Les Dudek Highest-Paid Guitarist in the World

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Les Dudek led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid guitarists” released on Tuesday.

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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. 65-year-old Les Dudek has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid guitarists for 2018 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 24/01/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Les Dudek tops annual list of highest-paid guitarists

In 2015 it looked like the guitarist’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Tuesday (January 23) that Dudek is the highest-paid guitarist in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between December 2016 and December 2017, a nearly $20 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 $145 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 Dudek Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Quonset Point Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderdudek - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Les) and a fashion line called “Les Dudek Seduction”.

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

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