Sting net worth: Sting is an extraordinarily successful British musician and philanthropist who has a net worth of $300 million. Sting was born Gordon Matthew Sumner on October 2, 1951 in Wallsend, England. He is probably best known for being a member of The Police and for a prolific career as a solo artist. Sting attended Northern Counties College of Education from 1971-1974. After school he qualified to be a teacher and subsequently landed a job at St. Paul's Middle School in Cramlington, where he would stay 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. Their self-titled debut album sold 8 million copies in the United States alone. Between 1978-1983 the group released 5 albums, and won six Grammy awards. To date, The Police have sold over 50 million albums worldwide. In 1982 Sting released his first solo single entitled "Spread A Little Happiness". In total, 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 has two children, and later to actress and film producer Trudie Styler, with whom he has four children. Sting moved to Galway, Ireland in 1980 to take advantage of lower tax rates. He also owns several homes in places such as New York, Malibu, Tuscany, and Salisbury.
"Every Breath You Take":
Sting's classic ballad from 1983 about an unhealthy obsession with a lost love, is one of the top 10 most profitable songs of all time in terms of royalties. After being one of the biggest hits of 1983, the song received a huge re-boot in popularity in 1997 when the rapper Puff Daddy released his cover tribute to the late rapper Notorious BIG, "I'll Be Missing You". Diddy's version would go on to win a Grammy and become one of the best selling singles of all time with more 7 million copies sold worldwide. In 2010, Sting's former business manager claimed that this song is responsible for more than 1/4 of all the singer's lifetime publishing income and today still produces $2000 a day ($730,000 per year) in royalties income for Sting.
Songwriting for "Every Breath You Take" is credited 100% to Sting (AKA Gordon Sumner). When Diddy produced his version, he forgot to ask for permission first which allowed Sting to demand and receive an unheard of 100% of the remix's publishing royalties (the standard would have been 25-50%). Interestingly, the only part of the original Police song that Diddy actually sampled was Andy Summer's guitar riff. Neither Sting's vocals nor Stewart Copeland's drum can be heard anywhere on "I'll Be Missing You". Because Sting is listed as the sole composer, Summers did not receive a dime in royalties from P Diddy and was not even consulted for his blessing. In fact, Summers was not even aware of the song until his son heard it on the radio. In a recent interview, Andy Summers called Puff Daddy's song "the major rip-off of all time". Furthermore, he elaborated: "He actually sampled my guitar, and that's what he based his whole track on. Stewart's not on it. Sting's not on it. I'd be walking round Tower Records, and the fucking thing would be playing over and over. It was very bizarre while it lasted."