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Rick Nielsen Net Worth

Rick Nielsen Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Rick Nielsen net worth is
$22 Million

Rick Nielsen Wiki Biography

Richard Alan Nielsen was born on 22 December 1948, in Elmhurst, Illinois, USA. He is a vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for being a member of the rock band Cheap Trick. He owns numerous custom-made guitars, with the most popular one being his five-neck guitar. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Rick Nielsen? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $22 million, mostly earned through a successful career in the music industry. Rick has collaborated with numerous artists, and has made multiple appearances on television, in films and on radio. He’s also toured several countries, and all of these activities have ensured the position of his wealth.

Rick Nielsen Net Worth $22 million

Rick was born into a very music oriented family, with both his parents being opera singers. They owned a music store in Rockford and he used this opportunity to learn how to play several instruments. After learning the drums for six years, Rick then decided to switch to playing the keyboard and guitar. He started his own school band called The Phaetons, and soon they would change their name to The Grim Reapers.

After using that name for a while, they changed their name to Fuse and released a studio album that didn’t sell well. This led to them disbanding in 1970, and Rick would go on and join the band Nazz for a short time. He also formed the short-lived Sick Man of Europe, before creating Cheap Trick in 1973 with Bun E. Carlos, Tom Petersson, and Robin Zander. During their first few albums, Nielsen would be responsible for writing almost all of their songs, and they found success as a band and even had a No. 1 US single, “The Flame”. He also started to work with other artists such as John Lennon.

With Cheap Trick, Rick has made numerous television and radio appearances. They’ve also performed on multiple music shows and made appearances on late night shows hosted by David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Conan O’Brien. Rick also appeared in the film “Disorderlies”, and in an episode of “American Pickers”. In 2013, he made another appearance in “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me”, and would participate in Dave Grohl’s documentary “Sound City”. He also performed with the Foo Fighters for a while, and one of his latest appearances was in “Live From Daryl’s House”. All added to his net worth.

Nielsen has worked with multiple artists throughout his career including Hall & Oates, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, and House of Lords. He has also written songs for artists such as The News and Rick Derringer.

Aside form music, Rick owns his own brewery and pizzeria, and does local charity work as well. His collection of guitars has been featured in various exhibits around the US.

For his personal life, Rick is married to Karen, and they have three sons and a daughter. Rick is reputed to have owned around two thousand guitars through the years, with reports stating that he now owns around 250 various instruments. In 2002, he displayed 34 guitars at a free exhibit. He’s well known to wear a flipped ball cap when performing, showing similarities to Huntz Hall of The Bowery Boys. He also has a black and white motif for clothes, but has made a lot of fashion changes over the years.

Full NameRick Nielsen
Net Worth$22 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 22, 1948
Place Of BirthRockford, Illinois, United States
SpouseKaren Nielsen
ChildrenDaxx Nielsen, Scarlett Nielsen, Miles Nielsen, Erron Nielsen
ParentsRalph Nielsen, Marilyn Nielsen, I Want You to Want Me, The Flame, Surrender, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Walnut Creek, CA, United States, Waukegan, IL, United States
NicknamesNielsen, Rick , Richard A. Nielsen
Music GroupsCheap Trick (Since 1974), Fuse, The Nazz, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, Revolting Cocks
1I'm a really normal guy. You know our song, the one that goes, 'It wasn't easy, it was hard as hell ... Never worked so hard, had so much pain.' That's really what Cheap Trick is all about: Work hard, keep trying.
1Guitarist and main songwriter for rock band Cheap Trick.


Live from Daryl's House2016TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Boss2016writer: "I Want You to Want Me"
Everybody Wants Some!!2016writer: "I Want You to Want Me Live"
Pixels2015writer: "Surrender"
Stalker2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David LettermanTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Californication2009-2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2013TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Sound City2013Documentary performer: "From Can to Can't" / writer: "Auf Wiedersehen", "Surrender", "Stiff Competition", "From Can to Can't"
How I Met Your Mother2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Thanks for Sharing2012writer: "SURRENDER"
New Girl2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Conan2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Super2010/Iwriter: "If You Want My Love"
Drop Dead Diva2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grown Ups2010writer: "Just Got Back"
One Tree Hill2004-2010TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009-2010TV Series writer - 2 episodes
10 Things I Hate About You2009TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Bandslam2009writer: "I Want You to Want Me"
Orphan2009writer: "Surrender" - as Rick Neilsen
United States of Tara2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lost2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rudo y Cursi2008writer: "Quiero que me quieras I Want You to Want Me", "I Want You to Want Me"
Emily's Reasons Why Not2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars2008TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Friday Night Lights2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
South Park2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
SingStar Amped2007Video Game writer: "I Want You To Want Me"
Skate.2007Video Game writer: "Surrender"
Idool 20072007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Supernatural2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero II2006Video Game "SURRENDER"
Employee of the Month2006writer: "Surrender"
Kurt Cobain About a Son2006Documentary writer: "Downed"
John Tucker Must Die2006writer: "I Want You to Want Me"
Air Guitar Nation2006Documentary writer: "I Want You To Want Me"
The Comeback2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Third Wish2005writer: "I Want You To Want Me"
Cold Case2004-2005TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Canadian Idol2004TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Cheap Trick: From Tokyo to You2004Video writer: "Just Got Back", "Big Eyes", "Best Friend", "Pop Drone", "Words", "If You Want My Love", "My Obsession", "I Want You To Want Me", "Carnival Game", "Lookout", "Special One", "Dream Police", "Scent Of A Woman", "Surrender"
I Love the '80s Strikes Back2003TV Series documentary writer: "I Want You To Want Me"
Daddy Day Care2003writer: "Surrender"
Scrubs2001-2002TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Joe Dirt2001writer: "If You Want My Love"
Freaks and Geeks1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
Detroit Rock City1999writer: "Surrender"
10 Things I Hate About You1999writer: "I Want You To Want Me"
Second Skin1998/IShort writer: "Surrender"
Small Soldiers1998writer: "Surrender"
La vida en el aire1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
Private Parts1997writer: "I Want You To Want Me"
The Evening Star1996writer: "Ghost Town"
The Simpsons1996TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bio-Dome1996writer: "He's a Whore"
S.F.W.1994writer: "Surrender"
Beavis and Butt-Head1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
Queens Logic1991writer: "I Want You to Want Me"
Up the Creek1984writer: "Up the Creek"
Rock & Rule1983"Born to Raise Hell", "I'm The Man", "Ohm Sweet Ohm", "Send Love Through: Finale" / writer: "Born to Raise Hell", "I'm The Man", "Ohm Sweet Ohm"
Spring Break1983writer: "Spring Break"
Wu ting1981writer: "Gonna Raise Hell"
Roadie1980writer: "Everything Works If You Let It", "Gonna Raise Hell"
Up the Academy1980lyrics: "Surrender" / music: "Surrender"
Over the Edge1979writer: "Hello There", "Surrender", "Downed"
Top of the Pops1979TV Series writer - 1 episode


Back2007Video short
The Drew Carey Show1998TV SeriesRick Nielsen
Boy Meets World1994TV SeriesGordy
Disorderlies1987Hijacked Car Driver

Music Department

Last Action Hero1993featured musician - as Rick Nielson


The Big One1997Documentary grateful acknowledgment


Sound City2013DocumentaryHimself
That Metal Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Beatles Stories2011DocumentaryHimself
Cheap Trick Live in Austin2010TV MovieHimself - Lead Guitar & Vocals
SXSW Flashback 20102010TV MovieHimself
Cheap Trick: Sgt. Pepper Live2009VideoHimself
The Colbert Report2006-2009TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
Rock Prophecies2009Documentary
Stars and Their Guitars: The History of the Electric Guitar2008Video documentaryHimself
The Cheap Trick or Treat Halloween Ball2006TV Special documentaryCheap Trick
Headline Country2006TV SeriesHimself
Hard Rock Treasures2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Inside Dish with Rachael Ray2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Daddy Day Care2003Himself (as Cheap Trick)
TV Funhouse2001TV SeriesHimself
100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Member, Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick: RockWalk Induction1998Video documentary shortHimself
Cheap Trick: Live in Australia1997Video documentaryHimself - Lead Guitar & Vocals
The Big One1997DocumentaryHimself - Entertainer
Hard 'N Heavy Volume 81990Video documentaryHimself - Cheap Trick
Hard 'N Heavy Volume 91990Video documentaryHimself
American Pickers2016TV Series documentaryHimself
WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHimself
Live from Daryl's House2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Guitar & Vocals
Sonic Highways2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2014TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Skum Rocks!2013DocumentaryHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2013TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Pink Lady1980TV SeriesCheap Trick

Known for movies

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