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Ben Folds Net Worth

Ben Folds net worth is

$20 Million

Ben Folds Wiki Biography

Benjamin Scott Folds was born on 12 September 1966, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA, an is a record producer, singer, and songwriter, but probably best known for being part of the alternative rock band, Ben Folds Five. He has also performed as a solo artist, and has toured around the world. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Ben Folds? As of late-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $20 million, mostly earned through a successful career in music. Ben Folds Five reunited in 2011, but he’s also been known to collaborate with other musicians. As he continues his career it is expected that his wealth will increase.

Ben Folds Net Worth $20 million

At a young age, Ben was interested in learning how to play the piano, after his father brought one home and Ben learned how to play it by ear. He attended Richard J Reynolds High School, where he played in several bands as a drummer, pianist, or bassist. In the late 1980s, he would form the band Majosha with Millard Powers, and they would release several songs. They performed at the 1988 Duke University Battle of the Bands, winning the competition, and then played at various venues and eventually self-produced an EP entitled “Party Night: Five Songs About Jesus”. Their following recording was “Shut Up and Listen to Majosha” in 1989, which contained re-recorded versions of their EP’s songs. Ben’s net worth was established.

After the band broke up, Folds started performing in a new band called Pots and Pans, but it was short lived. He eventually got a music publishing deal in Nashville, and decided to move there in 1990. He played drums for Power Bill, and would also continue working as a session musician. He got a percussion scholarship from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, but dropped-out before graduating, and moved to New Jersey where he began to act with various theatre troupes, but he also continued to play music. In 1994, Ben moved back to North Carolina and would form Ben Folds Five.

They released their self-titled debut album the following year, followed up two years later by “Whatever and Ever Amen”. In 1998 they released the compilation “Naked Baby Photos”, and then “The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner” the following year. The band would gain a strong following in Australia and the United Kingdom, but failed to make any headway in reaching the Billboard Hot 100. They made their first charting song in the UK entitled “Underground” which reached the Top 40, and this helped improve Folds’ net worth. They continued making a few more charting singles there, and the song “Brick” became a major chart placer in Australia – the album “Whatever and Ever Amen” reached number ninth spot in the country. Eventually the band would stop making new material, but would later reunite in 2008 nearly 10 years after their last performance. The concert proceeds were given to the charity “Operation Smile”, and in 2011 they released “The Sound of the Life of the Mind”.

Folds has also had a successful solo career, releasing six LPs and working on the experimental project “Fear of Pop” which increased his net worth too. He also worked at producing music, and has helped create the soundtracks for films. He toured to promote his music, and one of his latest projects is a piano concerto he composed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in 2014.

For his personal life, Ben married four times, firstly to Anna Goodman from 1987 to 1992; Anna was responsible for co-writing several of the Ben Folds Five Songs. In 1996, he married Kate Rosen which only lasted a short time. His next marriage was to Frally Hynes in 1998, and they had twins before divorcing in 2006. The following year, he married Fleur Stanbrook but it ended in 2011. He also dated singer Alicia Witt for two years.

Full Name Ben Folds
Net Worth $20 Million
Date Of Birth September 12, 1966
Place Of Birth Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Profession Singer-songwriter
Education Richard J. Reynolds High School, Frost School of Music, University of Miami
Nationality American
Spouse Fleur Folds (m. 2007–2011), Frally Hynes (m. 1999–2007), Kate Rosen (m. 1996–1997), Anna Goodman (m. 1987–1992)
Children Julia-Rose Folds, Gracie Folds, Louis Folds
Siblings Chuck Folds
Nicknames Benjamin Scott Folds , Folds, Ben , Ben , Benjamin Scott “Ben” Folds , Ben Folds Five
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BenFolds
Twitter https://twitter.com/benfolds
MySpace https://myspace.com/benfolds
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1072886/
Allmusic http://www.allmusic.com/artist/ben-folds-mn0000162197
Music Groups Ben Folds Five, The Bens, Fear of Pop, The Luckiest, You Don’t Know Me, Still Fighting It
Nominations Shorty Award for Best Singer
Movies , The Sing-Off, Ben Folds and WASO Live in Perth, William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet
TV Shows The Sing-Off
# Trademark
1 Thick plastic black rimmed glasses
2 Piano Rock
# Quote
1 The press is like any business. It’s a group of really intelligent individuals that ends up being one slathering, one-eyed, drooling monster.
2 Next door, there’s an old man who lived to his nineties and one day passed away in his sleep. And his wife, she stayed for a couple of days and passed away. I’m sorry, I know that’s a strange way to tell you that I know we belong.
3 Why would I want to sound like Joni Mitchell? I’ve got Joni Mitchell records, and they’re great, and I couldn’t possibly be that good.
4 I’m not really a strange person or anything, so if there’s music I like, usually there’s other people who like it too.
5 Even though I live in America more, I feel like when I go to Adelaide, that’s when I get to go home.
6 My idea is to play with the people who you know want to get it right. Then it’s fun and easy to record, and you can get down to details, like taking out cymbals so the verse doesn’t dwarf the chorus, something like that.
7 Rock and roll is – and should be – a kid’s place.
8 But I really do have a soft spot for the solo shows. Any musician who writes and sings will tell you that’s the center of it, that is it. It’s almost like there’s something church-like about it and you gotta go back there, if you’re a songwriter that sings your material.
9 It’s a tough thing to know that when you’re making your album, you’re going to end up collaborating with, say, Wal-Mart, on your artwork. That just sucks. And the pressure behind getting the numbers real fast is, to me, dizzying.
10 I used to do this big rant at the end of some gigs with Ben Folds Five. The band broke into this big heavy metal thing and I started as a joke to scream in a heavy metal falsetto. I found myself saying things like: Feel my pain, I am white, feel my pain.
11 My job is to be some sort of music/lyric psychic, to figure out that that’s the right song to not fight the lyric.
12 Billy Joel and Joe Jackson were both great, and they both play piano.
13 In many ways, I’ve chosen to be plain, almost too plain, too self-effacing. Like, if I record a vocal and I don’t like the way it sounds, I would have them turn it up and take the reverb off it to make it as plain as possible.
14 The way I see it, there’s only one melody for any song.
15 You never know when you put out an album that’s unique whether it’ll get beat up for it or not.
16 Because I write very simply, but inside the simplicity, there’s a lot of subtlety. That’s what I’m proud of.
17 A lot of 18-year-olds are like old men. They think they’ve seen everything.
18 I’m really good at writing ‘almost hits’.
19 I do have that mindset – that most good art comes from some turmoil, from someone trying to come to some equilibrium, or come up and get a breath.
20 Everybody knows it hurts to grow up… and we’re still fighting it.
21 With the a cappella groups, every voice is like one string on a guitar, one note on the piano, or one cymbal, and you don’t have the luxury of falling back on anything.
22 The nature of honesty is that if someone has information or knows something about you that you don’t want heard, then they have power over you.
23 The clock never stops, never stops, never waits. We’re growing old. It’s getting late.
24 Everyone, when you’re a teenager and you’re growing up, you do feel like your life is dramatic enough to be on a TV screen, but we know that it’s not.
25 I’m aware that I’m very fringe, and it’s nice that way.
26 Maybe this is wrong, but I feel like I craft my songs carefully enough that I still find that fifteen years after having written one, it still works for me – I’m not cringing.
27 Now that I have found someone, I’m feeling more alone… than I ever have before.
28 There is still some art in pop music. But it can’t happen if you’re not inspired.
29 I’m older than I was, and I’m still washed-up, and I haven’t changed my music one iota. It’s just much easier to do this when people are being nice to you.
30 The reason I stop playing songs is usually because I get sick of them, and then they find themselves back into the set list at some point.
31 People ask me what this song’s about… I was asked about it a lot, and I didn’t really wanna make a big hairy deal out of it, because I just wanted the song to speak for itself. But the song is about when I was in high school, me and my girlfriend had to get an abortion, and it was a very sad thing. And, I didn’t really want to write this song from any kind of political standpoint, or make a statement. I just wanted to reflect what it feels like. So, anyone who’s gone through that before, then you’ll know what the song’s about. – Explanation of the song “Brick”, 1997.
# Fact
1 On “The Bens Rock Over Australia” tour with Ben Lee and Ben Kweller. [March 2003]
2 Is touring Australia and performing with the main professional symphony orchestras of Perth, Western Australia, Sydney New South Wales, Brisbane, Queensland, Melbourne, Victoria and Adelaide, South Australia. [August 2006]
3 Touring “Songs for Silverman” across America and Europe. [May 2005]
4 On tour with fellow musicians Rufus Wainwright and Guster. [June 2004]
5 Is one of the top selling artists in America, Australia, and Japan, despite little-to-no radio airplay.
6 Went to high school in North Carolina with ESPN’s Stuart Scott.
7 His debut solo album, Rockin’ The Suburbs, was released on September 11, 2001.
8 Collaborated with Ben Lee and Ben Kweller as “The Bens” to produce the four songs: “Just Pretend,” “XFire,” “Stop!,” and “Bruised”.
9 His twin children are a boy and girl named Louis Frances and Gracie Scott
10 Former singer/pianist for Ben Folds Five.


Title Year Status Character
Driving Lessons 2006 performer: “Jesusland” / writer: “Jesusland”
Hoodwinked! 2005 performer: “Red is Blue”
Duane Hopwood 2005 performer: “ROCKIN’ THE SUBURBS” / writer: “ROCKIN’ THE SUBURBS”
Jersey Girl 2004 performer: “Wandering” / writer: “Wandering”
Everwood 2002 TV Series performer – 1 episode
The Banger Sisters 2002 performer: “Doctor My Eyes”
The Sweetest Thing 2002 performer: “Losing Lisa” / writer: “Losing Lisa”
Not Another Teen Movie 2001 producer: “Prom Tonight” / writer: “Prom Tonight”
I Am Sam 2001 performer: “Golden Slumbers”
Sidewalks of New York 2001 writer: “Jane” 1999
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 performer: “Lonely Christmas Eve” / producer: “Lonely Christmas Eve” / writer: “Lonely Christmas Eve”
100 Girls 2000 performer: “Wanderling” / writer: “Wanderling”
Godzilla 1998/I writer: “Air”
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1996 TV Series writer: “Kate”
The Truth About Cats & Dogs 1996 producer: “Bad Idea” / writer: “Bad Idea”
Long Vacation 1996 TV Series writer: “Philosophy”
Mr. Wrong 1996 producer: “SONG FOR THE DUMPED” / writer: “SONG FOR THE DUMPED”
The Comix Scrutinizer TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2016 writer – 1 episode, 2016
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Community TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2014 writer – 1 episode, 2014
About Time 2013/I performer: “The Luckiest Instrumental” / writer: “The Luckiest Instrumental” – as Benjamin Folds
Cold Turkey 2013/III performer: “You Can Go Home” / writer: “You Can Go Home”
Parenthood 2013 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Some Jerk with a Camera TV Series documentary performer – 2 episodes, 2012 writer – 1 episode, 2012
Castle 2012 TV Series writer – 1 episode
The Last Days of Cinerama 2012 Documentary short writer: “One Tiny Thing”
Weeds 2012 TV Series performer – 1 episode
The Block TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2012 writer – 1 episode, 2012
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop 2011 Documentary writer: “Army”
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon TV Series music – 1 episode, 2010 performer – 1 episode, 2010
Grey’s Anatomy 2009 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Marley & Me 2008 performer: “Rockin’ the Suburbs Over the Hedge Version” / writer: “Rockin’ the Suburbs Over the Hedge Version” – as Benjamin Scott Folds
Religulous 2008 Documentary writer: “Jesusland”
A Hero in Heaven 2007 Documentary performer: “The Luckiest” / writer: “The Luckiest”
Ben Folds: Live at My Space 2007 Video performer: “There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You”, “Learn To Live With What You Are”, “Kate”, “Bastard”, “Jesusland”, “All U Can Eat”, “I Walk The Line”, “Such Great Heights”, “Army”, “Rockin’ The Suburbs”, “Bitches Ain’t Shit” / writer: “There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You”, “Learn To Live With What You Are”, “Kate”, “Bastard”, “Jesusland”, “All U Can Eat”, “Army”, “Rockin’ The Suburbs”, “Bitches Ain’t Shit”
Over the Hedge 2006 performer: “Family of Me”, “Heist”, “Still”, “Rockin’ the Suburbs Over the Hedge Version”, “Lost in the Supermarket” / writer: “Family of Me”, “Heist”, “Still”, “Rockin’ the Suburbs Over the Hedge Version”
Scrubs 2006 TV Series 1 episode
Shut Up and Sing 2006 writer: “Kate”


Title Year Status Character
Drunk History 2016 TV Series Nathan Cherry
You’re the Worst 2016 TV Series Ben Folds
CollegeHumor Originals 2014 TV Series
Community 2014 TV Series Professor Bublitz
Ben Folds: Way to Normal 2008 Video Band


Title Year Status Character
Handsome 2017 post-production
William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet 2009 Documentary
Live Life 2007/I Short
Ben Folds and Waso Live in Perth 2005 Video
Evaporated 2000 Documentary short

Music Department

Title Year Status Character
Misery Loves Comedy 2015 Documentary composer: theme music
Cold Turkey 2013/III composer: additional music
100 Girls 2000 additional score


Title Year Status Character
Old People at Bonnaroo 2015 Short special thanks


Title Year Status Character
Temple of Art 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Comedy Bang! Bang! 2016 TV Series Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series Himself – Musical Support
Live from Daryl’s House 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Great Performances 2015 TV Series Himself
Drunk History 2014 TV Series Himself
Ringo Starr: A Lifetime of Peace and Love 2014 TV Movie Himself
The Sing-Off 2009-2013 TV Series Himself – Judge
Made in Hollywood 2013 TV Series Himself
The Queen Latifah Show 2013 TV Series Himself – Musical Guest
Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show 2013 TV Series Himself
We’re the Millers 2013 Himself – Piano Teacher (uncredited)
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville 2013 Documentary Himself
The Best Hit USA 2005-2013 TV Series Himself
We Cause Scenes 2013 Documentary Himself
Ben Folds Five Live from the Warfield 2013 TV Movie Himself
Who Is Clinn Rippy? 2012 Documentary Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2008-2012 TV Series Himself – Musical Guest
Rove LA 2012 TV Series Himself
The Colbert Report 2012 TV Series Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2011 TV Series Himself
A Love Letter to Tom Waits: The Life of Chris Roberts-Antieau 2011 Documentary Himself
Spicks and Specks 2011 TV Series Himself
A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus 2010 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series Himself – Musical Guest
William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet 2009 Documentary
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 1997-2008 TV Series Himself / Himself – Musical Guest / Themselves – Musical Guest
Bonefish Grill’s Notes from the Road 2008 TV Series Himself
T in the Park 2008 TV Movie Himself
Nashville at Nite 2008 TV Series Himself
I Love the ’70s: Volume 2 2006 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig 2006 Documentary Himself
The Henry Rollins Show 2006 TV Series Himself
Living in TV Land 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
William Shatner in Concert 2006 TV Special documentary Himself
Love Monkey 2006 TV Series Himself
Austin City Limits 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
I Love the 80’s 3-D 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
GMTV 2005 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2001-2005 TV Series Himself / Himself – Musical Guest
The View 2005 TV Series Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2005 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005 TV Series Himself – Musical Guest
Last Call with Carson Daly 2005 TV Series Himself
Ben Folds, Songs for Silverman 2005 Video Himself
William Shatner: It Hasn’t Happened Yet 2005 Video short Himself
Live! from Central Park SummerStage 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Real Magic TV 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
I Love the ’80s 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The Wayne Brady Show 2002 TV Series Himself
The Glass House 2002 TV Series Himself
The Book Place 2002 TV Series Himself
American Masters 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The Mick Molloy Show 1999 TV Series Himself
Burt Bacharach: One Amazing Night 1998 TV Special documentary Himself (as Ben Folds Five)
Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1996 TV Series Himself

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