This article is from the Mariah Carey FAQ, by Kade Hansson firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Thomas D Mottola Jr was married to Mariah in June 1993. Tommy, as he is
known, has risen from being a so-so talent manager to CEO of one of the
biggest and most dominant entertainment corporations in the world, Sony
Entertainment. Born into a warm Italian family, Tommy carries the stigma
attached to his father's alleged connection with the mob. A hazard of sharing
his name, though marrying the daughter of an alleged mobster in 1971
certainly didn't help.
Along his rise to the top, Tommy has been a guitarist in a rock band, drag
raced, acted in four films under the stage name Tommy Valentine and even
tried his hand as a solo vocalist. Jack of all trades, master at none, Tommy
admits he was never a showman. But when he signed up Hall and Oates to Epic
records in the early 70s, his ascent to prominence was assured, perhaps more
through slick contracts than actual foresight.
Tommy even has had songs written about him. One is called Cherchez La Femme,
originally recorded by Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band. It was rerecorded
in 1994 by Epic Records' Gloria Estefan on her covers album Hold Me, Thrill
Me, Kiss Me. About singing of her boss, Gloria says in the credits, "I got a
real kick out of singing this one... I loved singing [Tommy's] name [on the
song]... Thankyou [Tommy]... My love to Mariah!" Tommy was also recently the
subject of a Vanity Fair article called "Tommy Boy" [Vanity Fair 97].
The divorce of Mariah and Tommy was finalized in March 1998 after a nine
month trial separation. Mariah has not remarried.