Garth Brooks Net Worth: Garth Brooks is an American country music star who has a net worth of $400 million. Together with his wife, country singer Trisha Yearwood, that’s a combined fortune of $400 million. The vast majority of the couple’s net worth ($300 million to $350 million) can be attributed to Garth Brooks.
Garth is a prolific country music artist who has six Diamond certified albums. According to the RIAA, he is the best-selling artist for solo albums in the United States with 148 million domestic sales, ahead of Elvis Presley, and second only to the Beatles in total album sales. He is also one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time having sold more than 200 million albums worldwide.
Personal Life: Troyal Garth Brooks was born on February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is the youngest child of Troyal Raymond Brooks and Colleen McElroy Carroll. His father was an oil company cartoonist and his mother was a 1950s country singer who appeared on the television show Ozark Jubilee. This was the second marriage for both of Garth’s parents. He has four older half-siblings and one older sister. He grew up in the Yukon, Oklahoma. His family hosted weekly talent nights, which all six children had to participate in by singing or performing a skit. Garth learned to play the guitar and banjo. He sang with his family in casual settings, but his focus was on the sport. He played soccer and baseball and ran track in high school. Garth received an athletics scholarship to Oklahoma State University, where he competed in the javelin throw. He graduated in 1984 with a degree in marketing.
Brooks began his professional music career in 1985 as a guitarist and vocalist in Oklahoma clubs and bars. Although he listened to some country music, his favorite was rock music. That same year, an entertainment lawyer drove from Dallas to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to hear Brooks. He liked what he heard and offered to produce Brooks’ first demo. Brooks went to Nashville to find a record deal. He returned to Oklahoma within 24 hours. The attorney convinced Brooks to return to Nashville, which he did. In 1987 he and his wife moved to Nashville.
Brooks, Hungry Years , was released in 1989 and reached number two on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200 chart. The first single “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)” was a Top 10 hit on the country charts. This was followed by his first number one hit “If Tomorrow Never Comes”. In 1989 Brooks went on his first major concert tour supporting Kenny Rogers.
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Brooks, No Fences , was released in 1990 and stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for 23 weeks. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and eventually became his best-selling album, anchored by his signature song “Friends in Low Places” and “The Thunder Rolls.” He had four number one singles from Hot Country Songs from that album.
His third album, Ropin’ the Wind , was released in September 1991 and peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, a first for a country artist. It became his second best-selling album. With this album, Brooks became the first country artist to have three albums in one week in the top 20 on the Billboard 200.
Brooks released his fourth album, The Chase , in September 1992 . His 1993 album In Pieces reached number one on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts. In the same year he undertook his first world tour. Wembley Arena sold out, a first for an American country artist.
In 1995, Brooks released Fresh Horses and its lead single, “She’s Every Woman,” which went to number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He embarked on his second world tour, which ranks third on the list of all-time concert-goers with 5.5 million visitors. This tour grossed over $105 million, making it one of the highest-grossing concert tours of the 1990s. Brooks’ first live album, Double Live, was released in 1998. Recorded at various shows over the course of his second world tour, the album featured new material that had not previously been released, such as “Tearin’ It Up (and Burnin’ It Down)” and “Wild as the Wind” with Trisha Yearwood . It reached number one on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts. Double Live became the best-selling live album of all time.
In 1999, Brooks took on the alter ego of “Chris Gaines,” a fictional rock and roll musician and character, for an upcoming film titled The Lamb . In October 1999, the film’s pre-release soundtrack, Garth Brooks in…The Life of Chris Gaines , was released to much public criticism. Brooks has also appeared as Gaines in a television mockumentary for the VH1 series Behind the Music and as a musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live, which he also hosted. Brooks’s promotion of the album and film failed to generate any excitement, and the failure of the Gaines project became apparent just weeks after the album’s release.
As his career blossomed, Brooks seemed frustrated by the conflicts between career and family. He first spoke of retiring from performing in 1992 and 1995, but has returned to tour each time. On October 26, 2000, Brooks officially announced his retirement from recording and performing.
In 2005, Brooks expressed interest in returning to live performance; however, he stuck to the premise of not releasing any new music until 2014.
In November 2007, Brooks embarked on Garth Brooks: Live in Kansas City, which featured nine sold-out concerts in Kansas City at the Sprint Center, which had opened a month earlier. Only one show was originally planned, but due to incredibly high demand, the performance was expanded to nine, with all nine shows (equivalent to approximately 140,000 tickets) selling out in less than two hours.
In January 2008, Brooks pulled off another incredible feat: five sold-out shows in less than 48 hours at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a 2007 fire season fundraiser that affected much of Southern California’s cities and counties.
On October 15, 2009, Brooks sat out his retirement to begin Garth at Wynn, a regular weekend gig with Encore Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip. The schedule allowed Brooks to both pursue family life during the week and continue to perform on weekends. Steve Wynn, the owner of the Encore Las Vegas, granted Brooks access to a private jet to shuttle him quickly between Las Vegas and his home in Oklahoma.
On September 3, 2014, Brooks released his comeback single “People Loving People” to promote his world tour and new album Man Against Machine. The song debuted at number 19 on the Nielsen BDS country airplay chart, making it the third highest-grossing debut of Brooks’ career.
On October 13, 2016, Brooks released the first single “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” from his forthcoming album Gunslinger , which will be released on November 11, 2016 as part of The Ultimate Collection , a compilation album by Brooks available via Target.
On June 19, 2018, Brooks released a new single, “All Day Long”, the first from his forthcoming 2020 album Fun . In August 2018, Brooks announced his stadium tour, visiting 30 North American stadiums and showcasing Brooks in a football-centric setting. As part of the promotion for the tour, Brooks performed the first concert at the University of Notre Dame football stadium in 2018.
In 2019, Brooks also began The Dive Bar Tour, a promotional tour that saw him visit seven dive bars across the United States.
Brooks met his first wife while in college. He was a bouncer at a bar she frequented. On May 24, 1986, he married singer-songwriter Sandy Mahl. The couple had three daughters: Taylor Mayne Pearl (born 1992), August Anna (born 1994), and Allie Colleen Brooks (born 1996).Brooks and Mahl separated in March 1999 and filed for divorce on November 6, 2000. The divorce became final on December 17, 2001. His divorce from ex-wife Sandy Mahl turned out to be one of the costliest divorces of all time. Garth paid Sandy a $125 million settlement.
Brooks remarried to country singer Trisha Yearwood on December 10, 2005.
In July 2013, Brooks became a grandfather when August had daughter Karalynn with Chance Michael Russell.
In one year of touring, Garth is known to have made up to $90 million and was at times the highest paid celebrity on the planet. Between June 2017 and June 2018, Garth Brooks earned $45 million. In the same period the following year, he earned $25 million.
Brooks owns homes in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Nashville, Tennessee; and Malibu, California. In 2019, Brooks and Yearwood were rumored to have bought the Layby Hotel on Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island, Florida for $8.825 million.
|$90 million a year
|February 7, 1962 (58 years old)
|5ft 11in (1.82m)
|Singer-songwriter, musician, actor, film producer, music artist
|United States of America