A $15 million singer from the United States, Ricky Bell has a net worth of that much. Ricky Bell, a native of Roxbury, Massachusetts, started off performing professionally with his buddy Ralph Tresvant. Eventually, the pair formed the hugely famous New Edition quintet, which also included Bell, Tresvant, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, and Bobby Brown.
|Net Worth:||$15 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Sep 18, 1967 (54 years old)|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Early Life And Career Details
Bell was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and grew up in the Orchard Park Projects. He was the eleventh and last of eleven children. In the group Ricky and Ralph, which he formed with his close friend Ralph Tresvant, he started his singing career. Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, and Ronnie DeVoe later made up the group New Edition.
In 1978, the group started a career that lasted for more than 30 years. After Brown left, Johnny Gill joined the group around the middle of the 1980s. Before Gill joined New Edition, Bell was the oldest person in the group. After the group recorded the album “Heartbreak,” Bell had the chance to go solo, but he chose to join with Bivins and DeVoe to form Bell Biv DeVoe instead.
The music industry first took notice of the “best-kept secret” when record producer Jimmy Jam came up with the idea for a new group called Bell Biv DeVoe, with Bell as the lead singer. The group, which is usually called BBD, was the first to consistently combine elements of Rap and R&B. They called their style “Hip-hop smoothed out on an R&B tip with a pop feel appeal to it.”
Bell was able to lead BBD to the top of the charts with their first album, which came out in 1990. Even though Bell was mostly a backup singer for New Edition, he became one of the most popular voices on the singles they put out in the 1990s. Except for the group songs “Hot2Nite” “Hit Me Off” and “You Don’t Have to Worry,” which were led by Brown, Bell sang lead or co-lead on the rest of the group’s hit singles.
Bell has been in more than two dozen TV shows and movies, such as Knight Rider, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, New York Undercover, Family Matters, the movie Krush Groove, and many kinds of music, variety, and awards shows.
At the 2009 BET Awards, Bell and Ne-Yo sang the BBD hit “Poison” together.
As a member of New Edition, Bell won the Golden Note Award at the 21st Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards given by ASCAP in 2008.
In 2017, Bell Biv DeVoe released a new album called Three Stripes. It was the group’s first album in 15 years.
In 2004, Bell married actress Amy Correa in a double wedding with Tresvant. Bell likes the Boston Celtics, basketball team.
In The New Edition Story, a miniseries that came out in 2017, it was shown that Bell had drug problems in the mid-1990s. He used marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, alcohol, and oxycodone to the point where he lost his house and sold his personal belongings to pay for his addictions. Eventually, he took too much cocaine and almost died.
This made him decide to go to rehab. Bell has not used drugs or alcohol since leaving rehab. In contrast to his fellow New Edition member Bobby Brown, whose drug problems were widely reported at the time, Bell’s problems with drugs didn’t become public until the miniseries came out in 2017.