How Ed Sheeran Achieved a Net Worth of Over $160 Million

Ed Sheeran is a successful and talented guitar player, singer, and songwriter. From a very young age, he started pursuing a career in music which has brought him fame and fortune. He admits it was challenging for some years because as a child, he had a stuttering problem. Nonetheless, he came to have the better side of it and currently has the most returns from tours after making over half a billion dollars from ticket sales of the “÷ Tour”. He now has a net worth of over $160 million which stems from acting, movie soundtracks, album sales, and worldwide tours.

Ed Sheeran’s Background Details

Birthed in 1991, he joined the choir at 4 and as a pupil at Rishworth School, he learned the guitar by 11, performing 12 shows in a week. At Thomas Mills High School he started writing his songs, making CD recordings of his songs and selling them. He released his first collection in 2004 titled “Spinning Man”. Ed left for London in 2008, where he began performing at small shows, doing over 300 shows in 2009. In the same year, he released another EP titled “You Need Me” and enrolled at the Academy of Contemporary Music.

Taking great advantage of the social media culture in 2010, the musician started posting videos online. He was convinced his distinct hair color and facial features would distinguish him. British rapper, Example, caught one of such videos posted via SB.TV on February 10th, 2010, liked his style and the two were soon on tour together. That same month he released another EP featuring one of his future hit songs, “The A Team”.

Although he was already gaining popularity, Ed wanted more and so moved to America. He arrived in Los Angeles determined to send out his CDs to relevant people. Eventually, he got a local radio host to listen to his music and was later invited to play at club FoxxHole. The owner and host, American entertainer Jamie Foxx revealed on “the Graham Norton show” how he offered him a place to stay for six weeks and his studio to record songs.

What’s Ed Sheeran’s Net Worth?

Ed Sheeran’s Net Worth
Ed Sheeran and his wife Cherry Seaborn (Image Source)

With so many works to his name from music especially, Ed Sheeran’s net worth is $160,000,000, placing him among the top 100 richest musicians in the world. From his previous net worth, he seems to have doubled his fortune in the space of a year owing primarily to his world tour. The singer, however, maintains that he strives to stay humble and that he really doesn’t spend money but gets an allowance.

How He Achieved His Net Worth

Albums, Collaborations, Tours and Movie Soundtrack

In 2011, he released other EPs and on 12th of September, his debut album titled “+” (plus). It was an instant success selling 102,000 copies in its first week and going platinum 6 times. Next, he had collaborations with trending artists including Taylor Swift and One Direction. In 2013, his song “I see fire” was used in the movie “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. His second album titled “x” (multiply) was released in 2014 on the 23rd of June, gaining for him the Spotify title of most-streamed artist and the bestselling artist on iTunes in Ireland, UK, and New Zealand.

The singer was on worldwide tour from 6th August 2014 to 12th December 2015, a total of 180 shows, making $159.29 million.

In 2017, the artist released his third album “÷” (divide) after a year’s break and was on tour from the 16th of March 2017 to the 26th of August 2019. The tour pulled over 8.4 million people worldwide and made over $719 million. While on tour, he released singles from his fourth album titled “No. 6 Collaborations Project” in 2019 and the full album on the 12th of June; breaking Spotify record with 56.7 million listens in its first day.

Record Label and Awards

After winning two awards at 2015 Brit Awards; The Best Male Soloist and Album of the Year for x, he launched his record label “Gingerbread Man Records” in August 2015, and currently has 2 known artists – Jamie Larson and Foy Vance.

His lovesong “thinking out loud” scored him the Grammy award for song of the year in 2016 against songs like Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth’s ”See you again, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”, Taylor Swifts “Black Space” and “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town. In addition, he won the Grammy for best pop solo performance and was nominated for record of the year.

Samuel Daniel
Samuel Daniel
Samuel is a researcher and content creator who is deeply passionate about writing and singing. His expertise is in finance, celebrity profiles and net worth, creative writing, fictional character development, as well as article writing, revolving around exciting names in the world of entertainment, sports and business. Previously, he has worked as Sports and Foreign news correspondent, and voice-over expert with NTA as well as a reporter and deputy news editor for orientation broadcast studio. He holds a B.Sc in Mass Communications


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