Gordon Lightfoot Net Worth – 2023

Gordon Lightfoot

Net Worth $40 Million
Height Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Actor, Author
Profession Canada
Gender Male
Date of Birth Nov 17, 1938 (83 years old)

Gordon Lightfoot Net Worth:

$40 Million

How much is Gordon Lightfoot Net worth?

Gordon Lightfoot is a Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter with a net worth of $40 million. Gordon rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s as a folk-pop pioneer. Throughout these decades, he had multiple successful songs, such as “Early Morning Rain,” “Ribbon of Darkness,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Lightfoot was admitted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.

Early Life and Beginnings of Career

Gordon Lightfoot was born in Orillia, Ontario, Canada on November 17, 1938 to Gordon Sr. and Jessie. His older sister’s name was Beverley. Early on, Lightfoot shown musical skill, and his mother educated him to become a great kid musician. In the fourth grade, he had his first public performance by singing “Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra” over the public address system of his school. Lightfoot also sung in the choir at St. Paul’s United Church in Orillia, where he was directed by Ray Williams. In addition, he participated in local operettas, oratorios, and music festivals. As a teenager, Lightfoot taught himself the piano and drums and performed in the Muskoka vacation region.

Lightfoot was a successful performer during his high school years at Orillia District Collegiate & Vocational Institute. He relocated to California after graduation to pursue jazz composition at the Westlake College of Music in Hollywood. Lightfoot composed and produced commercial jingles to make a living there. After his 1960 return to Canada, he played with the Singin’ Swingin’ Eight and the Gino Silvi Singers. Lightfoot quickly gained popularity in Toronto’s folk-music coffee cafes. In 1962, he recorded the songs “(Remember Me) I’m the One” and “Negotiations/Too It’s Late, He Wins,” both of which became Toronto local hits. Lightfoot then flew to Europe, where he hosted the BBC’s “Country and Western Show” for a year. After his return to Canada, he performed at the Mariposa Folk Festival and began establishing himself as a songwriter.

Commercial Innovations

In 1965, Lightfoot obtained a management agreement with Albert Grossman and a recording agreement with United Artists. Due to appearances at the Newport Folk Festival, New York’s Town Hall, and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” his notoriety rose dramatically at this time. In 1966, when he released his self-titled debut album, Lightfoot gained even more prominence. Subsequently, he published the albums “The Way I Feel,” “Did She Mention My Name?” and “Back Here on Earth” and had a number of success songs in Canada, including “Spin, Spin, Spin” and “Go-Go Round.” This era’s biggest hit for Lightfoot was a version of “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” by Bob Dylan, which reached number three on the Canadian charts. In 1967, he performed his first national tour of Canada.

The record “If You Could Read My Mind” was Lightfoot’s commercial breakthrough in the United States after he signed with Warner Bros./Reprise Records in 1970. This big success, which sold over a million copies by early 1971, was instrumental in launching Lightfoot’s career as a superstar. Throughout the 1970s, he released a succession of popular albums that confirmed his status as a leading folk singer-songwriter. Summer Side of Life, Don Quixote, Old Dan’s Records, Sundown, Cold on the Shoulder, Summertime Dream, and Endless Wire. With “Sundown’s” title tune, Lightfoot achieved his sole number-one song in the United States.

Additional Albums

In 1980, Lightfoot released “Dream Street Rose,” his fourteenth studio album. Afterwards, he published “Shadows,” “Salute,” “East of Midnight,” “Waiting for You,” and “A Painter Passing Through,” in addition to the compilation album “Gord’s Gold, Vol. 2.” Lightfoot’s latest albums include “Harmony” (2004), “All Live” (2012), and “Solo” (2020).

Health Problems

Throughout his life and work, Lightfoot has had serious health problems. In 1972, he suffered Bell’s palsy, which temporarily rendered his face largely paralyzed. Three decades later, before to a concert in Orillia, he experienced terrible abdominal discomfort and was taken to a hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, where he underwent emergency surgery for an abdominal aneurysm. Lightfoot suffered a tracheotomy and numerous additional procedures while in a coma for six weeks. He resumed his recuperation at home.

In the midst of a concert in 2006, Lightfoot suffered a mild stroke that weakened the middle and ring fingers on his right hand. Although he resumed performing nine days after his injury, his complete rehabilitation took almost seven months.

Personal Life

Lightfoot married Brita Ingegerd Olaisson in 1963; the couple had two children, Fred and Ingrid, and divorced in 1973. Lightfoot dated several women, but remained single for sixteen years. He was the father of two children, Gaylen and Eric, through these partnerships. Lightfoot married Elizabeth Moon in 1989, and they had two additional children, Miles and Meredith. The couple split in the early 2000s and finalized their divorce in 2011. After three years, Lightfoot married Kim Hasse.


Lightfoot is largely regarded as a pioneer in the creation of the folk-pop style of the 1960s and 1970s, with a career spanning more than six decades and 200 records. Numerous performers, including Bob Dylan, Jim Croce, Gene Clark, Neil Young, Glen Campbell, Nico, Sarah McLachlan, and Barbara Streisand, have covered his tunes. In 1997, Lightfoot was awarded the Governor General’s Award for the Performing Arts, Canada’s top distinction for the performing arts. Later, in 2012, he was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II and admitted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Gordon Lightfoot was also the subject of the 2019 documentary film If You Could Read My Mind: Gordon Lightfoot.

Real Estate

Gordon resides in one of North York, Toronto’s richest neighborhoods. He paid $4 million in 1999 for his house. Today, the estimated value of the residence is $15 million. The enormous house of rapper Drake is located directly across the street.

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