Eric Clapton Net Worth: Cars, Arts, Lifestyle & Music

Eric Clapton in Action
Eric Clapton in Action (Source: Wallpaper Cave)

One of the iconic rock and blues guitarists, singer, and songwriter Eric Clapton’s net worth is a whopping $450 million.

Clapton is probably the most honored and awarded musician in the world.

He is known for his time in rock bands, Yardbirds, and Cream and also for his solo music career.

Similarly, Mr. Clapton is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, with more than 280 million records sold worldwide.

Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton (Source: People.com)

In 2009, Time ranked him at number five on their list of The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players.

Similarly, Rolling Stones ranked Eric at number two on their list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Moreover, Clapton has received Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music as well as a staggering 18 Grammy Awards.

You know there are only a handful of people who can proudly say that they have Grammy Awards and Mr. Clapton has 18 of them. Talk about talent and recognition!!

Eric Clapton | Quick Facts

Born Name Eric Patrick Clapton
Celebrated Name Eric Clapton
Nickname God, Slow Hand
Date of Birth 30 March 1945
Height 5’11″/178 cm/1.78 cm
Weight 84 kg/185 lbs
Age 77 Years Old
Country of Origin England
Birth Place/City Ripley, Surrey, England
Nationality British
Religion Christianity
Race/Ethnicity English
Body Type Slim
Associated Labels Polydor Records, Warner Records, RSO Records, Reprise Records, Apple Records, Deram Records, Atco Records, Surfdog Records
Profession Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Genre Blues, Rock
Instruments Vocals, Guitars
Associated Acts Cream, Yardbirds
Career 1962-Present
Net Worth $450 Million
Gender Male
Hair Color Brown Grey
Eye Color Brown
Sexual Orientation Straight
Zodiac Sign Aries
Father’s Name Edward Walter Fryer
Mother’s Name Patricia Molly Clapton
Siblings None
Marital Status Married
Wife/Spouse Name
  • Pattie Boyd (m. 1979-1989)
  • Melia McEnery (m. 2002)
Children/Kids Name Conor Clapton (Deceased), Julie Rose Clapton, Sophie Belle Clapton, Ella May Clapton, Ruth Clapton
Official Website Eric Clapton
Merch Signed Guitar, Signed Book, Signed Photo
Social Media InstagramTwitterFacebookYouTube, Spotify
Last Update May 2022

Eric Clapton | Net Worth & Income

One of the celebrated musicians of all time, Eric Clapton’s net worth is a staggering $450 million as of 2022.

He is the 18th richest rockstar in the world.

Clapton has garnered an eye-watering fortune from his successful music career, sold-out concerts, tours, brand endorsements, and investments.

Similarly, Clapton also makes tons of money from music royalties.

Let’s check out his income from record sales:

Year Album Earning
1966 Fresh Cream $60,000
1966 Blues Breakers $500,000
1967 Disraeli Gears $1.1 Million
1968 Wheels of Fire $500,000
1969 Best of Cream $500,000
1969 Goodbye $500,000
1969 Blind Faith $1.1 Million
1969 Live Peace $50,000
1970 Layla $560,000
1970 On Tour With Eric Clapton $50,000
1975 E. C. Was Here $5 Million
1977 Slowhand $3.110 Million
1978 Backless $1.06 Million
1982 Time Pieces: The Best of Eric Clapton $7.165 Million
1983 Strange Brew $1 Million
1985 Behind The Sun $1 Million

Clapton’s biggest hit, Wonderful Tonight alone, sold over 4 million copies worldwide, and even if we do rough calculations, that are about $5-6 million.

Similarly, ‘Tears In Heaven’ and ‘Layla’ became Clapton’s bestselling albums and also one of the biggest selling live albums in history, with approximately 26 million copies sold.

Eric Clapton Live Performance
Eric Clapton Live Performance (Source: 97.1 The Drive LIVE Stream)

And let’s not do the boring math as we know that’s a lot of money that we can comprehend roughly.

Moreover, Surrey Life Magazine ranked Eric at number 17 on their list of richest Surrey residents in 2009 with £120 million in assets.

It included his properties, income, his back music catalog, touring income, £9 million yachts, and his holding company Marshbrook Ltd.

In 2019, it seemed like the rock star’s remarkable career was winding down. Unexpectedly Clapton was back to the top.

Between February 2021 and February 2022, Clapton pulled in an astounding $82 million, a nearly $50 million lead over his closest competition.

Net Worth of Eric Clapton in Different Currencies

Let’s check out the greatest guitarist, Eric Clapton’s net worth in some of the major currencies in the world.

Currency Net Worth
Euro € 412.38 Million
Pound Sterling £ 345.13 Million
Australian Dollar A$ 617.17 Million
Canadian Dollar C$ 574.34 Million
Indian Rupee ₹ 34,541,640,000
BitCoin ฿ 11,499.39

Eric Clapton | Houses, Cars, Guitars & Art Collection

Houses

Legendary musician Eric Clapton has owned numerous properties in different parts of the world, including France, England, the United States, Italy, and Antigua.

His home in Antigua, also known as Standfast Point, was built in 2000 for $14 million. He began renting it in 2009 for $50,000 per week.

Similarly, he also owned a 14,000 square feet beach house in Venice Beach, California.

Cars

If Eric Clapton is known for anything else but his music, then it has to be for his love of Ferraris.

The three times hall of fame inductee is a self-proclaimed car enthusiast, having collected countless numbers of automobiles over the years.

Reportedly, Clapton’s car collection is easily worth $50 million or even $100 million.

The coolest car in his collection has to be the one made especially for him; the Ferrari SP12 EC. Ferrari honored Clapton in 2012 with a one-off special project car which is worth around $4.7 million.

His Ferrari
Eric Clapton and His Ferrari (Source: www.ietp.com)

Similarly, some of his other extremely valuable Ferraris are 365 GTC, 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso (1 of 350) potentially worth $10 million today, and Ferrari Enzo (1 of 400) potentially worth $3-5 million.

Moreover, Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, Ferrari 365 GTC, 1991 Ferrari F40, Ferrari 275 GTB, and Ferrari 599 FTB Fiorano are some of his other prized possessions.

Guitars

Eric Clapton is synonyms to guitar. He has played thousands of guitars since he first stepped into the industry.

The guitar played by Clapton has been auctioned for millions of dollars.

Some of his most iconic guitars include Stratocaster “Blackie”, 1964 Gibson ES0335 TDC, 1939 CF Martin & Co, and Gold Leaf Stratocaster.

In addition to that, Clapton used his Fender Stratocaster ‘Brownie’ to record the iconic riff of ‘Layla.’

Art Collection

Just like his love for Ferraris, Clapton also has a thing for art pieces.

Nonetheless, his collection is very difficult to value.

To give you an idea, he once bought $3.4 million worth of three Gerhard Richter paintings in 2001. The three art pieces eventually sold for a combined $77.3 million.

Some other pieces in his collection include “Le Bouquet” by Maurice Utrillo, “Nu Debout” by Henri Matisse and “Le Sommeil” by Edgar Degas.

Eric Clapton | Lifestyle

Though Clapton leads a lavish lifestyle today, he has had his share of bad days in the past.

From alcohol and heroin addiction to the passing away of his four-year-old son, Clapton has seen the worst.

On March 27, 1979, Eric married Pattie Boyd. Boyd was previously married to a member of the Beatles and Eric’s close friend George Harrison.

In fact, Eric wrote the famous song “Layla” about his feelings for Boyd.

The two divorced in 1989.

Clapton has admitted that he used to abuse Boyd and also fathered two children with other women during their marriage.

Son
Eric Clapton’s Son (Source: The Sun)

His daughter was born in 1985, and his son Conor in 1986. Unfortunately, four-year-old Conor passed away, falling out of an open window in a 53rd-floor apartment.

Clapton wrote another famous song, “Tears in Heaven,” in memory of his son.

Moreover, in Jan of 2002, Clapton married Melia McEnery. Together they share three daughters; Sophie, Ella, and Julie.

As we all know, Clapton lived through the drug, sex, and rock n roll era. He also became the victim of drug abuse. Reportedly, Clapton used to spend $16,000 each week on heroin.

Nonetheless, he has been sober and clean since 1987.

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Eric Clapton | Charity

Eric Clapton was appointed a director of the UK treatment center for drug and alcohol dependence Clouds House. He also served on their board until 1997.

As mentioned before, Clapton’s guitars have been auctioned off for charitable donations several times over the years.

In 1999, Clapton raised over $5 million, auctioning off some of his guitars for the continuing support of the Crossroads Centre.

Similarly, Clapton raised more than £1.3 million in March 2011 when he auctioned off 75 guitars and 55 amps from his personal collection.

The proceeds from this auction went to Crossroads Centre as well.

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Eric Clapton | Music, Investments & Books

Music

In 1963, Eric Clapton joined the rock band Yardbirds and stayed with them until March 1965.

He left the band the day when their big hit ‘For You Love’ was released.

Similarly, he then joined John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and left a few months later. He rejoined the band and quit it again in 1966.

After that, Clapton joined another rock band, Cream. He released six studio albums with Cream. However, Cream disbanded in 1968.

Clapton then formed another band named Blind Faith, which lasted only for seven months.

Following that, Clapton formed another band named Derek and the Dominos.

He released his most famous song Layla along with the band. Nonetheless, it disbanded too in 1971.

He then went on to work with several other bands releasing hit albums and singles.

In 1970, Clapton embarked upon a solo career.

Over his long and illustrious career, Clapton has played more than 3,000 concerts in more than 60 countries.

Clapton retired from worldwide touring in 2015 but still makes music.

He celebrated his 70th birthday with live shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Investments

Eric Clapton started Marshbrook Ltd holding company in the early 80s. The company had earned Clapton £110 million since 1989. The current status of the company is unknown.

Similarly, he purchased 50% of gentleman’s outfitters Cordings Piccadilly in 2003.

Book Publications

Eric Clapton has published a handful of books, including his autobiography, over the years.

In 2007 he published his autobiography entitled Clapton: The Autobiography. The book tells the story of his personal as well as professional journeys.

Similarly, in 2012 he published another book titled Six String Stories. This one tells his story through the history of his instruments.

Eric Clapton | Career

Eric Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England, to 16 years old mother Patricia and father Edward, a Canadian soldier.

Clapton never got to meet his father.

Because of his mother’s young age, Eric was told that Patricia was his sister and her mother and father (Eric’s grandparents) were his parents.

 Early Days
Eric Clapton’s Early Days (Source: Ultimate Classic Rock)

His mother left for Germany after marriage.

Clapton learned to play guitar as a teenager. He was so good that he started to play in pubs at the age of 16.

At the age of 17, he joined an R&B group, the Roosters.

Unknown Facts About Eric Clapton

  • Eric Clapton became good friends with the Beatles member George Harrison. Around this time, Harrison showed Eric his new song Here Comes the Sun, and Clapton realized he was falling in love with Harrison’s wife, Pattie Boyd.
  • Jimi Hendrix went to London hoping to get discovered in late 1966. Eric and Hendrix hit it off and would go pubs to pubs and jam with bands blowing everyone away.
  • Eric purchased a left-handed Stratocaster hoping to give it to Jimi Hendrix in September 1970. However, Jimi passed away before Clapton could give it to him.

FAQs

What disease does Eric Clapton have?

In 2017 Clapton was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, a condition that damages nerves carrying messages to and from the brain to the rest of the body.

Which building did Eric Clapton’s son fall from?

Eric Clapton’s son Conor Clapton fell from del Santo’s 53rd floor, New York City apartment.

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