Ed Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter with a net worth of $200 million as of May 2023. He ranks among the wealthiest and most successful singers globally currently. In a year when he was touring, Ed Sheeran could easily earn $70 – $100 million. For instance, he earned $65 million from June 2019 to June 2020 from his different endeavors.
Edward Christopher Sheeran was born in Halifax England on February 17, 1991, and he grew up in Framlingham, England. He started singing in a local choir before he began going to kindergarten and then went on to play guitar. He started writing his songs while attending Thomas Mills High School and was later accepted to the National Youth Theatre.
Ed Sheeran Music Career
Ed Sheeran began recording music in 2004 and released a collection of work titled ‘Spinning Man’ on his own. He published his first EP in 2005 and later released two albums over the course of the next three years. Sheeran started to enjoy a small following while he performed at small venues in and around London.
He also partnered with several artists and toured with Just Jack. In 2010, he visited Los Angeles, where he was seen by Jamie Foxx, who offered him free recording space and a place to stay while he was in the city. He released two more EPs.
In April 2011, while in London, Ed Sheeran played a free show at the Barfly in Camden Town where more than 1,000 fans came. His EP, “No. 5 Collaborations Project” gained popularity to become an iTunes hit, and he was signed to Asylum/Atlantic Records.
Ed published his debut studio album, +, in 2011 which rose to #1 in four countries and #4 in the United States. His single “Shape of You” reached #1 in over 10 countries and he has produced massive hits with the songs “I See Fire”, “Sing”, “Photograph”, “Castle on the Hill”, “The A-Team”, “Lego House”, “Don’t”, “Thinking Out Loud”, “Galway Girl”, and “Perfect”.
His second album, x, was published in 2014 in nine nations including the UK and the US. Ed Sheeran took a one-year break even on social media shortly after the success of x, and made a comeback in March 2017releasing the alum Divide. It debuted at number 1 in the US, the UK, and many other nations and became the quickest-selling album by a male solo artist in the United Kingdom.
Notably, it was the third quickest-selling in the UK chart history, behind projects by Adele and Oasis. Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber released a single, “I Don’t Care”, in May 2019 and it debuted with 10.977 million daily global streams on Spotify. That rendered it the platform’s single-day streaming record.
He released the album, titled Number 6 Collaborations Project, on July 12, 2019. Notably, it debuted at number 1 in the United Kingdom, Australia, the US, and several other markets. Interestingly, his four albums spent a cumulative 41 weeks at number 1 in the UK.
In December 2019, he was named the Artist of the Decade by the Official Charts Company. In that context, his song “Shape of You” was voted as the number one charting song of the entire decade and Spotify announced that he was the second-most-streamed artist during the same period. Drake was number one. He also has the record for the highest-grossing concert tour.
So far, Ed Sheeran has sold more than 150 million records globally.
Acting, Touring, And Earnings
Most of Ed Sheeran’s income is derived from touring. His ‘Divide’ tour earned $780 million from March 2017 to August 2019. That pushed him to have the highest-grossing concert tour of all time, exceeding U2’s “360 Degrees” tour that happened between 2009 and 2011.
In 2014, Sheeran made his acting debut with a cameo role on Shortland Street, a New Zealand soap opera. A year later, he featured in the Australian soap opera ‘Home and Away.’ He also featured as himself in 2016’s Bridget Jones’s Baby. In 2017, Ed Sheeran was also featured in a scene on Game of Thrones opposite Maisie Williams.
Notably, Sheeran has worked on many ads for Heinz Tomato Ketchup, which he loves and claims to put on everything. He carries a bottle with him on tour and has a Heinz Ketchup tattoo on his arm. In June 2019, he appeared as himself in the Richard Curtis/Danny Boyle film Yesterday.
Ed Sheeran purchased and renovated a house in Framlingham, Suffolk, in 2011. In 2014, he acquired a home in Notting Hill in London. He dated Scottish musician Nina Nesbitt before they broke up in 2012. From 2014 to 2015, he dated Athina Adrelos.
Since July 2015, Sheeran has been in a strong relationship with Cherry Seaborn, his Childhood friend. The couple announced their engagement in January 2018 and secretly married a year later. In politics, Ed is a vocal supporter of the Labour Party and he opposed Brexit publicly.
Sheeran raised $40,000 at one gig in Bristol for a charity that supports street sex workers. He can mostly be found donating bags of clothing to charity shops in Suffolk, which is his home county. Ed Sheeran is an ambassador for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice. He joined the charity supergroup Band Aid 30 in November 2014, together with other Irish and British pop acts.
He also recorded a version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” to get money for the West African Ebola Virus epidemic. In 2015, Sheeran joined 30 other celebrities to support the No Cold Homes campaign. He donated winter clothing items to people in the United Kingdom who were struggling to maintain their homes warm in the winter.
Sheeran has already participated in the BBC’s biennial telethon ‘Comic Relief’ and featured in 2017 on an episode of ‘Gogglebox’ as part of the United Kingdom’s Stand Up to Cancer fundraising campaign.
Sheeran was awarded an honorary degree in 2015 from the University of Suffolk for his exceptional contribution to music. Sometime in 2017, he got appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire for “services to music and charity.” As of 2023, he has won four Grammy Awards, including five Brit Awards, Song of the Year, and six Billboard Music Awards.
In 2015 and 2018, he got the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year. Up to today, Sheeran has been nominated for at least 300 awards and has won 115. Ed Sheeran was also recognized by his birth nation in a 2018 poll where he was the fourth-greatest Yorkshireman ever.
Earnings In His Career
From June 2014 to June 2015, Ed Sheeran earned $60 million. Between June 2016 and June 2017, he raked in $70 million. A year later, he earned a staggering $110 million and from June 2018 to June 2019 he earned another $110 million.