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Ralph Tresvant Net Worth

Ralph Trensvant Net Worth
Net Worth$15,000,000
Full NameRalph Edward Tresvant
A.K.ARizz Rizzo
Date of Birth/AgeMay 16, 1968 (age 51)
Source of wealthSinger, Rapper, Songwriter, Actor, Record Producer
Country of originU.S.
State/City of originRoxbury, Massachusetts
Last Updated2019

Net Worth

Ralph Tresvant net worth is 15 million dollars. This fortune came primarily from Ralph’s career as the lead singer of the American R&B group, New Edition.

Although the group’s most famous member was Bobby Brown, husband of the late Whitney Houston, Tresvant’s unmistakable vocals took the group to the top of the charts and earned the group their spot in R&B history.

Tresvant has earned an impressive salary throughout his professional career. His first record debuted in 1983, and the band spent the next five years producing a series of hit albums, including “Candy Girl,” “New Edition,” “All for Love,” and “Under the Blue Moon.”

By 1988, after only five years as a professional musician, Tresvant had made two million dollars.

This achievement was possible with the success of New Edition’s album sales, which had sold more than 2 million copies. By 2019, the group had sold more than 20 million albums.

In addition to album sales, the group toured extensively. At the beginning of their career, the group sold out areas such as the UIC Pavilion and the USF Sundome.

By the 21st century, the group toured as part of the BET 2017 experience. The immense success of the group’s touring added to Trescant’s wealth.

As the lead singer of New Edition, Tresvant continues to rake in royalties from album sales and touring schedules. He also receives royalties from his three solo albums.

His net worth also includes salaries from film and fees earned as a DJ.


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Early Life

Ralph Edward Tresvant was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 6, 1968. Tresvant was named after his father. He earned the nicknames Rizz and Rizzo early in his childhood and would continue to use those names as he embarked upon his professional musical career.

Ralph grew up in Boston under the care of his mother, Patricia Tresvant. He also had a brother named Andre and a sister named La Tonya.

Ralph was not the only musical child in the family, and both of his siblings also grew up listening and enjoying music.

But out of all of the Tresvant children, Ralph was the only one who took the idea of performing music as a profession seriously.

While still in junior high school, Tresvant began performing at local talent shows. It was through these talent shows that Tresvant would eventually meet the remaining members of New Edition.


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Personal Life

Tresvant has been married twice. His first marriage was to his childhood sweetheart, Shelly Jean. In the New Edition film based on the band, Shelly’s name was changed to Zena, and fans speculated that the reason for the name change was because Shelly did not want to be mentioned in the film due to the bitter nature of their divorce.

Shelly and Ralph began dating when they were only 11 years old. They went on to marry in 1993 but divorced in 1996. Although their marriage did not end happily, the two of them did have three children: Na’Quelle, Mariah and Ralph Jr.

After their separation, rumors began to circulate that Shelly had turned to addiction after her ex-husband’s infidelities had come to light.

But their 15-year-old son set those rumors to rest by stating that his mother was enjoying a quiet life in Atlanta. Their son also denied that his father had ever cheated on his mother.

Tresvant remarried in 2004 to Amber Serrano. Amber had been a long time fan of New Edition, and the couple has since welcomed a son, Dakari.

In addition to his four children, Tresvant is a grandfather of two.


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Tresvant began his career in 1978 in Boston when he was working in a singing group named Ricky & Ralph.

While Tresvant was performing with Ricky, a local manager named Brooke Payne was putting together a boy band group with Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Michael Bivins.

The name that Payne gave the group was New Edition because Payne envisioned the group being the “new edition” of the Jackson 5. Payne offered the lead singer position to Tresvant after hearing Tresvant perform in a local talent scene.

Upon joining the group, Tresvant discovered that he already knew the other members of the band, who had grown up in the Orchard Park Projects part of Boston.

New Edition’s first break came in 1981 when they were signed by Maurice Starr to a recording contract.


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With Starr guiding their career, they worked with producer Arthur Baker through Levi Belt Streetwise Records to make the album “Candy Girl.” This album produced hits such as “Jealous Girl,” “Candy Girl,” and “Is This the End.”

After New Edition ended their first tour, each of them was given a check for only $1.34. They responded by parting ways with Starr, who claimed that the tour budget had taken up all of the profit. What followed was a long legal battle to become free from the Streetwise label.

The group signed with MCA Records to produce additional albums. Of these, their second album, “New Edition,” was their most successful, spanning hits such as “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Telephone Man.”

The first signs of trouble for New Edition began in 1985 when the band and their management kicked Bobby Brown out of the band due to his behavior problems. Following his departure, Tresvant began to consider a solo career. He would go on to release the following solo albums:

  • “Ralph Tresvant”
  • “It’s Goin’ Down”
  • “Rizz-Wa-Faire”


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Tresvant also appeared in the following movies:

  • “Knight Rider”
  • “Krush Groove”
  • “House Party 2”
  • “Barbershop Blues”
  • “Triple Cross”

Interesting Facts

Tresvant performs on a radio station in Boston as a DJ. His radio show is called “Inside the Ride with Ralph Tresvant,” and it debuted in September of 2016 on station WZBR 1410 AM.

In 2008, while the group New Edition was on a hiatus, Tresvant, Johnny Gill, and Bobby Brown formed their own band, Heads of State. The band was very successful, and the project allowed the three to experiment with their sound in a way they hadn’t been able to do while with New Edition.


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Tresvant began playing music in Boston. He immediately knew that his the recreational activity that he enjoyed so much was his ticket to success and devoted himself to showcasing his talent.

Upon discovery, Tresvant remained faithful to the band that made him famous.

Although New Edition would break up as a band, Tresvant always returned to lead the band that he helped to make famous.


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Favorite Quotes from Ralph Tresvant

“We’re brothers. We’re as close as brothers get. I don’t talk to my blood brother everyday, but that’s how close we are.”

“This album is sounding really, really nice. I just feel so grown on it. I feel real rich with the songs and the melodies.”

“We’re all here to teach, to inspire. To lift one another up in love and vibrate on that frequency of love. To each one, teach one.”


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Tips for success from Ralph Tresvant

  1. Discover what you are good at doing, and don’t be afraid to showcase that talent. If Tresvant had been afraid to highlight his musical abilities, he might never have achieved his New Edition wealth and fame.
  2. Don’t be afraid to branch out in your career and take risks. Tresvant had been enjoying a very successful musical career with New Edition, but still found time to release solo albums, make movies and form an entirely new band. This allowed his musical talent to grow and his net worth to grow with it.