Author: Suren Prasad
Tom Jones is reported to be worth £173 million. He started singing as a young boy, inspired by Soul and R&B.
In 1963, he was spotted by Gordon Mills and was later signed by Decca Records. In late 1964, Jones released Chills and Fever, his first single.
It’s Not Unusual, his second, topped British charts in 1965. He also sang the theme songs for Thunderball and What’s New Pussycat?
With the 1966 Best New Artist Grammy under his belt, Jones released Green, Green Grass of Home and the UK number twos I’m Coming Home, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again and Delilah.
Jones’ first Vegas gig at the Flamingo in 1967 steered him in the direction of lucrative performances in clubs such as Caesars Palace.
His TV show This Is Tom Jones (1969-71), earned him $9 million and a Best Actor nomination at the 1969 Golden Globes.
Between 1980 and 1986, nine of his tracks made it to the American Country top 40.
He released an album of cover duets called Reload in 1999, which topped British charts selling 4 million copies plus worldwide. Reload’s single Sex Bomb, released early 2000, peaked at third in the UK.
In 2000, Jones received the Brit Award for Best British Male and was hired to sing for Australia’s National Rugby League.
He went on to win another Brit Award in 2003 for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
In 2005, Jones was reported to be the richest entertainer in Wales with assets amounting to £175 million. He was knighted the following year.
In 2009, Islands in the Stream took him to the top of the UK charts for a third time. During October that year he signed a £1.5 million deal with Island Records.
In 2010, Jones released Praise & Blame, which debuted at second spot on British charts and featured in Hugh Laurie’s debut blues album Let Them Talk, in 2011.
Jones has been coaching talent on BBC’s The Voice UK since 2012, earning £300,000 in 2013 and £500,000 in 2014.
Moving to the US in 1974, Jones lives with wife Melinda in a mansion once owned by Dean Martin in Los Angeles’ East Gate Old Bel Air.