Kenny G Net Worth

Kenny G Net Worth

What is the net worth of Kenny G?

Kenny G is a smooth jazz saxophonist, songwriter, and producer from the United States with a massive net worth of $100 million whose album Duotones, released in 1986, was a commercial triumph. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with over 75 million albums sold worldwide.

Quick Facts About Kenny G

Kenny G Net Worth$100 Million
Full NameKenneth Bruce Gorelick
Date of BirthJune 5, 1956
Height5 ft 7 in (1.71 m)
ProfessionSaxophonist, Songwriter, Record producer, Golfer
Marital StatusDivorced
Ex-WivesJanice DeLeon
Lydie Benson

Kenny G Earnings, Career, Wiki, and More

As of 2021, he is expected to have a net worth of $100 million which he gained mainly from his musical career as well as investing in businesses in the latter part of his career. Moreover, performing in concerts and attending world tours has also provided him with a substantial salary.

He is an extremely successful financial and real estate investor outside of music. According to reports, he made more money from a pre-IPO Starbucks investment than he did from his singing career. It is undeniable that he was a Starbucks pre-IPO investment and since the interest was obtained so early, it's impossible to say how valuable it is today, however, it is known that if you had put $1,000 into Starbucks on the day it went public, it would now be worth $300,000.

When it comes to his worth in real estate, over the years, he has owned several residences across the country. In 1990, he spent $8.8 million on a three-acre estate in Hunts Point, Washington, across three transactions. In 1998, he put the house on the market for $26.5 million. Since 1998, he has made a huge bluff-top mansion/compound in Malibu where he resides today. In 1997, he paid $12.5 million for the first half of the land.

Before joining The Jeff Lorber Fusion, he was a member of the funk band Cold, Bold, and Together. He eventually departed the band, alleging that he had outgrown his relationship with them. In 1982, he signed with Arista Records as a solo artist.

Kenny G, his first studio album, was recorded with members of the Jeff Lorber Fusion in 1981 and released the following year. Critics praised the album, which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. He followed up his debut with G Force in January 1983 and Gravity in May 1985, both of which sold one million copies in the United States and earned him Platinum certification.

He began the most commercially successful stage of his career in 1986. Duotones, his fourth solo album, was released in September 1986 and went on to sell five million copies in the United States alone, raising his popularity worldwide.

Breathless, his sixth studio album, was released in 1992 and went on to become the best-selling instrumental album of all time, selling more than 15 million copies worldwide, including 12 million in the United States. Miracles, his first-holiday album, sold over 13 million copies, making it the best-selling Christmas album of all time.

In 2002, he released Paradise, his eighth studio album. With 48 million albums sold in the United States as of July 31, 2006, he was rated the 25th best-selling artist in America by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

His 2010 album Heart and Soul, which included Robin Thicke and Babyface and earned favorable reviews from critics, was heavily influenced by R&B. In February 2011, he starred in an Audi commercial on Super Bowl XLV.

The Weeknd released a remix of the hit song In Your Eyes featuring him in October 2020. In 2021, he worked on the soundtrack for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. He will be the subject of a documentary film in 2021 called Listening to Kenny G.

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Kenny G Relationship and Personal Life

In 1980, he married Janice DeLeon, and the couple divorced in 1987. In 1992, he then married Lyndie Benson, with whom he had two kids, Max and Brian. Max earned his bachelor's degree from Columbia University, while Brian earned his from the University of Southern California. They filed for legal separation in January 2012. In August of 2012, he filed for divorce.

He is a pilot and owns a De Havilland Beaver seaplane that he uses daily. He was also an investor in the Starbucks coffee shop business. People began speculating if he is gay when he began to appear in public with his guy friend which had been observed together with a little too much which he has denied.

Kenny G Early Life, Family, and Education

He was born in the city of Seattle. His mother was from Saskatchewan, a province in Canada. He became interested in the saxophone after hearing a performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. When he was ten years old, he began playing the saxophone.

In his hometown of Seattle, he attended Whitworth Elementary School, Sharples Junior High School, Franklin High School, and the University of Washington. He failed his first audition for the jazz band when he was in high school, but auditioned again the following year and gained the first chair.

Along with music, he was also a member of the golf team at his high school. Since his older brother, Brian Gorelick, introduced him to the sport when he was eleven years old, he has been a fan.

Interesting Facts About Kenny G

  • As of December 2021, he has around 211k followers on his Instagram account.
  • He was first in the Golf Digest Top 100 in Music rankings in 2006 and second in 2008, based on golf handicap indices of famous performers.
  • He plays soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones made by Selmer Mark VI.
  • He has developed his own saxophone line called "Kenny G Saxophones".
  • In 1997, he was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the longest saxophone note ever recorded.