The Dire Straits Album That Made Mark Knopfler A Millionaire


Mark Knopfler has been considered one of the most successful and talented guitarists of all time for more than 40 years. He was listed as one of the best guitarists on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Knopfler gained an insane fortune and popularity both as the guitarist and the founding member of Dire Straits and as a solo musician.

Dire Straits was founded in 1977 by Mark Knopfler as the lead vocalist and lead guitarist, David Knopfler as the rhythm guitarist, John Illsley as the bass guitarist, and Pick Withers as the drummer. The band released their self-titled studio album on October 7, 1978. The success of the album was followed by ‘Communiqué,’ ‘Making Movies,’ ‘Love over Gold,’ ‘Brothers in Arms,’ and ‘On Every Street,’ however, a particular album made Knopfler a millionaire.

Dire Straits’ Best Selling Album Is ‘Brother In Arms’


Dire Straits released their fifth studio album entitled ‘Brothers in Arms’ on May 13, 1985, which became very popular. It stayed at number one on the UK Albums charts for 14 weeks, on the Billboard 200 in the US for nine weeks, and on the Australian Albums chart for months. It certified platinum ten times and became the eighth-best-selling album in the UK.

‘Brothers in Arms’ became the greatest hit and the most commercially successful album of Dire Straits by being sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. The band members achieved insane wealth and great popularity all around the world. Dire Straits’ rhythm guitarist David Knopfler has a net worth of $20 million while its bass guitarist John Illsley and drummer Pick Withers currently have net worths of from $1 million to $5 million each.

However, Mark Knopfler’s wealth cannot be compared to the worths of the other band members. As the band’s frontman, Mark Knopfler became both the richest member of the band and one of the richest rock stars with his net worth of $95 million. It would be safe to consider that Knopfler owes most of his great fortune to Dire Straits’ ‘Brothers in Arms.’