Richard Melville Hall better known as Moby, is an American musician, songwriter, singer, producer, and animal rights activist. Since his childhood, he was very passionate about music and singing. His biggest motivation is his family who supports and adore him a lot. Since the age of 9, he played in several underground punk rock bands but later in 1980s turned into an biggest and popular electronic dance music. Then, he moved to New York City and became a prolific figure as a DJ, producer and remixer.
Richard Melville Hall Net Worth 2020
- As of 2020, Moby has an estimated net worth of $50 million.
- Other than his musical career, he also is an author.
- He has also investments in several business ventures.
- He also owns Little Pine, a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles
- Through his successful and popular career, he has a very satisfied and well earning.
Moby Relationship & Dating
- As of 2020, Moby is single.
- He identifies himself as heterosexual and cisgender and had felt “disappointed” to be straight.
- As per his relationship history, in 2019, he dated Christina Ricci.
- He claimed in a book to have had a brief relationship with actress Natalie Portman as well.
- Though, she has denied this and pointed out that her age in the book is incorrect, in reality, she was just 18 at the time.
- He does date, but has stated that that he feels more comfortable alone than in a relationship.
- In 2016, he was in an eight-month relationship, his first in ten years.
- He has no children.
Richard Melville Quick Facts
|Real Name||Richard Melville Hall|
|Age||54 Years (As of 2020)|
|Birth Date||September 11, 1965|
|Profession||Musician, Singer, Songwriter,|
|Place of Birth||Harlem, New York City, U.S.|
|University||University of Connecticut|
|Height||In Feet: 5 ft 7.5 inches |
In Cm: 170.8 cm
|Father||James Frederick Hall|
|Dating||Christina Ricci (Ex-Gf)|
|Net Worth||Approx $32 Million |
(As of 2020)
- Other than, singer, writer, author, he is also popular for his ‘VEGAN FOR LIFE’ tattooed onto his neck.
- He has other tattoos on his body like, The body rock singer, 54, showed it off at the mercy for animals 20th anniversary Gala at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles over the weekend and displayed it on Instagram afterwards.
He Said, “I’ve been a vegan for almost 32 years, so getting this tattoo seemed like a pretty safe bet.”
Moby Early Life & Education
- Richard Melville Hall was born September 11, 1965, in the neighborhood of Harlem in Manhattan, New York City.
- Moby’s father died in a car accident when he was two years old.
- Later, his mother moved them first to San Francisco in 1969, and then between the Connecticut towns of Darien and Stratford.
- His father gave him the nickname, Moby.
- Later, after three days after his birth as his parents gave the name “Richard Melville Hall” too large for a newborn baby.
- The name was also a reference to the family’s ancestry.
- As per his education, he studied philosophy at the University of Connecticut.
- Later. he transferred to State University of New York at Purchase, continuing to study philosophy and gaining interest in photography, but dropped out of college completely to pursue a DJ career.
- As per his career, at the age of nine, Moby began to play classical guitar and piano and then studied jazz, music theory, and percussion.
- In 1983, he joined the punk band the Vatican Commandos as a guitarist.
- Moby formed AWOL, known as a post punk group, and released a self-titled EP where he is credited as Moby Hall.
- His 1991 single “Go” brought him mainstream success, reaching No. 10 in the United Kingdom.
- Between 1992 and 1997, Moby garnered eight Top 10 hits on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, including “Move (You Make Me Feel So Good)”, “Feeling So Real”, and “James Bond Theme (Moby Re-Version)”.
- In his college, he began to move from classical instruments toward electronic music, starting as a DJ for the college radio station WHUS.
- Currently, Moby is known as an electronic music pioneer, vegan, and activist championing causes to bring awareness to animal welfare and climate change.
Moby Business ventures
- Moby launched a series of co-owned business ventures, with the two most prominent being the “Little Idiot Collective”—a New York City, U.S. bricks-and-mortar clothing store, comics store, and animation studio that sold the work of an “illustrators collective”, in 2001.
- In May 2002, Moby launched a small raw and vegan restaurant and tea shop called TeaNY in New York City with his ex-girlfriend Kelly Tisdale.
- In November 2015, Moby opened the Vegan restaurant Little Pine in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
Moby Veganism and animal rights
- In 1984, Moby was inspired to become a vegetarian by a cat named Tucker that he had found at a dump in Darien, Connecticut.
- In March 2016, Moby supported the social media campaign #TurnYourNoseUp to end factory farming in association with the nonprofit organization Farms Not Factories.
Moby Drug use
- From 1987 to 1995, Moby described his life as a “very clean” one and abstained from drugs, alcohol, and “for the most part”, sex.
- After taking LSD once at nineteen, he started to suffer from panic attacks which he continued to experience but learned to deal with them more effectively.
- He became a self-confessed “old-timey alcoholic.
- Moby continued to drink to excess and would ask audiences at concerts to give him drugs.
- Matters culminated shortly after he turned 43 when he attempted suicide.
- He had his last drink on October 18, 2008 and has since attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
In 2016, he said of his sobriety: “Since I stopped and reoriented myself towards things that have meaning, everything has gotten a million times better”.
- At the age of 10, Moby developed an interest in photography when his uncle, a photographer for The New York Times, gave him a Nikon F camera.
- He cites Edward Steichen as a major early influence.
- In 2011, Moby released a photography book containing pictures that were taken during the Wait for Me tour in 2010 named Destroyed.
- It was released in conjunction with his same-titled album, and pictures from it were also put on display.
- From October to December 2014, Moby showcased his Innocents collection of large-scale photographs at the Fremin Gallery, featuring a post-apocalyptic theme and a cast of fictitious cult members wearing masks.
- In March 2010, Moby and animal activist Miyun Park released Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety, a collection of ten essays by various people in the food industry.
- In 2014, Moby announced his decision to write an autobiography covering his life and career from his move to New York City in the late 1980s to the recording of Play in 1999.
- He enjoyed the experience, and wrote approximately 300,000 words before cutting it by half to reach a rough edit of the book.
Moby & Natalie Controversy
- Moby became a trending topic after Portman denied having ever dated him, remembering him as an “older man being creepy” toward her teenaged self.
- While his memoir noted that the Black Swan actress was 20 at the time of their alleged relationship.
- After all this issues, Portman says, “she had just turned 18 when she met the musician.
- After all these gossips Mobi stated that, “I completely respect Natalie’s possible regret in dating me, but it doesn’t alter the actual facts of our brief romantic history.”
- Moby signed with Elektra Records which lasted for five years.
- In 2007, Moby launched MobyGratis.com, a website of unlicensed music for filmmakers and film students for use in an independent, non-commercial, or non-profit film, video, or short.
- He auctioned over 100 pieces of musical equipment via Reverb.com to raise funds for the non-profit organisation, in 2018.
- He appeared in “Part 10” of TV series Twin Peaks accompanying American singer Rebekah Del Rio performing “No Stars”.
- He was one of the first musicians to have an episode on Netflix’s new music documentary series titled Once In a Lifetime Sessions.
- He is active on social media platforms like, Facebook, twitter.