Mark Knopfler, one of the most renowned British guitarists to emerge in the 1970s, hit the headlines as the co-founder, lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of the rock band ‘Dire Straits’. Even without his association to the band, Knopfler has become a legend in his own lifetime by recording eight noteworthy solo albums and producing soundtracks for films, including Cal (1984) and The Princess Bride (1987). Keep reading to know more about Mark Knopfler’s net worth in 2018.
Mark Knopfler Early Life
Mark Freuder Knopfler was born to an English mother, Louisa Mary and a Hungarian émigré father, Erwin Knopfler in Glasgow, Scotland on 12th August, 1949. The Knopfler family later moved to Blyth in North East England where he and his brother, David, attended Gosforth Grammar School.
Inspired by his Uncle Kingsley playing boogie-woogie on the piano, Mark developed an intense passion for music when he was about eight years old. While pursuing his English degree from University of Leeds, he and Steve Philips began playing out under the name ‘Duolian String Pickers’, during which he developed his trademark finger picking style.
Mark Knopfler Career, Awards & Achievement
In 1977, Mark Knopfler formed the internationally celebrated rock band Dire Straits along with David Knopfler, John Illsley and Pick Withers. Their first hit single was “Sultans of Swing” which reached the Top 10 in the UK and USA charts in 1978 and their most commercially flourishing album “Brothers in Arms” has sold over 30 million copies till date.
After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Mark’s solo career also flushed with success. He recorded the soundtrack for the movie Wag the Dog (1997), Local Hero (1963) and Altamira (2013). In 2000, he released “Sailing to Philadelphia” which is by far his most successful album. His other albums include “Shangri-La”, “Kill to Get Crimson”, all of which have served to enhance his international repute.
Knopfler has also contributed to country music with the band Notting Hillbillies and several collaborations with Chet Atkins, George Jones and Emmylou Harris, resulting in successful albums like “Neck and Neck”, “Bradley Barn Sessions” and “All the Roadrunning”.
Awards & Achievements
Knopfler, as a member of Dire Straits, has been commemorated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. He has been nominated for numerous Grammy awards and won four of them, the most recent one being in 2006 for Best Surround Sound Album for “Brothers in Arms”. In 2012, he won the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award for “Money for Nothing”. Mark has also been presented with an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1999.
Net Worth of Mark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler has an estimated net worth of $115 million. This tremendous success and fame bears testimony to his finesse art of picking that reserved a chamber for traditionalism at a time when the concept of metal and rock music in guitar solo was taking an ear-piercing turn.
Mark Knopfler has made a significant mark on rock and country music, acquiring high acclaim from audience and critics alike. At 68 years, he continues to exercise his passion for music and his 9th solo album is scheduled for completion in 2018.