Dennis Russell Davies Highest-Paid Pianist in the World

Dennis Russell Davies
Dennis Russell Davies led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid pianists” released on Tuesday.

It's been a rough year for the pianist, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 76-year-old Dennis Russell Davies has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid pianists for 2020 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 30/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Dennis Russell Davies tops annual list of highest-paid pianists

In 2018 it looked like the pianist’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Tuesday (September 29) that Davies is the highest-paid pianist in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between August 2019 and August 2020, a nearly $30 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-conductor has an estimated net worth of $185 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 Davies Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Toledo Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderdavies - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Dennis) and a fashion line called “Dennis Russell Davies Seduction”.

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

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