Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

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Ledgernote just released new data on the richest country stars in the world. According to the online music magazine, there aren’t any big shifts in the top 10.  This is probably because they are established giants in the industry. But some artists have dropped out from last year’s list and they added some new ones.

The networth of these country artists isn’t just based on their music. Ledgernote says the big takeaways are:

  • “Anyone can break through and become extremely wealthy as a country musician.
  • To reach the top and have the highest net worth means you’ll need to break into Hollywood, start additional businesses, make smart investments, and control your expenses.”

Generally speaking, these artists’ networth is based on music, other jobs like movies and TV, and investments. Of course, being smart about not over spending helps!  So,  without furter ado, here is the list of the 10 richest country stars in the world and their ginormous networth.


  • 10. Luke Bryan

    NET WORTH: $160 MILLION (Change: +$160M &↑1)

    Luke jumped into the top 10 this year.  Bryan has toned down his touring schedule to make room for other things like his American Idol TV gig. He’s also started a beer company, Two Lane Beer, he has numerous endorsement deals like Jockey, and he has a hugely popular restaurant/bar in downtown Nashville called Luke’s 32 Bridge.

    New Year's Eve Live Nashville's Big Bash

    Luke Bryan performs during the New Year’s Eve Live Nashville’s Big Bash at Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images )

  • 9. Alan Jackson


    Alan has amassed quite the catalogue of original music in his many years in the game. Many of his hits were written soley by Jackson, so no sharing in the profits. According to Ledgernote, AJ’s sold over 80 million units from 18 studio albums, 2 Christmas albums, and 2 gospel albums. Plus, “He’s branched out into other business deals, such as exclusive music and merchandise sales at the Cracker Barrel restaurants, an endorsement for Ford Trucks, a sponsorship by NAPA Auto Parts, and headlining a tour sponsored by Fruit of the Loom.” Jackson also opened a restaurant in Nashville, back in 2016, called AJ’s Good Time Bar

    AJ's Good Time Bar

    Live music 7 days a week, sports bar, karaoke and rooftop downtown Nashville



  • 8. Kenny Chesney

    NET WORTH: $180 MILLION (Change: -$10M &↓1)

    Kenny makes most of his money on the road. Year after year he draws stadium crowds around the country and the world. Chesney consistently makes the top tour earners list, in all music genres. Kenny launched his Blue Chair Bay Rum company in 2013 and told FORBES, “I own it 100%. It was important to me, it’s my inspiration, my story. It’d be hard to share that with anyone else.” So cheers to that, and one of Boston’s favorite entertainers.

    Kenny Chesney


  • 7. Tim McGraw


    One of the most recognizable, popular country stars of all time, Tim has created quite a side hustle for himself. His acting career has been in high gear since his leading role in 2009’s The Blind Side. Last year, he and wife Faith Hill both starred in the Yellowstone prequel, 1883. The couple played  James and Margaret Dutton in the series. To date, McGraw has 16 studio albums to his name, with Not a Moment Too Soon becoming one of the bestselling country music albums of all time. Tim and Faith married in 1995 and embarked on one of the most successful tours in country music.

    Tim McGraw Performs On ABC's "Good Morning America"

    (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)




  • 6. Faith Hill


    Faith Hill’s been at the game since she was just 16 years old and started a band. The first gigs were mostly at fairs in Tennesse. That lead to getting discovered singing at a bar in Nashville, and on to selling millions of albums worldwide. Faith has earned 5 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 40 million albums. Her acting, real estate investments and catalog of music helped to elevate her worth

    The World Premiere Of "1883"

    Faith Hill attends the world premiere of “1883” at the Encore Beach Club at Encore Las Vegas. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for for Paramount+)


  • 5. George Strait


    King George has been reigning in the land of country music since the 1970s. Think of all the music George Strait has given the world in this time. He is one of the best selling musicians of all time, with 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum and 38 gold albums. Then there’s the Wrangler endorsement, a jet company, the Código 1530 Anejo Tequila, the Vaqueros Del Mar golf tournatment and concert series he co-founded, plus television and movie roles.

    Coal Miner's Daughter: A Celebration Of The Life & Music Of Loretta Lynn

    (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)


  • 4. Toby Keith


    With 40 million album sales and 61 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, Toby Keith has held a healthy bank account since scored his first hit in 1993. He lent his name to the nationally successful restaurant franchise, I Love This Bar and Grill, had a clothing line, a record label and still has a line of mezcal tequila called Wild Shot.

    2012 CMT Artists Of The Year - Show

    (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)


  • 3. Shania Twain

    NET WORTH: $410 MILLION (Change: +$10M & ↑1)

    The current Queen of Me was the queen country pop in the 90s. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and one of the best selling music artists of all time! Writing her own music has also help to elevate Shania’s worth.

    In 2005 Shania teamed up with Coty to market her own namesake fragrance. “Shania” by Stetson. A second fragrance was released 2 years later, called “Shania Starlight”

    2017 US Open Tennis Championships - Day 1

    (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)





  • 2. Garth Brooks

    NET WORTH: $430 MILLION (Change: +$30M)

    Garth is the bestselling solo albums artist in the U.S. At over 148 million sold, Brooks has sold more albums than even Elvis Presley. Brooks is only surpassed by the Beatles in total albums sold.

    Garth is also the only musician in music history to have seven diamond status records, according to the RIAA. That all leads to big money. Plus, his five-year residency at the Encore Theatre in Las Vegas drew sell-out crowds. His other business ventures include GhostTunes, his online music store, and his own record label called Pearl Records.

    MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Dolly Parton - Inside

    (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)


  • 1. Dolly Parton

    NET WORTH: $675 MILLION (Change: +$150M & ↑2)

    Rich in humor, heart and talent, the queen of country is also one of the richest musicians in the world. Dolly has 25 multi-platinum, platinum and gold records of her 63 studio albums, and has quite a catalog of original songs in her bank. She’s been involved with television and movies for many years. Her Dollywood has been a long-time popular attraction, resort and spa. Parton owns a production company and has written and published books and movies.

    Parton’s rich spirit has earned her millions of fans. Since the mid-1980s, Parton has supported many charitable efforts, particularly in the world of literacy, through her Dollywood Foundation and her literacy program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

    All hail the queen!

    Dolly Parton Press Conference

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