Whether you love a good boot scootin’ boogie or would rather gouge your eyes out than admit you think a tractor is sexy, there is no denying that a country and western musical career can be very profitable.
Better yet, many country music stars — whether they truly lived the farm life they sing about or not — give respect to the genre’s down home roots and give back to their communities.
Though there are many legendary country music artists who have amassed gargantuan sums of money even after their death, today we will be focused on the ones that are still kickin’.
Baby, it’s time to lock the door and turn the lights down low — you’re going to want to tune in for our list of the world’s richest country singers as of 2023. Yee-haw!
17. Vince Gill — Net Worth: $30 million
This 66-year-old country music singer is one of the most decorated on this list, earning 18 Country Music Association Awards and an insanely impressive 22 Grammy Awards — more than any other country music artist!
Vince Gill has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and has earned 22 Grammys and 18 CMA awards throughout his career (Credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock)
Over the years, Gill has performed with a number of acts, including Pure Prairie League, Cherry Bombs, The Time Jumpers, Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Tyler, and Kelly Clarkson.
Vince Gill currently has an estimated net worth of $30 million in 2023.
16. Miranda Lambert — Net Worth: $60 million
This 39-year-old songstress deserves to be higher on this list solely due to everything she went through during her and Blake Shelton’s divorce (Gwen Stefani? Really?!), but alas, we are not in charge of the world’s finances.
Born and raised in Texas, Miranda Lambert began performing at only 16 years old and signed a record deal with Epic Records in 2003. Her second studio album, Kerosene, went certified platinum, starting her career off with a bang.
Miranda Lambert performs at Nissan Stadium during the 2017 CMA Festival on June 8, 2017 (Credit: Debby Wong / Shutterstock)
Since then, Lambert has won a laundry list of awards and accolades, including being honored more times by the Academy of Country Music Awards than any other artist to date. All of this has culminated in a remarkable estimated net worth of $60 million as of this year.
15. Keith Urban — Net Worth: $75 million
The majority of the musicians on this list are (unsurprisingly) American, which makes perfect sense considering that country and western music is a very American genre.
Even Canadians make sense on this list. However, Keith Urban is a New Zealand-born Australian. Strange to us, but good for him!
For those that are not country music fans, you may know Keith Urban best as the guy who married Nicole Kidman after her divorce from Tom Cruise. The couple has been together since 2006 and seems to be very happy.
Country singer Keith Urban joins his wife Nicole Kidman at The Northman Los Angeles premiere on April 18, 2022 (Credit: Xavier Collin / Image Press Agency / ABACA / INSTARimages)
That being said, Keith Urban is an extremely celebrated musician in his own right. With 11 studio albums to his name, this 55-year-old singer has earned four Grammy Awards, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, 13 Country Music Association Awards, and six ARIA Music Awards. He has also served as a judge on American Idol and a coach on the Australian The Voice.
Even without the addition of his famous wife’s wealth, Keith Urban clocks in at an estimated $75 million net worth in 2023.
14. Jason Aldean — Net Worth: $80 million
46-year-old Jason Aldean is the poster boy for the beer-drinkin’, tractor-driving,’ red-white-n-blue-totin’ country music of the early and mid-2000s.
Though this style is not everyone’s cup of tea, it is certainly lucrative, as Aldean’s album, My Kinda Party, was certified quadruple-platinum by the RIAA.
His albums Night Train, Relentless, Wide Open, and Old Boots, New Dirt are also certified platinum.
Seven of Jason Aldean’s previous albums have been certified at least Platinum and 27 of his 38 singles have reached #1 on either the Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay charts (Credit: MEGA / WENN)
Jason Aldean has come under fire recently for his fervent political beliefs after sporting shirts that appeared to criticize the United States President, but this controversy has done little to affect his current net worth, which sits at an estimated $80 million.
13. Reba McEntire — Net Worth: $95 million
We simply couldn’t ignore Miss Fancy herself when adding to this list, and with an estimated net worth of $95 million, Reba McEntire’s career is certainly nothing to sneeze at!
This 68-year-old’s career as a country music singer and songwriter is the stuff of legend, inspiring even the most yee-haw averse of us to pull out our cowboy boys and get to toe-tappin’.
The Queen of Country Reba McEntire has sold more than 75 million records worldwide and has placed over 100 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart (Credit: Mega / WENN)
Reba started her career at a young age, supported by her family of steer ropers and musicians. Alongside her siblings, McEntire was taught to sing, play guitar and piano, and harmonize until the cows came home.
After graduating from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in music, Reba was scouted by fellow country music singer Red Steagall and headed off to Nashville and signed a recording contract.
Aside from being a country music singer, Reba McEntire is also credited as an actress, , having appeared in both films and television (Credit: pasphotography / Shutterstock)
Since then, Reba McEntire has starred in six seasons of her own television show, Reba, sold 75 million records worldwide and had more than 100 singles on the Billboard Hot Country songs chart — not to mention her many business ventures.
12. Blake Shelton — Net Worth: $120 million
You may know Blake Shelton best for his tenure as a judge on The Voice or for doing his ex-wife, Miranda Lambert, extremely dirty during their divorce.
The 46-year-old Oklahoman got his start in 2001 when his debut single “Austin” skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and managed to remain there for five weeks.
Since then, Shelton has had 40 singles chart (28 of which hit number one) but has still never managed to win a Grammy Award despite multiple nominations.
While he has not won a Grammy, Blake Shelton has charted 40 singles, including 28 number ones, and has been a coach on The Voice since it premiered in 2011 (Credit: Debby Wong / Shutterstock)
Perhaps more notable than his own music career, Blake Shelton has been a recurring judge on The Voice since the show premiered, with his team members winning nine out of 22 seasons.
Currently, Shelton boasts an estimated net worth of $120 million.
11. Brad Paisley — Net Worth: $120 million
One of the youngest country music stars on this list, 50-year-old Brad Paisley has earned numerous accolades during his prolific career.
Born and raised in Glen Dale, West Virginia, Paisley learned to play guitar at the young age of eight years old. He became a popular performer at his local church, which greatly influenced his later career, writing his first song, “Born on Christmas Day,” at only 13 years old.
Brad Paisley has earned three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, and two American Music Awards (Credit: Randy Miramontez / Shutterstock)
Paisley’s musical prowess was notable to more than just the citizens of Glen Dale, as he attended Belmont University on a full-ride scholarship courtesy of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
Less than a week after graduating, he signed his first songwriting contract with EMI Music Publishing before releasing his first album, Who Needs Pictures, in 1999.
The award-winning country singer has sold over 11 million albums throughout his career (Credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock)
During his career, Paisley has earned three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards, two American Music Awards, and has sold over 11 million albums, culminating in an estimated net worth of $120 million as of this year.
10. Carrie Underwood — Net Worth: $140 million
One of the best examples of a modern “don’t mess with me” female country music star is none other than the destroyer of pretty little, souped-up four-wheel drives everywhere: Carrie Underwood!
In fact, Carrie Underwood has broken many things throughout her career, namely: records. She has sold a whopping 70 million albums across the world, earning herself more than 100 major awards during her 18-year career — not to mention five Guinness World Records!
Since winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005, Carrie Underwood has broken several Guinness Book records and sold 70 million albums worldwide (Credit: MPH Photos / Shutterstock)
In addition to her bevy of musical accolades, this 40-year-old American is in demand in the advertising sphere and has worked as a spokesperson for a large number of brands.
Jesus indeed took the wheel for Carrie Underwood, who has an estimated net worth of $140 million this year.
9. Alan Jackson — Net Worth: $150 million
64-year-old Alan Jackson is well known for his hits that harken back to a simpler time of country music and for making the Chattahoochee River the most frequently sung about a body of water in America (probably).
Other than “Chattahoochee,” Jackson has penned or recorded a number of beloved hits, like “Remember When,” “Little Bitty,” and “Small Town Southern Man.”
Considered one of the best-selling music artists of all time, Alan Jackson has sold over 75 million records worldwide, with 44 million sold in the United States alone (Credit: Tony Norkus / Shutterstock)
During the course of his career, Alan Jackson has sold more than 75 million records across the globe, making him one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. In addition, he has won two Grammy Awards, 17 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 16 Country Music Association Awards.
This Country Music Hall of Fame inductee has more than earned his spot on this list with a net worth of $150 million as of this year.
8. Kenny Chesney — Net Worth: $180 million
Coming in at number eight is none other than the patron saint of graduation songs, Kenny Chesney. For those that aren’t the most well-versed when it comes to country music, this is the guy with the sexy tractor.
The recipient of numerous CMA Awards and Billboard Music Awards, Kenny Chesney has a net worth of $180 million (Credit: Brian Friedman / Shutterstock)
The 55-year-old country music singer has done more than just entice women with farming equipment, though!
With more than 20 albums, 40 Billboard Top 10 Country singles, and upwards of 75 million records sold, Kenny Chesney has country music down to a very successful science, so much so that he was named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association four years in a row, from 2005 to 2008.
Kenny Chesney is famous for albums like ‘No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,’ ‘When the Sun Goes Down’ and ‘Lucky Old Sun’ (Credit: Debby Wong / Shutterstock)
His slew of accolades includes 12 Country Music Association Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, and (probably) shares the honor of “Most Frequently Heard at High School Graduation Ceremonies” for his song “Don’t Blink”, sharing the title with Green Day’s “Time of Your Life”.
Though Chesney may not have a Grammy Award, he can buy one with his estimated net worth of $180 million.
7. Faith Hill & Tim McGraw — Combined Net Worth: $200 million
As one of the most celebrated power couples in country music, husband and wife duo Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have managed to build quite an empire for themselves.
More than the name of that one Taylor Swift song, Tim McGraw has released 16 studio albums, with 10 reaching number one on the Top Country Charts.
On his own, he has won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Music Awards, and three People’s Choice Awards.
Husband and wife duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at the 1883 world premiere held at Wynn Las Vegas on December 12, 2021 (Credit: Judy Eddy / WENN)
His wife, Faith Hill, has won even more awards than McGraw — five Grammy Awards, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, six American Music Awards, and has even been named one of the “Most Powerful Women in America” by Ladies Home Journal.
Together, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have performed in what has become the highest-selling country tour of all time and sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, earning them an impressive estimated net worth of $200 million this year.
6. George Strait — Net Worth: $300 million
We would be remiss not to include the honorary “King of Country” on this list, not only because he is rich, but because he knows where all of our exes live… Texas.
In 2009, the 70-year-old singer broke the record previously held by Conway Twitty after having the most number-one hits on the Billboard Hot Country chart, with 44 number one singles to Twitty’s 40.
George Strait (L) and his wife Norma Strait attend MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Tom Petty at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 10, 2017, in Los Angeles, California (Credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock)
As you can imagine, George Strait’s success isn’t just on the Billboard charts, as the country music star has 13 multi-platinum albums (and even more have gone platinum and gold) and has sold more than 100 million records across the world.
Surprisingly, George Strait is one of the few country music stars (that are still releasing music) that sticks to the original, twangy roots of country and western music, and while it isn’t as commonly seen as it used to be, it’s working for him.
George Strait got a car, but he also has an estimated net worth of $300 million this year.
5. Toby Keith — Net Worth: $365 million
Even if he should’ve been a cowboy, 61-year-old Toby Keith shouldn’t feel bad about being a country music star and has released 19 studio albums over the course of his career, two of which are composed entirely of Christmas songs.
American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer Toby Keith at the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards at The Forum on May 1, 2016, in Inglewood, California (Credit: Tinseltown / Shutterstock)
Toby Keith has sold more than 40 million albums and has had 61 songs break into the Billboard Hot Country list, earning the Oklahoman singer an estimated net worth of $365 million — a million for every day of the year!
4. Taylor Swift — Net Worth: $400 million
You might be thinking, “Why is Taylor Swift on this list? She isn’t even in the country anymore.”
Respectfully, stop thinking that, because Swift’s early albums, the self-titled Taylor Swift, Fearless, and Speak Now are bonafide country-pop masterpieces that have helped many a young woman as she cried over someone — perhaps she even got teardrops on her guitar!
Taylor Swift in a yellow Elie Saab Couture Spring 2010 embroidered gown at the Academy of Country Music Awards 2011 at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2011, in Las Vegas (Credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock)
Though the 33-year-old has since become a pop star in every sense of the term, she frequently harks back to her country and western roots, most frequently seen in her 2019 folk-esque album, Lover, and her re-recording and subsequent release of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) after her record label controversially refused to release the singer’s original masters for multiple albums.
What is country music about if not sticking it to the man? Like Johnny Paycheck before her, Taylor Swift told the record label to take their contract and shove it.
Taylor Swift donated $4 million to establish the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (Credit: Melissamn / Shutterstock)
Swift is one of the top-selling musicians of all time, with over 200 million records sold. In addition, she has earned 12 Grammy Awards, 40 American Music Awards, and has had eight songs hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
As of 2023, Taylor Swift has an estimated $400 million net worth, which shows no signs of decreasing.
3. Garth Brooks — Net Worth: $400 million
The thunder rolls Garth Brooks in at number three on our list, though it should be noted that his wife, the beautiful songstress Trisha Yearwood, has helped bolster her husband’s net worth a bit.
Born Troyal Garth Brooks, the 61-year-old has forged an illustrious career, selling over 170 million records across the globe, making him one of the best-selling musical artists in the world.
Trisha Yearwood and her husband Garth Brooks arrive for the iHeart Radio Music Awards 2019 on March 14, 2019, in Los Angeles, California (Credit: DFree / Shutterstock)
He is even more successful closer to home, as the Oklahoman is the penultimate best-selling musical act in the United States, second only to the Beatles. He does best them in a different aspect, though — Brooks is the only musical artist in history to have nine albums certified Diamond. The Beatles only have six.
Though country music has a penchant for attracting listeners with more conservative views, Brooks is steadfast in his beliefs, even when they may not line up with those of his fans, as he received criticism for performing at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in 2021.
Garth Brooks is one of the richest country artists of all time with a net worth of $400 million (Credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock)
Garth Brooks’ silky-smooth voice and diamond-studded discography leads the singer (and Trisha Yearwood, of course) to an estimated net worth of $400 million this year.
2. Shania Twain — Net Worth: $400 million
Let’s go, girls! Coming in at number two is none other than the surprisingly Canadian Shania Twain.
The singer’s iconic discography is a wellspring of legendary girls’ night out jams — like “Any Man of Mine”, “That Don’t Impress Me Much”, and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” — and has earned the songstress a number of accolades.
During Twain’s career, she has received five Grammy Awards, two World Music Awards, and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Shania Twain arrives in a pale blue button-down dress for the Premiere Of Lionsgate’s “I Still Believe” held at ArcLight Hollywood on March 7, 2020, in Hollywood, California (Credit: DFree / Shutterstock)
Despite Shania Twain’s Canadian roots, she is the sixth highest-selling female in the United States and is the only woman to have three albums in a row become certified Diamond.
For her fervent work into creating the best country jams to make you feel like a woman, Shania more than deserves her honorary title of “Queen of Pop.”
Famous for combining country and pop music, Canadian country singer Shania Twain has a net worth of $400 million (Credit: Lev Radin / Shutterstock)
As of 2023, the singer has a net worth of $400 million, which does impress us. Much, even.
1. Dolly Parton — Net Worth: $650 million
Perhaps this author is biased, but few people can be considered as genuinely wonderful as the beloved Dolly Parton.
Instantly recognizable for her big bust and her even bigger hair, the 77-year-old songstress takes the top spot as the world’s richest country singer.
One of the richest self-made women in the world, Dolly Parton has an estimated net worth of $650 million dollars (Credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock)
Parton’s success as a singer is monumental. 25 of her songs have hit the coveted #1 spot on Billboard’s country music charts — a number matched only by Reba McEntire, another absolute queen — and 110 of Dolly’s singles have been on the hot charts.
She has released a whopping 51 albums, 47 of which are solo, and 44 have been Top 10 country albums. In addition, she has won 11 Grammy Awards (though has been nominated for 50), five Academy of Country Music Awards, four People’s Choice Awards, three American Music Awards, and the list just keeps going on.
Open about her extensive use of plastic surgery, Dolly Parton is a woman of many talents, as her business ventures are vast. Even better, she gives back to the community with the Dollywood Foundation, a philanthropic organization intended to help those in need.
Dolly Parton owns hundreds of wigs and grew up in a tiny one-bedroom cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains area of Sevierville, Tennessee (Credit: Wirestock Creators / Shutterstock)
One of the organization’s projects, the Imagination Library, distributes free books to children every month and sends more than one million books to children every month, free of charge.
Needless to say, Dolly Parton is a treasure who deserves every dime of her $650 million estimated net worth.
Dolly Parton in a sparkling gown at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on March 7, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada (Credit: Judy Eddy/Startraks Photo)
8 Best-Dressed Stars of the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards
In April 2013, the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards took place at the glamorous MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, where the red carpet was graced by an array of country stars who showcased their impeccable style and fashion choices.
The atmosphere was electric as these renowned musicians made their grand entrance. The red carpet became a captivating display of elegance and glamour as artists embraced a variety of stunning ensembles that left us in awe. From enchanting long gowns to chic pantsuits, the fashion choices were diverse and captivating.
The fashion-forward attendees also surprised us with their daring and innovative styling. The hemlines varied from classic and floor-skimming to trendy and hi-lo, adding a touch of modern flair to the red carpet. Moreover, the shoe selections were equally eye-catching, with artists opting for unexpected and delightful choices that completed their overall looks.
1. Faith Hill — Net Worth: $200 Million
Faith Hill looked elegant in her black lace ensemble. Her Dior strappy sandals had a pop of pink that added a little flair to the whole outfit.
Faith Hill looking elegant at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7, 2013 (Credit: WENN)
Married to Tim McGraw since 1996, she is a Louisiana-born singer and actress with an estimated combined net worth of $200 million dollars.
Faith Hill’s feet in Dior strappy sandals (Credit: WENN)
Christian Dior Strappy Spring 2013 Sandals
2. Shania Twain in Thigh-High Boots
Shania Twain walked confidently in her black strapless dress and black thigh-high boots. The combination didn’t impress us much, but the boots sure did.
Shania Twain walked confidently in her black strapless dress at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7, 2013 (Credit: WENN)
She presented the Entertainer of the Year award during the show. “Thank you,” Twain told the audience as she took the stage in a black strapless dress. “It’s just so great to be back here after all these years at the ACMs.”
Shania Twain in thigh-high boots (Credit: WENN)
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3. Kelleigh Bannen in Studded T-Strap Sandals
The “Sorry on the Rocks” singer looked trendy in her printed dress with beige studded heels.
Kelleigh Bannen flaunts her legs in a printed dress at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7, 2013 (Credit: WENN)
Don’t you think she should have worn a different pair of shoes with her cocktail dress?
Kelleigh Bannen shows off her feet in beige spiked t-strap sandals (Credit: WENN)
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4. Tobi Lee in Red Ankle Booties
Mustang Sally Band’s Tobi Lee went for bold and bright. We love her cherry-colored peep-toe booties!
Tobi Lee went for bold and bright at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7, 2013 (Credit: WENN)
We only wish she’d toned down her outfit a little. What about you?
Tobi Lee displays her toes in red ankle booties (Credit: WENN)
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5. Miranda Lambert — Net Worth: $60 Million
Miranda Lambert was a winner at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7, 2013 (Credit: WENN)
She won four trophies, including Female Vocalist of the Year for the fourth consecutive time.
“Having your songs and your lyrics be recognized by your peers is pretty much as good as it gets,” she said on stage. “Thank you for accepting me as a songwriter, not just a singer-performer, because that means the world to me.”
Miranda Lambert shows off her feet in Rene Caovilla crystal-embellished booties (Credit: WENN)
Rene Caovilla Crystal-Embellished Mesh Spring 2013 Booties
6. Karen Fairchild in Fuchsia Peep Toes
Bold colors are all over the place, and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town knows it. She paired her knotted fuchsia peep toes with a black dress, which is the right move when wearing statement shoes.
Karen Fairchild in a black dress at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7, 2013 (Credit: WENN)
Karen Fairchild’s knotted fuchsia peep-toes (Credit: WENN)
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7. RaeLynn in Snakeskin Cowboy Boots
‘The Voice’ Second Season alumni, RaeLynn, was country glam in her chic dress and cowboy boots. We love these shoes on her. They definitely showed her country flair.
RaeLynn in a chic dress at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7, 2013 (Credit: WENN)
RaeLynn embodied the essence of country music, accentuated by her choice of snakeskin cowboy boots (Credit: WENN)
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8. Carrie Underwood — Net Worth: $140 Million
Carrie Underwood was gorgeous in her Naeem Khan long gown at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7, 2013 (Credit: WENN)
We love them, even if we can’t see them on her. We’re not sure why she’s hiding those fabulous shoes.
Carrie Underwood’s Jimmy Choo heels (Credit: WENN)
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