Gordon Lightfoot Net Worth

Gordon Lightfoot Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Gordon Lightfoot net worth is
$30 Million

Gordon Lightfoot Wiki Biography

Gordon Lightfoot was born on 17th November 1938, in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, and is an award-winning musician, singer and songwriter, who is internationally known as one of the most notable pop-folk artists, and probably the best Canadian songwriter. Many of his albums have achieved multi-platinum status, while plenty artists have covered of his songs. Lightfoot’s career started in 1958.

Have you ever wondered how rich Gordon Lightfoot is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Lightfoot’s net worth is as high as $30 million, an amount earned through his successful career as a musician.

Gordon Lightfoot Net Worth $30 Million

Gordon Lightfoot is a son of Jessica and Gordon Lightfoot, Sr., who owned a dry cleaning company. From an early age, Gordon was a successful performer, initially a member of the choir of Orillia’s St. Paul’s United Church in Ontario. His first appearance – at Massey Hall in Toronto – came at the age of 12, and later he taught himself to play the piano, percussion and drums. Lightfoot went to the Orillia District Collegiate & Vocational Institute, where he learned to play folk guitar, and his talents secured him a place in McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music.

Gordon’s career started in 1958 when he moved to Los Angeles, California to study at the Hollywood Westlake College of Music, meantime supporting himself with writing, producing, and arranging various commercial jingles. Lightfoot stayed in L.A. for two years, but went back to Toronto because he was homesick. Gordon started developing as a songwriter, and collaborated with a wide variety of artists such as Elvis Presley, The Clancy Brothers, Richie Havens and Spyder Turner, The Kingston Trio, and Chad and Jeremy, among others. Gordon’s debut self-titled studio album came in 1966, and although he released four more albums by the end of the ‘60s, Lightfoot failed to achieve any significant commercial success.

However, in 1970, Gordon’s next album entitled “Sit Down Young Stranger” topped the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada, reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart, achieving platinum status in the process. In 1972, Lightfoot’s “Don Quixote” topped the Canadian RPM 100 chart, and reached No. 42 on the US Billboard 200. The only Lightfoot album that reached No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 was “Sundown” in 1974, which also achieved platinum status in both Canada and the United States. By the end of the ‘70s, Gordon had released two more influential albums – “Summertime Dream” (1976) and “Endless Wire” (1978).

In the ‘80’s, Lightfoot’s career slowed down a bit, and he released only four albums with “Dream Street Rose” (1980), “Shadows” (1982), and “East of Midnight” (1986) as the mentionable ones. Although he stated that “East of Midnight” would be his last album, Gordon recorded “Waiting for You” in 1993, and then “A Painter Passing Through” in 1998. More recently, he released “Harmony” in 2004 and “All Live” in 2012, which also contributed to his net worth.

Gordon Lightfoot has received numerous award during his rich career, including sixteen Juno Awards in the ‘60s and ‘70s. He also won four ASCAP awards for songwriting in the ‘70s and was nominated for five Grammy Awards. In 1986, Gordon was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and in 2001 into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

Regarding his personal life, Gordon Lightfoot was married to Brita Ingegerd Olaisson from 1963 to 1973 and has two children with her. He married Elizabeth Moon in 1989, and has two children with her, but they divorced in 2011 after a separation of nine years. In December 2014, Lightfoot married Kim Hasse.

Full NameGordon Lightfoot
Net Worth$30 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 17, 1938
Place Of BirthOrillia, Ontario, Canada
Height6' (1.83 m)
SpouseKim Hasse (m. 2014), Elizabeth Moon (m. 1989–2011), Brita Ingegerd Olaisson (m. 1963–1973)
ChildrenMeredith Lightfoot, Fred Lightfoot, Miles Lightfoot, Ingrid Lightfoot, Eric Lightfoot
ParentsJessica Lightfoot, Gordon Lightfoot Sr.
SiblingsBeverley Lightfoot
AwardsCanadian Music Hall of Fame, Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year, Juno Award for Folk Artist of the Year, Juno Award for Best Male Artist, Juno Award for Folk Album of the Year, If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
NominationsGrammy Award for Song of the Year, Juno Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Juno Award for Best Produced MOR Album, If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
MoviesHarry Tracy, Desperado, Gordon Lightfoot: Live in Reno, Gordon Lightfoot: Greatest Hits Live, Music Scene: The Best of 1969-1970: Vol. 2
1Songs often include references to Canada
2Often plays a 12-string guitar and layers his own background vocals on record
3His moustache, which he has worn consistently through the late 1960s and to this day
4His distinctive baritone voice
1[on avoiding writing his autobiography] I don't like to have to remind myself of everything I hate about myself. It's highly unnecessary. I'm reformed. I'm doing my best. I'm trying hard. I don't want to hurt a soul. I'm just a peace loving guy.
2I'm a little nuts. I'm a lot nuts. All I know is that in the midst of the madness of this world it's my therapy. The music touches my heartstrings.
3I was under contract for 33 years, and when you're like that you're always under the gun to produce. You tend to ignore certain things and to become isolated, and you don't spend enough time thinking about other things like the business end and the family and even the live performances. Now I can concentrate on my shows, which is great because that's what I like best anyway. -- GL, during 2007 interview
1Inducted into the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame in 2003, in the Industry Achievement category, for his "Canadian Railroad Trilogy".
2Returning to his Canadian home in Toronto after a 10 show tour ending at the Sunrise in Fort Pierce Florida. [March 2010]
3Performing at the Memorial Center in Peterborough Ontario, as part of the flood relief concert to help Peterborough recover from great losses. [August 2004]
4He appeared on Canadian Idol on Aug 18th, 2004. His music was one of the weekly themes of the show, and six young finalists worked with him individually to prepare for singing his songs in competition. [August 2004]
5Saturday, September 7th 2002 - rushed to McMaster University Health Centre in Hamilton, Ontario by air ambulance after experiencing stomach pains. He had emergency stomach surgery and is expected to make a complete recovery. Details of the surgery are pending. [September 2002]
6He is back at home after spending several months in hospital. According to a recent interview with the Globe & Mail newspaper, he has ready another album which will be titled "Twenty" and due for release sometime in 2004. [October 2003]
7Inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 1998 (charter member).
8In 2002, suffered a near-fatal ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, similar to the condition that took the life of actor John Ritter. He withstood six weeks in a coma, four surgeries and two years of extensive rehab. His first extensive tour did not happen until 2005.
9Has earned five Grammy nominations and 17 Juno Awards in his native Canada, and was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
10The younger of two children, he grew up in Orillia, Ontario, where, as a boy soprano he worked the wedding circuit ("O, Promise Me" and "The Lord's Prayer" were his specialties). He also performed in a church choir, a barbershop quartet and a dance band.
11Took classes in music school in Los Angeles before returning to his native Canada and playing the guitar and sang in coffee houses while composing songs.
12The folk group Peter, Paul and Mary made a hit out of his song "For Lovin' Me". Other artists who did well from his material include Anne Murray, Judy Collins, Richie Havens, and Gordon's real-life idol Bob Dylan.
13Married twice and separated from his second wife, he has six children by four women.
14Pictured on one of four 52¢ Canadian commemorative postage stamps honoring Canadian Recording Artists, issued 29 June 2007. The other stamps pictured Paul Anka, Joni Mitchell, and Anne Murray.
15Six children: Two children, Fred (born Feb 1, 1964) and Ingrid (born Dec 31, 1965), from his first marriage with wife Brita Two children out of wedlock, including Eric (born Dec 30, 1981) with Cathy Coonley. Two children, Miles (born ca. 1991) and Meredith (born ca. 1996), with current wife Elizabeth. One older sister, Bev. Two grandchildren.
16He was awarded the O.C. (Officer of the Order of Canada) on June 26, 1970 and awarded the C.C. (Companion of the Order of Canada) on May 8, 2003 for his services to entertainment.
17Has frequently sung "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" at the annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Service at Mariner's Church in Detroit.
18Saturday, September 7th 2002 - rushed to McMaster University Health Centre in Hamilton, Ontario by air ambulance after experiencing stomach pains. He had emergency stomach surgery and is expected to make a complete recovery. Details of the surgery are pending.


Quatro por Quatro1994TV Series performer: "Sundown"
Miracle on 34th Street1994writer: "Song for a Winter's Night"
Gremlins 2: The New Batch1990performer: "If You Could Read My Mind" / writer: "If You Could Read My Mind"
Harry Tracy: The Last of the Wild Bunch1982performer: "My Love for You"
The Kingston Trio and Friends: Reunion1982TV Movie writer: "Early Morning Rain"
Renaldo and Clara1978performer: "Ballad in Plain D"
Jaws of Death1977Documentary performer: "Long River" - uncredited
James at 161977TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?]1977Documentary writer: "If You Could Read My Mind"
Twice Is Not Enough1976performer: "Cold on the Shoulder" - uncredited / writer: "If You Could Read My Mind", "Cold on the Shoulder" - uncredited
A Fantasy Fulfilled1975writer: "If You Could Read My Mind" - uncredited
The Graham Kennedy Show1972-1975TV Series writer - 5 episodes
McCloud1974TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ernie Sigley Show1974TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Die Rudi Carrell Show1973TV Series writer - 1 episode
Paperback Hero1973performer: "If You Could Read My Mind" / writer: "If You Could Read My Mind"
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii1973TV Special documentary writer: "Early Morning Rain"
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Rehearsal Concert1973TV Movie writer: "Early Morning Rain"
Ciao Manhattan1972writer: "Can't Make It Anymore"
The Johnny Cash ShowTV Series performer - 3 episodes, 1969 - 1971 writer - 2 episodes, 1969 - 1971
Music SceneTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1969 writer - 1 episode, 1969
Hail, Hero!1969performer: "Hail, Hero!", "Wherefore and Why" / writer: "Hail, Hero!", "Wherefore and Why"
Mike & MikeTV Series performer - 9 episodes, 2013 - 2016 writer - 9 episodes, 2013 - 2016
SupernaturalTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
The BlacklistTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
A Fierce Green Fire2012Documentary performer: "Pride of Man"
The Greims2009Short performer: "Pussywillows, Cat-tails" / writer: "Pussywillows, Cat-tails"
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s2009TV Movie documentary performer: "Sundown" / writer: "Sundown", "Alberta Bound", "Cotton Jenny"
The Marty Stuart Show2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Qwerty2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Generation Kill2008TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Holiday Festival on Ice 20072007TV Movie writer: "Song For A Winter's Night"
We Are Marshall2006performer: "If You Could Read My Mind" / writer: "If You Could Read My Mind"
Canadian Idol2003-2006TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Aloha from Sweden2006Video writer: "Early Morning Rain"
I Love the '70s: Volume 2TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Cold CaseTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Elvis by the Presleys2005TV Movie documentary writer: "Early Morning Rain"
Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wonderland2003performer: "If You Could Read My Mind" 1970 / writer: "If You Could Read My Mind" 1970
The Brown Bunny2003performer: "Beautiful" / writer: "Beautiful"
Mission Hill1999TV Series performer: "Sundown" / writer: "Sundown"
541998writer: "If You Could Read My Mind"
Mystery Science Theater 30001992-1998TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Nico Icon1995Documentary writer: "I'm Not Sayin'"


Hotel1988TV SeriesJoe Daniels
Harry Tracy: The Last of the Wild Bunch1982U.S. Marshal Morrie Nathan
The Wayne & Shuster Comedy Special1970TV Series
One Hundred Years Young1967TV Movie

Music Department

Ghosts of Cape Horn1980Documentary song
One Hundred Years Young1967TV Movie composer: song "Canadian Railroad Trilogy"


Welcome to the Ranchero2012TV Series thanks - 1 episode


Katie Chats2014TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2013TV SeriesHimself - Musical guest
100th Grey Cup Halftime Show2012TV MovieHimself
The Hour2011TV SeriesHimself
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Power of Their Song: The Untold Story of Latin America's New Song Movement2008DocumentaryHimself
Shakin' All Over!2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Live 82005TV Special documentaryHimself
Canadian Idol2004TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member / Himself - Guest / Himself - Mentor
Four Strong Winds2003TV SeriesHimself
Record Man: The Life and Times of Sam Sniderman2002Documentary shortHimself
Gordon Lightfoot: Live in Reno2000Himself
Life and Times1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The 25th Annual Juno Awards1996TV SpecialPerformer
Tears Are Not Enough1985DocumentaryHimself
The Alan Thicke Show1981TV SeriesHimself
The 19th Annual Grammy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself
Saturday Night Live1976TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Disco1974TV SeriesHimself
In Concert1972TV SeriesHimself
The Johnny Cash Show1969-1971TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Music Scene1969TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Telescope1967TV Series documentaryHimself
The Country and Western Show1963TV SeriesHimself - Host
The 6:25 Show1963TV SeriesHimself - Performer
Country Hoedown1956TV SeriesHimself (1960)

Archive Footage

The Greatest Canadian2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Animal Charm: Golden Digest1996Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)

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