About Dave Matthews
David John Matthews, better known as Dave Matthews, is an American musician, singer, actor and songwriter, who currently performs as the lead vocalist and guitarist with Dave Matthews Band. The group was formed in the beginning of 1990s, in Virginia, and gained international recognition in 1993, following the release of its debut album, Remember Two Things. The album featured such singles like “Satellite”, “Ants Marching”, “Tripping Billies” and was both critically and commercially successful. According to some estimates, during the period 2000-2010 David Matthews Band sold more tickets than any other group in America. This fact goes a long way to explain why Dave Matthews net worth is currently leaping over $250 million.
David was born in South Africa, in a family of Valerie and John Matthews. He was the third child in a family and has three siblings. When Matthews was two years old his father landed a job at the expending IBM company and the whole family moved to live in New York. While living in a Big Apple, his mother took David to see the live performance by Pete Seeger.
For the younger generation, which has not heard of this man- Pete is an American folk singer who was especially popular during the 40s and 50s. Despite the professional success, Pete’s fortune does not even come close to Dave Matthews net worth. A 90-year old currently holds assets worth approximately $4 million. When Dave was 10, his beloved father died from lung cancer. Matthews biographer has later stated that this loss influenced his “carpe diem” lyrics. Following this tragedy the whole family moved back to South Africa. David fled to the United States after graduation from St. Stithians College, in order to avoid obligatory military service.
Dave Matthews net worth started to grow in the early 1990s, when the musician formed his own group. In 1993 Dave Matthews Band released its debut album, entitled, Remember Two Things. The album was so successful, that it had to be rereleased four years later. By 2002 it has sold over one million copies in the United States alone and received Platinum certification from Recording Industries Association of America. In 1994 Dave’s band released its first live record, Recently. The same year their second studio album, entitled Under the Table and Dreaming, has reached the stores. It featured the bands first commercial hits, including “What Would You Say”.
Unfortunately, Dave Matthews net worth and professional recognition did not bring happiness to his family life. Around the same time as his songs have finally topped the charts, Dave learned that Anne, his older sister who lived in Africa, was killed by her own husband, who subsequently committed suicide. This tragedy had a drastic effect on Dave’s attitude toward his life, family and career.