Ric Ocasek Net Worth

How much was Ric Ocasek worth?

Net Worth:$80 Million
Profession:Professional Singer
Date of Birth:March 23, 1944
Country:United States of America
1.93 m

About Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek, whose full name is Richard Theodore Otcasek, was an American musician, record producer, singer, and songwriter. He rose to prominence in the late years of the 20th century when he formed the rock band “the Cars”. As part of the group, was a co-lead vocalist, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist. During his career, which spans more than five decades, he has won a lot of accolades, with his most recent being induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Cars.

American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer Ric Ocasek had a net worth of $80 million dollars at the time of his death, in 2019. Co-lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter The Cars rock band.

How did Ric Ocasek earn his net worth?

The singer, songwriter, and record producer became rich in the 1970s after he and Benjamin Orr formed the Cars. The two met Eliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, and David Robinson and in 1976, the band was officially formed. Their first show together was at the Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire. The following year, they released their first song titled “Just What I Needed” and soon signed a record deal with Elektra Records. In June 1978, they released their self-titled debut studio album, which was a huge success. The debut album not only appeared in charts in four different countries but also received multiple platinum certifications in Canada and the United States.

By the 1980s, Roc Ocasek also became a well-known record producer, thanks to which he accumulated more than $500,000. Some of the first projects that he helped with the production are “Guided by Voices’ “Do the Collapse” and Bad Brains’ “Rock for Light”. Among some of his many production credits include Bebe Buell, Nada Surf, Weezer, Suicide, Bad Religion, D Generation, Martin Rev, Jonathan Richman, and the Pink Spiders. By the last years of the 20th century, his net worth was already exceeding $1 million and he became a rock and roll superstar.

Why is he so famous?

Apart from his work with the Cars, Ric Ocasek also became famous for record producing artists such as No Doubt, Suicide, Weezer, Nada Surf, Bad Brains, and Guided by Voices. He was born on March 23, 1944, in New York City, New York, but grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. During his teen years, his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where his father joined NASA and worked as a systems analyst at the Lewis Research Center.

In 1963, after he graduated from the Maple Heights High School he attended the Antioch College and the Bowling Green State University. He eventually dropped out of both as he was interested in pursuing his music career. While in Cleveland in 1965, he met Benjamin Orr, who would become the future bassist of the Cars. By 1968, simultaneously with booking bands together, they performed in various venues such as the Ohio State University. The two spent the late 1960s and early 1970s in various bands in Michigan and Columbus before they relocated to Boston.

What makes him so successful?

What makes Ric Ocasek so successful was his association with the Cars. During his time with the group, as not only a songwriter, co-lead vocalist but also a rhythm guitarist, he contributed a lot to the group’s success. From 1978 to 1988, the group released six gold and platinum-certified albums that flourished in not only the United States but also in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and Norway, to name a few.

Concomitantly with producing music projects for both the Cars, as well as other artists and bands, Ric Ocasek also began releasing his own solo projects. His debut studio solo album was released in 1982. The album, titled “Beatitude”, was commercial and critically acclaimed and it even entered the US Billboard 200 at number 28. Throughout the next few decades, he released six more studio albums, with the last one being “Yesterday” from 2005.


Ocasek was found dead on September 15, 2019, by his wife Paulina Porizkova at his New York City townhouse. He had been recovering from surgery at the time, Nicki Swift has the details.


Ric Ocasek is one of the most popular and beloved singers that emerged from the 1980s. Right after he began his music career as part of the Cars, he took over the world with his love for music. Even after the group was disbanded, towards the 1990s and 2000s, he continued to make a name for himself and find prosperity in the music industry.

He has released seven solo studio albums and produced many chart-topping hits, both for himself and for other artists. To prove how successful this musician and record producer was, prior to his death in September 2019, his net worth exceeded $80 million.

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