Richest Country Singers in the World
It’s often said that country music can be defined simply as "three chords and the truth." Hundreds of highly talented musicians have since aimed to make a living singing country, and some have made a rather decent living at it.
A very, very few have become multimillionaires in the process. In fact, at least one country recording artist is worth a half-billion.
These are the wealthiest country musicians out there. Now maybe they’ll write new songs about being such ballers.
30. Jon Pardi
Birthdate: May 20, 1985
Born in: Dixon, California
Net worth: $8 million
Bottom Line: Jon Pardi
"Outlaw" country has a vaunted history in the Golden State, thanks to the likes of Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam (more on him later). Jon Pardi moved to Nashville to pursue his muse after working on his sound in Northern California, eventually signing with Capitol Nashville.
In Pardi's early years, he opened for Dierks Bentley and Alan Jackson while trying to get his name out there. It’s working out well thus far, but Pardi never forgot his origins. His 2016 album was called "California Sunrise."
29. LeAnn Rimes
Birthdate: Aug. 28, 1982
Born in: Jackson, Mississippi
Net worth: $12 million
Bottom Line: LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes had a recording contract before her 14th birthday, making her the youngest country star since the days of Tanya Tucker. Rimes' first album "Blue" hit the top spot on the country charts, with the title track absolutely burning up the airwaves that summer of 1996.
In addition to her income from music, Rimes also has gone Hollywood, appearing in TV movies like "Holiday in Your Heart," and she even had a small part in "Coyote Ugly."
More recently, she appeared in costume on the show "The Masked Singer."
28. Chris Stapleton
Birthdate: April 15, 1978
Born in: Lexington, Kentucky
Net worth: $12 million
Bottom Line: Chris Stapleton
Kentuckian Chris Stapleton initially went to Nashville for his education (imagine that), and enrolled at Vanderbilt as an engineering major. However, he dropped out of classes to chase his dreams down Broadway, home to Nashville’s famous row of honky-tonks.
Stapleton fronted various groups before striking out on his own, releasing the appropriately titled single "What Are You Listening To?" in 2013. He has since sold several million records and continues to be very much in demand as a country singer.
27. Eric Church
Birthdate: May 3, 1977
Born in: Granite Falls, North Carolina
Net worth: $14 million
Bottom Line: Eric Church
The church of Church is going swimmingly well for the North Carolinian, who started composing his own songs as a teen, and was performing around local bars before he was even old enough to order a drink at one.
Eric Church graduated college with a degree in marketing, which has served him well as he’s watched his star rise up the country music charts. "Drink in My Hand," "Smoke a Little Smoke" and "Stick That in Your Country Song" are just a few of his popular songs that have gone gangbusters.
26. Lee Ann Womack
Birthdate: Aug. 19, 1966
Born in: Jacksonville, Texas
Net worth: $20 Million
Bottom Line: Lee Ann Womack
Music was in little Lee Ann’s blood early on thanks to her father, a DJ who often asked his daughter to help him choose a playlist. That early education helped Womack when she moved to Nashville, where she at first pursued a career on the business side of the record biz.
She was soon performing her own songs around town, and producers took notice. Womack got a significant boost in popularity by reaching pop audiences with her bonanza of a crossover hit, "I Hope You Dance" from 2000 (released on the album of the same name).
25. Hillary Scott
Birthdate: April 1, 1986
Born in: Nashville
Net worth: $25 million
Bottom Line: Hillary Scott
As the co-leading singer of Lady A, Nashville native Hillary Scott also has built up quite a war chest for herself thanks to being one of the band’s main songwriters.
In addition to their own compositions, including the radio mainstay "Need You Now," their songwriting credits include "Better Than This" for Hunter Hayes and Miranda Lambert’s "Love Song."
Scott and Lady A remain one of the most recognizable groups in country music, so much so that in 2020 they rebranded themselves from "Lady Antebellum," which bore unfortunate connotations of the Jim Crow South.
24. Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line
Birthdate: Jan. 31, 1987; Aug. 26, 1985
Born in: Monroe, Georgia; Ormond Beach, Florida
Net worth: $25 million each
Bottom line: Florida Georgia Line
Bandmates Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of the duo Florida Georgia Line are each worth a cool $25 million — one for each side of the said state dividing line. (Hubbard is from Georgia, and Kelley is a Floridian.)
The windfall has been rather kind to the two singers thanks to hit songs such as "H.O.L.Y.," "Round Here" and "Get Your Shine On."
And despite some recent breakup rumors, the duo is continuing to write and record new music.
23. Trisha Yearwood
Birthdate: Sept. 19, 1964
Born in: Monticello, Georgia
Net worth: $40 million
Bottom Line: Trisha Yearwood
Georgia’s favorite peach of a crooner burst onto the scene in 1991, with her massive hit "She’s in Love With the Boy." That instant attention paved the way for Yearwood’s self-titled debut album to rocket to platinum status.
And who could forget "How Do I Live" from the 1997 flick "Con Air"? There’s been no turning back since for the songstress.
Yearwood has a rather hefty collective household fortune when combined with her husband’s, whom you also may have heard of (keep reading).
22. Zac Brown
Birthdate: July 31, 1978
Born in: Atlanta
Net worth: $45 million
Bottom Line: Zac Brown
Fans of such acts as the Dave Matthews Band and the Jimi Hendrix Experience know that it makes great sense to put your name at the top of your own band, lest anyone forget.
Zac Brown took note when he named his band after himself. It currently boasts eight members, though we challenge you to name any other than Brown without resorting to Wikipedia.
Their 2010 album "You Get What You Give" sold 2 million copies, and they’ve released several since. In 2017 alone, they generated $10 million just from touring.
21. Miranda Lambert
Birthdate: Nov. 10, 1983
Born in: Longview, Texas
Net worth: $45 million
Bottom Line: Miranda Lambert
The pride of Texas attempted to follow in LeAnn Rhimes’s path by appearing on "Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue," so crucial to Rhimes’s early career.
After an early trip to Nashville didn’t work out, Lambert returned to the Lone Star State and released her first album there. Shortly thereafter, she appeared on a TV competition show called "Nashville Star."
A music exec liked what he saw and signed the then-20-year-old to a record deal. She’s since sold more than 7 million records in the United States alone.
20. Dwight Yoakam
Birthdate: Oct. 23, 1956
Born in: Pikeville, Kentucky
Net worth: $45 million
Bottom Line: Dwight Yoakam
His music was once considered too downmarket for the somewhat snooty A&R reps of Nashville, so Yoakam hit the road west to California, where the so-called "hillbilly" country market was more receptive to his unique sound.
Los Angeles proved a rather fertile ground for Yoakam’s artistic sensibilities, so much so that the Kentucky native also ventured into acting. You can even watch his unseemly character get murdered by Billy Bob Thornton in "Sling Blade," which Thornton both wrote and directed.
19. Blake Shelton
Birthdate: June 18, 1976
Born in: Ada, Oklahoma
Net worth: $60 million
Bottom Line: Blake Shelton
Some guys have all the luck, and then there’s the incomparably fortunate Blake Shelton. From the days of his early album "Austin," country fans have been all too happy to transfer their money into Shelton’s pockets.
Oh, and he’s been rather lucky in love too: He and fellow country star Miranda Lambert were married for four years before calling the whole thing off in 2015. However, he and No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani tied the knot in 2021, making him once again among the luckiest SOBs out there.
18. Loretta Lynn
Birthdate: April 14, 1932
Born in: Butcher Hollow, Kentucky
Net worth: $65 million
Bottom Line: Loretta Lynn
At 89 years young, the original coal miner’s daughter has been a mainstay of the country music scene for well over a half-century. Loretta Lynn's longevity might have something to do with the hearty stock of the gene pool she came from in Butcher Hollow, but more likely it’s Lynn’s hard work.
In addition to her 54 albums, the Queen of Country has also written several books and has had other sources of income in addition to her touring revenue.
All hail the queen.
17. Keith Urban
Birthdate: Oct. 26, 1967
Born in: Whangarei, New Zealand
Net worth: $75 million
Bottom Line: Keith Urban
Proving that country music’s appeal extends far beyond America’s shores, Kiwi crooner Keith Urban has been entertaining fans on both sides of the Pacific Ocean since 1991.
His 2002 album "Golden Road" alone has sold over 3 million copies, and Urban has parlayed his fame into judging work on “The Voice” and "American Idol."
He also retails his own signature line of guitars, which has certainly kept him in the chips. Oh, and he’s also married to Nicole Kidman, so he’s clearly doing all the right things.
16. Jason Aldean
Birthdate: Feb. 28, 1977
Born in: Macon, Georgia
Net worth: $80 million
Bottom Line: Jason Aldean
In an era when streaming has all but killed the notion of a blockbuster album, Jason Aldean proved otherwise with his 2010 record "My Kinda Party," which went quadruple platinum.
Aldean has been a consistent seller throughout his lengthy career in country music, with his 2018 tour raking in over $10 million in revenue. (Remember tours? Well, they’re coming back!)
In addition to his music money, Aldean also co-owns a hunting company called Buck Commander, which retails items such as hats, coolers and other items for sportsmen.
15. Faith Hill
Birthdate: Sept. 21, 1967
Born in: Ridgeland, Mississippi
Net worth: $80 million
Bottom Line: Faith Hill
From humble origins in the Magnolia State, singing sensation Faith Hill has gone on to sell over 40 million albums, making her one of the most successful female artists in the genre.
Her early albums "Breathe" and "Faith" found success among pop audiences too, proving again that country has many listeners. Her single "There You’ll Be" from the 2001 film "Pearl Harbor" brought her even more attention.
Hill is also married to another extremely successful country music artist, who just happens to be next on this list.
14. Tim McGraw
Birthdate: May 1, 1967
Born in: Delhi, Louisiana
Net worth: $85 million
Bottom Line: Tim McGraw
Mr. Faith Hill, like his wife, has enjoyed crossover success thanks to tunes like "Something Like That" (which boasts a lyric about a BBQ stain on a white T-shirt).
In addition to his 80 million records sold, McGraw has tried his hand at acting, appearing in "The Blind Side" alongside Oscar winner Sandra Bullock. His other films include "The Kingdom," "Tomorrowland" and "Friday Night Lights."
McGraw also donates funds and time to his various charities, including at his native Gulf coast, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
13. Carrie Underwood
Birthdate: March 10, 1983
Born in: Muskogee, Oklahoma
Net worth: $85 million
Bottom Line: Carrie Underwood
Some "American Idol" winners are barely heard from ever again (remember Ruben Studdard?), and then there’s Carrie Underwood. The aspiring artist won Season 4 of the show in 2005, and her debut single "Inside Your Heaven" went right up to Number 1 on the Billboard 100.
The hits just kept right on coming thanks to "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Don’t Forget to Remember Me." Underwood continued making all the best decisions and has 70 million worldwide records to her credit.
12. Luke Bryan
Birthdate: July 17, 1976
Born in: Leesburg, Georgia
Net worth: $90 million
Bottom Line: Luke Bryan
Many of the best country music singers started out writing music for other artists, which is a rather ingenious way to get your name known around Nashville — and also serve as a potential launchpad from which to fire up your own singing career.
Indeed, Luke Bryan moved out from behind the sheet music in 2007, with his album "I’ll Stay Me," from which came three hit singles. Bryan also hosts an exclusive "vacation concert" called Crash My Playa, and he owns the Nashville bar Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink and has his own record label, 32 Bridge Entertainment.
11. Brad Paisley
Birthdate: Oct. 28, 1972
Born in: Glen Dale, West Virginia
Net worth: $95 million
Bottom Line: Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley had some early luck in his native West Virginia, where local radio programs insisted he return to perform live week after week. He went to college in Nashville and learned all he could while interning for the biggest record labels in town.
In 1999, he performed at the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, and released his debut album "Who Needs Pictures." Paisley also has written songs for the "Cars" movie franchise, including "Nobody’s Fool" and "Find Yourself," which is a great way to get your music in front of new fans as well as established ones.
10. Alan Jackson
Birthdate: Oct. 17, 1958
Born in: Newnan, Georgia
Net worth: $96 million
Bottom Line: Alan Jackson
Growing up in Georgia, Alan Jackson listened to some of country music’s founding giants before making the move to Music City himself. In Nashville, Jackson started out in the mailroom, putting in his time before getting signed to a recording contract with Arista.
Nowadays, he watches the cash roll in from his YouTube channel, record sales and touring revenue. In addition to his numerous Grammys, CMA Awards and ACM Awards, Jackson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017 by none other than Loretta Lynn.
9. Reba McEntire
Birthdate: March 28, 1955
Born in: McAlester, Oklahoma
Net worth: $98 million
Bottom Line: Reba McEntire
The debate rages over who is the true "queen" of country, Loretta Lynn or Reba McEntire. McEntire endured difficult times early on, struggling for years before her 1984 album "Just a Little Love" caught fire.
She has sold well over 75 million records and, like more than a few artists on this list, McEntire also has tried her hand at acting. For a genuinely good time, watch her as a badass gunslinger in 1990’s campy creature feature "Tremors."
There was even a sitcom, "Reba," in which she starred.
8. Kris Kristofferson
Birthdate: June 22, 1936
Born in: Brownsville, Texas
Net worth: $160 million
Bottom Line: Kris Kristofferson
Country’s top 10 earners have some serious coin in their accounts. Number 9 has been at the game for quite some time, so that’s only fair.
While serving in the Army in the 1960s, Kris Kristofferson started writing songs. Later, as a civilian, Kristofferson wrote songs for Johnny Cash (notably "Sunday Morning Coming Down") and other artists while getting his own singing career going.
Kristofferson also has appeared in over a hundred films and TV shows, showing off his versatility. He was even nominated for an Oscar for music he wrote for 1985’s "Songwriter."
7. Kenny Chesney
Birthdate: March 26, 1968
Born in: Knoxville, Tennessee
Net worth: $190 million
Bottom Line: Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney might have had good luck on his side by recording his 1989 demo at the Bristol Studios on the Virginia-Tennessee border — the place where country music is said to have been born in 1927.
Since those humble beginnings, Chesney has since released over 20 albums total, and his most recent record was 2020’s "Here and Now." It’s reported he raked in $31 million in just a one-year stretch.
And in the battle of the Kennys for worldwide fiscal domination, Chesney "lost" out to recently departed Kenny Rogers, whose estate is worth some $250 million.
6. George Strait
Birthdate: May 18, 1952
Born in: Poteet, Texas
Net worth: $300 million
Bottom Line: George Strait
Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire may have quibbled for some time over being the "queen" of country music, but when it comes to who is king, the jury is in: It’s George Strait.
Strait’s style of dress and manner of singing have provided the blueprint for countless artists in his wake who are also chasing stardom.
And boy howdy, talk about stardom. Strait has sold over 100 million records during his vaunted career, which shows absolutely no sign of flagging anytime soon.
5. Garth Brooks
Birthdate: February 7, 1962
Born in: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Net worth: $330 million
Bottom Line: Garth Brooks
So George Strait claims to be the "king," eh? Well, one Troyal Garth Brooks might have something to say about that. Brooks conquered the country scene in his native Oklahoma before his famously failed first try in Nashville (he claimed he could make a better living back in Oklahoma). Brooks returned to Music City a second time, and the rest is (very well-paid) music history.
Brooks achieved superstardom thanks to his music crossing over into the pop charts, making him the seventh-most selling artist of all time — in any genre.
Oh, and he’s also married to Trisha Yearwood (No. 22), so there’s that.
4. Toby Keith
Birthdate: July 8, 1961
Born in: Clinton, Oklahoma
Net worth: $365 million
Bottom Line: Toby Keith
Toby Keith eclipses fellow Oklahoman Garth Brooks by about $30 million dollars in net worth, but when you’re as rich as that, that’s like pocket change.
He’s come quite a ways from when a kindly flight attendant, who was also a fan of the aspiring singer, passed along his demo tape to a music exec.
Keith has his own line of mescal and a restaurant bearing his name too. He’s also the top-earning male country artist, which means that the top three spots must all belong to the gals. But which ones?
3. Shania Twain
Birthdate: Aug. 28, 1965
Born in: Windsor, Canada
Net worth: $400 million
Bottom Line: Shania Twain
The highly talented Canadian has over (get ready for it) 100 million records to her credit, and a string of crossover hits that drew in pop audiences as much as country fans in the late-'90s. Those included "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" and "You’re Still the One," among many others.
In addition to racking up the record sales, Twain has released her own signature fragrance, and she’s been a featured judge on a few TV talent competitions as well.
She may have $400 million in the bank, but that don’t impress me much (get it?).
2. Taylor Swift
Birthdate: Dec. 13, 1989
Born in: West Reading, Pennsylvania
Net worth: $400 million
Bottom Line: Taylor Swift
Before you cry "but Tay-Tay is a pop star," allow us to remind you that, for the first years of her illustrious career, Taylor Swift was, in fact, recording country records. These included "Fearless" from 2008 and "Speak Now" from 2010, but then came "Red," which sold 1.2 million copies in just one week.
That might not seem a lot compared to the sales tallies of hit records last century, but in Swift-ville, it was the beginning of her conquering the country and pop charts simultaneously.
Heck, she released two albums during lockdown alone, while the rest of us were binge-watching "Tiger King."
1. Dolly Parton
Birthdate: Jan. 19, 1946
Born in: Locust Ridge, Tennessee
Net worth: $500 million
Bottom Line: Dolly Parton
And then there’s the one, the only, Dolly Parton. For over 50 years, the "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" songstress has been a pillar in the world of country music, TV, movies and various other business ventures.
Dollywood, located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is a gold-generating theme park of all things Dolly. Then there are her clothing and houseware lines.
Yet for all of her fame and fortune, Parton is remarkably mum on her personal political views, hewing to the notion that an entertainer should, well, entertain.