Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

American, Fashion Designer
Nicole Richie

Nicole Camille Richie (born Nicole Camille Escovedo; September 21, 1981) is an American fashion designer, author, actress and television personality. Richie rose to prominence for her role in the Fox reality television series, The Simple Life, alongside her childhood best friend and fellow socialite Paris Hilton, which lasted five seasons. The Simple Life was a hit for the Fox network, premiering with 13 million viewers, and brought Richie and Hilton to international recognition. Richie's personal life attracted significant media attention during The Simple Life's five-year run and she was a constant fixture of tabloid journalism before and after her appearance.

Afterwards she turned her focus on other projects including charity work and environmental issues. Richie is married to musician Joel Madden and they have two children. Richie and Madden founded "The Richie Madden Children's Foundation" in 2010. Richie has starred as one of the three mentors on NBC's Fashion Star.

Nicole Richie was born in Berkeley, California, and has Afro-Mexican, Creole, and Spanish ancestry. Her biological father is Peter Michael Escovedo, a musician who played for a brief time with Lionel Richie, and her biological mother Karen was the executive assistant for Nicole's aunt, Sheila E. At the age of three, her parents agreed to let her move in with Lionel Richie and Brenda Harvey because they could not afford to provide for her financially. "My parents were friends with Lionel," she told People in 2003. "They trusted that they would be better able to provide for me." Initially, Lionel Richie became her guardian.

Richie was legally adopted by Lionel and Brenda when she was nine years old. Shortly after the adoption was formalized, Lionel's affair with another woman became public knowledge. Lionel and Brenda went through a bitter, public split. As a result, they indulged Nicole's every whim. "Their way of making me happy was to say, 'yes,' to everything I wanted, but I don't think a little girl should have that much freedom," said Richie in an interview with Vanity Fair. Following the divorce, Lionel remarried and had two more children: Myles (b. 1994) and Sofia (b. 1998). Richie has one godmother, Nancy Davis, daughter of Marvin Davis and mother of Brandon Davis. Quincy Jones said in a People magazine interview that he has "known Nicole Richie since she was a baby. She's a very smart girl".

Richie graduated from Montclair College Preparatory School in 1999 and then attended the University of Arizona alongside Kourtney Kardashian and Luke Walton, where she studied Arts and Media. Richie did not have a definitive study plan in Arizona, and eventually dropped out after two years and returned to California.

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Nicole Richie was born on 21 September 1981 in Berkeley, California USA. Her full name at birth was Nicole Camille Escovedo. She is best known as a fashion designer. She attended high school at Montclair Prep, Van Nuys, California. For university, she studied at University of Arizona (dropped out). Her religion is listed as Christian. She is 5' 1" (155 cm) tall and weighs 100 lbs (45 kg) with a slim build. She has light brown eyes and dyed blonde hair (color). Her net worth is reported to be $10,000,000 US dollars. Her zodiac star sign is Virgo.
Full name at birth
Nicole Camille Escovedo
Claim to fame
'The Simple Life' Reality Show
Date of birth
21 September 1981
Place of birth
Berkeley, California USA
Fashion Designer, Socialite, Producer (2 credits) Actress (10 credits) Thanks (1 credit) Self (85 credits) Archive footage (12 credits)
Occupation category


5' 1" (155 cm)
100 lbs (45 kg)
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Eye color
Zodiac sign
Distinctive feature
  • Waifish Frame
  • Pierced Right Nipple
  • Large Cross Like Design Tramp Stamp
  • Rare AMBER eyes
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  • Ballerina Slippers Tattoo Below Right Side Bikini Line
  • Tiara Left Hip Tattoo
  • Wings Back Tattoo
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Shoe size
  • Honey Child (dog)
  • Foxxy Cleopatra (dog)
  • Chi-Chi-Cheeta (cat)
  • Gypsy (cat)
  • Tabitha Jones Madden (Gray & White Cat)
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Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Net worth
$10,000,000 USD
High school
  • Montclair Prep, Van Nuys, California
  • Buckley School Sherman Oaks, California
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University of Arizona (dropped out)
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Talent agency
  • William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
  • United Talent Agency
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Partner: Joel Madden (Married) 2 children
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Joel Madden and Nicole Richie
“Pay back is a bitch.”
  • Niece of Sheila E., Juan Escovedo and Zina Escovedo.
  • Biological father is believed to be Peter Michael Escovedo and a reunion was staged on "The Wayne Brady Show" (2002). But Nicole has stated in interviews that Escovedo is not her birth father.
  • Attended the University of Arizona at the same time as professional basketball player Luke Walton, actress Heather Blair and reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian.
  • Is friends with singer Fefe Dobson.
  • Was adopted by Lionel Richie and his then-wife Brenda Harvey-Richie in 1990 and renamed Nicole Richie.

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