Last Updated: May 13, 2024
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Net Worth:
$70 Million
Aug 1, 1959 (64 years old)
6 ft 1 in (1.87 m)
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Musician, Songwriter, Record producer
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What is Joe Elliot's Net Worth?

Joe Elliott is a British singer-songwriter and musician who has a net worth of $70 million. Joe Elliott was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England in August 1959. He best known as the lead vocalist for the band Def Leppard. He became the lead vocalist for the band Atomic Mass. The band changed their name to Def Leppard. In addition to singing he provides rhythm guitar and sometimes drums, piano, and electronic keyboards.

Joe Elliott

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The band formed in 1977 and was part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Their single "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" was one of the first rock videos that was played on MTV. The band's 1983 album was ranked #384 on Rolling Stone's 500 Great Albums of All Time. Their 1987 album Hysteria hit #1 in the U.S. and the U.K. The album has sold more than 20 million copies and was certified 12x Platinum. Their album Adrenalize also hit #1 in the U.S. and the U.K. All together the band has sold over 100 million records worldwide. They have sold 10 million copies of two albums in the U.S. becoming one of five bands to do so. Elliott has also been the lead singer for the Cybernauts, a David Bowie tribute band, and Down 'n' Outz, a Mott the Hoople cover band. In 2012 he joined the super group Kings of Chaos.

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Early Money Problems

Fans may be surprised to learn just how tight money was up until the band's truly big break in 1983. Says Elliott:

"Money was tight until about 1983. We had signed a record deal in '79, but that all that money went into running the band. We got about 30 quid a week, which wasn't even enough to buy stage clothes."

That translates to less than forty bucks a week, so the comment about clothes probably isn't an exaggeration. During this period, Def Leppard saw mild success opening for bigger bands across the country, and Elliott says if anyone was making money from the band during this time, it wasn't the band itself:

"All the profit from the shows went into getting a tour bus, so we never saw a penny."

Finally, in January, 1983, that big breakthrough that all musicians dream of came in the form of the recordĀ Pyromania, which took just three months to be officially certified platinum, and in October of that same year it had sold some six million copies. On the financial ramifications of this phase of the band's career, Elliott says that even then they weren't exactly rolling in dough like you might expect, because after paying off all their accumulated debt, they weren't even making medical school money:

"And when you spread that over seven years, it only worked out to a decent income, probably less than your average doctor. It was seven years of poverty and borrowing off our parents."

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