Tony Bennett Net Worth
Tony Bennett New Worth: Tony Bennett is an American singer and icon who has a net worth of $200 million dollars. Born Anthony Dominick "Tony" Benedetto on August 3, 1926 in Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, he grew up in a poor family, in circumstances made more difficult by the Depression and the death of his father when Bennett was only 9. While he attended the High School for the Industrial Arts in New York City, Bennett worked as a singing waiter. After serving in the Army infantry during World War II, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and studied singing and acting at the American Theatre Wing. During this period his vocal coach Mimi Spear offered some advice that he took to heart: "Don't imitate other singers; emulate instrumentalists instead." The young singer was discovered by singer Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village and was hired by Bob Hope in 1949. Hope advised him to take the name Tony Bennett (Bennett had been using the stage name Joe Bari) and put him in his road show. He signed with Columbia Records in 1950 and started working with record producer Mitch Miller. His early hits include Rags to Riches, Because of You and Stranger in Paradise. His most famous song, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, was released in 1962 as a B-side on a single; it also earned Bennett his first Grammy Award. To mark his 80th birthday in 2006, he released Tony Bennett: Duets—An American Classic, recorded with a collection of stars including Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Bono and Sting. The project proved to be such a success that he did another celebratory album in 2011 for his 85th birthday. Bennett weathered many professional storms over the years, but he has still managed to remain relevant, even today, teaming up with popular artists like Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga.