What is Darius Rucker’s Net Worth?
|Net Worth:||$14 Million|
|Age:||56 Years Old|
|Born:||May 13, 1966|
|Country:||United States of America|
|Annual Salary:||$3 Million|
Darius Rucker is an African-American singer and songwriter with a net worth of $14 million. Rucker is best known as the lead singer of the rock band “Hootie & the Blowfish” before breaking out as a renowned country music singer in 2008.
Rucker met his fellow bandmates “Mark Bryan, Jim Sonefeld, and Dean Felber” while studying at the University of South Carolina. Bryan and Rucker formed a duo performing R.E.M. covers at a local bar. In 1989, they both convinced Felber and Sonefeld to join Hootie and the Blowfish.
The band gained popularity with the album “Cracked Rear View” peaked at number 1 and sold over 16 million. Rucker has co-written most of the band’s songs. The band had more than top-40 hits after their initial success.
He has released a total of 20 singles and 9 singles has been ranked #1 on the Country Airplay Chart. Rucker earned his third GRAMMY award for Best Solo Country Performance in 2014 for his 8x Platinum selling rendition of “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show off his album True Believers.
Darius Carlos Rucker was born in Charleston, South Carolina on May 13, 1966. His mother was a nurse at the Medical University of South Carolina Carolyn and raised him and his 5 siblings. According to him, he rarely saw his father except on Sundays before church. His father was a member of the gospel group the Rolling Stones.
- Back to Then (Solo Album)
- Known for “Hootie & the Blowfish”.
- Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, and Jim Sonefeld (Band Members)
- “Cracked Rear View” (1994)
- “Fairweather Johnson“ (1996)
- Earned 3 Grammy awards.
- 9 singles ranked #1 on the Country Airplay Chart.
Hootie and the Blowfish
Rucker’s career began with the band “Hootie & the Blowfish” created in 1986 with college buddies “Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, and Jim Sonefeld”. They met at the University of South Carolina during their freshman year and issued two cassette demo Extended Plays a few years later. In 1993, they released their debut EP “Kootchypop” and soon were signed to Atlantic Records.
In 1994, they released their studio album “Cracked Rear View” an instant hit and became 1995’s best-selling record. The band was also a critical success winning a Grammy Award for “Best New Artist” and another for their hit “Let Her Cry”.
In 1996, they released their sophomore album “Fairweather Johnson” which was not as successful as their first album but did top the Billboard US 200 chart and charted in other nations including Canada and the United Kingdom. The album’s lead track “Old Man & Me” peaked at 13th on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2002, Rucker’s debut solo album “Back to Then” came out and was not a major success ranked 127 on the Billboard 200. He returned to the recording studio after a 6-year break with a new concept for his sophomore album shifting from a pop/rock vibe to a country track. He released his second solo album “Learn to Live” peaked at #5 on the US Billboard 200 and was a great commercial success becoming his best-selling solo record.
Over the next few years, Rucker continued his solo career releasing many albums such as “Charleston, True Believers, Home for the Holidays, Southern Style, and When Was the Last Time”. He also appeared on Sister Hazel’s 2016 album“Lighter in the Darker”.
In 2019, Hootie & the Blowfish reunited for a Cracked Rear View 25th anniversary tour. That same year, they released “Imperfect Circle” reached number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rucker’s solo career resumed in 2020 with the release of “Beers and Sunshine” the first single off his sixth solo album debuted at number 24 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, his biggest start to date, and was certified gold in Canada.
Facts About Darius Rucker:
- The name Hootie and the Blowfish is a mix of his college friends’ nicknames.
- Rucker lived in the basement of the Sigma Phi Epsilon frat house at the University of South Carolina before becoming renowned.
- Rucker has seen the film “Stir Crazy” starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor over 100 times.
- Rucker is a great football fanatic and a close friend of the renowned golfer Tiger Woods.
- Rucker’s grief over his mother’s passing inspired two Hootie & the Blowfish songs “Not Even the Trees” and “I’m Goin’ Home”.
- Rucker disguised as a 62-year-old music instructor for the Undercover Boss series episode “Celebrity Undercover Boss: Darius Rucker” in 2017.
Rucker’s first kid “Carolyn Pearl Phillips” was born in 1995 to his girlfriend “Elizabeth Ann Phillips”. In the year 2000, Rucker married Beth Leonard with whom he had 2 kids, Danielle Rose and Jack. Rucker and his wife declared their intention to split in 2020.
Rucker was a part of the World Golf Foundation’s The First Tee Program. He is a board member of the MUSC Children’s Hospital in Charleston and has donated millions to help build the hospital where his mother served for over thirty years.
His nonprofit Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation has raised approximately $4.5 million to support public education in South Carolina. Rucker made a pledge to assist St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2008 after touring the institution and raising over $1.6 million.
In 2006, he was listed in Golf Digest’s “Top 100 in Music” as sharing 15th place with Justin Timberlake and Jason Scheff and carrying a 6-handicap. He has earned the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award from the Academy of Country Music in 2018 and the Music Business Association’s Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for lifelong giving in 2019.
In 2020, Rucker bought an 1803-built mansion in Nashville. He’s had a longtime fascination with ancient Charleston, South Carolina, an estate he’s now renovating in Rucker’s Reno a new show on The Design Network in 2022.
- 1995 Ford Explorer (The very first car he bought)
- 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass ( He learned to drive in)
- 1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
- 2018 Mercedes G 550 SUV
Darius Rucker net worth
As of 2023, Darius Rucker’s net worth is estimated to be around $14 million. Rucker reportedly makes over $2 million annually via musical albums, tours, and concerts. He is one of the richest members of “Hootie and the Blowfish”.
Like other famous people, Rucker has brand ties that boost his earnings. One reason is that he probably made some money thanks to his friendship with Tiger Woods. He joined the PGA Tour One year after becoming a brand ambassador. Before that, he partnered with a sports agency “MGC Sports”. He has also appeared in a series of country-western-themed commercials for Burger King.