Who is Billy Joel and what is his net worth 2018? Billy Joel is a singer who has released various albums in his career. He is also a pianist and songwriter. Some of his popular singles include “Piano Man”, “Just the Way You Are”, “She’s Always a Woman”, “The Stranger”, “My Life”, “You May Be Right”, “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”, “Tell Her About It”, and “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. In his career, he has released 13 studio albums, 15 compilation albums, 10 video albums, and 5 live albums. He has also released 50 music videos and 61 singles.
William Martin Joel popularly known as “Billy Joel” was born on May 9, 1949, in The Bronx, New York. He is the son of Howard Joel and Rosalind Joel. His father is a classical pianist and he has a sister named Judith. His grandfather is Karl Amson Joel and he has a half-brother named Alexander Joel. His parents divorced in 1957. He moved to Vienna in Austria and started learning piano. He also learned boxing and has boxed successfully.
Joel went to Hicksville High School but did not complete his graduation. He used to play in a piano bar to assist his mother financially. He used to miss attendance in his school and decided not to continue with his studies and pursue a career in music. He was influenced by music by groups like The Beatles, The Four Seasons, and The Drifters. At the age of 16, Joel joined a group called ‘Echoes’.
In 1973, Billy Joel married Elizabeth Weber Small, who was the wife of Jon Small. The couple divorced in 1982. In the 1980s he had a relationship with Elle Macpherson. In 1985, he got married to Christie Brinkley. The couple has a daughter named Alexa Ray Joel. They divorced in 1994. He then married 24-years-old Katie Lee in 2004. The couple separated in 2009. In 2015, he married 33-year-old Alexis Roderick. In August of the same year, the couple welcomed their daughter Della Rose Joel.
Billy Joel used to play piano in the group Echoes which was later renamed to Emerald and then to Lost Souls. In 1967, he left the group to join another group called ‘The Hassles’. In 1969, he left the group and formed the duo Attila with Jon Small. In 1970, they released their first EP.
In 1971, he released his debut solo album entitled ‘Cold Spring Harbor’ on Family productions label. In 1973, he released another album called ‘Piano Man’. A year later, his third studio album ‘Streetlife Serenade’ was released. In 1977, he released ‘The Stranger’ which included the hit singles “Movin’ Out”, “She’s Always a Woman”, and “Just the Way You Are”. It became his first multi-platinum album.
In 1978, he released his first No. 1 album ‘52nd Street’. This was followed by another #1 album ‘Glass Houses’ in 1980. In 1989, he released another solo album called ‘Storm Front’. This was followed by ‘River of Dreams’ in 1993. His singles “Hey Girl” and “To Make You Feel My Love” appeared in the album ‘Greatest Hits Volume III’. In 2005, the box set entitled ‘My Lives’ was released.
Billy Joel has won five Grammy Awards in his career. In 2004, he received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2002, he was named as the MusiCares Person of the Year. In 2006, he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. In 2014, Joel received the Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress.
Billy Joel Net Worth
Billy Joel has released many albums in his career and has also released many singles. He has also released collaboration albums and has appeared for other artists. Billy Joel’s net worth is an estimated $190 million. He owes his fortune to the sale of his albums. Part of this wealth also comes by doing other businesses.
He has opened his own shop for creating customised motorcycles in Oyster Bay, Long Island. He also formed the Long Island Boating Company along with his friend Peter Needham. Joel has also appeared for other artists including Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Mathis, Barbara Streisand, Rosie O’Donnell, Cyndi Lauper, and Mick Jones.
Billy Joel has been battling depression. He has donated money to the candidates of the Democratic Party. He has received many honorary doctorates from various universities.