What is Weird Al Yankovic’s Net Worth?
|Net Worth:||$20 Million|
|Profession:||Singer, Record Producer|
|Born:||23 October 1959|
|Salary:||$2 Million (Annual)|
Weird Al Yankovic is an American singer, record producer, and actor has a net worth of $20 million. He is known for his witty songs that poke fun at pop culture and frequently mimic specific songs by current musical performers. Since the start of his career, Al Yankovic has released around 150 original songs. Yankovic’s albums have sold over 12 million copies worldwide, making him commercial success, having six platinum albums certified by RIAA under his belt.
Alfred Matthew Yankovich was born on October 23, 1959, in Downey, California, to Mary Elizabeth and Nick Yankovich. After receiving two Purple Hearts for his service as a physician during World War II, his father, who was of Serbian heritage, moved to California. Just before Alfred’s sixth birthday, his parents enrolled him in a nearby music school. Alfred honed his accordion skills there.
After a salesperson from the school arrived at their door to sell music education, Alfred’s parents decided on accordion over guitar because they believed it would change rock music. Al eventually took music lessons when he was seven years old. He subsequently discovered rock music and became enamored with it. His favorite musicians included Elton John, Allan Sherman, and Spike Jones. He graduated from ‘Lynwood High School,’ where he was valedictorian in 1975. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
As a 16-year-old, Al began his career as a radio host for Dr. Demento. He worked as a DJ for the school’s radio station while studying design at Cal Poly. On the accordion, he began to play songs such as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was dubbed “Weird Al” by his classmates, but he chose to “take it on professionally.”
In 2006, nearly three decades into his career, he dropped his first Billboard top ten albums (Straight Outta Lynwood) and song (“White & Nerdy”). Mandatory Fun (2014), his most recent album, debuted at number one for the first time in its first week of release.
Yankovic’s success stems in part from his ability to effectively satirize pop culture through music videos. With the collapse of music television and the rise of social media, he began uploading his videos on YouTube and other video sites. Later videos were directed by him, and he went on to direct videos for Ben Folds, Hanson, the Black Crowes, and the Presidents of the United States of America.
Some of his more well-known melodic parodies include ‘Eat It,’ ‘Fat,’ ‘Smells Like Nirvana,’ ‘White & Nerdy,’ and ‘Word Crimes.’ “Eat It,” a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” was his first big hit. He co-wrote and starred in the mockumentary ‘The Compleat Al,’ centered on his own life, in 1985. Around the same time, he published his autobiography, ‘The Authorized Al.’ In 1988, he performed as the narrator for Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” Al wrote and acted in the 1989 video hit UHF.
In 1997, he was the host of the CBS show “Weird Al.” He’s also acted on programs such as ‘How I Met Your Mother’ (2011), ’30 Rock’ (2012), and ‘Drunk History’ (2014). ‘When I Grow Up’ and ‘My New Teacher and Me,’ are two children’s novels he’s written. In 2015, he was featured on the cover of the magazine ‘MAD.’
In the United States, Al’s work has garnered him 5 Grammy Awards and 11 nominations, as well as 4 gold and 6 platinum albums.
After reading John Robbins’ diet book Diet for a New America in 1992, Yankovic converted to vegetarianism. Yankovic makes appearances as a vegetarian at events like the Great American Rib Cook-Off. After meeting in 2001, Yankovic wed Suzanne Krajewski, a 20th Century Fox marketing executive. Nina was born in 2003, and the pair currently resides in Los Angeles. Al bought a 7,000-square-foot mansion in the Hollywood Hills for $2 million in 2001; it is now on the market for $7-9 million.
Yankovic’s parents were found dead on April 9, 2004, at their house in Fallbrook, California, following carbon monoxide poisoning caused by their fireplace. He decided to go on with his show in Appleton, Wisconsin, just hours after his wife informed him of the situation. In order to avoid spiraling into serious depression, he did the concert and ensuing tour as therapeutic and distracting.
Weird al Yankovic has a net worth estimated at $20 million. With over 150 parodies and original songs under his belt, he is one of America’s most famous parodists. He makes a living as a performer, composer, and producer. With over 12 million records sold as of 2007, Yankovic is the most successful comic recording artist of all time.