How Much Is Huey Lewis Worth?

If you were anywhere near the vicinity of a radio in the '80s, you know Huey Lewis and the News. The group's blend of catchy pop-meets-bar-band sound meant they were entrenched on the charts, from 1982's "Do You Believe In Love" to "Jacob's Ladder" in 1986. Even though they haven't had any huge hits since, the band, and particularly its affable lead singer, is still beloved.

But acclaim doesn't always translate into earnings — just ask Courtney Love, and far too many others – so how well-off could a musician be whose heyday was nearly four decades ago? If you're Huey Lewis, the answer is: surprisingly wealthy.

Unlike today's pennies-per-stream era, Lewis was lucky enough to hit the big time in an era when record sales still meant something to a band's bottom line. Still, most musicians who do well in the long term are songwriters and those willing to constantly tour. Fortunately for Lewis, he can check both boxes.

Workin' for a Livin'

True to their bar-band roots, Huey Lewis and the News toured regularly until 2018, when they were forced to cancel their tour due to Lewis's poor hearing, reports NPR. Lewis now lives with Meniere's disease, which can lead to sound distortion and hearing loss and makes live performance incredibly difficult. Despite the challenges, the band released an album of new material in 2020, while acknowledging that it may be their last.

Fear not for Huey, though. Not only does he appear to have handled his wealth responsibly, but he was also the credited songwriter for many of the group's biggest hits, which means he still makes money off streaming, album sales, and licensing. Pair that with a reported 30 million albums sold (per Deadline) and Lewis is doing just fine.

In 2020, Celebrity Net Worth estimated that Lewis is worth around $25 million. These days, you might find him at his California home or, more likely, fly fishing somewhere on his sprawling, 500-acre Montana ranch. Not a bad life at all. And, as Lewis told Creative Independent, "Even if I never sing again, things could always be worse. After all, I'm deaf, not dead."