Trademarked for powerful multi-octave voice, Robert Plant, an English-born singer & songwriter is famous as the vocalist of legendary rock band Led Zeppelin. Since the band’s foundation in 1968, Plant ventured with the bands releasing albums & tours until they disbanded in 1980.
The Led Zeppelin is among the best-selling bands of all-time totaling 300 million records sold worldwide- it includes 111.5 million certified units in the USA.
After the band’s dissolution, Plant went for solo music career & even more, has released 11 studio albums so far- his debut solo album Pictures at Eleven (1982) certified Platinum in the USA.
Furthermore, the Led Zeppelin vocalist, who owns multi-million dollars, has operated music ventures with several bands & musicians including now-disbanded band member Jimmy Page.
How Much Is Net Worth Of Robert Plant In 2020?
Professional since 1965, Robert’s career of over 5 decades has gained him wide recognition as well as fortune. He ranked #15 among Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Best Singers Of All Time in 2008, & with a decade-long venture with legendary rock band Led Zeppelin, he undoubtedly got his pockets full.
According to Celebrity Net Worth & many other online sources, Robert Pant has a net worth of $170 million as of March 2020.
Without a doubt, the 71 years old Staffordshire-born singer & songwriter made hefty millions of dollars from albums sales (released 8 studio albums) & tours with Led Zeppelin.
Furthermore, merch sales & royalties added fuel to the band’s fortune. As for a fact, from only royalties & sales of their hit song “Stairway to Heaven”, it had made $562 million in earnings by 2008 since its 1971 initial release.
Reportedly, during his career height in the 70s, Robert made $1.5 million per year from shows, averaging over 50,000 people per concert.
Some tabloid sources argue that the Led Zeppelin co-founder & vocalist still rack in $20 million per year- of course royalties contract with publishers & merchandise sales are the genesis.
Check out Led Zeppelin band Members’ net worth listings:
- Robert Plant- $170 million
- Jimmy Page- $170 million
- John Paul Jones- $90 million
- John Bonham (died in 1980)- had $10 million fortune at the time of death
Earnings From Album Sales With Led Zeppelin
In 1968, Plant (in vocals) along with Jimmy Page (guitarist), John Paul Jones (bassist/keyboardist) and John Bonham (drummer) formed the band, Led Zeppelin.
As for a fact, Robert Plant (then aged 20) became the youngest band member & the only person with the name not starting with “J”.
The band worked on 8 studio albums- among which, 4 are certified Diamond by RIAA and other 4 being multi-Platinum, until they disbanded in 1980, following the death of drummer Bonham.
Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album Led Zeppelin (released on January 12, 1969) became 8-time RIAA: Platinum.
Their highly successful album was 4th studio album Led Zeppelin IV, released on November 8, 1971, which received 2-time RIAA Diamond certification (23-time Platinum) & charted #1 in Official Albums Chart (UK) & #2 in Billboard 200 (US).
Some of the famous songs of the band include: Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song, Black Dog, Rock and Roll, Black Country Woman and Four Sticks.
In early 70s, Led as a band accumulated an equivalent of $1.5 million from just one night of show.
Led Zeppelin’s Studio Album Earnings:
|Albums||Sales/ Certification (by RIAA)||Earnings|
|Led Zeppelin (January 1969)||8-time Platinum||$10.025 million|
|Led Zeppelin II (October 1969)||Diamond (12-time Platinum)||$15.235 million|
|Led Zeppelin III (1970)||6-time Platinum||$7.575 million|
|Led Zeppelin IV (1971)||2-time Diamond (23-time Platinum)||$29.54 million|
|Houses of the Holy (1973)||Diamond (11-time Platinum)||$11.83 million|
|Physical Graffiti (1975)||Diamond (16-time Platinum)||$8.98 million|
|Presence (1976)||3-time Platinum||$3.3 million|
|In Through the Out Door (1979)||6-time Platinum||$6.47 million|
Furthermore, Led Zeppelin made additional revenue through live albums (4 albums) and compilation albums (9 albums).
- Coda (1982)– $1.06 million
- Led Zeppelin Boxed Set (1990)– $2.55 million
- Led Zeppelin Remasters (1990)- $2.61 million
- Led Zeppelin Boxed Set 2 (1993)- $250,000
- The Complete Studio Recordings (1993)– $200,000
- Early Days: Best of Led Zeppelin Volume One (1999)- $1.11 million
- Early Days and Latter Days (2002)- $1.3 million
- Mothership (2007)- $3.609 million
- The Song Remains the Same (1976)– $4.67 million
- BBC Sessions (1997)– $2.06 million
- How the West Was Won (2003)– $2.25 million
- Celebration Day (2012)- $579,499
Did you know? Their video album/concert film Led Zeppelin DVD released in 2003 collected $1.243 million.
Solo Career & Album Sales
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 1995, Robert, in his post-Led Zeppelin career pursued solo career & has occasionally collaborated with Jimmy Page- released 2 albums: No Quarter (in 1994, live album) and Walking into Clarksdale (in 1998, studio album).
They worked as performing act Page and Plant (1994- 1998).
Moreover, Robert has worked in many bands: Priory of Brion (1999- 2000), Strange Sensation (2001-2007), Band of Joy (2010-2011) and Sensational Space Shifters (2012- Present).
So far, the 6 ft. 1 inch tall has released 11 studio albums, 2 compilation albums & 42 singles- released debut album Pictures at Eleven on June 28, 1982.
His most recent & 11th studio album Carry Fire was released on October 13, 2017.
Plant’s Solo Albums & Sales:
|Albums||Sales/Certifications (by RIAA)||Earnings|
|Pictures at Eleven (1982)||Platinum||$1.56 million|
|The Principle of Moments (1983)||Platinum||$1.3 million|
|Shaken ‘n’ Stirred (1985)||Gold||$560,000|
|Now and Zen (1988)||3-time Platinum||$3.4 million|
|Manic Nirvana (1990)||Gold||$720,000|
|Fate of Nations (1993)||Gold||$700,000|
|Mighty ReArranger (2005)||–||$75,000|
|Band of Joy (2010)||Gold||$18,000 (from Norway only)|
|Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar (2014)||60,000 copies (in the UK)||$90,000 (from the UK)|
Also, check out his collaboration album sales:
- The Honeydrippers: Volume One (1984) with Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck– $1.2 million
- No Quarter (1994) with Jimmy Page- $1.54 million
- Raising Sand (2007) with Alison Krauss– $1.62 million
Did you know? After Robert’s son Karac died at the age of 5 in 1977, the singer dedicated Led Zeppelin hit “All of My Love” and Plant’s solo hit “I Believe” to him.
Turned Down $800 Million Reunion Tour Offer
As per Forbes in November 2014, Plant reportedly declined for reunion tours with Led Zeppelin, worth $800 million, proposed by business magnate Richard Branson.
With 35 shows in 3 cities: London, Berlin & New Jersey, the tour would have earned each of the band members $200 million from performance- late John Bonham’s son Jason Bonham would be in the drums and Jimmy Page & John Paul Jone all were ready to roll in.
Moreover, another $100 million would be divided among the members from merchandise profits.
Robert along with his band Led Zeppelin records 30 tours so far- from the very first Scandinavian Tour 1968 and Tour Over Europe 1980 (June- July 1980).
Lawsuit Against Led Zeppelin: Copyright Infringement On Hit-Song ‘Stairway To Heaven’
In 2014, Michael Skidmore with help of Philadelphia lawyer Francis Malofiy filed a lawsuit against Led Zeppelin stating the band’s 1971 song ‘Stairway To Heaven‘ breached copyright infringement & took from 1968 song ‘Taurus’ by the band Spirit.
Even though in 2016, the jury ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin, the case later in September of 2018 was again initiated for hearing on Malofiy’s appeal.
As for a fact, the copyright infringement damages can go only 3 years back since the filing- as per Forbes in September 2019, the damage charge up to $55 million.
Also, back in 2010, Led Zeppelin faced a lawsuit filed by singer Jake Holmes alleging copyright infringement on the band’s song ‘Dazed and Confused’, seeking $1 million damages. Later, the case was dismissed in 2011 and settled out of the court.
Lives In Shatterford: Details On His House & Cars
The Led Zeppelin vocalist currently lives in his house “High Trees Farm” in Shatterford, Worcestershire, England, which is estimated to worth hundreds of thousand dollars pounds.
The average house price in £233,000.
Formerly, Plant owned a residence in Penalt, Monmouthshire named “The Argoed”, a 2-story stone 17th Century house. Robert bought the property in 1980 & held ownership until the mid-1980s.
Moreover, in an interview with the Independent Newspaper in July 2012, Plant stated that he eloped with Band of Joy co-vocalist, American singer Patty Griffin & lived Texas briefly before they broke up.
Ownership Of Car Collection
The multi-millionaire English singer has a collection of cars, ranging from classic to luxury cars. Back in 1970, he crashed in his Jaguar XJ Hardtop & later bought 1965 Aston Martin DB5 (sold it in 1986).
His further collection includes Buick Riviera 1972, Mercedes AMG W126, Land Rover 90 and a 1958 GMC 3100 pick-up truck.
Father Of 3 Children: Is A Divorcee
Robert Plant was in a martial relationship with Maureen Wilson from November 9, 1969, to 1983. While together, they welcomed 3 children, 2 sons & a daughter: Carmen Jane (born in 1968), Karac Pendragon (1972- 1977) and Logan Romero (born in 1979).
Plant’s son Karac died at the age of 5, during Led Zeppelin’s US tour in 1977. Later, he dedicated the band’s song All of My Love and his solo single I Believe to Karac.
At the moment, the English singer & songwriter is dating Deborah Rose, a singer. They are in a relationship since January 2014, though, are yet to exchange vows.
Earlier, between the 80s & early 90s, Plant was engaged with Shirley Wilson.
Moreover, he has been in brief relationships with Corel Shields (1970-1971), Janis Joplin (1970), Pam Grier (1973), Audrey Hamilton (1977), Alannah Myles (1990-1991), Najma Akhtar (1993-1995), Jessica Jupp (1997-2005), Katrina Chester (2006-2007) and Patty Griffin (2010-2013).
Robert Plant was born on August 20, 1948, as Robert Anthony Plant, in Black Country, Staffordshire, England.
His father Robert C. Plant was a civil engineer, who worked in Royal Air Force during World War II while mother Annie Celia Plant was Romanichal travelers.
Plant left King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys to pursue his career in music.