Herb Alpert net worth: Herb Alpert is an American musician and music industry executive who has a net worth of $850 million. Herb Alpert was born on March 31, 1935 in Los Angeles, California. Herb began taking trumpet lessons at the age of eight. He attended Fairfax High School then joined the Army. While in the Army, Herb would perform the trumpet at ceremonies. When he returned from the army, he attended USC where he was a member of their famous marching band. Starting in 1957, Herb began writing and recording music for the first time professionally. He built a small recording studio in his garage and, along with a musician named Rob Weerts, wrote several top twenty hit songs. Herb is probably most famous musically for founding the band "Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass". He came up with the idea for his signature sound after hearing a brass band while attending a bullfight in Tijuana, Mexico in the early 1960s. In order to capture this signature sound, Herb overdubbed his trumpet on two different tape machines. The group's album "Whipped Cream and Other Delights" was the number one album of 1965 and remained on the billboard charts for more than three years. In 1966, the Tijuana brass outsold The Beatles, selling more than 13 million albums. Herb Alpert would go on to release 28 albums, of which five were number one hits, 14 went platinum and 15 went gold. To date, Herb has won eight Grammys and in total has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide.
In 1962, Herb Alpert founded a record label with fellow trumpeter Jerry Moss. Over the next 25 years, A&M records, would grow into the largest independent record company in the world. A&M signed future superstars such as Janet Jackson, Sheryl Crow, The Police and The Carpenters. In 1989, Herb and Jerry sold A&M records to PolyGram Records for $500 million in cash. They stayed on to manage the combined label for five more years. In 1998, Herb and Jerry sued PolyGram and won an additional $200 million payout. Herb has continued to perform and release records ever since.