Data has been released which ranks the richest country music stars.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Queen of country music, Dolly Parton, tops the list with a net worth of an eye-watering $600m, leaving artists like Jon Pardi struggling with a mere $8m fortune.
GOBankingRates crunched the numbers and the Top 15, ordered by state, is as follows:
CALIFORNIA – JON PARDI ($8m)
FLORIDA – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE ($50m)
GEORGIA – TRISHA YEARWOOD ($400m)
Although she moved to Nashville after high school, Yearwood was raised in Georgia and worked as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Her 1991 album ‘She’s In Love With The Boy’ debuted at #1 on the Billboard country charts and multiple platinum albums followed. Her net worth is combined with husband Garth Brooks. Fellow Georgian Luke Bryan follows on a net worth of $160m, ahead of Alan Jackson with $95m.
ILLINOIS – ALISON KRAUSS ($16m)
KANSAS – MARTINA McBRIDE ($45m)
McBride and her husband moved to Nashville in 1990 to find work in the country music scene and went from selling T-shirts at Garth Brooks concerts to becoming his opening act!
KENTUCKY – LORETTA LYNN ($65m)
LOUISIANA – TIM McGRAW ($165m)
McGraw’s net worth is combined with that of his wife Faith Hill, and another Louisianan with an impressive value is Hank Williams Jr with $45m.
MISSISSIPPI – FAITH HILL ($165m)
Not bad for a girl whose first job was packaging fan merchandise for Reba McEntire!
NORTH CAROLINA – ERIC CHURCH ($14m)
OHIO – RASCAL FLATTS ($180m)
The band’s value is a combination of members Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney.
OKLAHOMA – GARTH BROOKS ($400m)
Two more Oklahoma natives make the grade; Toby Keith ($365m) and Carrie Underwood ($140m).
PENNSYLVANIA – TAYLOR SWIFT ($400m)
TENNESSEE – DOLLY PARTON ($600m)
With nearly 55 years in the business, it’s a considerable fortune to have amassed. A very shrewd businesswoman, Parton maintained the publishing rights to her songs, earning her millions of dollars in royalties as a result. Fellow Tennesseean Kenny Chesney makes the list with $180m.
TEXAS – GEORGE STRAIT ($300m)
Following in his footsteps are Miranda Lambert and Tanya Tucker, each with $60m.
WEST VIRGINIA – BRAD PAISLEY ($95m)