Chris Martin is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the co-founder, lead singer, and primary songwriter of the rock band Coldplay. Martin began his career in the music industry in 1996, and his success in the industry means that Chris Martin’s net worth is $130 million. Here is how Chris Martin accrued his wealth.
His Early Life
Martin was born in Exeter, Devon, England, on March 2, 1977, and he is the oldest of five children. He has inherited his musical talents from his mother, a music teacher originally from Zimbabwe. As a child, Martin attended the pre-preparatory Hylton School and then the preparatory Exeter Cathedral School. In his teens, he boarded at the Sherborne School in Dorset, and it was there that he met Phil Harvey, who is now the Coldplay manager. Martin completed his education at University College London, from which he graduated with First Class Honors in Latin and Greek, and where he read Ancient World Studies. It was while he was at university that he met his Coldplay bandmates, Will Champion, Guy Berryman, and Johnny Buckland.
Chris Martin’s Career with Coldplay
Coldplay was first formed by Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland while they were students at University College London. While Martin was the lead singer, Buckland was the lead guitarist. Later, the duo was joined by Will Champion as their drummer, and Guy Berryman as the bass player. Originally, the band was called Pectoralz, and then Starfish. They were then given the name Coldplay by another band who had been using the name but no longer wanted it, and this has been the name of the band ever since. Coldplay released their debut album ‘Parachutes’ in 2000. One of the singles on this album was ‘Yellow,’ which entered the UK charts at number four. It was this single that first propelled Coldplay to international fame. In the early years of the band, they also released two Eps; ‘Safety’ and ‘The Blue Room.’ The band’s second album ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head,’ was released in 2002, followed by the album ‘X & Y’ in 2005. They did not release their fourth album until 2008, and this was titled ‘Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.’ It was an international success, earning three Grammy Awards and becoming a worldwide best-selling album. Coldplay’s fifth album, ‘Mylo Xyloto,’ was released in 2011 and became the best-selling rock album in the UK that year. It also topped the music charts in 34 countries and expanded the band’s international fame. Fans of the band had to wait another three years for the release of their next album, ‘Ghost Stories,’ although this was quickly followed a year later by ‘A Head Full of Dreams,’ Coldplay’s seventh album. Coldplay’s most recent album was ‘Everyday Life,’ which was released in 2019. Throughout their music career, the band members of Coldplay have released more than 100 million records worldwide. They have also been awarded multiple awards for their music. Of their 29 Grammy Award nominations, they have won seven, and they have also won nine Brit Awards. Their first three albums are some of the best-selling albums in the history of the UK music charts.
His Career as a Solo Artist
While most of Chris Martin’s success in his career has been with Coldplay, he has also had a successful solo career. Not only has this involved releasing his own music, but also writing music for other acts and collaborating with other artists. Some of the artists for whom he has written songs include Jamelia and Embrace. Artists with whom he has collaborated include Ian McCulloch, Faultline, The Streets, Ron Sexsmith, Nelly Furtado, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and DJ Avicii. As a talented vocalist, Chris Martin has contributed vocals to the singles of other artists. For example, his vocals appear on tracks by DJ Avicii and the Chainsmokers. Martin was also one of the artists to provide vocals for the Band-Aid 20 single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ that was released in 2014. He has also performed tributes to other artists, including George Michael and Lincoln Park.
Martin’s Television and Film Career
Although Chris Martin is best known for his work in the music industry, he has also had a lesser career in film and television. His first cameo role was in the comedy zombie film ‘Shaun of the Dead,’ in which he appeared. He played both a zombie and a supporter of a fictional zombie charity in the film. Another film cameo appearance was in the closing credits of ‘Bruno,’ a 2009 Sacha Baron Cohen film. Martin also appeared in episode four of the second season of the comedy series ‘Extras.’
Chris Martin’s Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Chris Martin’s net worth is $130 million. He has predominantly made his money through releasing music with Coldplay, although he has also made money as a solo artist and as a record producer. To a lesser extent, Chris Martin has made money from his film and television cameo appearances. Martin uses some of his wealth to support multiple charities, including those that provide relief for victims of natural disasters and many UK-based charities.
His Personal Life
In his personal life, Chris Martin was married to Gwyneth Paltrow from 2003 until 2016. During their marriage, they had two children together. Their daughter, Apple, was born in 2004, and their son, Moses, was born in 2006. The couple split in 2014 and described their separation as a conscious uncoupling. A year later, Paltrow filed for divorce, and their divorce was finalized in 2016. Throughout their marriage, both Paltrow and Martin followed a strict vegan lifestyle. Although Paltrow remains a committed vegan, Martin has reverted to consuming meat since their divorce.