How much is Brian Johnson worth?
|Net Worth:||$80 Million|
|Date of Birth:||October 5, 1947 (age 75)|
|Height:||5 ft 4 in (1.65 m)|
About Brian Johnson
Brian Francis Johnson is an English actor, author film producer, singer, songwriter, and television presenter. He gained popularity in the 1980s after replacing Bon Scott as the (third) lead singer of the rock band AC/DC. Prior to that, he was a founding member of the English glam rock band Geordie. Apart from music, Johnson has also ventured into a television career, having multiple roles in films, series, documentaries, and realities.
Co-creating studio albums for AC/DC that sold tens of millions of copies is how this singer-songwriter became rich. At the height of his career, it is estimated that Brian Johnson earned income equal to a salary of $30 million dollars per year.
In the 1960s, he met the other founding members of the group Geordie, which was officially founded in February 1972. He remained with the glam rock group until the late years of the decade and played an important role in the production of their first four critically acclaimed studio albums, including their debut project titled Hope You Like It released in 1973. From his tenure with the group that lasted less than a decade, he earned relatively very little. However, that was all about to change.
He was born on October 5, 1947 in Dunson, County Durham. He is the oldest of four children to Alan and Esther Johnson. His father was a coal miner and later served as the sergeant major in the Durham Light Infantry, which was part of the British Army. His mother is Italian, born in Frascati but raised in England. He has two brothers, Maurice and Adam, and one sister Julie.
His aspirations to become a singer began when he was young. As a child, he took part in various shows with The Scout Association with some of his plays even airing on national television. Johnson spent a significant amount of time singing with the local church choir in Gateshead before serving in the territorial army as part of the parachute regiment. When he was a teenager, he joined a UK band called Gobi Desert Canoe Club and Fresh.
After Bon Scott passed away in February 1980, the remaining members of AC/DC began looking for his replacement. Eventually, Johnson was chosen over the likes of Terry Slesser and Noddy Holder as the band’s third lead singer. The first album that he took part in with AC/DC is Back in Black from July 1980. As of now, that album has more than 50 million worldwide sales.
Over the next four decades, he was consistently producing and writing songs for the groups, having appeared in all of their twelve albums from the 1980s up until now. From the sales and promotions of the commercial albums and singles, the best-selling tours and documentaries of the Australian band, Johnson earned a net worth estimated to be $40 million by 2005.
Simultaneously with working on various music, radio, and television projects about AC/DC, Johnson became an actor and a well-known television star. He has taken part in multiple films as both himself and fictional characters such as Totally Baked, Private Parts, and Goal! The Dream Beings.
The songs of AC/DC that he has created and has contributed to have been included in the soundtrack albums of many box-office hits such as Maximum Overdrive, A Knight’s Tale, Iron Man, and The Avengers.
As for himself, Brian has also starred in documentaries about the group such as No Bull, Rock Walk Induction, and Stiff Upper Lip Live to name a few. Apart from these, he has appeared as a regular guest in various television series like Howard Stern, The Metal Show, Breakfast, and Blood and Thunder: The Sounds of Albert.
Outside of the entertainment business, the singer and songwriter is known for being a car and racing enthusiast. He took part in various car racing realities such as The Race, and Top Gear on several occasions. Most recently, his own documentary titled A Life on the Road premiered, in which Brian is both the leading star and presenter.
He and the rest of the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
Johnson’s Total Net Worth
Brian Johnson has earned estimated total career income of $145 million dollars. As Johnson has lived between multiple countries and states during his career, it is estimated that he will have had to pay around 44% in taxes on his career income. After tax, it is estimated that his career earnings are at around $81.2 million dollars, having paid $63.8 million dollars in taxes.
Brian Johnson is married to Brenda Johnson and he also has two children from a previous marriage with Carol Johnson. It is estimated that Brian has paid around $10 million to Carol over the years.
In his personal life he has likely spent $6-7 million dollars of his career earnings, including his donations, like the donation a $335,000 property to the All Star Children’s Foundation in 2019. He has also likely earned $17-19 million dollars from his investments. He will have also had to pay around $2-3 million dollars in business related costs. Therefore, it is estimated that Brian Johnson has a net worth of about $80 million dollars.
Today, Brian Johnson is one of the most influential names in the rock music. Right after he joined AC/DC as the band’s third lead singer, he helped the group produce many music projects, including the album Back in Black that sold over 50 million copies worldwide and with that became the second best-selling album of all time.