Rick Astley Net Worth
Rick Astley net worth: Rick Astley is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and radio personality who has a net worth of $16 million. Rick Astley earned his net worth through his many hit singles, his career as a musician and singer, as well as his world tour. Born Richard Paul Astley, on February 6, 1966, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England, Astley made a name for himself as a solo artist with his 1987 song, Never Gonna Give You Up, which was a #1 hit single in 25 countries. The man, who made his career beginnings as a local band drummer, eventually turned into the only male solo artist to have his first 8 singles reach the Top 10 in the UK. When his fourth single Together Forever (1988) followed Never Gonna Give You Up to #1, he also became the first artist in the 80s to top US charts with his two first singles, as well as the most played US club act with a top-selling 12-inch record. Another success followed with his successful 1991 album Free, which included guest appearances from Elton John and Mark King. Even though he had only four studio albums behind and was 27 years old, Astley decided that family life was more important and announced his early retirement in 1993. After his lengthy hiatus, he got back to the music stage with two more studio releases, Keep It Turned On and Portrait, in 2001 and 2005 respectively. But it was in 2007 when he became an Internet phenomenon, as his Never Gonna Give You Up video became part of a popular Internet meme known as Rickrolling. Subsequently, Internet users voted him "Best Act Ever" at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008. As for his off-stage life, Astley is married to Lene Bausager, with whom has one daughter, Emilie, born in 1992.