Walter Becker Net Worth
Walter Becker Net Worth: Walter Becker is an American musician, songwriter and record producer who has a net worth of $17 million. Born February 20, 1950 in Queens, New York, he is widely known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist and co-songwriter for the band Steely Dan. Becker hooked up with his partner Donald Fagen when both were attending Bard College in upstate New York in the late '60s. They became members of the band Jay and the Americans then signed a songwriting contract with ABC Records in the early '70s. At ABC, they formed the group Steely Dan, which was gradually whittled down to just the two of them, but the duo managed to sell millions of records during the '70s. Despite the group's success, in 1977 Becker suffered from numerous personal setbacks, including addiction to narcotics. After Steely Dan returned to New York in 1978, Becker's girlfriend, Karen Roberta Stanley, died of a drug overdose in Becker's apartment in January of that same year, resulting in a wrongful death lawsuit against him. Not long after, Becker was hit by a Manhattan taxi while crossing the street and had to walk with crutches for a period of time. His personal exhaustion was exacerbated by commercial pressures, leading the duo to suspend their partnership in June 1981. After the split, Becker turning to a part-time producing career, working with such artists as China Crisis and Rickie Lee Jones, and subsequently moving to Hawaii. Becker produced Fagen's Kamakiriad album in 1993 and the duo toured as Steely Dan again in 1993 and 1994. Becker eventually launched a solo career with the release of his debut album 11 Tracks of Whack in 1994 and it wasn't until 14 years later that a second solo album, Circus Money, surfaced in 2008.