Last Updated: March 21, 2024
Richest CelebritiesRock Stars
Net Worth:
$4 Million
Sep 12, 1966 (57 years old)
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Keyboard Player, Bandleader, Composer, Music Arranger, Songwriter, Artist, Record producer
United States of America
💰 Compare Ben Folds' Net Worth

What is Ben Folds' Net Worth?

Ben Folds is a singer-songwriter, musician, and producer who has a net worth of $4 million. Ben Folds is best known for fronting the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five. He has also recorded numerous albums as a solo artist, and has collaborated with musicians such as Regina Spektor and "Weird Al" Yankovic. Additionally, Folds served as a judge on the television singing contest "The Sing-Off."

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Ben Folds was born on September 12, 1966 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. At the age of nine, he became interested in the piano, and started learning popular songs by ear after hearing them on the radio. As a teen, Folds went to Richard J. Reynolds High School, and performed in a number of bands as a pianist, drummer, or bassist. For his higher education, he enrolled at the University of Miami on a full percussion scholarship; however, he dropped out after losing the scholarship. Subsequently, Folds returned to his home state to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

In the late 80s, Folds formed the alternative rock band Majosha with his friends Millard Powers and Evan Olson. The group released various locally produced records, and won Duke University's Battle of the Bands in 1988. Following Majosha's breakup, Folds played drums in the short-lived band Pots and Pans. He eventually landed a music publishing deal with music executive Scott Siman, and ended up relocating to Nashville, Tennessee. There, Folds briefly played drums in the band Power Bill. He then moved to Montclair, New Jersey, and acted in theater troupes in New York City.

Ben Folds Five

Moving back to North Carolina, Folds formed the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five with bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee in 1993. The group released its self-titled debut album two years later. Next came 1997's "Whatever and Ever Amen," which spawned the hit singles "Battle of Who Could Care Less" and "Brick." In 1999, Ben Folds Five released its third studio album, "The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner," which featured the hit song "Army." This was the group's last album before its initial disbanding in 2000.

In September of 2008, Ben Folds Five reunited to perform its first concert in nearly a decade. This one-off gig was held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where the band played the entirety of its third studio album. Later, in 2012, the group reunited again to release its fourth studio album, entitled "The Sound of the Life of the Mind." Debuting at number ten on the Billboard 200, it became Ben Folds' first top-ten album on the chart.

Ben Folds Net Worth


Solo Albums and EPs

Folds released his debut solo album, "Rockin' the Suburbs," on September 11, 2001. It peaked at number 28 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, and at number 42 on the Billboard 200. Next, from 2003 to 2004, Folds released three solo EPs: "Speed Graphic," "Sunny 16," and "Super D." His second solo album, "Songs for Silverman," came out in 2005; it became Folds' highest-charting album to date when it reached number 13 on the Billboard 200. Following this was 2006's "Supersunnyspeedgraphic, the LP," which compiled songs from Folds' earlier EPs.

Folds had his most commercially successful solo album yet in 2008, when "Way to Normal" debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200. Two years later, he collaborated with English novelist Nick Hornby on the album "Lonely Avenue," which spawned the single "From Above." In June of 2020, Folds released the COVID pandemic-themed single "2020."

Other Music Collaborations

Among his many collaborations with other artists, Folds played the piano on "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Why Does This Always Happen to Me?" He also played the piano on the song "Black Glasses" by Japanese singer-songwriter Angela Aki. In 2004, Folds served as a producer, musician, arranger, and backup vocalist on William Shatner's album "Has Been." He subsequently produced and performed on the first solo album by Amanda Palmer, entitled "Who Killed Amanda Palmer." Later, a year after premiering a commissioned piano concerto with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Folds collaborated with the yMusic Ensemble on the 2015 album "So There." Beyond albums, Folds has collaborated with numerous musicians on tours around the world.


Over his career, Folds has contributed both previously recorded songs and original tracks to the soundtracks for movies and television shows. In 2005, the animated film "Hoodwinked!" featured his song "Red is Blue." The next year, he contributed three original songs to the animated film "Over the Hedge," entitled "Heist," "Family of Me," and "Still." Later, in 2017, Folds wrote the soundtrack for the Netflix film "Handsome."

Additional Endeavors

In 2009, Folds became a judge on the NBC a cappella singing competition show "The Sing-Off." He returned for the show's subsequent three seasons. Among his other media credits, Folds made a brief appearance in an episode of the sitcom "Community," and appeared as himself in various episodes of the series "You're the Worst."

Since 2017, Folds has served as the first artistic advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at Washington, DC's Kennedy Center. In 2019, he published his first book, a memoir entitled "A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons."

Marriages & Divorces

Folds has been married and divorced five times. His first marriage to songwriter Anna Goodman lasted from 1987 to 1992. In 1996 he was briefly married to Kate Rosen. Folds subsequently wed Frally Hynes in 1999, and lived with her in her native Australia. Together, they had twins, Louis and Gracie. The couple divorced in 2006. The next year, Folds married Fleur Stanbrook. They divorced in 2011. In a 2012 interview Ben stated "As much as I love the idea of being married, it's not for me." In 2017 he got married again. This time to former Royal Ballet dancer Emma Sandall. They separated in late 2023 and divorced in 2024. According to their divorce documents, Folds agreed to pay Sandall roughly $500,000 to cover her interest in their Nashville home plus $650,000 in 24 monthly payments of $27,083.33, 250,000 Australian dollars in a shared bank account, $50,000 to cover the furniture in their home and the title to a 2016 Honda CR-V.

Hudson, NY Property

In 2016 Ben paid $1.181 million for a 9,000-square-foot, three-story Victorian building in Hudson, New York. The building had previously been a department store, karate studio, music club and several bars. By his own estimation Folds proceeded to spend $2 million renovating the property. The bottom floor became a retail boutique. The second floor features a dance studio, custom designed for his ballerina wife at the time, Emma Sandall, and a recording studio for Folds on the opposite side. The two studios have a social space in the center with a kitchen and several areas to relax and mingle. The top floor is a living space with a large living room, kitchen and large master bedroom. Ben listed the property for sale in July 2020 for $2.8 million. He ultimately accepted $2.45 million, which was likely a loss when factoring in his renovation costs.

Other Real Estate

Ben continues to own a different home in Hudson, NY but he has primarily been living in Nashville, Tennessee in recent years. He has actually owned property in Nashville since the early 2000s. In 2007 Ben deeded a home he owned in Nashville to his ex-wife Frally Hynes. And as we mentioned previously, in February 2024 Ben agreed to pay his fifth wife $500,000 for her share of the Nashville home they shared from 2017 to 2023.

All net worths are calculated using data drawn from public sources. When provided, we also incorporate private tips and feedback received from the celebrities or their representatives. While we work diligently to ensure that our numbers are as accurate as possible, unless otherwise indicated they are only estimates. We welcome all corrections and feedback using the button below.
Did we make a mistake?
Submit a correction suggestion and help us fix it!
Submit a Correction