What Is Weird Al Yankovic’s Net Worth?
Weird Al Yankovic is an American singer, songwriter, comedian, actor, and music producer, worth $20 million. Weird Al is known for making people laugh with his songs. Weird Al Yankovic has around 150 original songs to his credit.
In total, his albums have sold over 12 million copies worldwide. Six of his albums are platinum. For his funny music videos, which he directs himself, Yankovic is most known.
Weird Al Yankovic Early Life
Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born in 1959 in Downey, California. Growing up, Al’s father pushed him to “do for a living whatever makes you happy”. Yankovic started learning the accordion when he was seven. A young Al developed a passion for music. After three years, Al Yankovic learned to play the accordion and rock n’ roll music by listening to Elton John tunes.
Early influences included Frank Zappa, Shel Silverstein, and Spike Jones. Yankovic started kindergarten a year early and high school two years later. During high school, he joined the National Forensic League and the “Volcano Worshippers Club.”
Weird Al Yankovic Career
Al’s Odd As a 16-year-old, Yankovic began appearing on Dr. Demento’s radio show, where he recorded parody songs. This is when he began playing accordion at local coffeehouses, singing songs like 2001: A Space Odyssey. While studying architecture at Cal Poly, Yankovic became a DJ for the campus radio station, acquiring the moniker “Weird Al”. Yankovic chose to “take it on professionally” despite his peers’ negative labeling of him.
In 1978, he recorded “Take Me Down,” which appeared on the Slo Grown LP. After the success of “My Sharona,” Yankovic parodied the song with “My Bologna,” which featured Dr. Demento again. After hearing the song, The Knack’s lead singer that Capital Records sign Yankovic, which they did. Weird Al Yankovic concluded that music was his calling and that his low undergraduate grades did not bode well for an architectural career.
He appeared on Dr. Demento’s radio show in 1980 to record “Another One Rides the Bus.” Another One Bites the Dust was a Queen cover. The song was a smash hit, and Yankovic got his first TV appearances. In 1981, Yankovic toured with Dr. Demento. Following Yankovic’s performance, a manager held tryouts to build a full band for the musical comedy.
Yankovic’s next single, “I Love Rocky Road,” went top 40 and landed him a new deal with Scotti Brothers Records. Weird Al Yankovic released his debut album. He also had his first MTV appearance and quit his job as a mailman to focus on music. His following album, Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D, featured the song “Eat It,” which reached number 12. One of the songs, “Beat It,” was a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”
Weird Al’s 1992 album Off the Deep End featured the song “Smells Like Nirvana.” It was Yankovic’s debut satirical song, and Nirvana members found it humorous. During this period, Derringer produced six Yankovic albums, earning two Grammys for Weird Al. But Yankovic started making music in 1992. In 1999, he published Running With Scissors. Its biggest hits were “Pretty Fly for a Rabbi” and “The Saga Begins.”
Weird Al On YouTube and other social media platforms, Yankovic has found increasing success generating songs and music videos. Mandatory Fun was the first album to top the Billboard charts. “Word Crimes” was based on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and received positive reviews. After Mandatory Fun, Yankovic continued to make songs as inspiration struck.
Weird Al Yankovic Personal Life
Weird Al Yankovic became a vegan in 1992 after receiving a copy of Diet for a New America. Yankovic married Suzanne Krajewski, a 20th Century Fox marketing executive. They are the parents of a single child.
Weird Al Yankovic Real Estate
Al bought a 7,000-square-foot property in the Hollywood Hills for $2 million in 2001. Houses in the area have recently sold for $7-9 million.