Sting has an estimated net worth of $290 million. Sting was born Gordon Matthew Sumner on October 2, 1951 in Wallsend, England. He is known for being a British musician, activist, philanthropist, and actor. He attended Northern Counties College of Education from 1971-1974, and qualified as teacher. He worked as a school teacher at St. Paul's Middle School in Cramlington for two years. His first music jobs were in local clubs, playing in jazz bands, wherever he could get a job. His nickname "Sting" came after he performed wearing a black and yellow striped sweater that the bandleader stated made him look like a wasp. In 1977 after a move to London, he joined up with the band, The Police. During 1978-1983 the group released 5 albums, and won six Grammy awards. In 1982 Sting released his first solo single entitled "Spread A Little Happiness". He has received 16 Grammy awards for his work, and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. Sting has been married twice. First to actress Frances Tomelty with whom he had two children, and later to actress and would-be film producer Trudie Styler, with whom he had four children. He lives in Galway, but owns several homes in places such as New York, Malibu, Tuscany, and Salisbury.