Meet Kenny Rogers’ Estranged Daughter, Carole Rogers; What Does She Do?

By Anuja Uprety | Published on: January 26, 2024 | Updated on: January 26, 2024
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Carole Rogers is the only daughter of the late American country music singer and songwriter Kenny Rogers. Even though born to such an iconic singer, Carole always kept her profile low with the fact that she and her famous father remained estranged all her childhood and adulthood.

Since Carole’s famous father Kenny is no longer alive in the world as of now, there has been a rising concern if he ever could bond with his daughter Carole after a long period of estrangement. So, how was the father-daughter relationship before his death? Besides, what does she do?

Find all the details about the star kid in the below piece of writing.

Key Takeaways

  • Carole Rogers is the first child of Kenny Rogers with his first wife Janice Gordon.
  • She was born only four months after her parents got married. In fact, when her moms became pregnant with Carole it pushed her mom and dad to tie the knot.
  • Carole had an estranged relationship with her biological father Kenny Rogers and was raised by her step-father.
  • She has four half-siblings from her father’s different marital relationships.
  • Carole Rogers goes by the name Carole Billingsley after she legally adopted her stepdad’s last name.
  • She is a Social Media Trainer, Social Media Consultant, Speaker, and Social Media Strategist by profession.
  • Carole currently resides in Houston, Texas.

Was Conceived The First Time Her Parents Got Intimate

As a matter of fact, Carole’s existence was totally accidental. Her parents Kenny Rogers and Janice Gordon were high school sweethearts and the first time they got physical, Janice, who was still a teenager at the time, became pregnant with Carole.

In the meantime, Carole’s father Kenny was also a teenager, he was just 19. However, he was ready to take on all responsibilities. Eventually, the two lovers got married, and four months later on September 15, 1958, Carole was born.

Carole’s Parents’ Marriage Fell Apart Two Years Later

Her parents Kenny and Gordon got married out of difficult circumstances. They tied the knot on May 15, 1958, at a very young age due to an unplanned pregnancy and probably that could be the reason why their nuptial didn’t last more than two years. The couple divorced in April 1960.

More than five decades later, while having an exclusive talk with Fox News, the singer opened up on his relationship with his girlfriend-turned-wife Janice and said that he really loved her even though he was young. He further added,

“That was a thing where her parents thought I’d ruined her life and were determined to break me. It didn’t work, and it’s really sad because I think it could have worked.”

Grew Up With Her Mom And Step-Father

Carole was a toddler when her mom and dad officially ended their union. Shortly after, her mom Janice went on to marry a second time to David Billingsley. And with that, Carole’s stepfather took the role of father in her life which her biological dad Kenny accepted with a big heart.

Carole was raised by her mom and step-father
Carole Rogers is in the frame. Source: LinkedIn

Regarding taking his place by his ex-wife’s second husband, Rogers told Fox News,

“I would be her father but he (his ex-wife’s second husband) would be her Dad, and I don’t want to disrupt that. He stepped in at a time that was really awkward for all of us and he became her Dad, and I love him for that. He was a good guy.”

Carole was even adopted by her step-father later and her surname was also legally changed to her step-dad’s last name. She now mostly goes by the name Carole Billingsley.

How Was Carole’s Relationship With Her Biological Father, Kenny Rogers?

Well, if his 2016 interview with Fox News is considered, Carole and her biological dad always remained estranged. When an interviewer asked, if he had any contact with his daughter, he answered, “I don’t.”

However, that doesn’t mean, the father-daughter duo ever had a problem between them. It’s just that they never could bond. After Kenny’s divorce from Carole’s mom, he was ordered to pay a visit to his daughter Carole once a week only for two hours (according to People). But, Kenny saw his first child only once in a period of 15 years which drifted them apart.

Later, the songwriter tried to reconcile with his daughter taking her to a Hawaii vacation when she was in her 20s but sadly, that attempt failed.

Has Four Half-Siblings

She is the eldest among Kenny’s five children from different marriages. She has a half-brother Kenny Rogers Jr. from her dad’s third marriage with Margo Gladys Anderson. Kenny Jr. was born on May 24, 1964, which makes him 60 years old in 2024. He is an actor and composer by profession.

Carole has four half-siblings
Carole’s half-siblings with her father and step-mother

Likewise, she is the older half-sister of actor and director Christopher Cody Rogers, the son of Kenny and his fourth wife Marianne Gordon. Born on December 4, 1981, he is currently 42 years old.

Further, she has twin half-brothers Jordan Edward Rogers and Justin Charles Rogers from her dad’s fifth marriage with Wanda Miller. They arrived in this world on July 6, 2004, and are 19 years old at present.

‘ Educational Details

As for education, Carole earned her undergraduate degree from Southwest Texas State University in 1981. She majored in Journalism/Advertising and PR. 
Later, in 2006, she enrolled in Capella University to do a master’s program. She did an MS in Human Services/Counselling at Capella from 2006 to 2008.

What Does Kenny Rogers’ Daughter, Do For A Living?

As per her LinkedIn account, Carole is a Social Media Trainer, Consultant, Strategist, and Speaker. Since December 2010, she has been the owner of a company named Seek Social Media located in Houston, Texas.

Before founding her own firm, she worked for several other organizations.

Company Name Position Duration She Worked Task
Save the Children Program Specialist March 2009- December 2010
  • Worked on developing emergency plans to meet national disaster relief standards for children by cooperating with several other organizations in different countries and regions.
Livingston ISD ESL Teacher/ Program Director Aug 1999- June 2008
  • Administered elementary ESL program and worked for entire aspects of classroom management and student educational needs.
Carousel Promotions Owner Feb 1996 to Dec 2006
  • Promoting local and regional artists/musicians within Southeast Texas.
Houston ISD Classroom Teacher Jan 1991- Aug 1994
  • Responsible for teaching first grade and K-6 Music at Cage Elementary and Carrillo Elementary.
Pace Concerts, Inc Tour Promotions and Ticketing Feb 1988- Dec 1990
  • Did all the work that the Promotions Co-ordinators are responsible for.
New Regency Films Associate Promotions/ Distribution Coordinator Apr 1986- Feb 1988
  • Supervised promotion and distribution of feature films in foreign and domestic markets.

Is Married?

Since Carole is 65 years old, it’s more likely to believe that she is married to her husband and has a family full of children and grandchildren. However, due to her low-key life, confirmed information is still unavailable.

Though she is highly active in her professional life, her personal matters are yet under wraps as a result of her absence on social networking sites.

How Much Is ‘ Net Worth?

Looking at her professional experiences, we speculate that Carole has a net worth of around $3 million in 2023.

On the other hand, her biological father Kenny Rogers who died at the age of 81 on March 20, 2020, had an estimated net amount of $250 million. For information, Kenny had bladder cancer which was diagnosed three years before his death in 2017.