Kris Kristofferson Net Worth

How much is Kris Kristofferson worth?

Net Worth:$150 Million
Profession:Professional Singer
Date of Birth:June 22, 1936 (age 86)
Country:United States of America
5 ft 10 in (1.79 m)

About Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson, whose full name is Kristoffer Kristofferson, is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. He started singing during his teenage years and eventually became one of the leading country artists of the 20th century. He has worked with other influential names of the century such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Rita Coolidge, Janis Joplin, and Waylon Jennings.

At the height of his career, it is estimated that Kris Kristofferson earned income equal to a salary of $40 million dollars per year.

Outside of the music world, as an actor, Kris has starred in more than 100 television series and films, including Blume in Love, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, A Star Is Born, and Blade.

American singer-songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson has an estimated net worth of $150 million dollars, as of 2023. Kristofferson is a highly successful songwriter penning hits like “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Help Me Make It Through the Night” and “For the Good Times”.

He was born on June 22, 1936, in Brownsville, Texas to Lars and Mary Ann Kristofferson. As a child, his father, who was a US Army Air Corps officer, pushed him to follow a military career, however, he didn’t find interest in it. Just like many other military brats, he moved around frequently due to his father’s work. His family eventually settled in San Mateo, California, where he graduated from the San Mateo High School in 1954.

Starting in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Kris began pursuing his dream to become a singer and songwriter. He wrote occasional songs and essays that eventually won him his first prizes. Most of his essays and the songs “The Rock” and “Gone Are the Days” were published in the magazine The Atlantic.

Besides that magazine, he also appeared in the long-running segment “Faces in the Crowd” from Sports Illustrated. His appearance on the show in 1958, where he was recognized for his achievements in American football, Rugby Union, and track and field, helped him experience his first dose of fame.

Prior to the beginning of his music career, Kris earned a Rhodes scholarship and entered the Oxford University. In 1960, after graduated with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English literature, he got married to his longtime girlfriend Frances, and, under the pressure from his family joined the US Army. After spending five years in the army, he left in 1965 to pursue a music career.

Shortly after, he released his debut single “Golden Idol” and his talent earned him a recording deal with Monument Records. With Fred Foster as his manager, the recording artist released his debut studio album titled Kristofferson.

Throughout the decade, he released nine (solo) studio and four collaboration albums with Rita Coolidge and Barbra Streisand. He also began writing songs and recording with other best-selling artists – Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Ray Price, and Gladys Knight & The Pips.

At the very peak of his career, in 1971, the singer-songwriter became a full-time actor. His film debut came in the metafictional drama The Last Movie. Five years later, he landed his breakthrough role in the 1976 musical drama A Star is Born.

Since then, he has appeared in hundreds of films and series such as Convoy, Heaven’s Gate, Fire Down Below, Lone Star, Blade, and Payback.

Apart from his many roles on television projects, during his six-decades-long career, from the 1970s, Kristofferson has recorded and released a total of eighteen studio, five compilation, and three live albums. Both his records and acting abilities have won him multiple prestigious awards such as four Grammys, four Academy of Country Music Awards, and one Golden Globe among many others.

Kristofferson’s Total Net Worth

Kris Kristofferson has earned estimated total career income of $300 million dollars. As Kristofferson has lived in the state of California and earned through some high federal tax years, he will have had to pay around 58% in taxes on his career income. After tax, it is estimated that his career earnings are at around $126 million dollars, having paid $174 million dollars in taxes.

Kris Kristofferson has been married three times and divorced twice. He has eight children and has likely paid around $8-10 million on this area of his life. He will have also likely spent $7-8 million dollars of his career earnings but also earned $45 million dollars from his investments. He will have also had to pay around $6-7 million dollars in business related costs. Therefore, it is estimated that Kris Kristofferson has a net worth of around $150 million dollars.


Kris Kristofferson is one of the best-selling country/rock artists to ever emerge from the 1970s. Ever since then, thanks to both his incredible acting and singing abilities, the singer, songwriter, and film star has found great success in the entertainment business.

He has released eighteen gold/platinum-certified albums and has starred in many box-office hits, thanks to which he has a net worth of $150 million. Even now, after six decades, the Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner continues to proactively work in both fields of entertainment and uphold his legacy.

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