Nicole Richie is American fashion designer, author, actress and television personality. Nicole Richie is the adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie and the Spirit, and then his wife, Brenda Harvey. Ritchie was probably best known for her role in the Fox reality television series The Simple Life. In recent years focused on charitable work Ritchie and environmental issues. In November 2007, established Richie Madden and her husband, Joel, "The Richie Madden Children's Foundation.