Keith Jarrett Highest-Paid Pianist in the World

Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid pianists” released on Friday.

It's been a rough year for the pianist, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 72-year-old Keith Jarrett has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid pianists for 2017 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 24/06/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Keith Jarrett tops annual list of highest-paid pianists

In 2014 it looked like the pianist’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Friday (June 23) that Jarrett is the highest-paid pianist in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between May 2016 and May 2017, a nearly $50 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The American pianist has an estimated net worth of $245 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Jarrett Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Allentown Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderjarrett - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Keith) and a fashion line called “Keith Jarrett Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Keith fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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