With over 128 million albums sold worldwide and record-breaking tour dates throughout the ‘90s and 2000s, Garth Brooks is one of the most successful country singers of all time. Having sold more than 25 million albums in the U.S. alone, this Irish-American singer-songwriter achieved an almost impossible feat in the 1990s by selling out concerts at a rate faster than any other artist before him, leading to him being known as "The King of Concerts." Even now, his popularity remains strong, with tickets for his performances going on sale for a second batch of performances in 15 different cities after selling out within minutes. Read on to discover more about Garth Brooks's net worth, career and riches.
How much is Garth Brooks Worth?
To determine Garth Brooks’ net worth, it’s important to look at all phases of his career. During his first stint as a country music artist-songwriter in the 1980s, he made an average annual income of $23,000, which would equate to a current net worth of $105,000. After he took a brief hiatus from the music industry, he reemerged a decade later with a new record label and a fresh perspective, which led to him being one of the most successful country music artists of all time. Based on these figures and his continued success in 2018, Garth Brooks’ net worth is estimated to be $160 million. Near the end of his first stint as an artist, Brooks was offered a record deal with Capitol Records, which enabled him to release his first studio album, No Fences, in 1990. This album included his first-ever hit single, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)," as well as his breakthrough hit, "Friends in Low Places," which earned him a Grammy Award for Best Country and Western Collaboration with Vocals. The album sold over 6 million copies and is still considered one of the best-selling albums of all time. During his second stint as an artist, Brooks released 10 studio albums. He also embarked on a 10-year-end tour, which grossed more than $345 million and became the top-grossing and most attended tour in country music history.
Garth Brooks’ Biggest Hit: "Friends in Low Places"
After a few years of struggling to make a name for himself in the country music industry, Brooks met and became friends with fellow musician, George Strait. After hearing some of his music, Strait urged Brooks to write and record a song for his upcoming album. Brooks followed his advice and created "Friends in Low Places," which quickly became a country music hit, selling over 2 million copies and becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. After this breakthrough hit, Brooks continued to receive contracts from country music record labels and was even offered a recording deal from another artist, Trisha Yearwood. In 1993, Yearwood and Brooks married, making them one of the world’s most successful country music couples. The two have since had two children together and have both maintained successful careers in the music industry.
Garth Brooks’ Record-Breaking Tour Dates
Even with an impressive list of hit songs and albums, Brooks’ biggest feat may have been his record-breaking tour dates. In mid-1991, Brooks announced that he would be undertaking a 10-year tour, which would enter him into the Guinness Book of World Records as the artist with the most concerts played in a single tour. The tour was scheduled to last for two years, but due to its popularity, the concerts were extended until 2001, making it the longest country music tour ever. Brooks played a total of 2,159 concerts in 9 different countries, grossing a total of $319 million, making him the highest-grossing solo artist of all time. His tour became so popular and so successful that it forced changes in the country music industry. Before Brooks’ tour dates, record companies would provide funding for an artist’s tour as a means of promotion, but after seeing the success of Brooks’ tour, many new artists expected record companies to pay for their tours as well.
The Houses of Garth Brooks
Brooks’ success doesn’t just lie in his music, but in his riches as well. During his 10-year-long tour, Brooks bought a home in every city he played a concert in, tallying up a total of 100 houses. In 2000, Brooks took a break from touring to start a family with his wife, Trisha Yearwood, and decided to sell some of the houses. Since then, he has been slowly selling off his real estate portfolio. He’s given away some of these homes to charities as part of his philanthropic efforts and has given others away to friends and family as gifts. In total, Brooks has sold off 50 of his houses, keeping only 50 of them. Brooks’ real estate portfolio has earned him a net worth of $80 million. He has also sold off the publishing rights to his music catalog, which has earned him an additional $20 million. Therefore, Brooks’ total net worth is $160 million.