The 30 Richest Country Music Stars, Ranked
From Florida Georgia Line to Dolly Parton, these superstars have been shaping the country music scene for years — and their incredible talent and hard work have earned them equally incredible fortunes.
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Sam Hunt Net Worth: $3 Million
Sam Hunt was called a “breakout superstar” by Forbes in 2017. His smash hit single “Body Like A Back Road” went RIAA-certified Triple Platinum before the album on which it appears — Hunt’s second — was even released. In just six months, the record clocked 100 million streams and then 200 million streams faster than any other country song in history. The track broke a record when it spent 25 consecutive weeks in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
Jon Pardi Net Worth: $8 Million
During an August 2017 road tour, Jon Pardi celebrated at a Sacramento concert stop near where he grew up. The reason for the party? His album “California Sunrise” sold 500,000 copies between sales and streams, officially earning it certified Gold status. The song’s lead single, “Head Over Boots,” went on to become certified Platinum.
Chris Stapleton Net Worth: $12 Million
In 2015, Chris Stapleton took the CMAs by storm when he won the coveted Best New Artist award. It was the “new” part that stood out — Stapleton was a seasoned, road-weary 37-year-old veteran at the time. He also won Album of the Year and Best Male Vocalist. Two years later in 2017, his “Traveller” album sold its 2 millionth copy. Stapleton is currently on a nationwide tour.
Eric Church Net Worth: $14 Million
Eric Church pulled in $26 million during the year ending in June 2017, according to Forbes. The country star made headlines for canceling 25,000 questionable tickets in an effort to thwart scalpers during his “Holdin’ My Own tour.” The road, after all, is where Church earns the bulk of his eight-digit annual income.
Church is known for going the extra mile for his fan club “the Church.” He releases songs to them for free and allows them to get exclusive access to a pressing of his new albums, according to NPR.
Lee Ann Womack Net Worth: $20 Million
Lee Ann Womack released her first, self-titled album in 1997 shortly after signing with Decca Records. It reached Top 10 status on the country charts and was followed by another album in 2000. “I Hope You Dance” became her biggest single to date, peaking at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Womack has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. Her newest album, “The Lonely, the Lonesome and the Gone,” was released last year and peaked at the No. 8 position on Billboard’s Americana/Folk charts.
Zac Brown Net Worth: $25 Million
Country superstar Zac Brown’s self-titled band earned $25 million between June 2016 and June 2017, according to Forbes — enough to match the bandleader’s net worth. The band’s newest album, “Welcome Home,” launched in May 2017 and sold 146,000 units in its opening week. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Trisha Yearwood Net Worth: $40 Million
Trisha Yearwood counts among her successes three Grammy Awards. She frequently tours with her husband, fellow country superstar Garth Brooks. Additionally, Yearwood hosts an Emmy-winning show on the Food Network called “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” which has been on the air for 12 seasons. Her third cookbook, “Trisha’s Table,” debuted at No. 7 on The New York Times Bestsellers list.
Lady Antebellum Net Worth: $41 Million
With millions of downloads, the trio of country stars who make up the band Lady Antebellum are among the best-selling digital artists of all time. As of now, Hillary Scott has a net worth of $11 million, Charles Kelley has a net worth of $20 million, and Dave Haywood has a net worth of $10 million. Since 2008, the band has won five Grammys and been nominated for five more.
Miranda Lambert Net Worth: $45 Million
Miranda Lambert is one of the biggest country stars in the world, with 16 total Grammy nominations and two wins. In 2016, Lambert opened a store called Pink Pistol in her hometown of Lindale, Texas, which sells her Red 55 Winery wine collection as well as merchandise from her fitness line. When she and fellow country star Blake Shelton divorced in 2015, she retained ownership of their Nashville mansion, which sold for $2.425 million in 2017.
Lambert just kicked off a co-headlining tour with country superstars Little Big Town.
Dwight Yoakam Net Worth: $45 Million
Dwight Yoakam’s storied career spans three decades. Three of his albums reached No. 1 on the country charts. The multi-talented Yoakam also has enjoyed a successful career as an actor, appearing in films such as “Panic Room,” “Sling Blade” and “Wedding Crashers,” as well as in TV shows such as the 2015 miniseries, “To Appomattox.”
Florida Georgia Line Net Worth: $50 Million
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley make up the group Florida Georgia Line — Hubbard and Kelley each have a net worth of $25 million. Their song “Meant to Be” featuring Bebe Rehxha has topped the Hot Country Songs chart since its No.1 debut in December 2017.
The group earned $34.5 million in the year ending in June 2017, according to Forbes. Although the pair makes most of their money through concert tours, they also enjoy lucrative endorsement deals with Nitto Tires and Advance Auto Parts.
Loretta Lynn Net Worth: $65 Million
In 2013, then-President Barack Obama awarded Loretta Lynn the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award was just one more milestone in the star’s epic rags-to-riches story.
Raised in poverty along with seven other children in a small cabin in rural Kentucky in the 1930s, Lynn got married as a young teen. Lynn, who chronicled her life in the song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” had four children before she turned 20. In 1960, she performed at the Grand Ole Opry, which led to a contract with Decca Records. She parlayed her early success into one of the most celebrated careers in country music history.
Blake Shelton Net Worth: $60 Million
Blake Shelton — who was married to country superstar Miranda Lambert — is now dating pop icon Gwen Stefani, with whom he worked on NBC’s “The Voice.” Shelton has served as a celebrity judge on the show for 14 seasons. The show is a large part of the reason he earned $31.5 million in a single year, according to Forbes.
In 2016, Shelton’s album “If I’m Honest” held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart at the same time its first single hit No. 1 — arguably the biggest week in the artist’s nearly two decades in the business.
Keith Urban Net Worth: $75 Million
Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Keith Urban is one of country music’s highest-paid performers, earning $22 million in 2017, according to Forbes. The former American Idol judge pulls in additional cash from his personal guitar line. He and his wife, renowned actress Nicole Kidman, married in 2006.
Jason Aldean Net Worth: $80 Million
Jason Aldean is currently on a 34-city tour across America, his first since he was on stage in Las Vegas at a country music festival in 2017. That’s when a gunman opened fire from a hotel room, murdering 58 people and injuring more than 500 others in the deadliest mass shooting in American history. To raise money for the victims, Aldean released a recording of a cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”
Aldean opened his first restaurant and bar in Nashville this summer.
Faith Hill Net Worth: $80 Million
Faith Hill and her husband — fellow country megastar Tim McGraw — are currently on an extended world tour, which included 80 sold-out shows in North America. Their last tour, which started in 2006, beat the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones and Madonna to become that year’s most-attended tour.
Through the course of her remarkable career, Hill has won five Grammys and been nominated for 12 more. She also served as the voice of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” weekly opening number.
Carrie Underwood Net Worth: $85 Million
Carrie Underwood is officially the most awarded woman in CMT history. She’s won 18 of the awards in the years since she took the top spot on “American Idol” in season four. She’s also racked up an impressive seven Grammy awards and 14 nominations.
Tim McGraw Net Worth: $85 Million
In 2014, Tim McGraw released “Sundown Heaven Town,” his 13th studio album, which debuted at No. 1 and came with a 48-show tour, which Forbes said “added double-digit millions to his bottom line.” Another album, “Damn Country Music,” followed in 2015.
He and his wife, fellow country superstar Faith Hill, have been on tour since 2017. McGraw is also one of the few country stars to successfully cross over into acting, appearing in “Four Christmases,” “The Blind Side,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Tomorrowland.”
Luke Bryan Net Worth: $90 Million
Luke Bryan is one of the biggest concert draws in the country, and he’s also a businessman with multiple revenue streams. He has had endorsement deals with Miller Lite and Chevrolet, and appears as a judge on “American Idol.” He co-owns a hunting company with Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame. So far, he pulled in $52 million this year making him the 45th highest paid entertainer, according to Forbes.
Brad Paisley Net Worth: $95 Million
Brad Paisley is a household name, both for his music and his hilarious commercial with retired quarterback Peyton Manning. According to Forbes, his most financially successful year to date was 2012, when he brought in $40 million for a popular tour and relationships with Chevrolet, Sea Ray boats and more. Paisley has won three Grammy Awards and earned 18 nominations.
Alan Jackson Net Worth: $95 Million
More than 50 of Alan Jackson’s singles have become top 10 Billboard Hot Country songs, and he memorialized his even more impressive chart-topping successes with the appropriately named album “34 Number Ones” in 2010. Jackson’s 23 albums run the gamut of genres, including gospel, Christmas and bluegrass albums. He’s won two Grammys and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.
Reba McEntire Net Worth: $95 Million
Groundbreaking country icon Reba McEntire has racked up three Grammy awards and 15 nominations over the course of her 40-year career. She’s also had 59 top 10 hits and 24 No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. In 2018, she hosted the ACM awards.
At the beginning of 2018, she became the first woman to play KFC’s Colonel Sanders.
Rascal Flatts Net Worth: $150 Million
Rascal Flatts is a trio of musicians with a combined net worth of $150 million. They’ve earned their money through their undeniable success, which includes 12 No. 1 Hot Country hits and millions of records sold. They earn their keep not just in the studio, but on the road. Over the years, Rascal Flatts has sold over 10 million concert tickets.
Kenny Chesney Net Worth: $190 Million
Kenny Chesney is more than just a heartthrob country superstar and entrepreneur. He’s also one of the highest earning country stars of the year, pulling in $37 million so far. His album “Cosmic Hallelujah” debuted at No. 2 on the country charts in 2016. This month, Chesney broke the record for most No.1 songs on the Country Airplay chart, with a whopping 30 songs topping the list.
He makes big bucks as a pitchman for Corona and Apple, and in 2013, he launched his own line of rum called Blue Chair Bay.
Kenny Rogers Net Worth: $250 Million
Few country superstars have soared as high as Kenny Rogers. One of the Top 10 RIAA best-selling male artists of all time, Rogers boasts 47.5 million records sold. Twenty-one of his No. 1 hits can be heard on his album of the same name, and he also boasts over 100 soundtrack credits, more than 20 acting credits and three Grammy Awards. His greatest achievement, however, is his virtually unprecedented success throughout the years. In fact, Kenny Rogers has released at least one record that was listed on the charts in each of the last seven decades.
George Strait Net Worth: $300 Million
George Strait has the distinction of releasing a whopping 60 No. 1 singles — more than any singer across all genres, according to his biography. In his more than three-decade career, he’s sold nearly 70 million albums, 33 of which were platinum or multi-platinum-selling. Only Elvis Presley and the Beatles have topped that record. Strait also has multiple soundtrack credits, including “Gilmore Girls,” “Mystery, Alaska,” “Showgirls” and “Halt and Catch Fire.” He has been nominated for 16 Grammys and won one.
Garth Brooks Net Worth: $330 Million
Garth Brooks just wrapped up a world tour that lasted over three years, and he’s been hinting at starting another soon. Earlier this year Brooks headlined Stagecoach, adding to the reported $60 million he earned in the year ending in June 2017 alone. This is the third year in a row Brooks has earned the title of the highest-paid singer in country music. This year alone the country singer has made $45.5 million, according to Forbes.
Over his quarter-century career, Brooks has sold more than 148 million albums, placing him just under The Beatles and above Elvis Presley in most albums sold. In 1990, “Friends in Low Places” was No. 1 on the charts for four weeks. Brooks holds the record for the most RIAA-certified Diamond albums with seven — and this time, he’s got one more than the Beatles.
Toby Keith Net Worth: $365 Million
One of the biggest names in country music, Toby Keith earned $34.5 million in the year ending in June 2017, according to Forbes. Part of that haul came from business ventures such as his Wild Shot mezcal and an endorsement deal with Ford. Most of his income, however, can be credited to his touring schedule, which included the inauguration of President Donald Trump and a men-only show in Saudi Arabia.
Shania Twain Net Worth: $400 Million
Shania Twain has been a global phenomenon since the mid-1990s, winning a Grammy in 1995 — her first of five in 18 nominations. Four years later, she was named Entertainer of the Year by two different associations. One of the original crossover artists, Twain’s star continues to shine bright. The $27.5 million she earned, thanks largely to a lucrative Vegas residency, in 2016 made her the highest-paid woman in country music, according to Forbes.
Dolly Parton Net Worth: $500 Million
Arguably the biggest star in the history of country music, Dolly Parton earned $37 million between June 2016 and June 2017 alone, in large part because she performed 63 shows, landing the now the 72-year-old entrepreneur on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 Earnings list for the first time ever.
She has been inducted into 12-plus halls of fame and nominated for 47 Grammy Awards — winning eight — but Parton also runs a business empire that includes the Dollywood theme park, which, with 3 million annual visitors, has been the biggest attraction in her native Tennessee for years. In 2014, the star’s 42nd full-length album, “Blue Smoke,” helped her reach 100 million worldwide record sales.
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All net worth figures are according to CelebrityNetWorth.com unless otherwise noted.
Priscilla Aguilera contributed to the reporting for this article.