The life of a celebrity is seemingly filled with luxury, comfort, and a net worth most people can only imagine.
The children are not usually left out in this lifestyle and can even boast of being the future owners of such luxuries, right? Well, not in all cases.
The former Police frontman Sting has proven that not all wealth is generational wealth. When we talk about rockstars, Sting is one name that almost everyone knows.
Although he is such an accomplished rockstar, Sting started from an impoverished background and built everything from the ground up. Sting revealed that he doesn’t expect his children to do less because his money won’t make things easier.
Sting Was Born Into A Working-Class Home
Gordon Matthew Summer, popularly known as Sting, grew up in Wallend, near the northern English town Newcastle Upon Tyne. He was born to a working-class family where his father worked as a milkman, and his mother was a hairdresser. Because of his background, having a music career always seemed like something far off and frankly unrealistic.
The father-of-six told People, “You leave school and you get a job, so there was no idea of making a living out of playing music. It would be absurd. Absurd, and, of course, it was. I just got through the gate by the skin of my teeth.”
Before his music career, Sting worked some stable regular jobs, including teaching. “I was a father, and I was a husband, so I had a real-life to compare this rather rarefied life that I was given: the life of success and fame,” he explained.
“I could compare the two, and it kept my feet on the ground. I’m glad I didn’t have success at 16 or something, out of school. People don’t survive that.
How Much Is Sting Worth?
With how successful and long his career is, there has been a lot of speculation about his actual net worth.
He didn’t disappoint anyone because, according to CelebrityNetworth, the British rockstar is sitting on a whopping $400 million.
Sting’s staggering bank account doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone when you consider just how successful his music career has been; he even went into acting.
His appearance in movies like “Quadrophenia” and “Dune” surely greatly increased his net worth.
Sting’s Children Won’t Be Getting Trust Funds
Sting admitted in his interview with Mail Online on Sunday that his six children will not be inheriting his hundreds of millions of dollars.
The 62-year-old said that he expects his children to work, much like he did, then added that there would barely be anything left to inherit anyway.
“I told them there won’t be much money left because we are spending it! We have a lot of commitments. What comes in, we spend, and there isn’t much left.” The former Police foreman added: “I certainly don’t want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their necks.”
“They have to work. All my kids know that, and they rarely ask me for anything, which I really respect and appreciate. Obviously, if they were in trouble, I would help them, but I’ve never really had to do that.”
Sting is not the only one who feels this way. A few years ago, Celebrity Chef Nigella Lawson said, “I am determined that my children should have no financial security. It ruins people not having to earn money.”
Sting’s Rise To The Top
Sting’s top spot didn’t just happen, it started decades ago as a member of a rock band, and he successfully built up his career since then.
He started his career in the Police as the lead singer and bassist from 1977 to 1984. He left the band to go solo and released music that had elements of jazz, rock, reggae, classical, worldbeat, and new age.
According to Wealthy Gorilla, the 62-year-old has received 17 Grammy awards in his solo career, several Brit Awards, the Song of the Year Award in 1994, and for his music services, he received a CBE from Queen Elizabeth herself.
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Another incredible thing of note is that one of his most popular songs, “Every Breath You Take,” got him a BMI award for the most performed song in the organization’s history.
BMI’s CEO said, “To put that in context, a radio station would need to play that track every day, with commercial interruption, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for 121 consecutive years to equal 15 million performances.”