Last Updated: May 17, 2024
Richest CelebritiesSingers
Net Worth:
$80 Million
Jun 25, 1945 (78 years old)
New York City
5 ft 10 in (1.79 m)
Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Writer, Musician, Actor, Film Score Composer, Author
United States of America
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Carly Simon is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and children's author who has a net worth of $80 million. Carly Simon first rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit songs. She has had 13 Top 40 hits, including "You're So Vain," "Anticipation," "Nobody Does It Better," "You Belong To Me," "That's the Way I've Always Heard it Should Be," "Coming Around Again," and her famous duet with ex-husband James Taylor, "Mockingbird."

Since the early 1970s, Simon has captivated audiences with her deeply personal lyrics, distinctive voice, and remarkable songwriting skills, making her a significant figure in the American music scene.

Simon's breakthrough came in 1971 with her self-titled debut album, which included the hit song "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be." Her early work showcased not only her vocal talent but also her ability to articulate complex emotional landscapes in her music. However, it was her 1972 single "You're So Vain," from her third album "No Secrets," that catapulted her to international fame. This song, widely speculated about and celebrated for its catchy chorus and mysterious subject, became an enduring classic and won her a Grammy Award.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Carly continued to release successful albums and singles, exploring various themes and musical styles. Her versatility as an artist is evident in her extensive discography, which includes hit songs like "Nobody Does It Better," the theme song for the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me," and "Coming Around Again."

Apart from her musical endeavors, Simon has also made significant contributions as a children's author, writing several books that have been well-received for their creativity and charm.

Early Life

Carly Simon was born on June 25, 1945, in the Bronx borough of New York City. Her father was Richard Simon, co-founder of Simon & Schuster. Her mother, Andrea Heinemann Simon, was a civil rights activist and singer. Carly, her two elder sisters, and her younger brother grew up in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. Simon suffered from a severe stutter when she was eight years old, and she turned to singing and songwriting.

After graduating from Riverdale Country School, Carly briefly attended Sarah Lawrence College before dropping out to pursue her music career.


Simon began her career with a short-lived music group, the Simon Sisters, with her sister Lucy. They were signed to Kapp Records in 1964 and released two albums that year, starting with "Meet The Simon Sisters." They had a minor hit with the lead single "Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod." Their second album, "Cuddlebug," quickly followed. They made one more album together in 1969, "The Simon Sisters Sing the Lobster Quadrille and Other Songs for Children," before Lucy left the group to get married and start a family.

Simon became a solo artist and was signed to Elektra Records in 1970. In March 1971, she released her self-titled debut album, which contained her breakthrough top-ten hit "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be." The song peaked at #10 on the "Billboard" charts and earned Simon a Grammy nod for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her second album, "Anticipation," came out in November of the same year. It peaked at #30, and the title track became a huge hit, reaching #3 on Easy Listening Radio and #13 on the "Billboard" Pop Singles chart. It earned her a second nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammys. Carly has said that the single was written in just 15 minutes, as she was waiting for Cat Stevens to pick her up for a date. The pair had become involved shortly after she had opened for Stevens at L.A.'s Troubadour around the time her first album came out.

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In 1972, Simon saw the biggest success of her career with "You're So Vain," a #1 hit on the U.S. Pop and Adult Contemporary charts that sold over a million copies in the United States alone. It was one of the biggest hits of the '70s and launched her breakthrough album, "No Secrets," to #1 on the U.S. album charts, where it stayed for five weeks straight. The album achieved Gold status that year and platinum by its 25th anniversary in 1997. The song received Grammy nods for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Performance. The subject of the song was shrouded in mystery, with most press speculation hinting at Mick Jagger, who sings backup vocals on the track. In 2015, Simon confirmed that the song was about Warren Beatty.

Simon followed up her album with the smash hit "Hotcakes," which reached #3 on the "Billboard" charts and was certified gold. In 1977, Carly was catapulted to international fame when she performed "Nobody Does It Better," the theme song of the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me." Her star continued to rise in 1978 with the hit album "Boys in the Trees." The end of the '70s saw Simon singing backup vocals on several James Taylor songs and albums.

In 1988, Carly became the first performer to ever win a Grammy Award, Golden Globe, and Academy Award for a single song written and performed by one artist for her song "Let the River Run" from the film "Working Girl." Simon was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994. She was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 for "You're So Vain." Although she never quite saw the level of wild success she experienced in the '70s with her later releases, Simon still remains one of the most well-known musicians in the world.

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Carly went on to release 22 studio albums and numerous compilation albums. She has garnered 24 "Billboard" Hot 100 charting singles and 28 "Billboard" Adult Contemporary charting singles over the course of her lengthy career. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994 and has received two Boston Music Awards Lifetime Achievement honors as well as an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music. She has released two memoirs, "Boys in the Trees: A Memoir" in 2015, focusing on her childhood and early life, and 2019's "Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie," which recounts her friendship with former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Personal Life

Simon was briefly engaged to William Donaldson in the '60s. Carly was married to James Taylor from 1972 to 1983. They had two children, Sarah Taylor and Ben Simon Taylor, who are both musicians and political activists. Despite sharing two children, Simon and Taylor reportedly have not seen each other or spoken since their break up in 1983.

After a brief engagement to musician Russ Kunkel, Simon married James Hart in December 1987. They split in 2007. Simon later began dating a surgeon named Richard Koehler, who is ten years her junior.

Real Estate

Carly first began visiting Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, in the early 1970s with her then-husband James Taylor, who owned a small cabin on 145 acres of the island. Simon fell in love with the area, and after her divorce from Taylor, she bought her own place, which she still owns today. Carly's property spans more than 25 secluded acres and is worth around $5 million today based on comparable sales. Taylor still owns his property, which is just a 25-minute drive across the island.

Carly was famously rejected for ownership of a unit in NYC's Dakota building by the co-op board. She eventually bought two units in the West Village, which were combined into one. She sold this property in 2013 for $2.3 million. She had listed it for $3.8 million at one point.

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