Ranked among the most talented guitarists of all time, Lindsey Buckingham is a musician of international repute who has been a familiar face in the music scene for over two decades now and counting. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee made his music debut in the 70s and has since left a vivid impression in the music industry. For his amazing musical exploits over the years, his net worth has become what many musicians can only imagine. Below are the facts worth knowing about him.
Who is Lindsey Buckingham and How Old is He?
Rutheda and Morris Buckingham marked the birth of Lindsey Buckingham in Palo Alto, California, on October 3, 1949. The multitalented singer and songwriter grew up in a home that’s made up of his parents and two siblings. He is the youngest of his two brothers named Jeffery and Gregory. They lived in the San Francisco Bay Area of Atherton and there, they enrolled the siblings in Menlo Atherton High School. Buckingham proceeded to San Jose State University after graduation but couldn’t finish.
Young, talented and adventurous, Buckingham first attempt to play guitar was with a toy Mickey Mouse guitar without any prior lesson. His parents were forced to buy him a Harmony guitar as he demonstrated a high degree of talent. Eventually, he included banjo methods and soon began to copy the energetic style of the folk band Kingston Trio.
At age 17, he joined The Fritz Rabyne Memorial Band as a vocalist and guitarist. He spent five years in the band alongside his friend Stevie Nick who he convinced to join the group. However, he didn’t gain a significant audience in the group so he and Stevie Nick whom he had started dating at that time moved to Los Angeles with hopes of finding greener pasture.
In 1973, they were lucky to get signed by Polydor Records and shortly they released their first album titled Buckingham Nicks which turned out to have poor sales. It was so terrible that it didn’t get to sell up to 100 copies and as a result, the record label relinquished them. Frustrated by the outcome, Lindsey Buckingham still pushed on, regardless. In the 1970s, the co-founder and drummer of Fleetwood Mac got to listen to Buckingham’s guitar skills and got interested in working with him. Buckingham agreed on the condition that his lover/collaborator would join as well.
Mike Fleetwood hired him and Stevie Nick immediately and this became all the exposure that Buckingham needed to excel. In 1987, after he separated with his girlfriend, Buckingham left the group on the grounds that he couldn’t stand having to work with his ex when he was still seeking closure. He went on a solo career for some years but returned in 1997 to take part in their The Dance reunion tour that year.
His return gave the band a boast and they embarked on many longer tours. In 2018, Lindsey Buckingham left the group once again, though this time he was sacked for an unknown reason. Afterward, he accused the band of losing their perspective.
Apart from his endeavors with the band, the singer has six highly successful solo albums as an independent singer. In addition, he has three live albums which he produced single-handedly.
His Net Worth
Lindsey Buckingham has remained relevant in the music industry for a long time, thanks to his outstanding talent. As a result of his active contribution in his former band, Fleetwood was rated one of the most flourishing bands, especially for the success they scored during their tours.
The band has sold over 100 million records worldwide, which makes it one of the best-selling bands in the world. Since he was among the most important members of the group, it’s possible he took home one of the highest amounts from the band’s revenue. Buckingham also bolstered his income with his solo endeavors. His net worth is estimated at $80 million.
Lindsey Buckingham’s Family (Wife and Children)
The energetic guitarist is married to Kristen Messner, popularly called KB Buckingham. Their marriage has lasted for over twenty years, starting from 2000. The couple first met at a photoshoot for one of his solo albums. Kristen was a famous photographer but she is now an interior designer.
Lindsey Buckingham’s marriage to Kristen Messner has produced three children; a son and two daughters. They are: William Gregory Buckingham (b. in 1998), a daughter named Leelee Buckingham (born in 2000), and another daughter called Stella; she was born in 2004.