Facts of Willie Nelson
|Full Name||Willie Nelson|
|Birth Name||Willie Hugh Nelson|
|Other Name||Willie Nelson,Red Headed Stranger,The Ambassador to Weedville,Shotgun Willie|
|Profession||Singer, Songwriter & Activist|
|Birth City||Abbott, Texas|
|Birth Country||United States|
|Father Name||Ira Doyle Nelson|
|Mother Name||Myrle Marie|
|No Of Children||7|
|Awards||CMA Awards,Grammy Award|
|Filmography||The Dukes of Hazzard,Honeysuckle Rose,Barbarosa|
|Date of Birth||April 29,1933|
How Much Is American Singer Willie Nelson's Net Worth?
As of 2020, the veteran music figure has an estimated net worth of $25 million. Professional since 1956, Willie Nelson is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and activist, who made a famous comeback from rags to riches after a brief IRS challenge which nearly broke him down.
Still, at the age of 86, Nelson's active professionalism has been an inspiration to many. Currently signed to Legacy Recordings, Willie first released his debut album ...And Then I Wrote on September 24, 1962, and since then has released 98 studio albums till date.
The credit for his massive fortune goes to his music career and an impressive albums sales record.
He Owns $25 Million: Income Sources & Earnings
Starting his career as a radio announcer and singing in Vancouver clubs, Willie Nelson later moved to Houston, Texas and attempted to sell his original to Larry Butler for $10.
However, Larry refused, instead gave him a $50 loan to rent an apartment and singing job in clubs. Then in 1961, he was signed to Liberty Records and released the debut album ...And Then I Wrote, released in September 1962.
Later, he inked a deal with RCA Victor in 1964, earning him $10,000 per year, followed by signing with Atlantic Records in 1973 for $25,000 per year.
In 1975, the singer signed with Columbia Records and since February 2012 has an association with the label Legacy Recordings.
Till date, Willie Nelson has released 98 studio albums, 130 singles and a total of 337 songs. The main source of his income is his music career, which has earned him in a figure of million dollars.
The American singer has an estimated net worth of $25 million as of 2020. Back in early 2018, The Richest claimed his fortune to be $15 million.
Earnings From Album Sales:
|Phases and Stages (1974)||400,000||$513,000|
|Red Headed Stranger (1975)||2 times platinum by RIAA||$2.67 million|
|The Troublemaker (1976)||Gold certified by RIAA||$529,000|
|The Sound in Your Mind (1976)||Platinum by RIAA||$1.07 million|
|Wanted! The Outlaws (1976)||2-times Platinum by RIAA||$2.57 million|
|Willie and Family Live (1978)||4-times Platinum by RIAA||$4.75 million|
|Stardust (1978)||5-times Platinum by RIAA||$5.63 million|
|Waylon & Willie (1978)||2-times Platinum by RIAA||$2.45 million|
|Pretty Paper (1979)||Certified platinum by RIAA||$1.46 million|
|The Electric Horseman (1979)||Certified gold by RIAA||$524,000|
|Sings Kristofferson (1979)||Certified platinum by RIAA||$1.89 million|
|San Antonio Rose (1980)||Certified gold by RIAA||$543,000|
|Willie Nelson: His Very Best (1980)||2-times platinum by Music Canada||$189,000|
|Honeysuckle Rose (1980)||2-times platinum by RIAA||$2.78 million|
|Always (1980)||Certified platinum by ARIA||$1.01 million|
|Take It to the Limit (1983)||Certified gold by RIAA||$856,000|
|Without a Song (1983)||Certified platinum by RIAA||$1.24 million|
|Pancho & Lefty (1983)||Certified platinum by RIAA||$1.2 million|
|City of New Orleans (1984)||Certified platinum by RIAA||$1.35 million|
|Half Nelson (1985)||Certified platinum by RIAA||$1.3 million|
|Love Songs (1986)||Platinum by ARIA||$43,000|
|What a Wonderful World (1988)||certified gold by Recorded Music NZ||$9,700|
List Of Albums Sales After the 90s:
|The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories? (1992)||-||$3.6 million|
|Across the Borderlined (1993)||Certified gold by IFPI Norway||$24,000|
|Super Hits (1994)||2 times Platinum by RIAA||$3.1 million|
|16 Biggest Hits (1998)||Certified platinum by RIAA||$2.2 million|
|All the Songs I've Loved Before: 40 Unforgettable Songs (2001)||Certified gold by ARIA||$189,000|
|The Essential Willie Nelson (2003)||Certified gold by RIAA||$76,000|
|Crazy: The Demo Sessions (2003)||2,000 copies||$3,700|
|Last of the Breed with Merle Haggard and Ray Price (2007)||13,000 in the first week of release||$19,000|
|Legend: The Best of Willie Nelson (2008)||Gold certification by Record Music NZ||$11,000|
|Two Men with the Blues with Wynton Marsalis (2008)||22,000 copies in its first week||$32,000|
|Country Music (2010)||45,348 copies||$57,000|
|Heroes (2012)||17,000 copies in debut week||$23,000|
|To All the Girls... (2013)||114,000 copies||$125,000|
|Band of Brothers (2014)||65,000 copies sold||$78,000|
Willie Nelson Movies
Along with a successful career as a singer, Willie has also been a part of several successful movies. His first movie appearance with in the 1979 adventure-romance film The Electric Horseman. This was followed by his roles in movies like Honeysuckle Rose, Thief, Barbarosa, Coming Out of the Ice, and many others.
In 2018, he appeared in Paradox, starring Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson among a few.
Endorsements & Business Venture
Surely, as a veteran figure in the music industry, Willie Nelson does lure many brands for endorsements. Back in 2002, the singer became an official spokesman of the Texas Roadhouse, a chain of steakhouses.
Back in 2018, he endorsed Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke.
Sources report that the singer made hundreds of thousand dollars during his career height from sponsorships. Meanwhile, the details on his endorsement deal are not out.
Well, Willie Nelson is active in social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter with over 511K and 673K followers respectively. As per Influencer Marketing Hub, Nelson can sum up $1,527 - $2,545 per sponsored post.
For a fact, the American singer is the co-owner of Austin City Limits studio and nightclub along with his nephew Freddy Fletcher. In addition to that, his company Willie Nelson Biodiesel, marketing ranges from biodiesel to truck stops.
Charity Works & Activism
The Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain singer is an active charity worker and has associations with 17 charity causes like AetheriA Foundation, Green Music Group, American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, Peace Alliance, Red Cross TJ Martell Foundation and Farm Aid.
Till date, Nelson has performed on various fundraising concerts.
As reported, in 2005, he performed at 2005 Tsunami Relief Austin to Asia concert and raised around $75,000 for UNICEF to benefit the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
In 2011, the American singer helped to raise $1.6 million through Kokua For Japan to aid the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.
Also, alongside the music figures like Neil Young and John Mellencamp, Willie set up Farm Aid in 1985 and raised over $9 million in the first concert to aid American farmers in danger of losing their farms through mortgage debt.
In addition to that, he participated in the benefit telethon America: A Tribute to Heroes in 2001, following the September 11 attacks.
Assets, House, Cars, Lifestyle & Expenses
Currently, Nelson lives in his house in Spicewood, Texas, however, is yet to disclose the worth of his residence and other asset collection.
As for a fact, the median house price in Texas is $197,300 accompanied by the insurance premium of $1,945. So, it's likely that the millionaire singer owns million dollars worth mansion and an impressive collection of cars including Hyundai, Mercedes, Rolls Royce and many more.
Well, the singer reportedly owns a tour bus; it came in the highlight in 2010 after Willie was arrested for possession of six ounces of marijuana in while in travel to Sierra Blanca, Texas. Later, he was bailed for $2,500.
Lifestyle Expenses & Tax
Apart from expenses on assets, Willie Nelson's luxurious lifestyle, costly clothes, and travels call on a huge bill. Moreover, his expensive empire makes him liable for massive tax payments.
As per Smartasset.com, a property owner in Spicewood, Texas, has to pay 1.973% of its assessed value as property tax. On the other hand, the income tax takes away $360,900 upon the yearly revenue of $1 million.
Tax Encounter By IRS Nearly Broke Him
Sources report that back in the 1980s, Willie Nelson's tax bill turned out to be one of the highest in history after IRS found out about his tax shelter.
Even though IRS ruled him $16.7 million due-payments, his attorney negotiated the bill to $6 million. However, the singer was still unable to pay those figures.
As per the reports, his assets were seized that was estimated at worth $32 million.
So, the IRS seized his Texas ranch home and left him with a guitar for the living. In 1991, Nelson released the album The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories? and eventually paid off the bills by 1993 through music career assistance.
Willie Nelson's Personal Life: Age, Height, Family, Education, Married Life, Wife & Children
Willie was born Willie Hugh Nelson on April 29, 1933, in Abbott, Texas, the USA to Ira Doyle Nelson and Myrle Marie (née Greenhaw).
Following his birth, Nelson's mother left and father re-married and moved away. The American singer alongside his sister Bobbie, a pianist were raised by paternal grandparents: William Alfred Nelson and Nancy Elizabeth Smothers.
Nelson holds American nationality and is of white ethnicity; he addressed his genealogy to the American Revolutionary War where his ancestor John Nelson was a major.
The Abbott High School attendant later enrolled at Baylor University and studied agriculture from 1954 to 1956, before he dropped out to pursue the music career.
As of June 2019, Willie Nelson's age is 86 and has a height of 5 ft. 6 inches (168 cm).
Married 4 Times: Wife & Children
Nelson has been married 4 times in his life and divorced thrice. Currently, the American singer lives with his fourth wife Annie D'Angelo. The duo married on September 16, 1991, and are still together without any mishaps.
Well, the American singer is the father of 7 children from 4 marriages, among them, he shares 2 with Annie.
Willie and Annie welcomed sons: Lukas Nelson aka Lukas Autry on December 25, 1988, and Micah Nelson (Jacob Micah) on May 24, 1990.
Long before D'Angelo, Nelson already married thrice but divorced them.
Back on October 27, 1952, he was in a marital relationship with Martha Jewel Matthews (first wife) and welcomed 3 children: Lana Nelson (born on November 11, 1953), Susie (May 23, 1956) and Billy (born September 16, 1958, but died in 1991).
They divorced in 1960 and following 3 years of divorce, he again married on January 12, 1963, and lived together with second wife Shirley Collie till 1971.
Later on April 30, 1970, Willie Nelson married for the third time. With his third wife Constance Jean "Connie" Koepke, he became father to 2 children: Paula Nelson (October 27, 1969) and Amy Nelson (July 6, 1973).
Did you know? Back in 1981, while swimming in Hawaii, Nelson's lung collapsed that led the concerts to be postponed. Until his lungs congestion ended, he had quit smoking but resumed later.