Breaking Down David Foster's Accomplishments By the Numbers

Breaking Down David Foster's Accomplishments By the Numbers

Just how big of a deal is the #RHOBH husband?

Yolanda Foster never misses an opportunity to brag about her hubby David Foster on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and for good reason. The man is a living music legend, having done nearly everything in the biz as a musician, songwriter, and producer.

But just how big of a deal is David? We broke down his biggest accomplishments — both professionally and personally — below and let the numbers do the talking.

16 Grammy Awards: David has picked up a whopping 16 of the music industry's highest honor over the years, including three for Album of the Year (in 1991 for Natalie Cole's Unforgettable... with Love, in 1993 for The Bodyguard soundtrack, and in 1996 for Celine Dion's Falling Into You), two for Record of the Year (in 1991 for "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole and in 1993 for "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston), and three for Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) (in 1984, 1991, and 1993). As we saw during the Fosters' dinner parties on RHOBH, he has all 16 of them proudly displayed on his grand piano, which is basically the best decor you could ask for.

47 Grammy Nominations: In addition to all of David's Grammy wins, he has also been nominated a bunch more times — 47 to be exact. That means he's the seventh most Grammy-nominated artist of all time, right behind none other than Beyoncé. That's pretty good company, don't you think?

More Than 500 Million Records Sold: David's work has sold more than 500 million records, according to his official website. It's likely that number has only increased since then and will surely continue to do so in the future.

36 Platinum and 41 Gold Records: David had 36 platinum records and 41 gold records adorning the walls of his game room as of July 2014, according to a Haute Living profile on the maestro. Some of the framed hits he produced include Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me," and Madonna's "You'll See," which, in addition to producing, David co-wrote with the Material Girl.

Almost 20 Years Working with Andrea Bocelli: If you've watched the supertease for the upcoming season of RHOBH, you know that Yolanda will get particularly excited when Andrea Bocelli arrives to meet the other 'wives and hopefully stun them with his silky-smooth singing. And why shouldn't she be? Not only is Andrea one of the most famous contemporary classical singers, but he is also one of David's more frequent collaborators with a relationship that goes back almost two decades, David recently said in an interview with Billboard. In addition to working on Andrea's latest album Cinema, David has also produced the vocalist's albums Passione, Amore, and My Christmas, just to name a few.

4 Songs Written for the Olympic Games: David went for the gold by penning four songs for four different Olympic Games over the years. "Winter Games" served as the theme song for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta in David's home country of Canada and would go on to reach No.85 of the Billboard Hot 100 that same year. David, Linda Thompson, and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, who we've seen on RHOBH, wrote "The Power of the Dream" for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and it was performed by Celine Dion during the opening ceremony of the games. LeAnn Rimes sang "Light the Fire Within," which was co-written by David, at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. David wrote "Because We Believe," the closing song of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy that was sung by Andrea Bocelli, with his daughter Amy. If there's one thing that can bring the world together, it's David's music.

5 Years Old When He Started Playing Piano: Most five-year-olds are just getting the hang of walking, but clearly David had a knack for the instrument that would help make him famous from an early age.

16 Years Old When He Joined Chuck Berry's Band: As a teen, David also played in the backing bands of other classic artists, including Bo Diddley and The Drifters. That's just about the best school of rock a budding musician could have enrolled in.

2 Beatles as Bandmates: After entering the music scene in 1973, David quickly emerged as a highly sought after keyboardist in the industry, performing alongside none other than John Lennon and George Harrison on separate occasions. Unfortunately, his presence wasn't enough to ultimately bring The Beatles back together, but that's pretty much David's only flaw.

4 Wives: Yolanda is David's fourth wife, and the two have been married since 2011. Prior to Yolanda, David was married to Linda Thompson, with whom he wrote several songs including "I Have Nothing," made famous by Whitney Houston on the soundtrack to the 1992 film The Bodyguard. David was also married to Rebecca Dyer and B.J. Cook, who, in addition to being his first wife, was also his bandmate in the group Skylark that ultimately helped launch his music career.

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11 Children: David has served as father or stepfather to 11 children over the course of his lifetime. He has five biological children (Allison Jones, Amy S. Foster, Sara Foster, Erin Foster, and Jordan Foster) and six stepchildren (Tamre Winger from his first marriage to B.J. Cook, Brody and Brandon Jenner from his third marriage to Linda Thompson, and Gigi, Bella, and Anwar Hadid from his current marriage to Yolanda). Many of David's children have come together to show their support their dad over the years, such as for honors like receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.

$19.45 Million for His and Yolanda's Malibu Mansion: David and Yolanda officially moved out of their 11,622-square-foot mansion at the end of October after it sold for $19.45 million. With that glorious fridge in the kitchen, we're sure it was worth every penny.

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More Than 500 Charitable Events and Organizations Supported: In addition to his own non-profit organization, The David Foster Foundation, David has lent his time and talent to more than 500 charities over the years, including the Celebrity Fight Night held in honor of Muhammad Ali, the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, and the Carousel of Hope Ball.

Featured on at Least 12 Reality Shows as a Star or Guest Star: RHOBH is nowhere near David's first reality TV show rodeo. He has appeared on at least 12 reality shows over the years, including as a guest mentor and performer on American Idol, a judge on Celebrity Duets, and as himself when his life with Linda Thompson and Brody and Brandon Jenner was documented on The Princes of Malibu. He has even appeared on international TV sets, including a recent stint as a judge on Asia's Got Talent. Whether he's performing, providing his expertise, or letting us into his personal life, David always seems to steal the spotlight on any show he's on.


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