Tina Turner has a net worth of $250 million and is an American-born Swiss singer and songwriter. Tina Turner is one of the most successful music artists in history. She has sold over 200 million records globally as of this writing. She is noted for her strong vocals and extended career. She has 12 Grammy Honors to her credit, including THREE Grammy Hall of Fame awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Tina ended her career as a performer in 2009. In October 2021, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Tina has been a resident of Switzerland since the mid-nineties. In April 2013, she was granted Swiss citizenship. She abandoned her US citizenship in October of 2013.
Tina sold her songs, likeness, and image rights for $50 million to BMG Rights Management in 2021.
Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, in Brownsville, Tennessee. She was the family’s youngest child, with two older sisters. She was born and raised in Nutbush, Tennessee, with a brief stint in Knoxville, Tennessee, during WWII. Tina attended Flagg Grove Elementary School after the family returned to Nutbush after the war. She was a member of the church choir at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Nutbush as a child.
Tina’s mother left the family when she was eleven years old, and her father remarried and relocated to Detroit. Tina and her sisters were moved to live with their grandmother in Brownsville, Tennessee as a result of this. She relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, with her mother after her grandmother died, and graduated from Sumner High School in 1958. She worked as a domestic worker and a nurse’s assistant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital during her adolescent years.
Tina and her sister first saw Ike Turner play with his band, the Kings of Rhythm when they began frequenting St. Louis nightclubs. She eventually pleased Ike enough with her singing abilities that she was asked to join the band as a featured vocalist. Ike composed “A Fool in Love” for singer Art Lassiter in 1960.
Tina was meant to do background vocals, but when Lassiter didn’t show up, Ike made her sing the lead part because he had already paid for the studio time. He had meant to use the tune with her vocals as a demo, but local DJ Dave Dixon persuaded him to send it to Juggy Murray, the president of R&B company Sue Records. Murray was blown away and purchased the recording, paying Ike a $25,000 advance for the song’s rights. Ike gave Tina the stage name “Tina Turner” and trademarked the name as a result.
Tina Turner’s music career began in July 1960, with the release of “A Fool in Love,” credited to the combo, Ike & Tina Turner. It was an immediate success, reaching No. 2 on the Hot R&B Sides list and No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1961, Ike and Tina collaborated on another record, “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine,” which received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock & Roll Performance. “I Idolize You,” “Poor Fool,” and “Tra La La” are among their other famous 1960-1962 titles. Ike formed the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, which featured the Kings of Rhythm and a girl group named the Ikettes, and traveled across the country with him as the bandleader.
The song “Too Many Ties That Bind/We Need an Understanding” (1964), published by Ike’s company Sonja Records, was Tina’s first acknowledged solo single. After their contract with Sue Records expired, the pair signed with 10 different labels, including Kent, Cenco, Tangerine, Pompeii, A&M, and Minit. In 1964, they signed with Loma Records, a Warner Bros. subsidiary.
When producer Phil Spector persuaded them to perform in the concert film “The Big T.N.T. Show,” they got their big break (1966). Spector was so taken with them that he offered them a deal to collaborate. As a result, Spector’s label, Phillies, published the song “River Deep – Mountain High” in 1966. They went on to have international success, recording numerous hit singles, including their Grammy-winning cover of “Proud Mary” in 1971, which won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. They also released a number of Grammy-nominated albums, such as “Tina Turns the Country On!” (1974) and “The Gospel According to Ike & Tina” (1976). (1974). Tina started a solo career after their marital and professional partnership went apart in the late 1970s, with Tina eventually filing for divorce in 1978.
Tina’s first solo album, as well as the one after that, did not do well. But in 1984, with the release of the song “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” she made a major comeback. It is still her sole Billboard chart-topping hit single. She went on to have two more hit singles, “Better Be Good to Me” and “Private Dancer,” and won three Grammy Awards at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards.
Music Rights Sale
Tina sold her music, likeness, and image rights to BMG Rights Management for $50 million in October 2021.
Tina has stopped giving live concerts since 2009. She has remained in the public eye, however, with projects such as “Tina,” a musical based on her life story that premiered in London in April 2018 and stars Adrienne Warren. She’s also the author of three books.
Tina has also had success as an actor in addition to her music career. “Tommy,” a fantasy drama film, was her debut acting role (1975). She also played alongside Mel Gibson in the post-apocalyptic picture “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” (1985), which was a commercial success in the United States, grossing over $36 million. Her acting in the film earned positive reviews from critics.
Tina was in a relationship with Raymond Hill, the saxophonist from Kings of Rhythm, in the late 1950s. She was in high school at the time. During her senior year of high school, Tina became pregnant with Raymond. Craig, Tina and Hill’s son, was born in 1958, but the couple had already broken up at that time.
Tina married Ike Turner, her musical partner, in 1962. Ronnie, their son, was born two years prior. Ronnie, Craig, and Ike’s two sons from a prior relationship were all raised by them. Tina filed for divorce from Ike on March 29, 1978, citing irreconcilable differences.
In 1986, Tina met Erwin Bach, a German music executive. Erwin is sixteen years her senior. In 1995, Tina and Erwin relocated to Switzerland. Tina, in particular, had fallen in love with Switzerland’s culture and order a long time ago. They were unable to purchase property in the country as non-citizens, so they rented a huge estate along the shores of Lake Zurich for the next two decades. After 27 years of dating, they married in July 2013 at their estate.
Tina sought Swiss citizenship in January of 2013. She was given Swiss citizenship in April 2013 after passing all of the required tests. In October 2013, she renounced her American citizenship.
Purchasing Real Estate
After nearly 30 years of renting in Switzerland, Erwin and Tina finally became property owners in 2021 after becoming Swiss citizens. The couple spent an estimated $76 million for new lakefront property on the banks of Lake Zurich in December 2021.