Toby Keith has brought in $500 million since his career began in 1993. Keith, 51, has brought in a staggering $65 million in the last 12 months alone, according to Forbes Magazine.
That is the most money ever made in one year by any country music artist. In the last five years, Keith has not made less than $48 million a year.
“He’s built this little empire, and he did it kind of quietly,” concert promoter Louis Messina told Forbes. “Not many people have been able to pull it off as long as he has.”
But, their is one branch of country music fans that Keith is having a hard time getting to.
“When you’ve been around 20 years, it gets more difficult to reach the youth,” Keith told Radio.com in a recent interview, “so I step out of the box every once in a while to reach them.”
The bulk of his income comes from touring, album sales, songwriting, his bar and grill franchises, and his Wild Shot Mezcal.
However, in addition, the father of three has an estimated 10 percent stake in Big Machine Records which roster includes Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Danielle Bradbery, Rascal Flatts, and The Cadillac Three.