Donald Jay Fagen was born on the 10th January 1948, in Passaic, New Jersey USA. He is a musician – singer and songwriter, who is perhaps best known for being the co-founder of Steely Dan, a jazz rock band, together with Walter Becker. They released several albums, including “Countdown To Ecstasy” (1973), “Aja” (1977), “Everything Must Go” (2003), among others. He has released four solo studio albums as well.
Have you ever wondered how rich Donald Fagen is, as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Donald’s net worth is as high as $15 million, which has been accumulated through his successful career on the music scene now spanning over 50 years. Another source is coming from his career as a writer, releasing a collection of essays and other biographical stories under the title “”Eminent Hipsters” in 2013.
Donald Fagen Net Worth $15 Million
Donald Fagen was raised with a younger sister in a Jewish family by his father, Joseph “Jerry” Fagen, who worked as an accountant, and his mother, Elinor, who was a homemaker and singer in New York’s Catskill Mountains as a child. In his teens, the family moved to South Brunswick, New Jersey, where he attended South Brunswick High School, after which he became a student at Bard College, where he studied English literature. During the 1950s, he showed an interest in music, soon after he went to the Newport Jazz Festival. Afterwards, he learnt to play the piano and sing baritone. While in college, he met his future colleague Walter Becker, a musician.
Donald`s career began in the 1960s, when he was a part of several bands, including Leather Canary, Bad Rock Band, and the Don Fagen Jazz Trio, with his friend and colleague Walter Becker. However, none of the bands achieved much success, and the two formed another band entitled Steely Dan. The band`s first album came out in 1972, entitled “Can`t Buy A Thrill”, which achieved platinum status, increasing Donald`s net worth by a large margin, but also encouraging the two to continue with their musical career. Throughout the 1970s, the band`s popularity went through the roof, and such albums as “Pretzel Logic” (1974), “Katy Lied” (1975), “The Royal Scam” (1976), and “Aja” (1977), achieved platinum status, becoming the main source of Donald`s net worth.
However, the band disbanded in 1981, but before that they released one album more in 1980, entitled “Gaucho”, which also achieved platinum status.
Subsequently, the band reformed in 1993, and since then Fagen and Becker have released two albums “Two Against Nature” in 2000, and “Everything Must Go” in 2003, which has been their latest studio album.
Apart from his successful career as a part of Steely Dan, Donald has also been recognized as a solo artist, releasing four albums so far. “The Nightfly” (1982), which was his debut album, reached No. 11 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and achieving platinum status. He continued in the same rhythm with his second release “Kamakiriad” (1993) reaching No. 10, and achieving gold status in the US, and Canada. His third album came out in 2006, entitled “Morph the Cat”, and his latest studio release is 2012`s “Sunken Condos”, which also added a lot to his net worth.
Thanks to his successful career, Donald has been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 as a part of Steely Dan.
Speaking about his personal life little is known in the media about Donald Fagen, except the fact that he has been married to Libby Titus since 1993.
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