Kris Kristofferson Net Worth $200 million
Kris Kristofferson salary $20,000,000
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Kris Kristofferson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor and his current net worth is $200 million.
Born in Brownsville, Texas to Marry Ann and Lars Henry Kristofferson, a US Army Air Corps officer, he has English, Scottish, German, and Dutch ancestry.
Growing up, his father pushed him towards a military career. As a teenager he took a summer job with dredging contractor on Wake Island.
He then moved around frequently as a teen because of the army, and settled down in San Mateo, California. There he graduated from San Mateo High School.
In 1954 he went to Pomona College to study writing. There he experienced his first dose of fame. He appeared in Sport Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” for his work in collegiate rugby union, American football, and track and field.
Since he and his classmates revived the Claremont Colleges Rugby Club in 1958, the sport has remained a southern California rugby institution.
While in college he joined Delta Kappa fraternity and graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in literature.
He studied at Merton College and earned a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University.
Kris earned his Blue for boxing, played rugby for his college, and started writing songs, all while attending Oxford.
While there he also befriended art critic, and poet Michael Fried.
With the help of his manager, Larry Parnes, Kristofferson recorded for Top Rank Records under the name Kris Carson.
In 1960 he graduated from Oxford with a B.Phil in English literature. The next year he married his girlfriend Frances Mavia Beer.
Pursued by his family he eventually joined US Army and attained the rank of Captain.
There he became a helicopter pilot after training at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
He also completed Ranger School. During the early 1960s, while stationed in West Germany as a member of the 8th Infantry Division.
While there, he resumed his music career and formed a band.
After his tour of duty ended, assigned to teach English literature at West Point, he decided to quit Army and started songwriting.
His family disowned him because of his career decision and sources are unclear on whether or not they ever truly reconciled.
After leaving the Army, he moved to Nashville and worked some odd jobs while struggling to succeed in music.
Upon his divorce, he got a job sweeping floors at Columbia Recording Studios. There he met June Carter and asked her to give Johnny Cash a tape of his.
She listened to him and gave his tape, but Johnny put it in a large pile with others.
Weeks later Kristofferson landed a helicopter in Cash’s front yard, gaining his full attention.
Cash decided to record Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down that same year, which earned Kris the songwriter of the year title at the country music awards.
A few years later after Dave Dudley decided to release one of Kris’ singles, it became a hit and Kristofferson signed to Epic Records. The same time he released a single, Golden Idol/Killing Time, but not as successful.
He achieved some success as a performer himself, following Johnny Cash’s introduction of him at the Newport Folk Festival.
Then he signed a deal with Monument Records as a recording artist.
He made his debut for Monument in 1970 with Kristofferson, which had few new songs as well as many of his previous hits.
It sales didn’t do so well but the album achieved success next year when he re-released it under the title Me & Bobby McGee.
From there everything is history. His career began to grow and his hits started to achieve great success, making him one of the best-selling artists.