Tina Turner Net Worth: How A Swiss Estate Just Made Her A Whole Lot Richer

Tina Turner, the ‘Empress of Rock & Roll,’ is increasing her wealth with a new $76 million estate on Lake Zurich, Switzerland. 

The formidable vocalist and her husband reportedly acquired the land consisting of ten buildings, a pond, a stream, a swimming pool, and a boat dock earlier this year.

Living near tennis legend Roger Federer, Turner’s husband Erwin Bach stated that buying the property was the couple’s next desired move, adding that “due to the pandemic and its consequences we – like many other Swiss – unfortunately are refraining from travel.”

Turner and her husband have already obtained Swiss nationality and procured a 260,000-square-foot property in the village of Staefa back in September 2021.

This amount is remarkable to the average person casually browsing real estate, but to an icon like Turner, it is a significant component of her impressive wealth.

Tina Turner Net Worth – Early Days

Since her early days as part of the blues group Kings of Rhythm in 1957, Turner has amassed a wealth of approximately $250 million.

Although her exact earnings are not known, it is safe to assume that Turner earned a strong enough reputation to match her popularity with her finances.

In 1957, she and her sister would frequent St. Louis nightclubs in the hopes of discovering new singers and bands.

Turner was impressed by Ike Turner, and his blues and soul group decided to prove to him she deserved a spot on stage.

After an impressive pseudo-audition, Ike decided to help Turner hone her musical skills and introduced her to the music scene as ‘Little Ann.’

Her first record was the single ‘Boxtop,’ in which she was credited as a vocalist alongside Carlson Oliver.

Turner hit her first career milestone in 1960 after Ike Turner penned the single ‘A Fool in Love’ for Art Lassiter. 

Unfortunately, Lassiter failed to show up for the studio recording session. Ike, who initially planned to participate as part of backing vocals, recorded a demo of the song with the intention of swapping Tina out for Lassiter at a later date.

A local DJ, Dave Dixon, convinces Ike to send the demo to the president of Sue Records, who paid them $25,000 for recording and publishing rights to the song.

It was here that Turner decided to change her name, deciding to forgo ‘Ann’ for something that would be a little less common.

Breakthrough in the 1960s

Turner officially debuted as Tina Turner with the release of ‘A Fool in Love’ in July 1960. 

The song was launched to number 2 on the Hot R&B Sides chart and 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 immediately upon release.

After ‘It’s Gonna Work Out Fine’ peaked at second on the charts, she and Ike were nominated for their first Grammy for Best Rock and Roll Performance in 1961.

By this point, Ike had realized that Turner needed something to enhance her stage persona and formed a girl group known as the Ikettes who toured around the country with the couple.

Turner’s first credit as a solo artist was on the single ‘Too Many Ties That Bind/We Need an Understanding’ in 1964, released by Ike’s label, Sonja Records.

In the late 1970s, the relationship between Ike and Turner went South swiftly. Ike, who was a well-known drug addict, would often physically beat his wife.

Ike signed a $150,000 per year deal with Cream Records in 1976, after which he and Turner had to fly to Dallas for a performance. 

The couple was involved in an altercation at their Dallas Hotel, after which Turner fled to a friend’s house. 

Although the two divorced in 1978, they had two albums released during their most turbulent years.

Tina Turner: Solo Artist

While she credits Ike with her initial success, the world sees Turner as a performer in her own right.

She spent much of the late 70s and early 80s building a brand for herself, performing on television and various clubs to work out what kind of music she wanted to offer.

Her luck changed in 1983, when Turner released a cover of Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together.’ The song proved to be successful enough for Capitol Records to greenlight Turner’s first solo album.

She released Private Dancer in May 1964 to critical acclaim, selling 10 million copies around the globe.

The album’s second single, ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It,’ is credited as the song that truly made Tina Turner.

‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’ is the only Tina Turner song to make it to number one on the Billboard charts, and earned her three trophies at the Grammys that year.

Acting Roles

Tina Turner wealth is not solely the product of her music career but is also largely made up of her work on screen.

She retired from live performances in 2009 decided to focus on other ventures.

Her biggest project has been the Adrienne Warren-led biographical musical Tina, which premiered on London’s West End in April 2018.

The show was transferred to Broadway, where Warren was awarded a Tony Award for her portrayal of Turner.

Turner has appeared in films over the years, most notably Mel Gibson’s post-apocalyptic film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Tommy (1975).

Gibson’s film grossed $36 million in the United States, with Turner’s performance being well-recieved by audiences and critics. 

Present-Day Endeavors

Turner sold the rights to her music to BMG Rights Management in October 2021, earning $50 million from the deal.

She also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 and came out of retirement in 2020 to collaborate with Kygo on a remixed version of ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It,’ for which she became the first artist to have a top 40 hit in seven decades in the United Kingdom.

Recently, she and her husband decided to relocate to Switzerland in 2013, and their recent real estate purchases have proven that Turner hopes to remain there for the remainder of her life.

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