When family conflicts forced Garth Brooks into an early retirement in 2001, most people thought that was the end for the country legend, but he proved us all wrong when he returned with a bang 8 years later. And now, thanks to the huge commercial success of his comeback tour “The Garth Brooks World Tour” with his wife Trish Yearwood, Brooks is easily the highest paid country musician in the world.
Per Forbes, The Top 15 World’s Highest Paid Country Musicians 2016 raked in almost half a billion dollars. The list includes long-time veterans like Dolly Parton who’s showing no signs of slowing down with her latest album peaking atop the country charts- her first in 25 years. In addition to money earned from record sales and touring, most of the highest paid country acts boosted their earnings with their own non-music ventures as well as endorsement deals. Read on for the full list.
15. Miranda Lambert
Earnings: $18 million
Net Worth: $45 million
A good chunk of Miranda Lambert’s $18 million comes from her numerous tours. She made $7 million from playing 40 shows in the Forbes usual 1 June 2015 – 1 June 2016 scoring period. The 2015 legs of her Platinum Tour (2014-2016) grossed $20 million. Lambert is currently headlining another solo tour Keeper of the Flame Tour which she simulates with Kenny Chesney’s Spread the Love Tour as an opener. Her non-music ventures include her Pink Pistol store in her hometown of Lindale, TX, a fitness clothing line and a signature wine line Red 55 Winery.
After her 2015 divorce from fellow country star Blake Shelton, Lambert retained ownership of the Nashville, Tennessee mansion they bought in 2013 for $2.258 million. Early in 2016, she paid $3.4 million for a over 400 acre property in Palm Springs, Tennessee.
14. Brad Paisley
Earnings: $18.5 million
Net Worth: $65 million
The Grammy winning, vocalist and guitarist earned most of his paycheck from the 71 shows he played throughout Forbes’ scoring period. For the lead single for his upcoming 11 studio album, Paisely did a genre-crossing collaboration with Demi Lovato. The duet titled “Without a Fight” peaked at #16 on Billboard Country Airplay chart.
13. Dolly Parton
Earnings: $19 million
Net Worth: $650 million
At 70 years old, veteran Dolly Parton is showing no signs of slowing. Her latest album “Pure & Simple” debuted atop the country charts becoming her first #1 album in 25 years. Dolly’s numerous business ventures include her Dollywood Theme Park in her native Pigeon Forge, Tennessee which records an average of 3 million visitors each year.
12. Rascal Flatts
Earnings: $19.5 million
Net Worth: $150 million
The Ohio family country group who made their debut in 1999 are approaching their second decade in music with a bang. Their latest, just-concluded “Rhythm and Roots Tour” raked in an average of $500,000 per stop.
11. Florida Georgia Line
Earnings: $20 million
Net Worth: $50 million
FGL’s earnings dipped by $16.5 million from last year’s $36.5 million, maybe because their third studio album “Dig Your Roots” was released outside the scoring period. However, their 2012 single Cruise which recently crossed the 10X platinum threshold earned them the Digital Diamond Award, making them the first and only country act to receive the award. Their $20 million for the 2016 scoring period came from the 69 shows they played from their “Anything Goes Tour”.