It's been a rough year for the singer, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 85-year-old Barry McGuire has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid singers for 2021 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.
UPDATE 02/03/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Barry McGuire tops annual list of highest-paid singers
In 2018 it looked like the singer’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Monday (March 1) that McGuire is the highest-paid singer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between February 2020 and February 2021, 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 singer-songwriter 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 McGuire Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Oklahoma City Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure WondermcGuire - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Barry) and a fashion line called “Barry McGuire Seduction”.
The ranking is significant for many Barry fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.
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