Richard Hell Net Worth - Earning And Income From His Career As A Singer

BY PALISTHA Updated on 15 March, 2021

Known for starting the punk rock trend, Richard Hell has an estimated net worth of $500K from his music career and book sales. Image Source: Getty Images.

Richard Hell is the name that needs no introduction in the punk-rock scene. Hailed as the father of punk music and fashion by many, Hell has been making music for quite some time now. However, his passions for storytelling resulted in him writing multiple books while he was still making music and touring the country.

From his successful career in the music industry as well as the literary world, the founder of punk has earned an enormous fortune. And from his multiple ventures, Richard Hell's net worth is estimated to be around $500 thousand.

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Richard Hell Net Worth And Earnings

As mentioned above, Richard Hell's net worth is estimated to be $500K. He has amassed this sum from the book sales as well as his impactful music career. 

Income From Music

The famous singer first started his music journey from a punk rock band named Neon Boys with Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd. They changed their name to Television and performed at a music club in New York City. Hell wrote and performed the punk rock anthem "Blank Generation" during this time. Soon after, he left the band and started his journey as a punk rock star. Since then, he has been a part of many bands like Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and also released many solo albums. Some of these albums in which Hell was involved in, and their respective prices are given below:

Albums Prices
Blank Generation $11.49 (MP3)
Destiny Street $29.98 (Audio CD)
Funhunt: Live at CBGB's & Max's $35.99 (Audio CD)
R.I.P.- Roir Sessions $10.95 (Audio CD)
Dim Stars $5.08 (Audio CD)

With such a long career in the music industry, it is no surprise that the multitalented artist managed to earn a considerable sum of money. The earnings from all the album sales and the subsequent tours he did with various bands must have played a massive role in the rise of Richard Hell's collective wealth.

Income From Books

Along with his music career, Hell also gained recognition from multiple works in the literary world. He has written many novels, poetry, and essays and also works as the editor of the independent publishing house, Cuz Editions. Writing is one of the methods he used to express himself and his feelings and experiences, and it gave him immense joy as well as a big paycheck too. Some of his books and their prices are listed below:

  • I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp (Autobiography) - $17.25 (Hardcover)
  • Godlike - $14.95 (Paperback)
  • Go Now - $12.71 (Paperback)
  • Hot And Cold - $29.95 (Hardcover)
  • The Voidoid - $39.92 (Paperback)

All of these books are available on Amazon and are very popular among the readers. All of these works in the world of literature must have helped increase Richard Hell's net worth and earnings significantly.

Income From Movies

At one point in time, Richard Hell also tried his hand in acting. While not as successful as his music and literary career, he starred in many movies like Blank Generation, No Picnic, Blind Light, among others in the span of twenty years. Most of these movies were low-budget, but Hell must have pocketed a considerable sum due to his popularity as a singer.

Richard Hell Acting.

The guitarist also wrote a screenplay for the film Blank Generation which he starred in. All these works in the movie industry undoubtedly increased Richard Hell's net worth. 


With the vast fortune he has accumulated over the years, Richard Hell is enjoying a comfortable lifestyle with his wife, Sheelagh Bevan. While he lived his earlier years singing and touring the world, currently, Hell is content in his life as a writer and periodically publishes essays and poems. 

Some Facts About Richard Hell

  • Richard Lester Meyers or better known as Richard Hell was born on October 2, 1949,
  • He is often credited as the inspiration for many famous punk rock bands like Sex Pistols.
  • He was married to Scandal vocalist Patty Smyth for two years and had one daughter, Ruby Meyers.
  • He married his long time partner Sheelagh Bevan in 2002.

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Published on 07 May, 2020

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