Willie Nelson Net Worth

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Willie Nelson Net Worth:
$25 Million

Willie Nelson Net Worth: Willie Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter,  author, poet, actor, activist, and national treasure who has a net worth of $25 million. Willie Nelson has earned his net worth through his musical career, songwriting,  and his many roles in television and films, as well as the writing of his autobiography and other books.

Early Life: Willie Hugh Nelson was born on April 29, 1933, in Abbott, Texas. He is the son of Myrle and Ira Nelson. His cousin Mildred named him Willie and chose his middle name of Hugh in honor of her younger brother who had passed shortly before Willie was born. His parents moved to Texas from Arkansas in 1929 in search of work. His father was a mechanic and his grandfather was a blacksmith. His mom left the family not long after he was born. His father remarried and moved away and then Nelson and his sister Bobbie stayed behind and were raised by their grandparents. His grandfather bought him a guitar when he was six, and taught him a few chords. His grandparents taught singing and started Willie and Bobbie on their path in music.  Nelson and his sister Bobbie sang gospel songs in the church choir with their grandfather. Willie wrote his first song at seven and when he was nine, he played guitar in a local band called Bohemian Polka. Growing up, the family picked cotton during the summer. Willie didn't like picking cotton, so he earned money by singing in dance halls, taverns, and honky-tonks from age 13, which he continued through high school. His musical influences were Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell, Ray Price, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Django Reinhardt, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong.

Nelson attended Abbott High School, where he was a halfback on the football team, a guard on the basketball team, and shortstop in baseball. He also raised pigs with the Future Farmers of America. While still at school, he sang and played guitar in The Texans, a band formed by his sister's husband, Bud Fletcher. The band played in honky-tonks, and also had a Sunday morning spot at KHBR in Hillsboro, Texas. Meanwhile, Nelson had a short stint as a relief phone operator in Abbott, followed by a job as a tree trimmer for the local electric company, as well as a pawnshop employee. After leaving school in 1950, he joined the U.S. Air Force for eight to nine months. From 1954 to 1956 studied agriculture at Baylor University, where he joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, until dropping out to pursue a career in music. He worked as a nightclub bouncer, auto house parts man, saddle maker, and tree trimmer again. He later joined Johnny Bush's band.

Nelson moved with his family to Pleasanton, Texas, where he auditioned for and got the job as a DJ at KBOP. Nelson made his first two recordings in 1955 — "The Storm Has Just Begun" and "When I've Sung My Last Hillbilly Song" with the equipment of the station. He recorded the tracks on used tapes and sent the demos to the local label SARG Records, which rejected them. He then had stints working for KDNT in Denton, KCUL, and KCNC in Fort Worth, where he hosted The Western Express, taught Sunday school and played in nightclubs. He then decided to move to San Diego but, when he was unable to find a job there, he hitchhiked to Portland, Oregon, where his mother lived. When nobody picked him up, he ended up sleeping in a ditch before hopping a freight train bound for Eugene. A truck driver drove him to a bus station and loaned him $10 for a ticket to reach Portland.

Career: Nelson worked as a disc jockey at various radio stations in Vancouver and nearby Portland, Oregon. In 1958, he moved to Houston, Texas, after signing a contract with D Records. He sang at the Esquire Ballroom weekly and he worked as a disk jockey. During that time, he wrote songs that would become country standards, including "Funny How Time Slips Away," "Hello Walls," "Pretty Paper," and "Crazy." In 1960 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and later signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music which allowed him to join Ray Price's band as a bassist. In 1962, he recorded his first album, …And Then I Wrote. Due to this success, Nelson signed in 1964 with RCA Victor and joined the Grand Ole Opry the following year.

Nelson rose to stardom as one of the key figures of outlaw country at the end of the 1960s. Actually, Nelson was recognized as one of the most prolific artists of this subgenre of country music that developed mainly as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Thanks to the critical nod for the album Shotgun Willie (1973), along with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), Nelson entered the limelight. During the mid-1980s, while creating hit albums like Honeysuckle Rose and recording hit songs like "On the Road Again" and "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen, along with fellow singers Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. During the 1990s and 2000s, Nelson continued touring extensively and released albums every year. Reviews ranged from positive to mixed. He explored genres such as reggae, blues, jazz, and folk.

In addition to his musical engagements, Nelson has starred in more than 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Money Issues:  In 1990, Nelson's assets were seized by the IRS, which claimed that he owed $32 million. The difficulty of paying his outstanding debt was aggravated by weak investments he had made during the 1980s. In 1992, Nelson released The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?; the profits of the double album—destined to the IRS—and the auction of Nelson's assets cleared his debt.

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Legal Issues: Nelson has been arrested several times for marijuana possession. The first arrest was in 1974 in Dallas, Texas. In 1977 after a tour with Hank Cochran, Nelson traveled to The Bahamas. As Nelson and Cochran claimed their luggage in the Bahamas, a customs officer questioned Nelson after marijuana was found in a pair of his jeans. Nelson was arrested and jailed. Nelson was released a few hours later. He then appeared before the judge, who dropped the charges but ordered Nelson to never return to the country.

In 1994, highway patrolmen found marijuana in his car near Waco, Texas. His requirement to appear in court prevented him attending the Grammy awards that year.  While traveling to Ann W. Richards' funeral in 2006, Nelson, along with his manager and his sister, Bobbie, was arrested in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana and charged with possession of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms. Nelson received six months of probation.

On November 26, 2010, Nelson was arrested in Sierra Blanca, Texas, for possession of six ounces of marijuana found in his tour bus while traveling from Los Angeles back to Texas. He was released after paying a bail of $2,500. Nelson was set to pay a $500 fine to avoid a two-year jail sentence with a 30-day review period, which in case of another incident would end the agreement.

Personal Life: Willie Nelson has been married four times and has seven children. He was married to Martha Matthews from 1952 to 1962. They had three children, Lana, Susie, and Wilie "Billy" Hugh, Jr. Martha assaulted Willie Sr. several times. At one point, she sewed him into bedsheets and beat him with a broomstick. Their son Billy committed suicide in 1991. Nelson was married to Shirley Collie from 1963 to 1971. They divorced after Shirley found a bill from the maternity ward and discovered that Willie had a daughter, Paula Carlene Nelson, with Connie Koepke. In 1971, Nelson married Koepke and had another daughter, Amy Lee Nelson. They divorced in 1988. He married Annie D'Angelo in 1991 and had to sons, Lukas Autry Nelson and Jacob Micah Nelson. Lukas Nelson is a celebrated country artist like his father with an emphasis on rock with his band Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real.

Nelson's lung collapsed in 1981 while swimming in Hawaii. He was taken to Maui Memorial Hospital.

In 2004 Nelson underwent surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, as he had damaged his wrists by continuously playing the guitar.

Nelson is a second-degree black belt in taekwondo.

Real Estate: Nelson owns "Luck, Texas" a ranch in Spicewood,  and also lives in Maui, Hawaii with several celebrity neighbors.

Willie Nelson Net Worth

Willie Nelson

Net Worth:$25 Million
Date of Birth:Apr 29, 1933 (87 years old)
Height:5 ft 5 in (1.676 m)
Profession:Guitarist, Actor, Record producer, Session musician, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Film Score Composer, Author, Poet
Nationality:United States of America
Last Updated:2020
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