America’s Got Talent Winners Of All Time: How Successful Are They & Current Net Worth?
America’s Got Talent often abbreviated as AGT is a talent show which attracts a variety of participants from across the United States and abroad to take part and showcase their talent.
The show first aired on 21st June 2006 and has helped to unearth new talent and boost the career of various multi-talented performers who took part in the show.
Here is the list of all winners from 14 seasons with their net worth details. Who is the richest among them? Also, check out some AGT finalist who didn’t win but racks in millions.
All AGT Winners: Ranked From The Richest To Average
1. Terry Fator
Winner of America’s Got Talent season 2, Terry Fator is the richest AGT winner of all time. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Terry is estimated at around $160 million as of December 2019.
On 19th June 2007, he auditioned at America’s Got Talent season 2 and advanced to Top 4 being Judge’s Choice and Contestant’s Choice. On 21st August 2007, in the finale, Terry and his puppet characters Johnny Vegas and Kermit the Frog performed the song “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor and won Season 2 of AGT.
Terry Fator was awarded $1 million prize money by AGT. However, he will not be receiving the full amount as none of the winners ever has.
Following the AGT, Fator signed a three month (January-May 2008) contract of $1.5 million with the Las Vegas Hilton in December 2007. In a similar way, Terry became Las Vegas headliner at The Mirage hotel with a 5-year contract worth $100 million on 13th May 2008.
Under the extended contract, Terry will continue to perform in the Las Vegas Hilton until 2021.
2. Darci Lynne Farmer
Winner of the Season 12 of America’s Got Talent, Darci Lynne Farmer is estimated to own net worth of $8 million as of December 2019.
The ventriloquist & singer Darcy got Golden Buzzer from the judge Mel B during her audition and marched to the quarterfinals.
Lynne was placed first with the most vote count from 52 million vote casts. Along with the AGT Season 12 title, Darcy won the prize money of $1 million. As per sources, she is currently busy with her tours and shows.
3. Shin Lim
Winner of America’s Got Talent Season 13, Shin Lim is a Canadian-American magician. The 28-year-old magician won the AGT title in 2018 along with the prize money $1 million.
As per reports, the show offers an annuity payment of $25,000 (taxable) per year throughout the next 40 years or the present cash value of $300,000 (taxable) to the winner.
4. Michael Grimm
The 41-year-old Michael Grimm is an American singer and songwriter who is popular as the winner of America’s Got Talent Season 5.
As of December 2019, Michael is worth $3 million as per Celebrity Net Worth. Most of his earning come from the prize money of $1 million from AGT which is paid $25,000 per year for 40 years.
5. Mat Franco
Mat Franco became the first magician to win America’s Got Talent in 2014. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Franco is estimated at around $3 million as of December 2019.
Franco chose to do a twist on his audition act for the finale and did a version of Cups and Balls and a large scale trick which included a human deck of cars. The act eventually won him the Season 9 of AGT.
He was awarded the $1 million prize money and a headlining show in Las Vegas, Nevada. As of 5th August 2015, Mat began headlining in Las Vegas at LINQ Hotel & Casino, the show is titled Mat Franco: Magic Reinvented Nightly.
6. Bianca Ryan
Bianca Ryan, an American singer, songwriter, and actress is the first-ever contestant to win America’s Got Talent in 2006, when the show came up with Season 1.
As per CNW, Ryan’s net worth is estimated at around $3 million as of December 2019. Alongside the AGT Season 1 title, she got hand in the prize money $1 million.
7. Olate Dogs
Surprisingly the winner of America’s Got Talent Season 7 was not a person but a trio named Olate Dogs. The adorable puppies won the hearts of many by their tricks like a backflip, jumping rope, and riding a scooter.
According to various sources, the Olate Dogs are now worth $2 million as of 2019. Their fortune also consists of the prize money of $1 million they pocket as the winner of AGT’s season 7.
8. Grace VanderWaal
The 15-year-old Grace Avery VanderWaal is an American singer and songwriter widely popular as the winner of America’s Got Talent Season 11 at the age of 12.
She won the title at the age of 12 along with the prize money $1 million. As per various sources, the beautiful singer is currently estimated at around $2 million.
9. Paul Zerdin
Paul Zerdin, 47, is a British comedian and ventriloquist who became the winner of AGT’s Season 10 with his outstanding performance in the finale.
As of December 2019, Zerdin is worth $2 million out of which certain part comes from his prize money of $1 million from AGT.
Besides AGT, Paul played Sam Zerdin in the 2018 film Karts in Suzuka and is also a part of the movie Muppet Treasure Island.
10. Kenichi Ebina
Popularly known as the winner of AGT’s Season 8, Kenichi Ebina is a Japanese dancer and reality TV star. Ebina is currently worth around $2 million.
The 45-year-old won the title with his remix performance of his audition act wowing the judges one more time. Kenichi was awarded the prize money of $1 million which can be collected as an installment of $25,000 per year for another 40 years.
11. Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
The 45-year-old Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. is an American jazz singer who rose to prominence as the winner of America’s Got Talent Season 6.
After AGT finale, Landau was signed with Sony Records and Columbia Records. He released his debut album entitled That’s Life on 21st November 2011. The album peaked at no.34 on the Billboard 200 and no.1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts selling 28,000 copies during its first week.
According to various sources, Landau Eugene is currently worth $1.5 million. His wealth also includes the prize money of $1 million he won as the winner of AGT.
12. Neal E. Boyd
Best known as the winner of the 3rd Season of America’s Got Talent, Neal E. Boyd was an American pop opera singer.
Neal garnered public attention from his audition’s performance “Nessun Dorma” by Puccini. Boyd advanced to the Top 40, Top 20, then Top 10. He was announced as the winner of AGT Season 3 on 17th June 2008.
The American singer was estimated at around $1 million at the time of his death. Most of his fortune came from the prize money which is $1 million.
13. Kevin Skinner
American country singer Kevin Skinner is the winner of America’s Got Talent Season 4. The country singer performed If Tomorrow Never Comes by Garth Brooks during his audition and was advanced to the next level.
During the finale, Kevin performed I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith and was announced the winner of the 4th Season of AGT.
Skinner was awarded the prize money $1 million (taxable) which can be collected as an annuity payment of $25,000 per year throughout the next 40 years or present cash value $300,000.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Kevin is estimated at around $300,000 as of December 2019. Following the AGT finale, Skinner released his debut CD titled Long Ride-on 17th March 2010.
14. Kodi Lee
The winner of the 14th Season of America’s Got Talent, Kodi Lee is an American singer, pianist, and songwriter. Following his audition in 2019, Kodi’s video went viral on the internet with over 30 million views on the internet.
He performed A Song For You by Leon Russell during his audition and received a standing ovation at the end of the performance. He performed the song “You Are the Reason” alongside Leona Lewis during the finale and was announced the winner moments later.
As the winner of AGT, Kodi won the prize money $1 million which can be collected with the present cash value of $300,000 (taxable) or as an annuity payment of $25,000 per year throughout the next 40 years.
Didn’t Win AGT But Are Millionaire Figures Though
Although some talents did not grab the prize money, they sure did make names for themselves in the entertainment industry. Here is a shortlist of few contestants whose got success & fortune is no less than the AGT winners:
The eight-member hip-hop dance crew popularly known as Jabbawockeez is currently estimated at around $25 million.
The US-based crew auditioned for AGT’s Season 2 and made it to Las Vegas callbacks, however, the dance crew didn’t make it to the final.
Lindsey Stirling is an American singer, songwriter, violinist, and dancer who performs a variety of music styles from classical to pop and rock to electronic dance music.
Sterling auditioned for the 5th season of American’s Got Talent and reached the quarterfinals. Sadly, she didn’t advance to the finals. As per various sources, the multi-talented Lindsey is worth $12 million as of 2019.
The 19-year-old Jackie Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who rose to the spotlight as the runner-up in the 5th Season of America’s Got Talent.
Following her performance in AGT, Jackie had a successful career and has released eight studio albums titled Dream with Me, Awakening, Two Hearts, and The Debut.
As of 2019, Stirling is estimated at around $4 million. She pockets thousands of dollars from her album sales, tours, and shows.
Jonathan Dorenbos aka Jon Dorenbos is a former American football long snapper and magician who came to the limelight from America’s Got Talent Season 11.
Jon performed a card trick during his audition and got the golden buzzer from guest judge Ne-Yo and advanced to the next round.
For his final act, Jon told an inspirational story while manipulating playing cards that the judge signed. Dorenbos finished 3rd place while Grace VanderWaal was the winner.
He is the host of Inside the Eagles which airs on Eagles Television Network. As per various sources, Jon is worth $4 million as of December 2019.