Duane Eddy Highest-Paid Guitarist in the World

Duane Eddy
Duane Eddy led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid guitarists” released on Sunday.

It's been a rough year for the guitarist, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 85-year-old Duane Eddy 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 22/04/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Duane Eddy 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 Sunday (April 21) that Eddy is the highest-paid guitarist in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between March 2023 and March 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 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 Eddy Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Corning Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondereddy - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Duane) and a fashion line called “Duane Eddy Seduction”.

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

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