Singer-songwriter and musician Eddie Vedder is best known as Pearl Jam front man and has a net worth estimated at $80 million. After initially dropping out of high school, Vedder returned to his studies to earn a GED before actively pursuing a music career, playing in many San Diego based bands in the mid-to-late 1980s. During this time he befriended Jack Irons, former drummer of The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Through Irons, Vedder was given a demo tape by Seattle based music project Temple of the Dog. Vedder was instantly inspired by their sound, and sent in lyrics which would eventually evolve into three Pearl Jam songs. After traveling to Seattle to audition in person, Vedder was subsequently recruited and Pearl Jam was formally established.
Since its formation, Pearl Jam has released nine studio albums, twenty-eight singles, six live albums, two compilation albums, and well over two-hundred official bootleg releases. Their debut album, Ten, remains to be Pearl Jam's most successful release, with a RIAA certification thirteen times platinum in the U.S. alone. Along with fellow Pearl Jam band mates, Vedder has earned eleven awards including one Grammy, and five American Music Awards. Vedder has leant his talent to many film soundtracks including Dead Man Walking, Body of War and Into the Wild, for which he received a Golden Globe Award. Additionally, Vedder has collaborated and/or performed with other musical artists such as The Who, U2, and The Rolling Stones.