What was David Crosby’s net worth? Byrds’ founder sold publishing rights after low income during pandemic

What was David Crosby’s net worth? Byrds’ founder sold publishing rights after low income during pandemic
Musician David Crosby dies at 81 (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for LUTB)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Rock legend, David Crosby dies at 81. He was one of the most talented artists to have got inducted into the revered Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Meanwhile, he also revealed during the pandemic that his income was minimal, and had to sell his publishing rights.


According to Rock Celebrities, he had said in an interview, "So I’m trying to be grateful that I can still play live and pay the rent and take care of my family. But along comes Covid and I can’t play live. That was it. Now I’m broke. I don’t want to lose my home, man."


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David Crosby attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
David Crosby claimed he was 'broke' by the time it was pandemic (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)


What is David Crosby's net worth?

According to Celebrity net worth, he had a net worth of $10 million at the time of his death. Though he had a good amount of wealth, he had also gone through some major financial setbacks including a difficult blowback after a car accident which resulted in a $3 million settlement. He had also sold his music catalog rights to Irving Azofffor payday north of $20 million. His net worth was impacted by both his health issues, including hepatitis C, Type 2 diabetes, and substance abuse. When he sold his rights, he said, "That wasn’t a thing I wanted to do, but doing that deal with Irving made it possible for me to not worry about the money. "That was really scary. We were really worried we were going to lose it. I couldn’t work live, and I couldn’t make any money doing records. That deal made a difference for us. It really helped a lot," per RollingStone. 

Musician David Crosby visits the SiriusXM studios for the
Musician David Crosby total net worth is $10million ( Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for SiriusXM)


According to The Richest,  Crosby earned all his net worth through his successful songwriting, singing, and musical performances. Crosby is also one of the top 10 highest-paid signers of 2013. His favorite car in his collection was Tesla Sedan. In an interview with Robb Report, he once stated, "Always, and I have been lucky enough to own many of the really great ones—Ferraris, Mercedes, BMWs. I now own a Tesla sedan. It’s a stunning car, and I’d rather have it than a Rolls any day. The thing that knocks everybody’s socks off is that it’s so drastically fast. But after you own it a while, you have to become a more precise driver because it is incredibly accurate and precise. You get into seeing how well you can drive it because it will handle anything you bring to the party."

He further added, "I also have two BMWs, a Ford Excursion that runs on biofuel, and, probably the most interesting one, a 1940 Ford pickup with a slightly warm V-8 in it. It’s the first engine I’ve touched since high school. I built it with a friend, who is much better at it, standing over me saying, “That’s the right piece but you got it in upside down. It was great fun." 


Meanwhile, he had his lavish house at Santa Yanez which is just 30 miles from Santa Barbara. He lived with his wife and two horses in this space. He was happy to stay in Santa Yanez and claimed "There's no star stuff, There's no TMZ stuff. There's no silliness about my job. Hardly at all. I get to be a real citizen here," as per News Week. 

Crosby had also contributed to various charities including, Autism Speaks, Plastic Pollution Coalition, rock CAN roll, The Guacamole Fund, TJ Martell Foundation, and WhyHunger. Some of the causes he actively worked for are,  AIDS & HIV, Autism, Cancer, Children, Conservation, Economic/Business Support, Education, Environment, Health, Hunger, Mental Challenges, Oceans, Peace, and Poverty, as per Look to the stars. He had also worked along with the Seva foundation as its ambassador. The organization emphasizes "local communities around the world to develop self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight." Being its Ambassador, Crosby once said, "Seva has done an incredible job all over the world helping people who really need it. I am proud to be one of the many who followed Wavy and his friends down this particularly yellow brick road," as per Seva.org

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