Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 24, 1998
Ethnicity: African-American, some English and Scottish, distant French-Canadian
Sofia Richie is an American model. She is the daughter of Lionel Richie, a famed musician, and Diane Kerry Alexander, a dancer and designer. Among her siblings is Nicole Richie (who is Lionel’s adopted daughter).
Sofia’s father is African-American, with small amounts of English and Scottish, and distant French-Canadian, ancestry. It is not completely publicly clear what Sofia’s mother’s ancestry is, but she appears to be African-American as well.
Sofia’s paternal grandfather was Lionel/Lyonel Brockman Richie (the son of Charles A. Richie and Ida J. Garfield). Charles was the son of Henry Richie and Georgia Anna.
Sofia’s paternal grandmother was Alberta R. Foster (the daughter of Albert Davidson Foster and Adelaide M. Brown). Albert was the son of George Foster and Betsey. Adelaide was the daughter of John Louis Brown and Volenderver Towson. Sofia’s great-great-grandfather John was the National leader and co-founder of “The Knights of the Wise Men”, a fraternal organization for black men in the post-Civil War period; John was the son of a white slave owner, Morgan Williams Brown, of English, Scottish, and French-Canadian descent, and of Mariah, who was a slave.
Sofia’s maternal grandparents were born with the surnames “Alexander” and “Gilbert”.
A photo of Sofia’s parents can be seen below.
1st Photo by Debby Wong/Bigstock.com
Sources: Genealogy of Sofia Richie (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Sofia’s father – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Sofia’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Obituary of Sofia’s paternal great-great-grandfather, John Louis Brown – http://www.findagrave.com
2nd photo by Prphotos