Billy Joel has been a top singer and songwriter for nearly 40 years and in that time has amassed an impressive net worth of $160 million. Born on May 9, 1949 in the Bronx, New York, his family moved to Hicksville, Long Island while he was still a youngster. At the tender age of only 4, he developed a love for, and appreciation of, classical music that he still feels today. Love of all things musical drove him to join his first band, The Echoes, while only 14. Billy Joel went solo in 1972 and received his first recording contract that year from Paramount Records. He moved on to Columbia Records in 1973 and scored his first big Top 20 hit in 1975 with "Piano Man." Heavily influenced by The Beatles, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, The Rolling Stones and others Joel continued to write his own songs and record them for Columbia Records. And more big hits followed: "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" (1975); "Only the Good Die Young" (1978); "She's Always a Woman" (1978; "Just the Way You Are (1979), a song that won Record of the Year Honors. Billy Joel's record sales have topped 100 million worldwide. He has received 23 Grammy nominations, is a member of the Songwriter Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well. Joel retired from actively recording songs in 1993 and currently tours sporadically with Elton John.