How much is Mick Jagger worth?
|Net Worth:||$350 Million|
|Date of Birth:||26 July 1943|
About Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger is quite frankly a god within the world of rock and roll. As an inimitable front-man to one of the most successful bands in history, the Rolling Stones, and as a solo artist, Jagger has had a lengthy and prosperous career in music. He melded together a blues-styled voice with a visceral and androgynous on-stage persona to gift us mere peasants one of the most talented and charismatic singers ever. It should come as no surprise then to learn that Jagger is indeed an inductee of the illustrious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Even to this day, at seventy-six, Jagger is still rocking and rolling and doing the patented Jagger strut with his no doubt replaced hips doing sporadic tours with the Rolling Stones across the globe. However, being seventy-six, the late nights spent partying have most likely been replaced with a glass of warm milk and an early night.
As fame and fortune go, Jagger is one of the most recognizable rockstars on the planet. His career has spanned nigh sixty years in which he has consistently written or co-written hit after hit. Jagger has even starred in a handful of movies, though Jagger is no Daniel Day-Lewis, he has given us more than a few decent acting performances across the years. Despite having a lot of strings to his bow, Jagger’s success is mostly attributed to his career in music and his unique personality, but his success certainly didn’t happen overnight.
When you front one of the most successful rock bands in history your face is bound to be an easy one to spot in a police line-up. However, in the beginning, the seeds of fame and fortune had yet to be sown and Jagger was just another budding blues musician in 1960s England among stiff competition.
In the 1960s, blues music was experiencing a boom. Thousands of young hopeful teens, were falling in love with blues music that had been a staple of the Deep South across the pond for many years. Intent on emulating these blues musicians, the early ’60s was rampant with blues bands.
As an avid lover of blues music and a promising musician, in the early ’60s along with his old school friend and guitarist Keith Richards, Jagger met with guitarist, Brian Jones who just happened to be forming a blues band of his own.
In 1962 at the Marquee Club in London, the Rolling Stones debuted, but the band line-up had yet to feature long-time members Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood — the official Rolling Stones.
The Rolling Stones continued to play local venues in London, but that path to stardom was proving trying with them having limited commercial success. Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman were soon recruited in after the original line-up started to crumble.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom however, by 1963 with the official band (minus Ronnie Wood who join later) of Jagger, Richards, Jones, Wyman and Watts had started to gather a following in the UK. The Rolling Stones’ raucous music and Jagger’s androgynous stage persona quickly caught the attention of record companies, and they were duly signed to Decca records — finally the day-jobs could be left behind!
The Rolling Stones quickly gathered momentum in the UK and the US after releasing early hits like “Get Off My Cloud” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” The rest, as they say, was history. Fans all around the world were lining up to see, the Rolling Stones.
In the early days of the Rolling Stones, the band rivaled the Beatles who were too taking the world by storm. With a little help from Jagger’s sexual on-stage strutting, the Rolling Stones were the spit-washed alternative to the clean-cut Beatles. It’s fair to say that in the 1960s the Stones were controversial to the uptight and conservative attitudes in the US and UK. But their energetic music and bad-boy personas were thoroughly admired by their droves of young fans. Thankfully for them, the controversy was paying off.
The Rolling Stones were touring just about everywhere and releasing hit songs, but their fortunes were not matched by their undying fame — that would come later.
In 1971, the Rolling Stones started their own record label, Rolling Stones Records. From this, the band was truly able to control their music careers without relying on too many third parties who would inevitably take a cut of their earnings.
Album after album, hit song after hit song, the Rolling Stones were an unstoppable music force, but now all the money was going squarely into the band’s pockets. As one of the main songwriters for the Rolling Stones, Jagger was receiving a healthy chunk of change from all these hits. Royalties alone are and were a notable source of Jagger’s income, but the Rolling Stones were breaking records for their concert sales too — if the Beatles were bigger than Jesus, the Rolling Stones were bigger than God!
Mick Jagger’s solo career too shaped up nicely, monetarily at least, in the 1980s. Jagger’s She’s The Boss went platinum in 1985, but Jagger’s solo career could not match the esteem and fortune the Rolling Stones have and had.
For all the rich and famous rock bands to come out of the 1960s, Jagger’s and the collective Rolling Stones’ mind for business was incomparable — financially, their business acumen separated them from their rock and roll peers. Of course, releasing much-loved music aided Jagger’s fortune, but he is and was a part of the Rolling Stones brand.
The Rolling Stones are never far away from their lips and tongue logo, and that logo is the heart of the Rolling Stones brand. Anytime the Rolling Stones logo is used, the band are paid handsomely. Think of any fathomable piece of merchandise — the Rolling Stones have likely stuck their logo on it and sold it! The logo has become indistinguishable from the band — the Rolling Stones sell a brand just as much as music if not more!
It goes without saying that Jagger receives a lot of his wealth from the Rolling Stones brand. Merchandise is a sure-fire way for any successful band to make even more money, and the Stones were one of the first bands to capitalize on that market.
The Rolling Stones are a great example of treating a band like a business rather than just a music group, meanwhile, Jagger watches the money roll in.
So what have we learned folks? If you want to be as rich and famous as Mick Jagger, you have to first write more than a few hit songs, and second, treat your band like a business as much as a music group…
All jokes aside, Mick Jagger is an ideal musician and a legend of rock and roll. He has successfully helped shape music as we know it today. Without Mick Jagger’s contribution to music, the world would be a different place indeed, but with a net worth estimated at $350 million, let’s not thank him too much!