Is Eric Clapton One Of The Richest Rock Stars In The World? Here’s Clapton’s Net Worth In 2021
18-times Grammy Award winner rock and blues guitarist Eric Clapton has proved his skills as a guitar player since the very first years of his career. Considered as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Clapton influenced millions of people around the world with his hit songs such as ‘Layla,’ ‘Cocaine,’ ‘Wonderful Tonight,’ and more.
The renowned guitarist started his career by playing with the Yardbirds which was a rock and roll band with a blues influence. Clapton created his unique style which was influenced by artists like B.B. King, Freddie King, and Buddy Guy during his time in the Yardbirds. They had their first hit record together, ‘For Your Love,’ around the 1960s, however, the change in the band’s sound caused Eric to leave on the very same day the song was released.
A few months later, he joined John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers which he later left to play with Ginger Baker’s band, Cream. During his time in Cream, Eric developed himself both as a guitarist and songwriter which eventually helped him to gain popularity in the United States as well. Additionally, Clapton worked with several significant artists of the time, including The Beatles’ George Harrison, with whom he was involved in a love triangle.
After the disbandment of Cream, he worked with Delaney & Bonnie and Derek and the Dominos. One of his signature songs, ‘Layla,’ was recorded as a part of his collaboration with Derek and the Dominos. Another one of his most popular songs, ‘Tears in Heaven,’ was written as a tribute to his son Conor, who passed away while he was only four years old.
Most recently, he collaborated with Van Morrison for a song titled ‘Stand and Deliver’ which was released on December 4, 2020. Clapton’s latest project aimed to protest the government lockdowns and mandates due to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly in the United Kingdom. The iconic guitarist has made quite an impressive fortune not only with his music, but also with his significant amount of vehicle, real estate, and art assets.
Eric Clapton Net Worth $450 Million
British blues and rock guitarist Eric Clapton has a net worth of $450 million which makes him the eighth richest rock star in the world following The Rolling Stones icons Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, whose net worths are $500 million each.
Since the beginning of his career, Clapton has been a part of several successful bands, including the Yardbirds and Cream. Besides his collaborations with various important musicians, such as B.B. King, Roger Waters, and George Harrison, Eric has an ongoing solo career full of many accomplishments. As a solo artist, he has released over 20 studio albums.
Often referred to as one of the most influential guitarists of all time, Clapton is also one of the best-selling artists by selling more than 100 million records worldwide. In addition to dozens of awards he has won over the years, Clapton was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times, with the Yardbirds and Cream, and as a solo artist.
What Are Eric Clapton’s Assets Other Than His Music Catalog?
Even though most of his wealth comes from the successful music career he has, Eric Clapton also has several real estates, art, and vehicle assets. The iconic guitarist owns a number of houses in different locations around the world, including his houses in Ohio, England, France, and Antigua, the last of which is being rented for $50,000 per week.
In addition to his interest in real estate, Clapton is also known for his collection of art which is not easy to value. Yet, some of the pieces in his collection are ‘Nu Debout’ by Henri Matisse, ‘Le Sommeil’ by Edgar Degas, and ‘Le Bouquet’ by Maurice Utrillo. Eric sold three Gerhard Richter paintings he owned for $77.3 million.
Another extremely valuable asset Eric Clapton has is his car collection, which mostly consists of his Ferraris. His collection has an estimated worth of $100 million. According to his own words in his autobiography, Clapton started to care about Ferraris when George Harrison showed him his dark blue Ferrari 365 GTC for the first time. His collection of cars includes Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari 599 FTB Fiorano, and Ferrari SPC-12 EC, which was built for Eric Clapton for around $5 million.