Billy Joel Net Worth 2021: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Billy Joel net worth is
$180 Million

Billy Joel Wiki Biography

William Martin Joel, commonly known as Billy Joel, is a famous American composer, pianist, voice actor, singer and songwriter, as well as a businessman. Billy Joel rose to prominence in the early 1970s and at the time became one of the best-selling musicians and artists in the United States. Ever since his debut in 1971 with his very first album entitled “Cold Spring Harbor”, Billy Joel enchanted the audiences with his music.

Billy Joel Net Worth $180 Million

Over the years, Billy Joel has written 33 songs that made it to the Top 40 on the music charts and has sold over 150 million copies of his albums all around the world. One of Bill Joel’s most commercially successful albums is perhaps a compilation album called “Greatest Hits”, which came in two volumes. Up to date, the album has sold more than 25 million units and has been certified double diamond by the RIAA, along with Led Zeppelin’s “Led Zeppelin IV” and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” albums.

Billy Joel’s immense contributions to the music industry have been acknowledged with six Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors award, as well as the induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

A famous singer and songwriter, how rich is Billy Joel? Sources state that Bill Joel’s net worth is estimated to be $180 million. Billy Joel’s remarkable net worth and wealth made it possible for him to acquire several valuable assets, including his home in the Erstwhile Central Park South, the cost of which was $11 million, and his estate in Hampton, the value of which is $22.9 million.

Bill Joel was born in 1949, in New York, US. As a child, Joel started taking piano lessons even though he had no passion for it. When he was in high school, Joel decided to start boxing in order to protect himself, and proved to be a remarkable boxer until he quit the sport when he suffered injury from a broken nose. Billy Joel did not graduate from Hicksville High School but instead started playing piano at various local bars in order to financially help his mother.

When Joel was at the crossroads of his life and had to choose whether to attend university or not, he decided to pursue a career as a singer and eventually signed a record deal with “Columbia Records”. Joel’s first music venture was a cover group called “The Echoes”, however, he left his own band in order to join a rock group called “The Hassles”, with which he released several singles and albums, none of which were commercially successful. Joel went on to become a popular solo artist ever since the release of his debut album “Cold Spring Harbor”. During his career as a musician, Billy Joel has released thirteen studio albums, the most recent being “Fantasies & Delusions”.

In addition to singing, Billy Joel has been making various on screen appearances, including a sitcom “Mad About You”, “The Howard Stern Show” with Howard Stern, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, David Letterman’s “Late Show with David Letterman” and many other television projects.

  • Structural Info
  • Trademarks
  • Quotes
  • Facts
  • Pictures
  • Filmography
  • Awards
Full Name Billy Joel
Net Worth $180 Million
Date Of Birth May 9, 1949
Place Of Birth The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.66 m)
Profession Singer-songwriter, Pianist, Lyricist, Composer, Orchestrator, Businessperson, Musician, Voice Actor
Education Hicksville High School
Nationality United States of America
Spouse Katie Lee (m. 2004–2010), Christie Brinkley (m. 1985–1994), Elizabeth Weber (m. 1973–1982)
Children Alexa Ray Joel
Parents Howard Joel, Rosalind Nyman, Uptown Girl, We Didn’t Start the Fire, Just the Way You Are, New York, NY, United States, Indianapolis, IN, United States
Siblings Alexander Joel, Judith Joel, Uptown Girl, We Didn’t Start the Fire, Just the Way You Are, New York, NY, United States, Indianapolis, IN, United States
Partner Alexis Roderick
Nicknames William Martin Joel , Mr. Long Island , Joe , The Piano Man , Bill Martin , Billy
Awards Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Grammy Legend Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Tony Award for Best Orchestrations, Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Per…
Music Groups The Hassles, Billy Joel Band, Attila, New York, NY, United States, Indianapolis, IN, United States, Uptown Girl, We Didn’t Start the Fire, Just the Way You Are
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Grammy Award for Best Music Film, Juno Award for Internatio…
Movies New York, NY, United States, Indianapolis, IN, United States, Oliver & Company, Last Play at Shea, Piano Grand: A Smithsonian Celebration, Sesame Street: Do the Alphabet, Rock Masters: Billy Joel, Elton John: One Night Only: The Greatest Hits, Billy Joel: Greatest Hits: Vol. 3: The Video
TV Shows Billy Joel: In His Own Words, The Hamptons (2002), Big Shot, New York, NY, United States, Indianapolis, IN, United States
# Trademark
1 Goatee
2 Often writes songs about New York City
# Quote
1 [on his biggest hit, ‘Just the Way You Are’, originally written for his later-divorced wife] I hate that song. My mind wanders whenever we do it. I start it: ‘Don’t go changing…nah nah nah nah …and I forget the words. So I look to the drummer to tell me the words, ’cause he always sings along. And he goes, ‘She got the house, the dog, the car’. I actually sang that one night. The audience were not happy.
2 I went into a deep, deep depression after 9/11. 9/11 just knocked the wind out of me, and I don’t know even now if I’ve recovered from it. It really, really hurt that man could do that to man.
3 I’ve been able to make a living as a musician, and that’s the greatest blessing of all. The fame, the wealth, the awards, and all that, that’s all gravy.
4 I’m just this shlubby guy who plays the piano.
5 2008: On being a rock star at age 59: I’m from Long Island; I’m not going to delude myself. I know what I look like. And I want them to know that I know how absurd all this is.
6 I looked like Bubbles the Chimp.
7 I know: rich bastard. I used to feel awkward about it, but I shrugged it off. It’s all luck and sweat. But I earned it – though I can’t justify the amounts.
8 On a three-week commitment after attempting suicide at age 21: I’d go up to the nurse’s window and say, “Hey, I’m OK, but these other people are really crazy.”. They’d just hand me my Thorazine.
9 It’s weird you know, the values. Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine yet I’m worth more money than he is.
10 [about recording “We Are the World”] I remember most of us who were there didn’t like the song, but nobody would say so. I think Cyndi Lauper leaned over to me and said, “It sounds like a Pepsi commercial.”. And I didn’t disagree.
11 I love telling stories, and I love hearing a good story being told. Songwriting is fascinating in that it incorporates two things that I love to do: create a story and write the music to it. Then I get to sing it and play the piano on top of that. My job allows me to do four things that I absolutely love. It doesn’t get much better than that.
12 There’s nothing better than good sex. But bad sex? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is better than bad sex.
13 I’d rather laugh with the sinners, than cry with the saints.
14 I have a theory as to why I’ve been around so long. I don’t think I’m all that good, I think I’m competent, I know how to do what I’m supposed to do. I know how to play the piano, I know how to sing in key, I know how to write music & lyrics, I know how to record and I know how to perform. I’m competent. I know how to do my job.
15 I look in the mirror and I go: you’re a rock star? It’s funny I don’t look like a rock star, I don’t walk around thinking like a rock star. I’m just this shmegdorf walking around and somebody confronts me and goes BILLY JOEL! and I’m like: Right, I’m that guy.
# Fact
1 His 1978 album, “52nd Street,” was the first album to be released on compact disc in 1982.
2 Married to 34-year-old Alexis Roderick at the age of 66 years, he will have been married for the fourth time and a father to a second child.
3 Billy and wife Alexis welcomed their daughter Della Rosa at 2: 40 AM August 12th baby Della weighed 7 lbs 6.5 oz at birth babies middle name is derived from Billy’s late mother Rosalinda.
4 Decided to pursue a music career after seeing The Beatles play on The Ed Sullivan show.
5 He and his girlfriend Alexis Roderick are expecting their first child, a daughter, this summer reportedly to be named Madison. [2015]
6 Did not graduate High school as he did not have enough credits and decided to pursue his music career rather than attend Summer school.
7 He did all the lead and backing vocals on “The Longest Time” himself.
8 Inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 15, 2006.
9 His album “52nd Street” (released in 1978) was the first album to be released on compact disc in 1982.
10 (November 24, 2010) Underwent double hip surgery in a Long Island, New York hospital to treat a congenital hip ailment.
11 His first wife, Elizabeth Weber, was his business manager and the ex-wife of Jon Small.
12 Has played in two bands with Jon Small: The Hassles and Attila.
13 In the late 1970s with the worldwide success of his albums “Turnstiles” and “52nd Street” and many hit singles, he gave televised concerts on “The Old Grey Whistle Test” and “Music Laden”.
14 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 20, 2004.
15 Called “Joe” by Christie Brinkley because, when she first met him, she wasn’t sure whether Billy Joel was just his first name and she decided that he looked like he could be a Joe.
16 Some of his countless hits are “Piano Man” (1973), “She’s Always a Woman” (1978), “My Life” (1979), “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” (1980, first US #1) “Allentown” (1982), “Uptown Girl” (1983, first UK #1), “Tell Her About It” (1983, US #1), “The Longest Time” (1983), “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (1989), “Leningrad” (1989), “The Rivers of Dreams” (1993) and “All About Soul” (1993).
17 Son of Rosalynd Nyman, born in England to an agnostic Jewish family, and Howard Joel, a Jewish Holocaust survivor from Germany, whose family owned the fourth largest mail order company in Germany before dispossessed by the Nazis. After his divorce, Howard returned to Europe and married again. Billy’s half-brother is the famous concert pianist Alexander Joel.
18 He played piano on The Shangri-Las‘ 1965 hit, “Leader of the Pack”. He was 16 years old at the time.
19 Family Records, the first label that Joel signed with back in the early 1970s, had a lifetime clause in their contract with Joel. This clause came back to haunt him when he signed with major label Columbia Records a few years later. Up until the end of the 1980s, every Joel album sold by Columbia, 25 cents would be paid to Family as a royalty for each album sold. Also, Columbia had to put the Family name, logo, and copyright on every Joel album they produced.
20 First gig he received with playing his piano was when he was 15 to play at a piano bar close to his neighborhood. He loved it so much that he quit high school at 17 to pursue a full fledged music career. Ironically, he worked at a piano bar later in his music career, out in Los Angeles with the name Bill Martin, trying to make ends meet before he released “Piano Man”.
21 One of the very few artists to have top ten hits in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
22 Ditched writing new pop music to compose classical music instead during the mid 1990s. Still performs pop songs at his concerts.
23 Inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
24 Classically-trained pianist.
25 His and Twyla Tharp‘s hit musical “Movin’ Out” received 10 Tony nominations for the 2003 Tony Awards including: Best New Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations. Out of the 10 nominations “Movin’ Out” received two Tonys, one went to Tharp for Best Choreography, and the other went to Joel himself for Best Orchestrations.
26 The Hassles hit #112 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1967 with “You’ve Got Me Hummin'” (United Art. 50215).
27 Seven consecutive albums have made the Top 40.
28 With 77.5 million units sold in the United States to date, he is the 3rd highest selling solo artist of all time after Garth Brooks and Elvis Presley.
29 Writes all of his songs single-handedly.
30 His album “The Stranger” (released in 1977) was the most successful album in Columbia Records history at the time, but because of bad management, he only made $3,000 from it.
31 His song “Just the Way You Are” (released in 1977) is one of the most covered and radio-played songs of all-time.
32 Joel was once a successful Long Island boxer, winning 22 out of 24 fights. He had taken boxing lessons because he was frequently beaten up by neighborhood bullies. He left his boxing career and went into music when his nose was broken in his 24th fight.
33 Billy went by the name Bill Martin when he played the Executive Room in Los Angeles while running from his contract after the failure of Cold Spring Harbor.
34 He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song “We Are the World”.
35 Alexa Ray Joel, Billy Joel’s daughter with Christie Brinkley, was named after piano legend Ray Charles.
36 Grammy award-winning singer.
37 Began in the group the Echoes (later known as the Lost Souls). Also a member of the Hassles (who performed at Westchester, New York’s famous Riviera Lounge in 1967) and Attila.

Known for movies

Leave a Reply