Glen Travis Campbell was born on the 22nd April 1936, in Delight, Arkansas USA. He was a professional guitarist, and was one of the most popular American country pop singers back in the ’60s and ’70s, with over 70 albums released and over 50 million records sold in more than 50 years. His name is often associated with singles like “Wichita Lineman”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, and “Rhinestone Cowboy”. Besides being a musician, Glen Campbell was also popular as a television host and sometimes even an actor. He passed way in August 2017.
So just how rich was Glen Campbell? Sources estimate that Glen’s net worth was over $50 million, his wealth having been made from music, films, television shows and business in the entertainment industry. His music didn’t bring him just gold and platinum records, but it contributed to his net worth with over $30 million. He owned an 8,300 square feet house at the Biltmore Estates, in Phoenix, sold in 2005 for almost $6.5 million and a 6,540 square feet mansion in Malibu, LA, sold in 2012 for $4.45 million. He then lived in a big house in Nashville, Tennessee.
Glen Campbell Net Worth $50 Million
Glen Campbell learned to play the guitar as a child, from his uncle Boo, who also took him to play in his band, called Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys, in 1954. Six years later, Glen moved to LA, became a session musician, and was part of the group The Wrecking Crew. As a guitarist, he played for artists like Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra, and performed in several bands even including The Beach Boys until 1965, when he had his first successful solo hit. After 1967, he became more famous singing country music, but remained flexible throughout his career. He also made appearances in movies, with “True Grit” (1969) co-starring John Wayne, and “Norwood” (1970), with Kim Darby and Joe Namath, being the most successful. He also hosted “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour”, his own television show on CBS, between 1969 and 1972.
During the ’70s, Glen also acted in TV movies, was invited onto variety shows, and had several television specials. From 1976 to 1978, he hosted the American Music Awards, and in 1979 he hosted the NBC special “Glen Campbell: Back to Basics”. At the same time, his songs were almost always present on the Billboard Country Chart, the Billboard Hot 100, or the Adult Contemporary Chart – tops where he had nine number one hits.
In 2011, Glen made public that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. After this, he still recorded two albums and had a farewell tour across the USA with a total of 151 concerts, continuing to perform until 2013, touring or giving live performances at the Glen Campbell Good Times Theatre, built in 1994 in Branson, now called the Oak Ridge Boys Theater.
A documentary film about Glen’s life, called “I’ll Be Me”, was launched in 2014. In 2015, for his last hit called “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”, Glen was nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar.
It has been estimated that his net worth increased considerably in the past few years, as Glen Campbell made about $6 million a year, more than $1.5 million being earnings from appearances in TV programs and endorsements.
Between 1967 and 2014, Glen Campbell won ten Grammy Awards, one of them being the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
In his personal life, Glen Campbell married four times, to Diane Kirk (1955-1959), then Billie Jean Nunley, (1959-1975), and Sarah Barg, (1976-1980), until from 1982 to Kimberly Woolen. Glen had five sons and three daughters: Debby (from his first marriage), Kelli, Travis, Wesley Kane (from the second marriage), Dillon Ian (from the third marriage), and Cal, Shannon, and Ashley with Kimberly.
Glen lived his last couple of years in a care facility in Nashville, because his health condition required permanent care. He passed away on 8 Aug 2017, with members of his family apparently still fighting to obtain control over Glen’s affairs.
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