|Estimated value:||€18 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||Singer|
Herbert Grönemeyer, full name Herbert Arthur Wiglev Clamor Grönemeyer, is a German musician, singer, composer, actor and record producer. Grönemeyer first received attention before he became musically active through his appearance in the well-known film “Das Boot”. Since 1984, Grönemeyer has been able to position each of his albums at number 1 in the German charts. With more than 17 million records sold in Germany, he is one of the most successful contemporary musicians in Germany. His distinctive trademark is his striking style of singing, which acts as a unique selling point. Grönemeyer is the father of two children from his marriage to his wife Anna, who died in 1998. In 2016 he remarried his second wife Josefine Cox.
Herbert Grönemeyer was born on April 12, 1956 in the city of Göttingen. His parents were the nurse Hella Carin, who came from a German family of doctors, and his father Wilhelm Grönemeyer, a mining engineer from Westphalia. The family lived in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, but complications arose during Herbert’s birth, which is why the birth had to be carried out in a special clinic in Göttingen. Grönemeyer was born as the youngest child of his parents, one of his brothers is a well-known doctor named Dietrich Grönemeyer. Herbert grew up in the city of Bochum, as his family moved there from Clausthal-Zellerfeld shortly after he was born. He came into contact with music through his family at a young age and, like his brothers before him, received piano lessons. Grönemeyer attended the humanistic grammar school at Ostring in Bochum, where he was also an active member of the school choir. Herbert also met Claude-Oliver Rudolph at his school and together they earned their first money at the Bochum theater. Grönemeyer was active there as a pianist while Rudolph acted. After graduating from high school, he began studying music and law at the Ruhr University in Bochum. However, Grönemeyer broke off his studies after five semesters. Due to his strong presence in the theater scene, he also got his role in the movie “Das Boot”, before he began to devote himself more and more to music.
After a few less commercially successful albums, Herbert switched to the EMI label. The album “4630 Bochum” released via the label and a concert recording for the WDR series Rockpalast in 1984 laid the foundation for his later success in the music industry. The album, whose combination of numbers in the title refers to Bochum’s postal code, stayed in the top 100 of the hit parade for 79 weeks. The single “Männer” made Grönemeyer famous throughout Germany. Another single entitled “Bochum” became the city’s unofficial anthem. Grönemeyer had his first major appearance at the Anti-WAAhnsinns Festival in Burglengenfeld, Upper Palatinate, where he performed in front of almost 100,000 people. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he released his studio album Luxus. The most-attended concert by a German musician to date took place as part of his album tour. The record-breaking live concert on May 18, 1991 on a meadow in Ahrensfelde near Berlin also attracted around 100,000 people. More albums and multiple sold-out tours followed to this day. In 2016 Herbert Grönemeyer released his double live album “Live in Bochum”. The CD contained recordings from concerts that Grönemeyer performed on June 19th and 20th, 2015 in Bochum’s Ruhrstadion. His latest album “Tumult” was released in 2018, during which he also played a tour of Germany. The tour included a total of 34 concerts and around 500,000 visitors.
Grönemeyer released his most successful album to date, “Mensch”, in 2002 on his self-founded label Grönland Records. The album sold over 3 million copies in total and received platinum status ahead of its release due to pre-orders. The album stayed at number 1 in the German album charts for a total of 11 weeks. With a total of 3.15 units sold in Germany, “Mensch” is still the best-selling album in Germany since 1975.
“We are fueled with an election-tactical asylum hysteria that creates an unbearable racist spirit.”
“Men don’t have children. Men get thinning hair. Men are people too. Men are weird.”
At the beginning of the 90s, many important bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and REM were part of the MTV unplugged concerts and wrote a piece of music history with their performances. At that time it was considered a great privilege to be invited to such an event by the most important music broadcaster. Herbert Grönemeyer, with his MTV Unplugged performance on May 15, 1994 in the Babelsberg film studios, was the first German artist who was allowed to play such a concert.
|Estimated value:||€18 million|