Bruce Springsteen: How Much Is The Legend Really Worth?

The man. The myth. “The Boss.” Bruce Springsteen has been making waves in the music industry — and a name for those who also hail from New Jersey — since he released his debut solo album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. in 1973.

He is regarded not only as a legendary rock star, but as an incredible writer whose songs tell vivid stories of life at the Jersey Shore, love, strife, and political and social commentary. From his ever-so-popular, yet misunderstood energetic anthem “Born in the U.S.A” to his celebratory pop hit “Dancing in the Dark,” Springsteen has sustained a nearly unparalleled career and continues to be revered as one of the best rock artists of all time — even though he has never had a No. 1 hit, per CNN.

Even today Springsteen is still churning out celebrated projects. Springsteen on Broadway, a musical that featured his iconic tunes, ran between 2017 and 2018 and earned a Tony. In 2019, he released a critically acclaimed album called Western Stars and a performance movie along with it. The following year, he came out with another album, Letter to You, also accompanied by a documentary. According to Entertainment Weekly, watching the documentary is like “sitting down to a buffet in an oasis.”

With an award-winning career that doesn’t seem to be slowing down, it’s fair to assume that Springsteen has accumulated not only an extensive catalog of songs, but a healthy savings account. Keep reading to learn how much the legend is really worth.

Bruce Springsteen has an impressive net worth

With 340 songs in his catalog (per Vulture), 20 Grammys won, an Oscar and Golden Globe (per CNN) with his name on them, multiple tours under his belt, and so on, Bruce Springsteen has had an astonishing career. Through his nearly 50 year run as a solo musician, the singer-songwriter has accumulated a net worth of about $500 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Springsteen wasn’t always accustomed to the wealth his talents have helped him acquire, though. He admitted in 2017 at the Tribeca Film Festival (per CNN) that by the time he was 30 — after he released four studio albums — he only had $20,000 to his name. That’s because his lack of paying taxes finally caught up to him and he had to pay up or face the consequences. “First of all, I never met anyone in New Jersey who paid their taxes. The entire state wasn’t paying any taxes. So, years went by and all of this time went by. Nobody’s paying any taxes,” he explained. Don’t worry, though — he pays them now. 

Many of his early songs spoke about the uncertainty of money. In “The River,” for instance, Springsteen sings of an unstable job in the construction industry. “Lately, there ain’t much work on account of the economy,” he complains (per Genius). However, it looks like “The Boss” has plenty of money to his name and any financial woes are now “Ghosts” of his past.

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