40 Richest Country Music Stars

40 Richest Country Music Stars

Country music is either universally adored or universally despised around the world, but no one can deny the success of country artists. Regardless of how people feel about this one genre, country stars have had a lot of success over the course of their careers, which adds up to a lot of money.

Even if you don’t listen to country music very often, you’ve probably heard of some of the big names who have shaped the industry for decades. Names like Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, and others may come to mind. You might even be able to guess some of the most successful or wealthy artists in the country music industry. These music stars may sing about simple pleasures and small-town values, but they are worth millions upon millions of dollars.

Or, if you’re curious and don’t know who’s at the top of the country music payroll, we’d be happy to tell you. There could be a massive list of the richest country stars, but for the sake of your (and our) patience, we’ll only cover 40 of these mega-rich country stars.

These are the 40 richest country stars to date, with fortunes ranging from $500 million to slightly more than $60 million.


Loretta Lynn

Net worth: $65 million

Loretta Lynn has received numerous honors and awards for her pioneering role in country music. With over 45 million albums sold worldwide, it’s no surprise she made this list. She is one of the most well-known musicians in the world.

Keith Urban

Net worth: $75 million

This Australian native is one of the highest-paid performers in the country. He earned $22 million in 2017, served as an American Idol judge, and has his own guitar line to supplement his income.

Jason Aldean

Net worth: $80 million

Jason Aldean has been nominated for Entertainer of the Year four times and has won it three times. Since breaking into the country music scene in 2005, he has released eight albums and had 11 number-one singles on the country charts. In addition to his music success, he owns a hunting company with several former MLB players to supplement his income.

Faith Hill

Net worth: $80 million

Faith Hill and her country megastar husband, Tim McGraw, began an extensive world tour in 2017, with 80 sold-out shows in North America. Hill has five Grammys and has been nominated for 12 more. She also provided the voice for the opening of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

Carrie Underwood

Net worth: $85 million

Carrie Underwood is the most awarded woman in CMT history, having received 18 awards since winning American Idol in season four. Not to mention her seven Grammy nominations and seven Grammy awards.


Tim McGraw

Net worth: $85 million

Throughout his two-decade career, Tim McGraw has been named the American Music Awards’ favorite country male artist four times, among many other honors. McGraw is also one of the few country stars who has successfully crossed over into acting, which brings in some extra cash.


Luke Bryan

Net worth: $90 million

Luke Bryan is without a doubt one of the biggest concert draws in country music, but it’s not just music that has helped him make this list. Bryan has endorsement deals with Miller Lite and Chevrolet, has served as a judge on American Idol, and co-owns a hunting company with Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson.

Reba McEntire

Net worth: $95 million

Reba McEntire is a trailblazer in the world of country music. Over the course of her 40-year career, she has received 15 nominations and three Grammy awards, as well as 59 top ten hits and 24 number one singles.


Alan Jackson

Net worth: $95 million

Alan Jackson is in a league of his own, with albums spanning a wide range of genres such as gospel, Christmas, bluegrass, and even more. With two Grammys, 50 Billboard Hot Country Songs in the top ten, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it’s easy to see why Jackson is a country music star.


Brad Paisley

Net worth: $95 million

Brad Paisley is a country music staple known for his music and a well-known, hilarious commercial with former NFL star Peyton Manning. Paisley has won three Grammy Awards and received 18 nominations during his career.

Johnny Cash

Net worth: $120 million

Johnny Cash, the man, the myth, the legend, is one of the most well-known names in country music. Cash was honored with numerous Country Music Association Awards, Grammys, and inductions into five music halls of fame. Johnny Cash’s career spanned nearly five decades, during which time he rose to become an industry icon.


Rascal Flatts

Net worth: $150 million

Although they are technically a trio, their net worth totals $150 million, and they have certainly earned it. Rascal Flatts has had nothing but success, with 12 Hot Country number one hits and millions of records sold.


Kenny Chesney

Net worth: $190 million

Chesney isn’t just a heartthrob country star; he’s also one of the year’s highest-earning country stars. Chesney has earned $37 million in the first half of 2019, and in April he broke the record for most number-one songs on the Country Airplay chart.

Kenny Rogers

Net worth: $250 million

Kenny Rogers is one of the top ten best-selling male artists of all time, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, and he has won a slew of other honors. Anyone can’t compete with Kenny Rogers.


George Strait

Net worth: $300 million

Strait’s more than 30 years in the industry have been nothing short of massive success, with an insane 60 number-one singles (more than any other genre), 70 million albums sold, and 16 Grammy nominations.

Taylor Swift

Net worth: $320 million

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard of Taylor Swift, the country singer-turned-pop sensation. Swift has consistently dominated the top of the charts and is the only artist in music history to have three albums sell one million copies in the first week.

Garth Brooks

Net worth: $330 million

Brooks has been a mainstay of the country music scene for over 25 years, selling over 148 million albums. With that many albums sold, Brooks is just behind The Beatles and ahead of Elvis Presley in terms of the most albums sold.

Toby Keith

Net worth: $365 million

Keith is a well-known artist all over the world, and he is easily another major name in country music. He’s been named entertainer of the year twice, top male vocalist twice, and Billboard’s country artist of the decade.

Shania Twain

Net worth: $400 million

Since the mid-’90s, Shania Twain has been a global country music phenomenon. She’s been named Entertainer of the Year by two different organizations, inducted into two music halls of fame, and named CMT’s Artist of the Year.


Dolly Parton

Net worth: $500 million

Dolly Parton, arguably the biggest star in country music history, has been inducted into over 12 halls of fame and has been nominated for 47 Grammy Awards, eight of which she has won.



Net worth: $400 Million

From 1980 to 1989, no country act was bigger than Alabama. The band lit up the charts with 27 number one hits (21 in a row) and received over 200 awards from American Music Awards, Grammys, BMG, Billboard, and Artist of the Decade.


Randy Travis

Net worth: $600 million

Randy made his breakthrough in the mid-1980s during the country music revival, competing with George Straight, Clint Black, and Garth Brooks. Travis released 20 albums, charted more than 50 singles, and was a driving force behind the neotraditional country movement.


Hank Williams & Hank Williams Jr.

Combined net worth: $122 million

This country music dynasty dates back to 1937, with Hiram “Hank” Williams. We wouldn’t have songs like “Your Cheatin Heart” or “Hey, Good Lookin” without Hank. Bocephus, his namesake, embraced the rowdy southern rock country of “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.”


Brooks & Dunn

Net worth: $120 million

The duo formed in the 1990s and released 50 singles, 20 of which went to number one. Their hit “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” popularized country line dancing.


The Chicks

Net worth: $75 million

As performers or activists, these ladies aren’t afraid to ruffle some feathers. With 13 little gramophones and the resounding “Goodbye Earl,” about a murdered abusive husband, they have risen to the top of the Grammy awards.


Willie Nelson

Net worth: $75 million

Willie Nelson is a living legend who will live on in our hearts forever. The world recognizes the braided gentleman with a passion for assisting America’s farmers and a tinny voice. He had a two-tiered career, first making a name for himself in the early 1970s and then enjoying a comeback in the mid-1980s.

Emmylou Harris

Net worth: $60 million

Emmylou Harris was a backing vocalist and prolific songwriter for dozens of acts in addition to being a solo artist. During the mid-1980s, she received 14 Grammy nominations and shared the stage with legends such as Roy Orbison, Levon Helm, and Johnny Cash.

Merle Haggard

Net worth: $95 million (For comparison, it was $40 million in 1985)

Merle Haggard can go by his first name alone in the country music world, and everyone knows who you’re talking about. Merle got his life together after a brief stint at Folsom and never looked back, staging comeback after comeback for the next 50 years until his death in 2016.


George Jones

Net worth: $74 million

George Jones, a pioneer in the industry with ballads, is unquestionably among the wealthiest country music artists. His best-known song, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” is still considered a genre classic. With over 160 singles on the charts, it’s no surprise that he’s been dubbed the “Rolls Royce of Country Music.”


Patsy Cline

Net worth: $107 million

There isn’t a more iconic song than Patsy Cline’s “Crazy.” During her brief career, she performed hits such as “I Fall to Pieces” and “Walkin’ After Midnight.” The most tragic aspect is that Patsy Cline died at the age of 30, with albums on the way.

Glenn Campbell

Net worth: $105 million

Although this young author grew up belting out “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights” in shorts, Campbell’s biggest hits came in the late 1960s. Campbell worked his way up in the industry, backing up some of the biggest names, including Ricky Nelson, Merle Haggard, Lou Rawls, Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, and Dean Martin.


Conway Twitty

Net worth: $80 million

Twitty’s biggest solo hit, “Hello, Darlin,” propelled him to the top of the charts with his deep voice and distinctive stylin. But it was his collaborations with country music legend Loretta Lynn that won him the most awards.


Mel Tillis

Net worth: $95 million

Mel Tillis, it appears, has been around longer than bread. While he recorded music for four decades, he was most successful between the late 1950s and the late 1970s. Mel also had a tenacious acting career, mostly as himself.

Ronnie Milsap

Net worth: $50 million

Milsap, who was born blind, achieved crossover success in the 1970s and 1980s with songs such as “It Was Almost Like A Song,” “Any Day Now,” and “Stranger in My House.” He also contributed to the critically acclaimed duo Ashford & Simpson.


Linda Ronstadt

Net worth: $100 million

There is literally nothing Linda Ronstadt cannot accomplish. She composes, sings, and produces. She performs in a variety of musical genres, including country rock, country, and crossover. She is credited with writing songs for many successful artists, including EmmyLou Harris and Dolly Parton, and has had 21 singles reach the top forty as an artist.


Marty Robbins

Net worth: $241 million

Robbins brought rockabilly music to the forefront, devoting time away from NASCAR to do so. He released over 500 songs and 60 albums. “El Paso,” “Don’t Worry,” and “Big Iron” were among his biggest hits.


Tanya Tucker

Net worth: $90 million

Tanya Tucker cannot exist without country music, and vice versa. This dynamo burst onto the scene in 1972 with her smash hit “Delta Dawn” and went on to have hit after hit, spanning her career from childhood to adulthood. During the great country crossover of the 1990s, she experienced a revival.

Dwight Yoakum

Net worth: $95 million

Dwight has been cranking out singles for 30 years, complete with signature straw hat and crooked grin. He was drawn to honky tonk music at a young age, scoring a hit with “Honky Tonk Man” and then adapting rock covers in his style.

Trisha Yearwood

Net worth: $100 million

Trisha Yearwood deserves a mention even without her uber-country husband Garth Brooks. Trisha burst onto the scene in 1991 and hasn’t stopped singing since. “She’s in Love with the Boy” and “How Do I Live” are two of her most well-known hits.


Eric Church

Net worth: $17 million

Are you wondering why he’s here? He’s amassed this fortune in less than ten years on the country music charts, and he’s only getting started. Church is also a prolific songwriter who has shared the stage with artists such as Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts.

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