Katie McNeil is not a newcomer to the American entertainment industry. The veteran video producer has gained extensive experience working on a wide array of projects, including managing the career of her celebrity husband- Neil Leslie Diamond. Without prejudice to her, we believe that much of the mainstream popularity and fame she has garnered over the years came as a result of her relationship and eventual marriage to the award-winning singer and songwriter.
Katie’s husband is clearly without a doubt, a living legend, considering the record-breaking achievements of his career and the global acclaim he has received. The popular singer ranks amongst the best-selling musicians of all time with a record of over 100 million copies of his works sold globally. Not to mention the fact that he has topped several charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard Adult Contemporary charts. Notable amongst his singles include ‘Cracklin’ Rose’, ‘Longfellow Serenade’, ‘Song Sung Blue’, ‘If You Know What I Mean’, ‘America’, ‘Heartlight’ and ‘Yesterday’s Song’.
Aside from their thriving careers, Katie and Neil’s relationship has also attracted a great deal of attention due to the fact that they don’t often flaunt their affairs in public. The duo has managed to keep a significant part of their personal lives out of the public domain but we have rounded up some juicy details about the celebrity couple in this piece.
Katie McNeil’s Background Details
Not much is known about the exact birth date of the talented producer but from what we have been able to dig up, we can state that she was born in the year 1970. Information regarding her childhood, educational history and academic qualifications is also unknown to us at this time. It appears that McNeil prefers to steer clear of the glare of the media, of course, that is a difficult thing to do, considering the fact that she is married to one of the most popular musicians in the history of American contemporary music.
Her Career As A Producer
Prior to assuming the managerial role of in the career of the legendary musician, Katie McNeil had already carved a niche for herself as a talented and gifted video producer. The American-born producer has collaborated with several top companies and personalities in the entertainment industry. Notable amongst her productions include the Van Wilder 2 soundtrack and Motley Crue: Carnival of Sins – a concert documentary.
It was also during the course of her work as a producer that she met Diamond in 2009 when she was recruited to work on the Hot August Night/NYC concert documentary. The widely acclaimed musician was pleased with the work done by Katie McNeil and went on to offer her a job as his manager. From then onwards, their relationship grew stronger and has remained to date.
Katie and Neil’s Relationship Timeline
The manager-client relationship between Katie and the widely acclaimed singer/songwriter which started in 2009 slowly turned into a love affair as time went by. At first, the talented video producer felt uneasy about the whole thing but she basically had no fighting chance against the love-struck musician. Notwithstanding, the love and affection between the two was kindled and they began dating. The award-winning singer took to his Twitter handle to announce the news of his relationship with his beautiful manager.
A few months down the line, September 2011 to be precise, Neil Diamond asked Katie to marry him and of course, she said yes! They got married the following year in a private wedding ceremony held in Los Angeles, California. The gorgeous video producer is Neil Diamond’s biggest muse and he has composed many songs about her. Notable amongst them include the ‘Melody Road’ album which, according to the singer, was inspired by their relationship and love for each other.
Katie McNeil Is Neil Diamond’s Third Wife
Prior to his marriage to Katie, the star musician had been married twice in the past. His first marriage was to his high-school heartthrob, Jaye Posner. They got married in 1963 but separated in 1967 and by 1969, their union was officially annulled. The couple share two daughters together- Elyn and Marjorie.
A few months after his divorce from Posner had been finalized, Neil decided to marry for the second time, this time around to Marcia Murphey who worked as a production assistant. Neil and Marcia tied the nuptial knot at a private ceremony which was held on December 5, 1969. The union which lasted for 25 years was blessed with two boys- Micah and Jesse.
The award-winning songwriter attributes the fact that he wasn’t being very supportive to his ex-wives as the reason for the failed marriages. It may also interest you to know that despite Katie being the veteran singer’s third wife, Neil happens to be her first husband.
Neil Diamond Is More Than 2 Decades Older Than Katie McNeil
The age difference between the celebrity couple is quite significant. Neil was born on January 24, 1941, while Katie, on the other hand, was born in 1970. This ultimately means that she is 29 years younger than her husband. At the onset of their relationship, what struck most of their fans was the huge age gap but the couple seems not to mind at all.
How Much Is the Celebrity Couple Worth?
Following decades of a successful music career, Neil has amassed widespread critical acclaim, as well as a huge fortune. The award-winning singer’s net worth is estimated at $175 million. This figure comprises of the profits made from his career. Neil would have been $150 million richer if he remained with his second wife as he wouldn’t have had to pay any divorce settlement fee. He, however, debunked claims that he paid her up to that amount.
On her own part, Katie has made quite a substantial sum from her career as a video producer. Her net worth is also bound to be very high considering the fact that she is the manager of one of the best-selling musicians in the history of the United States of America. However, the actual estimate is yet to be published at this time. Our estimate places the overall net worth of the celebrity couple somewhere in the region of $200-$250 million.