Stefan Lessard Net Worth
Stefan Lessard net worth: Stefan Lessard is an American musician who has a net worth of $75 million. Stefan Lessard is most famous for his career as the bassist for The Dave Matthews Band. He's been a member of the rock band since 1991. He is also a co-writer of the music for Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk.
Early Life: Stefan Kahil Lessard was born in Anaheim, California on June 4, 1974. His parents Ron and Jacqueline Lessard. were both musicians. After moving a number of times during his childhood, Lessard and his family eventually settled in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1987. They had previously lived from 1980 to 1984 in Buckingham County, Virginia, and in Richmond, Virginia from 1984 to 1986. The family lived in Madison, Wisconsin from 1986 to 1987,
Lessard studied music under trumpeter John D'earth and bassist Peter Spaarat the Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville. D'earth put in a recommendation for Lessard to Dave Matthews who was looking for a bass player. At 16 Stefan joined the newly formed Dave Matthews Band. He dropped out of high school after his junior year to focus on music. He took the GED during the summer of '91 as he had already been accepted at Richmond's Virginia Commonwealth University in their Jazz Studies program. He left after six weeks when it became evident that he could not be a full-time college student and simultaneously a touring member of a band with rising popularity.
Career: Lessard joined the Dave Matthews Band just as it was forming when he was 16 years old. Due to his age, he sometimes had to sneak in the back door of the clubs where the band was playing due to prohibitions on persons under 21 entering venues that serve alcohol. The Dave Matthews Band's first gig was on March 14, 1991, at Trax Nightclub in Charlottesville. The band released its first EP, Recently, in 1994. The live album's five tracks were taken from shows performed at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, and from Trax in Charlottesville.
On September 20, 1994, DMB released its debut studio album, Under the Table and Dreaming, featuring their first commercial hits "What Would You Say," "Satellite," and "Ants Marching." Under the Table and Dreaming brought the band worldwide fame and was eventually certified six times platinum. Under the Table and Dreaming and its follow-up album, Crash brought the band a Grammy Award and four additional Grammy nominations. Crash's hits included "Crash into Me," "Too Much," and "Tripping Billies."
Before These Crowded Streets, their studio third album was released on April 28, 1998. Before These Crowded Streets was an instant commercial success with over 900,000 albums sold worldwide in the first week. Their fourth studio album, Everyday, was released in February 2001 and was a huge commercial success. The band has since released the albums Busted Stuff, Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King, Away From The World, and Come Tomorrow. The 2018 release of Come Tomorrow, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 292,000 album-equivalent units, making it the biggest sales week for a rock album in over four years, and the biggest sales week for an album in 2018, with 285,000 copies sold. The Dave Matthews Band is the only band to have seven consecutive albums debut at the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
Lessard has also appeared at a benefit concert as part of band Yukon Kornelius with members of Guster and Barenaked Ladies in sponsored by Okemo Mountain Resort, a ski resort in Vermont. Lessard also co-wrote the original music for Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk.
Stefan has also been featured on tracks by Gov't Mule and Pete Kilpatrick's Band.
Personal Life: Stefan Lessard married long-time girlfriend Josie Baucom in 1997. They had one son together, Elijah "Diggy" Diego (born January 9, 1998), and lost a daughter, Aslan, to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in 1996 when she was just three weeks old. They divorced in 2004.
In October 2005 he married Jaclyn Burton, and together they have three daughters, Hazel Bailey (born March 6, 2004), Flora Jude (born July 13, 2006), and India (born November 2015).
Stefan is a Democrat who is active in promoting liberal politics and bashing President Trump and other GOP politicians on Twitter. He also regularly interacts with his fans on the social media platform.
His nickname is Fonz.
In 2009, Lessard hosted a beach cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter, on the day before the Dave Matthews Band's show in Chula Vista at what was then known as Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (as of 2020, known as North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre).
Lessard plays different bass guitars, including those made by Nordstrand, Modulus, Warwick, Ken Smith Basses, and hand-made Stambaugh Custom Basses. On the Dave Matthews Band album Busted Stuff, he plays piano, Hammond organ, and Dobro guitar.
Real Estate: On November 29, 2007, Lessard's home in western Albemarle County, Virginia, burned down, with a loss estimated at over two million dollars. It took over 40 firefighters from five different fire departments to extinguish the blaze. The origin of the fire is unknown, but the Albemarle County Fire Marshal's Office cites the structure's cedar shake siding as a contributor to the rapid spread of the fire. Lessard and his son were home at the time of the fire, though they escaped unharmed.
Lessard owns a home in Laguna Beach, California, not far from his hometown of Anaheim. He purchased the 4-bed, 6-bath, 4739 square foot property in May 2008 for $6.35 million.
In 2013, Lessard and his wife bought and quickly resold a 7,000 square feet, six bedrooms and five and a half bathroom home in Malibu on 1.78 acres. The Lessards sold the home for $6.6 million to luxury t-shirt designer James Perse.
|Net Worth:||$75 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Jun 4, 1974 (45 years old)|
|Nationality:||United States of America|