Kenny Rogers, the Texas born (August 21, 1938) singer/songwriter, actor, producer, photographer, and entrepreneur has a net worth of $250 million. He has had more than 70 hit singles across country and pop music charts, and two of his albums, The Gambler and Kenny, are featured on About.com's "The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever." He was also voted the "Favorite Singer of All Time" in the 1986 USA Today and People Magazine poll. He has received hundreds of awards including AMAs, Grammys, ACMs, and CMAs, as well as a lifetime achievement award for his six decade spanning career.
Kenny Rogers' career began in the mid 1950s when he recorded with a doo-wop group called The Scholars. He was not the lead singer, and later went solo when the group broke up. He began recording his own music in 1958, and then joined the jazz group The Bobby Doyle Trio, where he recorded for Columbia Records. The group broke up in 1965, and Rogers joined two other failed groups in the next years. In 1967 he formed The First Edition, which landed him with his first hits, "Something's Burning," "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town," "Reuben James," and "Just Dropped In." The group broke up in 1976 and Rogers decided again to focus on his solo career. When he began recording with United Artist he got his first major hit, "Lucille," which reached number one in twelve countries and sold over five million copies. He continued with his successful solo career and in 1983 recorded and produced the Bee Gees hit album Eyes That See In The Dark, which featured the number one hit "Island in the Stream." The album reached the top of the charts and had three other successful singles.
By 1990 Rogers' career began to decline with popular new artists like Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson as competition. He still made the top twenty, but no longer topped the charts. In 2000 his song "Buy Me A Rose" hit #1 for his first hit in over a decade, making him the oldest artist in country music history to get a #1 hit (at 61). Rogers held this record until 2003. In August of 2008 he released the album "50 Years" a compilation of his greatest hits, and in 2009 he embarked on a 50th anniversary tour. On April 10, 2010 Kenny Rogers is set to appear in a television special and perform with other well known artists.