Tom Petty was a well-known American singer who is best known to be the lead singer of the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He was previously the co-founder of the group Traveling Wilburys and was the member of the band Mudcrutch. Petty has also released many albums as a solo artist. He died in October 2017. Let’s find out how much is Tom Petty’s net worth in 2018.
Tom Petty Early Life
Thomas Earl Petty was born on October 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida, to his parents Earl Petty and Kitty (Avery) Petty.
He was interested in music after he met Elvis Presley. He became a fan of Presley the moment he met him. Petty dropped out of high school when he was 17 years old and went on to form a band.
In 1974, Tom Petty got married to Jane Benyo. They had two daughters named Anna Kim and Adria. The couple divorced in 1996. In June 2001, he got married to Dana York. Petty is the stepfather of Dylan, who is York’s child from her previous marriage.
On October 2, 2017, Petty was found unconscious in his residence. He died on the same day after having a cardiac arrest. His funeral was held on 16th October 2017, at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.
Tom Petty Career
Tom Petty began his career with the band ‘Epics.’ It was later renamed as ‘Mudcrutch.’ In 1975, they released the single entitled “Depot Street.” Soon the band split up, and Petty ventured into a solo career. He later went on to become a member of the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
In 1976, The Heartbreakers released their eponymous debut album. This was followed by the album ‘You’re Gonna Get It!’ in 1978. The band released the albums ‘Damn the Torpedoes’, ‘Hard Promises’, ‘Long After Dark’, ‘Southern Accents’, ‘Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)’, ‘Into the Great Wide Open’, ‘Echo’, ‘The Last DJ’, ‘Mojo’, and ‘Hypnotic Eye’.
As a solo artist, Petty released his debut album entitled ‘Full moon Fever’ in 1989. This was followed by the album ‘Wildflowers’ in 1994. His last solo album ‘Highway Companion’ was released in 2006.
He has released two albums with Traveling Wilburys and has also released two albums with Mudcrutch. The self-titled album ‘Mudcrutch’ was released in 2008, followed by ‘2’ in 2016. Petty has also released 68 singles and 9 video albums.
Awards & Achievements
In 1990, Tom Petty was nominated for the American Music Awards. He has received the 2005 Billboard Music Awards and has won three Grammy Awards out of 18 nominations. Petty has also won three MTV Video Music Awards from ten nominations. In 2003, he won the Legend Award at the Radio Music Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. His band has received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Net Worth of Tom Petty
Tom Petty had an estimated net worth of more than $95 million. He made this fortune as a successful singer and has accumulated this wealth from the sale of his albums. He has released many albums in his career and has also guest appeared for many other artists. His albums have been certified multi-platinum on many occasions. He has also ventured into acting and has appeared in films and television.
Tom Petty is considered one of the most popular singers in the world. He is also a songwriter. In his career, he has released a number of albums and singles. He is also a philanthropist and was honored with the MusiCares Person of the Year in 2017. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were given the keys to the city of Gainesville in 2006.