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Net Worth$200 million
Date Of BirthJuly 14, 1949
SpouseThalía, Mariah Carey, Lisa Clark
FactIs one of only a small group of people who have been made an honorary US Marshal by the US Marshals Service.

Thomas “Tommy” Mottola is an American record executive, talent manager, businessman, and investor. He is the co-founder of Casablanca Records and the current chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. He has been credited with revitalizing Sony’s music division and helping to turn it into one of the most successful labels in the industry.

Mottola was born in The Bronx, New York, on July 14, 1949, to a father of Italian descent and a mother of Irish descent. He grew up in a working-class neighborhood and was the youngest of three children. His father was a musician who played the trumpet and his mother was a homemaker. Mottola’s father died when he was just eight years old, which had a profound effect on him.

Mottola attended Catholic schools and graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School in 1967. He then went on to study at Manhattan College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1971.

After college, Mottola began his career in the music industry as a promotions man at CBS Records. He quickly rose through the ranks and became the head of CBS’s international division by 1976. In 1980, he was named president of CBS’s newly formed Epic Records label.

At Epic, Mottola oversaw the careers of some of the biggest names in music, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and Barbra Streisand. He was also instrumental in signing Mariah Carey to the label in 1988.

Under Mottola’s leadership, Epic became one of the most successful labels in the industry. In 1989, he was named president of Sony Music Entertainment, which included all of Sony’s record labels.

As president of Sony Music, Mottola helped to turn the company into the largest music conglomerate in the world. He is credited with revitalizing Sony’s music division and making it into a major player in the industry.

Mottola has been married three times. His first marriage was to Connie Stevens, with whom he has two daughters. His second marriage was to Mariah Carey, with whom he has two sons. His third marriage is to Thalia Sodi, with whom he has two daughters.

Mottola has an estimated net worth of $600 million. He has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

General Info

Full NameTommy Mottola
Net Worth$200 million
Salary$200 million
Date Of BirthJuly 14, 1949
ProfessionRecord producer, Television producer


SpouseThalía, Mariah Carey, Lisa Clark
ChildrenMatthew Alejandro Mottola Sodi, Sabrina Sakaë Mottola Sodi
ParentsPeggy Bonetti, Thomas Mottola Sr.

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1Music was around me from morning till night. From the time I was two years old I would climb on the stool and bang on the keys of our family piano. But there was one single defining moment that ran through me like a bolt of electricity when I was eight years old: that was the time I heard Don't Be Cruel' blasting through my sister's AM radio. The beat and the rhythm of that song branded me forever and was everything that motivated and inspired me to become what I became.


1Referenced, in a somewhat curious context, in the mid-70s dance club hit "Cherchez le Femme" by Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band. The first line of the song is "Tommy Mottola lives on the road/He lost his lady two months ago.".
2Chairman/CEO, "The Mottola Company".
3Daughter Sabrina Sakaë, with wife Thalía, was born October 7, 2007.
4Is one of only a small group of people who have been made an honorary US Marshal by the US Marshals Service.
5Discovered Hall & Oates. Other acts he guided during his tenure as head of Sony's U.S. operations include Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Jessica Simpson, the Dixie Chicks, and Destiny's Child.
6He is Italian-American.
7Six months in the planning, his wedding to Mariah Carey featured 50 flower girls, an 8-piece orchestra, a boys choir, and 300 guests, including Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Gloria Estefan, Michael Bolton, Christie Brinkley, Tony Bennett, Ozzy Osbourne, Robert De Niro and Michael Ovitz. The event reportedly cost $5 million.
8Dropped out of Hofstra University.
9Cousin of jazz guitarist Tony Mottola.
10Converted to Judaism to marry first wife Lisa Clark.
11Collects guns.
12Leaves Sony to launch his own label. [January 2003]
13Was the president of Sony Music Entertainment. Discovered Mariah Carey at a party, listened to her demo, and signed her to his record company




The Latin Explosion: A New America2015TV Movie documentary executive producer
A Model Life2007TV Series executive producer
The Shop2006TV Series executive producer
Born to Diva2003TV Series executive producer
Gloria Estefan's Caribbean Soul: The Atlantis Concert2000TV Special documentary executive producer
Hall & Oates: Live at the Apollo1987Video executive producer
Carly in Concert: Coming Around Again1987TV Movie executive producer
Hall & Oates: Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid1985Video short executive producer
Daryl Hall & John Oates: Rock 'N Soul International1984TV Movie executive producer

Music Department

The Secret of My Succe$s1987music supervisor
Ruthless People1986music supervisor


Mariah Carey: All I Want for Christmas Is You1994Video short


Black Magic2008TV Mini-Series documentary special thanks - 2 episodes
Here Is Mariah Carey1993TV Movie documentary special thanks
Less Than Zero1987the producers wish to thank
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song1985TV Movie documentary special thanks


The 68th Annual Tony Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
The 67th Annual Tony Awards2013TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hannity2009TV SeriesHimself - Phone Interview
Today2009TV SeriesHimself
Corazón de...2005TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

The O'Reilly Factor2013TV SeriesHimself
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesSanta Claus
Intimate Portrait2003TV Series documentaryHimself


Nominated Awards

1988ACECableACE AwardsMusic SpecialCarly in Concert: Coming Around Again (1987)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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