Ben Harper Net Worth - Income And Earnings From His Career As A Musician

BY NIHAL BHANDARY Updated on 12 March, 2021

Ben Harper's net worth is estimated to be $10 million. Photo Source: Getty Images.

The three-time Grammy winner, Ben Harper, is a music prodigy. The American singer-songwriter set off to pursue his dreams from as early as his elementary days, and now he is one of the wealthiest and prolific music artists in the industry. As of now, Ben Harper's net worth is estimated to be $10 million, which he has acquired from the bulk sales of his incredible albums.

Ben Harper was born on October 28, 1969, in Pomona, California, the U.S to father, Leonard Harper, and mother, Ellen Chase-Verdries. After the divorce of his parents, Harper lived with his mother's family and grew up alongside Joel and Peter Harper. Ben Harper's wife Jacklyn Matfus has been married to him for five years, and the couple is parent to son, Besso Harper. The gifted artist is also father to Harris Harper, Jaya Harper, Charles Joseph Harper, Ellery Harper, all of whom he had with his ex-wives.

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Net Worth and Sources of Income

Having played with The Innocent Criminals for over a decade, Ben picked international fame reasonably quickly. For over three decades, the versatile music producer has been amassing remarkable wealth and fame, thanks to the consistency in his songs of the perfect mixture of blues, folk, soul, reggae, and rock music in his songs. Aforementioned, the award-winning performer, Ben Harper's net worth is estimated to be a staggering $10 million.

Ben Harper net worth

Appreciating blues came with its own advantages for the music star since he is often credited with reviving the genre with masters like Charlie Musselwhite. As wealthy as Ben is, he is also admired all over the world for his down to earth and soul-touching pieces.

Income from Album Sales

What instigated Ben Harper's commercial success was Taj Mahal's invitation to tour with him. Together they recorded Follow the Drinking Gourd and toured Hawaii. This ultimately laid the groundwork for his first professional work. After the release of his first LP, Welcome to the Cruel World, under Virgin Records, Ben Harper's net worth leaped ahead substantially. The album sold 429K copies and granted him a whopping $526K.

After that, he has released a streak of phenomenal albums, topping charts, gathering awards, nominations and prestigious titles one after another. He is exceptionally good at what he does; I mean, the numbers don't lie. With reference to The Richest, we have put together a list of albums alongside their number of sales and earnings, just to give you a brief outline of how hefty Ben Harper's profits have been during the course of his career.

Albums Sales Earnings
The Will to Live 550K copies $715K
Diamonds On the Inside 1.2 million copies $1.6 million
Both Sides of the Gun 240K copies $312K
Waiting on the World to Change 2 million copies $2.6 million
Lifeline 200K copies $260K
Give Till It's Gone 50K copies $65K 

Harper's wealth, to some degree, can also be attributed to his collaboration with some of the most well-established boy bands and musicians like John Mayer and Jovanotti, The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Furthermore, for fans wanting to marvel at his unbelievably melodic voice, guitar leads and some top-notch blues music, original Vinyl and CD's of Harper's songs can be purchased on his official website.

Income from Movies

Yes, Ben Harper's albums have received numerous platinum and gold certifications, but that didn't stop him on his tracks.

Ben Harper movie soundtracks, income

Thanks to his talent, he has gotten a multitude of opportunities to perform or write soundtracks in many massive hits. Some of which are listed below:

Movies Song Box Office Collection
State of Play Please Don't Talk About Murder While I'm Eating  $88.8 million
Akeelah and the Bee Everything $25.8 million
I am Sam Strawberry Fields Forever $97.8 million

Taking these eye-opening numbers into consideration and given Harper's involvement in the movies, we can safely assume that he must have stacked up some serious cash from the aggregate revenue.

Income from Merchandise and Tour

Bob Marley inspired music artist, Ben Harper is nothing short of a fabulous singer and a mind-blowing instrumentalist. No wonder people want to watch him perform live; moreover, it's quite convenient to purchase Harper's tour tickets on his official website.

Ben Harper tour, tickets, concerts prices

Additionally, the merchandise available online also plays an essential role in bumping up Ben Harper's net worth. Here's a quick overview of what is in the shop for you alongside their respective prices:

  • Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals People Lead Tee - $20 
  • Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite Get Up! - $10
  • Pink Balloon Tee - $15
  • Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Charcoal Hoody - $40
  • Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Oregon 2016 *Autographed* Tour Poster-$30
  • Innocent Snapback Hat- $25

Moreover, a wide selection of stickers, songbooks, and Instruments are also readily accessible on the site.

Ben Harper property, house, investment

That kind of money really starts making sense when you go over the list of things he has achieved and the height of success he has attained during his lucrative career. Besides, who is to say that the extraordinary instrumentalist has hit a wall?  As far as fortune goes, Ben Harper's income is sure to hike up, and we wish the best for his career ahead.

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Published on 17 January, 2020

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