General Facts and Figures
- Name: Marion Hugh Knight Jr.
- Net Worth: $200,000
- Occupation: Rapper, Record producer, Music executive
- Date of Birth: April 19, 1965
- Place of Birth: Compton, California
- Zodiac: Aries
- Spouse: Single
- Social: Facebook
Early Life & Education
Suge Knight was born on 19th April 1965 and named Marion Hugh Knight Jr.
He attended Lynnwood high school where he played football and participated in athletics. He completed high school in 1983.
Suge later advanced to Camino College and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he continued playing football.
Career and Net Worth
Marion “Suge” Knight is widely known as a music producer, records executive, and a convicted criminal.
At the start of his career, he began working as a concert promoter and celebrities’ bodyguard.
He then set up his own music production company in 1989. The company immensely gained profit after signing royalties with Vanilla’s hit song “Ice Ice Baby”. The song also had Mario Johnson’s material, who was Knight’s client.
Knight later established a management company then signed in D.J. Quik and The D.O.C. who were famous West Coast hip hop artists. The D.O.C. then introduced him to other N.W.A. members.
Suge’s music career peaked in the 1990s after founding “Death Row Records” together with Dre and D.O.C. and being its CEO. He signed up well-known artists like Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg.
Dre then released his solo album, “The Chronic” in 1993 through Death Row Records and soared to the Triple Platinum Status in the United States.
Snoop Dogg released his “Doggystyle” album through the same record company and hit Quadruple Platinum Status.
Knight’s career, however, has been characterized by several feuds and scandals that have caused him several jail terms till today. He once fought publicly with Sean Combs, an East Coast Entrepreneur, and two of his live Crew members.
His jail terms were the beginning of Death Row Records’ downfall. He was accused of abusing rappers, suspected murder of Tupac Shakur, robbery, and voluntary manslaughter.
Despite having a tainted life record, Suge made a fortune from his Death Row Records company. His net worth stands at $200 million.
Even with such enormous wealth, Suge still had financial challenges that drained his finances. He filed for personal bankruptcy in 2006 and $6.5 million in tax debt.
Assets he acquired through Death Row Records were auctioned for $18 million to repay an accumulated debt he had of $100 million. The assets are now owned by Entertainment One Company.
Suge Knight got married to Michel’le, an American R&B artist in 1999 but divorced six years later. Michel’le then later discovered that Suge hadn’t divorced his previous wife, Sharitha Knight. This meant that their six-year marriage was invalid.
His ex-fiance, Toi Lin Kelly, was convicted in 2015 for helping Suge communicate with Death Row Records producers while serving his jail term. She was given a three-year jail sentence for the violation.