How George Strait’s net worth was built
Strait began performing with a band called Rambling Country while serving in the Army in Hawaii. After military service, Strait attended college and joined the country band Stoney Ridge, later called Ace in the Hole. Although the band performed around south and central Texas, gaining followers along the way, Strait had a tough time breaking into the country music business. He got the break he needed when he signed a contract with MCA Records in 1981. That same year, his first single, “Unwound,” climbed to the top 10 on the country music charts. Over the next decade, Strait enjoyed 17 more No. 1 albums, including “Strait From the Heart,” “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?” “Something Special,” “Ocean Front Property,” “Beyond the Blue Neon” and many more. Celebrity Net Worth estimates Strait’s fortune at $300 million as of March 2017.
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- Born: 1952
- Birthplace: Poteet, Texas
What he’s up to now
Strait continues to play to sold-out arenas, and in November 2016 announced that he would extend his Las Vegas concert series. In the meantime, Strait stays involved with causes that are dear to him, including the Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation, a children’s charity established in memory of the daughter he lost in a car accident when she was 13. He is also associated with the Wrangler National Patriot Program, which raises money for wounded and fallen soldiers and their families. Strait and his son, George Jr., are members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
Strait has a slew of awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, as well as a Grammy for Best Country Album (“Troubadour” in 2008), a career achievement award from the Country Radio Broadcasters, and a National Medal of Arts awarded by President George W. Bush.
George Strait made a pile of money in the music biz. So did Gene Simmons, who also branched out into reality TV.