Keith Richards Net Worth
$500 Million dollars
Keith Richards Bio
|Date of Birth
|18 December 1943 (age 80)
|Dartford, Kent, England
|Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Record Producer
|The Rolling Stones
How much is Keith Richards net worth?
Keith Richards is a famous English singer, musician, songwriter and record producer. Keith Richards net worth is $500 million.
He is well-known as the guitarist, co-founder, secondary vocalist, and one of the songwriters for hit song named The Rolling Stones. As of this writing, The Rolling Stones have sold more than 200 million records across the globe.
The band still tours to this day consistently, nearly every year. In 2018 the band grabbed $117 million off only 14 shows. Keith and his band mate Mick Jagger have written almost all of the bands’ original music.
Richards started his musical journey in Dartford, Kent, where he came across a young Mick Jagger. In 1962, their shared passion for blues led them to form The Rolling Stones.
At the start of the career, the band covered American blues classics mostly, but it didn’t take long for Richards and Jagger to appear as one of rock’s most intimidating songwriting duos.
Richards and Jagger together referred to as the “Glimmer Twins”. They both crafted a plethora of hits like “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Angie”, and “Paint It Black”, which would go on for generations to become anthems.
Richards’ guitar playing is remembered for its and innovative open tunings and raw energy, creating a unique sound that set The Rolling Stones apart.
His five-string technique became his signature style, where he removed the low E string and played with only five strings. He is more than just a guitarist. With his backup vocals, Richards contributed to the overall sound of the band. Occasionally, he took the lead as with the haunting “You Got the Silver.”
Away from The Rolling Stones, Richards also went on board solo projects. His 1988 solo debut “Talk Is Cheap” was well-received, showing his depth and versatility as a musician beyond his role in the band.
His off the stage life has been just as colorful as his music career. It is filled with epic tales of rock ‘n’ roll excess. Despite all odds, Richards has disobeyed time and remained a driving force in music.
His contributions increased beyond just the notes he has played; Keith Richards personified the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll — passionate, rebellious and undeniably enduring.
His Early Life and Career
Richards was born in Dartford, Kent, England on December 18, 1943. He is the only child to Doris Maud Lydia (née Dupree) and Herbert William Richards. His maternal grandfather named Augustus Theodore “Gus” Dupree, was a musician.
He toured Britain with his jazz big band, His Boys, and Gus Depree. It was him that raised Richards’ interest in music and particularly the guitar. Dupree gave Richards his first guitar.
Mick Jagger is Richards’ childhood friend. Both attended Wentworth Primary School together.
They were also neighbors until 1954 when Richards’ family moved. Several years later, they reunited when Richards ran into Mick Jagger on a train as Mick Jagger headed to classes at the London School of Economics.
Mick Jagger was carrying albums in his hands from Chess Records by Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry, and they reignited their friendship over their shared interest in music. They also had a mutual friend named Dick Taylor.
Richards met Taylor at Sidcup Art College, and Mick Jagger knew Dick Taylor from the amateur band they were in called Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys, which Richards joined thereafter.
The Blue Boys ended when Brian Jones invited Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to the Bricklayers Arms pub. They met Ian Stewart there and embedded over their shared interest in blues music.
The Rolling Stones
With Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica, keyboards), Bill Wyman (bass guitar), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano) and Charlie Watts (drums), Richards (guitar, vocals) joined together to form a band that became known as The Rolling Stones. In 1963, they signed to Decca Records.
In 1969 when Jones’ departed from the band, Richards and Jagger have shared the primary songwriting and production duties, for which they are coined as “The Glimmer Twins”.
Richards has also been named as the bandleader of The Rolling Stones by former member of the band Ian Stewart. Unlike in other bands where drummer sets the pace initially, Richards with his guitar fill that role instead.
The Rolling Stones have released more than 100 albums over their long career. It includes 30 studio albums, and globally performed over 2000 concerts.
Richards has done several solo projects working outside of The Rolling Stones. His first solo single was released in 1978 which is a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Run Rudolph Run”.
When Jagger followed a solo career in 1987, Richards together with co-producer and co-writer Steve Jordan, formed the group the “X-Pensive Winos”. Since its release, the first Winos record, “Talk Is Cheap”, has gone gold, and was followed by the first solo tour of Richards to America.
In 1992, the Winos’ second album named “Main Offender”, was released, and also followed by a tour. The Winos being a group effort with Waddy Wachtel (guitarist), Ivan Neville (keyboardist), Bobby Keys (saxophonist) and Charley Drayton (bass) in addition to Steven Jordan, but both records belongs to Richards as a solo artist. Richards released his third studio album “Crosseved Heart” in September 2015.
Richards is not only a realized musician, but also a widely famous producing talent as well.
Aside from his production efforts for The Rolling Stones alongside Mick Jagger, Richards has achieved many production and co-production credits on many projects with artists such as Johnnie Johnson, Aretha Franklin, and Ronnie Spector.
Also, he has his own record label known as Mindless Records, where he released the track named “Wingless Angels” in 1997. He co-produced this track.
Besides music, Keith Richards had a brief assault into the world of acting. After Johnny Depp revealed that the characters he performed in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise is loosely based on Keith Richards and the Warner Bros. cartoon character Pepe Le Pew, Richards performed the role in the third installment of the series of Captain Edward Teague, “At World’s End” in 2007.
Later he repeated his role in the fourth installment, “On Stranger Tides” in 2011.
Keith Richards has a certain bad reputation during the late 1960s and 1970s. He has been tried on charges five times: one time in 1967, two times in 1973, one time in 1977, and one time in 1978.
Keith Richards was romantically involved in 1967 to 1979 with Italian-born actress Anita Pallenberg. The couple have a son and a daughter, born in 1969 and 1972. On June 6, 1976, their third son passed away due to sudden infant death syndrome.
Richards met Patti Hansen in 1979 and they got married on December 18, 1983. The have two daughters, born in 1985 and 1986.
As we’ve discussed Keith Richards net worth. Let’s discuss his real estate and other assets briefly.
Richards has a huge collection of 3,000 guitars.
He owns multiple properties. Richards bought Redlands, a Sussex estate in 1966 for £313,000. Actress Cate Blanchett bought a property nearby for $4.68 million in the East Sussex area.
Richards lives in his primary residence in Weston, Connecticut. He also owns a property on the private resort island Parrot Cay which is in the Turks and Caicos Islands.