Teddy Riley Net Worth: Early Life, Discography, and More

Net Worth: $1.5 Million
Source of wealth:

Music Production

Full Name Edward Theodore Riley
Birth Place Harlem, New York
Date of Birth Oct 08, 1967 (age 52)
Nationality United States of America
Ethnicity African American
Occupation Record Producer
Height 5'6
Weight 174 pounds
Marital Status single
Children no children
Education N/A
Hobbies Music
Last Updated
Aug 9, 2019

About Edward Theodore Riley

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Teddy Riley Net Worth

The Teddy Riley net worth is $1.5 million, and began his career producing music for Kool Moe Dee at the tender age of 17. Prior to that he produced music for Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew.

Born as Edward Theodore Riley on October 8, 1967, Riley is an American songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.

Riley is credited with creating the new jack swing genre. But, Riley credits the name of it to Barry Michael Cooper.

Riley has worked with numerous big-name artists, including Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson, Samantha Mumba, Keith Sweat, Today, Doug E. Fresh, Hi-Five, Heavy D & the Boyz, Profyle, Men of Vizion, Blackstreet, and Guy.

He had some influence on modern-day R&B, due to his consistency and drum ideas. Because of him, R&B now has more samples and rapping segments, as well as singing. This is reminiscent of the Jackson family.

He also had an influence on gospel, along with singers such as Marvin Gaye. It became more open to using rap and sound effects.

Early Life

What went into Teddy Riley’s early life? How did the Teddy Riley net worth get its start?

He was raised in Harlem,N.Y., in St. Nicholas Houses.

From the age of five, he started playing instruments in church, becoming a child prodigy.

Riley’s uncle owned the famous Harlem club, The Rooftop. His uncle built a studio in the club where Riley ended up spending most of his time growing up.

By the time Riley was 14, upstate New York rappers began making music to his tracks.

Riley formed the short-lived group Kids at Work with the help of a local music producer, Gene Griffin.

At 22, he produced “Go See the Doctor,” Kool Moe Dee’s 12″ single.

The song was released on an independent label in 1986, and became a crossover hit. It reached number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Previously, Riley worked on the production of “The Show” by Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew in 1985.

Teddy Riley Net Worth: Career Timeline

  • 1987: Riley, Aaron Hall, and Timmy Gatling formed Guy, the R&B group
  • 1989: Riley produced Big Daddy Kane’s “I Get the Job Done”
  • 1989: Produced work for The Winans, The Jacksons, and James Ingram
  • 1989: Created the successful remix of Jane Child, “Don’t Wanna Fall in Love”
  • 1990: Release and tour of Guy’s second album, “The Future”
  • 1990: Co-produced half of Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” album, including Riley’s co-produced singles “Jam,” “In the Closet,” and “Remember the Time”
  • 1992: Guy disbandment; Riley moved to production, performance, and promotion of Hard or Smooth album by Wreckx-N-Effect
  • 1992: Discovered The Neptunes
  • 1991: Formed a second group, Blackstreet
  • 1997: Blackstreet hit “Don’t Leave Me”
  • 1996: Blackstreet hit “No Diggity” featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen
  • 1999: Blackstreet hit “Girlfriend/Boyfriend” featuring Janet Jackson, Eve, and Ja Rule
  • 2011: By this time, the group had disbanded and reformed several times
  • 2000: Worked with Mel B from the Spice Girls on three tracks
  • 2006: Part of the New Jack Reunion Tour
  • 2006: Announced a new Blackstreet album and a new Guy album
  • 2008: Fire destroyed Riley’s recording studio in Virginia Beach
  • 2009: Performed with Guy at BET Awards
  • 2009: Worked with Amerie and Robin Thick on their albums
  • Produced and co-wrote the song “Teeth” with Lady Gaga
  • 2010: Publicly said he is no longer affiliated with Guy
  • 2010: Posthumous album of Michael Jackson released, containing work with Riley
  • Riley has recently stepped into Korean music market
  • One of the producers that’s part of QDT with DJ Quik and Snoop Dogg
  • Produced tracks for Boyz II Men
  • Produced Korean girl group single for Girls’ Generation
  • Worked with Shinee on songs


  • With Kids at Work
    • Kids at Work (1984)
  • With Guy
    • Guy (1988)
    • The Future (1990)
    • Guy III (2000)
  • With Blackstreet
    • Blackstreet (1994)
    • Another Level (1996)
    • Finally (1999)
    • Level II (2003)


Teddy Riley went on to work with several bands throughout his career. In 1987 he started an R&B group called Guy, along with Timmy Gatling and Aaron Hall. This group introduced a new style of R& B music called New Jack Swing. In 1989 Riley worked as a producer on albums for musicians such as James Ingram, The Jacksons and Big Daddy Kane. He also worked on the production of a Michael Jackson solo album, Dangerous. The album made history for selling more copies than any other New Jack Swing pieces.

In 1992, Guy broke up and Riley continued to work as a music producer. He also created a new band called Blackstreet. The group repeatedly broke up and got back together several times before calling it quits in 2011. In the meantime, Riley had been hard at work with Melanie B and assisted her with three tracks on her debut solo album.


Meanwhile, in 2006, Riley joined the New Jack Reunion Tour, which featured Guy and Blackstreet. The same year he announced plans to work with both groups on new albums. By 2009, Riley was still performing as part of Guy, at that year’s BET Awards. He also assisted Robin Thicke and Amerie with new albums. The next year marked his last performance to date, as a member of Guy, though he was still working on albums with Blackstreet.


In 2010 Riley was involved in the production of a Michael Jackson album meant to pay tribute to the recently deceased pop star. After many questioned the songs that Riley had included on the album, he stated that they were sung by Michael Jackson but that he had used elements of his own voice to enhance the recording.