How much is Keith Richards worth?
|Net Worth:||$300 Million|
|Date of Birth:||December 18, 1943 (age 79)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.74 m)|
About Keith Richards
Keith Richards is one of the most iconic musicians that the world has ever seen. He is also considered one of the best and most melodically innovative guitar players of all time. With Mick Jagger, he is the creative force behind many successes that the Rolling Stones have enjoyed. Some of Rolling Stones’ songs where his talents are in the full display are Sympathy for the Devil, Paint It Black and Gimme Shelter.
He was the only child in his family. His father was in World War II and was in Normandy. His mother’s side of the family was more supportive of his musical career, while his father and his side of the family shunned such thoughts of a career for a proper young man. His maternal grandfather was the first person who ever gifted him a guitar. As history would show, it was one of the best gifts anyone ever gave to a young child. He lived close to Mick Jagger for a period in his youth and they reconnected in college due to their interest in the music of Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry.
How did Keith Richards get so rich?
Keith left college early to fully focus on his musical career. He, Brian Jones and Mick Jagger moved in together. During that time his parents divorced and his father disappeared from his life. After Brian Jones left, Jagger and Richards where the frontman of the band that would take the world by storm. Their new manager Andrew Long suggested that if the band wants to really make it, they have to stop playing other peoples songs and create songs of their own. From 1963 Keith Richards, together with Mick Jagger, would be the main songwriting stars of the Rolling Stones.
To distinguish them from the Beatles, another globally popular British band at the time, their manager would promote them as more wild than they are. He would even pay people to cause chaos and mayhem during their live performances. For their manager, there was no such thing as bad publicity. Mick Jagger enjoyed the limelight, even in those terms. Richards was different and this is one of the seeds that would create a strained relationship between the two frontmen.
With their second album, the Rolling Stones and Keith Richards, who was still then named Keith Richard, because their manager thought that Richard would sound better, more popish to the fans, were starting to take the world by storm. Their self-titled album reached number 1 in the UK and number 5 in the US.
That album also carried their first international hit, I Can’t Get No Satisfaction. That hit single, like the majority of hits the Rolling Stones would create is characterized by the riff that Keith Richards created. To create the distinct sound he used fuzzbox with a scratch sound.
The next year they released the album Aftermath which peaked at number one in both the UK and US. It also got them their second worldwide hit with the single Paint it, Black, another song filled with masterful guitar play and arrangements by Keith Richards. The song was under a lot of controversy by various conservative, church circles because they thought it was promoting satanic worship. Both Jagger and Richards have dismissed these claims and insist that the song is only about a person with severe depression.
From the 60s to the 80s they were the greatest rock band in the world. The majority of their albums were both commercial and critical smash hits. Some of their best albums of those periods include Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Beggars Banquet and Exile on Main St.
Due to some challenging times for both himself and the band he was also able to create some solo projects on the side. His solo work didn’t sell as exclusively as did the Rolling Stones stuff but was critically acclaimed. But his side project called the X-Pensive Vinos was a commercial success. Their first record was labelled gold in the US.
Apart from being a musician, Richards did also star in a few movies, as a cameo, most notably as a pirate in the highly successful movie franchise, The Pirates of the Caribbean. He is also an author who published a well-received autobiography, Keith Richards My Life.
What Made Him So Successful?
An incredible musical talent that was fostered, by one side of his family at least, throughout his life is what made Keith Richards the musical great that he is today. He loved music so much that he dedicated his whole life to it. But he wasn’t just happy playing songs by other people. He created his own songs, his own style of record producing. His own unique style of playing his favorite musical instrument, the guitar.
He was also surrounded by people who helped him when he hit rock bottom. A lot of people in the 70s were doing drugs. He was one of them, and his heroin addiction almost took his life. But he recovered. Together with Mick Jagger, he has created numerous hits that stood the test of time and will be forever remembered throughout the world. Keith Richards, much like his band the Rolling Stones, has transformed from a man to a living myth, shrouded with mystery and awe.
Adversity and animosity shaped the life of Keith Richards. While his mother’s side of the family enjoyed his musical talents and pushed him to make the best out of it, his father side was strongly against it. They wanted him to find a proper job and make a proper living. That even strained the marriage of his parents until they divorced. One could say that Keith Richards gained a worldwide following and timeless success as a musician, but lost a father.
Keith Richards is another proof that true artistic genius cannot be stopped. The record companies tried to tame him, as well as managers, but he stayed true to himself and his love for music. That passion led him to create some of the greatest rock songs that were ever written.