brown
Profession: Motivation speaker, author
Net Worth: $15 million
Last Updated: July 2024

Les Brown is a famous motivational speaker who started off his career as a radio DJ. He is also an author and a former television show host where he hosted The Les Show back in 1983. He has also been a politician and from 1977 to 1981 he was serving in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Well, how well do you know about Les Brown? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Les Brown’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Les Brown to date.

Biography and Early Life

Les Brown was born in Liberty City, Miami, Florida on 17 February 1945. Her mother was married to a soldier who was stationed overseas and after realizing she was pregnant for another man she secretly went to deliver in Miami. She delivered twins on the floor of an abandoned building and after three weeks she gave them up for adoption. They were adopted by Mamie Brown when they were six weeks old. His twin brother is named Wesley Brown and they were two of the seven adopted children Mamie Brown has.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Les Brown in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Les Brown’s age is 79 years old as of today’s date 16th July 2024 having been born on 17 February 1945. Though, he is 5′ 11″ in feet and inches and 180 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 165 lbs in Pound and 75 kg in Kilograms.


 When he was in grade school, Brown was declared ‘educable mentally retarded’ by his teachers and this greatly destroyed his confidence as well as self-esteem. He later regained his confidence and attained his education from Booker T. Washington High School. He did not go to college.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

There is very scanty information on the private life of Brown. He got married to Gladys Knight in 1995, and it didn’t work out leading to a divorce in 1997. Les is a father to a total of 10 children, but it is not clear who their mothers are. There is also a possibility that some if not all of them could be adopted. He is a grandfather to 15 children and also has 4 great-grandchildren.

Since his relationship with Gladys in the late 1990s, Les has never been in any confirmed relationship to date. If he has been in any relationship since then, then he has succeeded in keeping it a secret. In 1997, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Is Les Brown Gay?

As far as we know, Brown is not gay when it comes to his sexual orientation. Although he is not married at his age, he was once married to singer Gladys Knight, and he is a father to ten children. In his single life there have never been any controversies when it comes to his sexual orientation.

Professional Career

Brown decided to try his luck in radio broadcasting at a local radio station but his efforts were fruitless. He started doing odd jobs at the station with the hope that one day he would be in the airwaves. During this time he learned a lot about being a DJ and also started doing some practices.

Lady luck shone on him one night after the station’s DJ reported to work drunk for live broadcasting and he was allowed to spin on his behalf. He outdid himself that night and his work impressed the owner of the station who permanently hired as a DJ.

After working for several years at the station he moved to Ohio with the aim of getting a job in a higher ranking radio program. He got a job as a manager and through the position, he started activism and spreading political awareness and this led to several controversies. He was eventually fired from the station.

After leaving radio he vied for a seat in the 29th House District as the Ohio State Representative. He was elected in 1977 and served until 1981. He left the position after his adoptive mother fell ill in order to take care of her. After leaving politics he founded a training career program for youth and with time he became a motivational speaker.

As a motivational speaker, he has delivered his speeches in different place of the world including Dubai, Denmark, and Canada. He has also recorded a series of his speeches for Public Broadcasting Service –TV. His most popular audio that received worldwide recognition is dubbed Choosing Your Future.

As an author he first released the book titled Live Your Dreams and within a few weeks, it became a bestseller. His next publication was a book he released in 1996 called It’s Not Over Until You Win: How to Become the Person You Always Wanted to Be-No Matter the Obstacles


Brown received his very first award as a motivational speaker in 1989. This was the Council Peers Award of Excellence of CPAE. He became the first African-American to receive the award. He was also awarded the Golden Gavel Award and both awards were by the National Speakers Association. He was ranked in the Top Five Outstanding Speakers of all time in 1991.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Les Brown in ’2024’

Les Brown Net Worth
Les Brown Net Worth

As of 2024, In the time Les has been active in his career, he has accumulated a net worth of $15 million. This is from his motivational speeches, books sale, DJeeing, and also hosting a television show. All the income from these fields combined has given him a very luxurious lifestyle and fame as well.

Les Brown was born in an abandoned building and given up for adoption at three weeks. He also struggled with confidence and self-esteem when he was young but that did not determine his future life. Through the years he has worked his way to be ranked among the Top outstanding motivational speakers of all times. His story is proof that our past does not determine our present and the future.


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