Best known as the co-founder, guitarist, and secondary vocalist of the English band the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He is currently worth around $500 million as per various online sources.
He played both lead and the rhythm guitar parts as the Stones are generally known for their guitar interplay of rhythm and lead. Fourteen of Richards’ songs were listed on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All-time by the magazine.
Besides music, he is also known for his acting credits in films and TV shows like Man on Horseback, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and others.
Biography Of Keith Richards
Keith Richards was born on 18th December 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England, to Herbert Williams Richards and Doris Maud Lydia Dupree. He holds an English nationality and has mixed (English & Welsh) ancestry.
Keith Richards went to Wentworth Primary School. From 1955 to 1959, he enrolled at Dartford Technical High School for boys. He attended Sidcup Art College, however, by mid-1962, he left college to pursue a career in music.
How Much Is His Net Worth At The Moment?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Keith is estimated at around $500 million, whereas, Wealthy Gorilla estimated his fortune at around $340 million as of early 2020.
He amassed his multi-million dollar fortune from his successful career as a musician. Besides, he also earns a decent sum of money from his endorsement deals and sponsorship.
Who Is He Married To?
Richards is married to actress and model Patti Hansen. They wed on 18th December 1983 and share two children named Theodore Richards and Alexandra Richards.
Previously, he was in a romantic relationship with actress Anita Pallenberg. While together, they shared three children: Marlon, Angela, and Tara (deceased).
Details On His House, Cars, & Assets
The 77-year-old singer-songwriter purchased a 3-bedroom, 47-foot living, dining, and entertainment space penthouse for $10.5 million back in 2014.
The fifth Avenue penthouse was listed in the market for $12.2 million before being taken down. The house was re-listed in October 2017 with a makeover by Cheryl Eisen for $12 million; however, the house couldn’t attract any buyers.
He also owns an 8,000 square-foot mansion in Weston, Conn, which is purchased in 1985. The house sits on 8 acres of land with river and lake views and is among Fairfield County’s most famous houses.
Moreover, Keith also owns a 4,000 square foot English Tudor-style home in Wonderland Park Estate. The house includes features like lead glass windows, a family room, a formal living room, a pub, and a spa and is currently listed for $3.695 million.
As per sources, a vintage bottle from 30s/40s is found in perfect condition in the house and will be given to the new owner when sold.
He purchased his first car 400i in 1983. The car was later transported to the United Kingdom, where it was serviced regularly and driven periodically. The car reportedly accumulated 2,000 miles and was expected to fetch up to £160,000 (USD $204,618) when it goes under the hammer.
He also owned a 1966 S3 Bentley Continental Flying Spur named Blue Lena, which he drove to Morocco in 1967.
Let Us Go Through Richards’ Journey To Fame & Fortune
Following his college dropout, he formed an English rock band called The Rolling Stones along with Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, and Ian Stewart in 1962. The band was signed to Decca Records in 1963 and released their debut album entitled The Rolling Stones the following year.
After Brian’s departure from the band, Keith and Mick shared the primary songwriting and production duties for the band.
The band released their second album The Rolling Stones No. 2 in 1965 with hit songs like Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, You Can’t Catch Me, Down the Road Apiece, and Under the Boardwalk.
Here is a list of few of band’s album and their hit singles:
|1965||Out of Our Heads||Mercy, Mercy, The Last Time, Cry to Me, Good Times|
|1967||Between the Buttons||Ruby Tuesday/ Let’s Spend the Night Together|
|1971||Exile on Main St.||Tumbling Dice/ Sweet Black Angel, Happy/All Down the Line|
|1976||Black and Blue||Fool to Cry, Hot Stuff|
|1981||Tattoo You||Start Me Up, Waiting on a Friend, Hang Fire|
|1986||Dirty Works||Harlem Shuffle, One Hit (To the Body)|
|1989||Steel Wheels||Mixed Emotions, Rock and a Hard Place, Terrifying|
|1994||Voodoo Lounge||Love Is Strong, Out of Tears, I Go Wild|
|1997||Bridges to Babylon||Anybody Seen My Baby?, Saint of Me, Out of Control|
|2016||Blue & Lonesome||Just Your Fool, Hate to See You Go, Ride ‘Em on Down|
Besides the band, he has released few solo recordings as well. His first solo single was a cover of Chuck Berry’s Run Rudolph Run released in 1978.
He released his debut solo album titled Talk Is Cheap in 1988 with hit singles Take It So Hard, Big Enough, and several others.
His second album Main Offender was released in 1992, and his third album entitled Crosseyed Heart released on 18th September 2015 with singles including Trouble and Heartstopper.
Instruments And Equipment
The 77-year-old guitarist has a collection of approx. 3,000 guitars. Here is a list of few of his guitars (current price) he used throughout his career span:
- Harmony Meteor– $750 to $1,450
- 1959 Gibson Les Paul– $400,000 to $700,000
- 1961 Epiphone Casino– $314.50 to $4,500
- 1965 Gibson Firebird VII– $14,500 to $22,500
- Gibson ES-355s– $20,000 to $26,000
- Gibson Les Paul Juniors– $1,000 to $1,499
- 1953 Fender Telecaster– $25,000
- 1958 Fender Telecaster Custom– $3,199 to $3,750
- Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexiglass guitar– $2,700 to $3,726
- Gibson Hummingbird– $2,350 to $3,849
- Zemaitis Five-String– $2,050
Talking about his other gadgets, his amplifier preferences have changed repeatedly. He often uses low-powered amps in the studio.
Did You Know? While recording Crosseyed Heart, Keith used a stock tweed Fender Champ with 8” speaker coupled with a modified Fender Harvard.
Some of his most used and notable amplifiers are:
- Mesa/Boogie Mark 1 A804– $1,000 to $1,949
- Fender Twin– $1,436
- Fender Dual Showman– $649 to $1,320
- Ampeg SVT– $1,999 to $2,399
In addition, in 1956, Keith used a Gibson Maestro fuzzbox to achieve the distinctive tone of his riff on “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”.