Buddy Guy Highest-Paid Guitarist in the World

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Buddy Guy led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid guitarists” released on Monday.

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It's been a rough year for the guitarist, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 87-year-old Buddy Guy has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid guitarists for 2024 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 05/03/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Buddy Guy tops annual list of highest-paid guitarists

In 2021 it looked like the guitarist’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Monday (March 4) that Guy is the highest-paid guitarist in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between February 2023 and February 2024, 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 guitarist-singer 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 Guy Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Lettsworth Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderguy - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Buddy) and a fashion line called “Buddy Guy Seduction”.

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

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