Quick Facts of

  • First NameLes
  • Last NameClaypool
  • Date of Birth27 September, 2023
  • Net Worth$ 18 million
  • CareerSinger, Songwriter, Musician
  • Age61 Years
  • Height6 Feet 1 inch

How Much Is American Singer Les Claypool’s Net Worth?

Professional for over 4 decades, Les Claypool gained massive fame as well as fortune as the co-founding member of the funk metal band Primus. Claypool, the lead singer & bassist is the only continuous member of the band; owns a net worth of $18 million as of September 2022.

With the band, the California native released 9 studio albums including the Platinum-certified albums: Sailing the Seas of Cheese and Pork Soda.

Moreover, famed for his unique bass play-style, Les Claypool also self-produced and engineered 2 solo albums, Highball with the Devil (1996) and Of Fungi and Foe (2009), in his home studio Rancho Relaxo.

Apart from these, he also got handful success as an author; released his debut & only novel South of the Pumphouse.

Enormous Fortune Through Versatile Career: Income Sources & Earnings

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Les Claypool has an estimated worth of $15 million as of September 2019.

Without a doubt, the major source of his dollars-shower is music venture, but also, film directorial & career as an author assisted in increment of net worth.

Most often, Claypool’s net worth is often compared with other famous music figures like Duff McKagan ($40 million), John Fogerty ($70 million) and Eddie Van Halen ($100 million).

In 1984, the American musician founded the funk metal band Primus alongside guitarist Todd Huth, followed by recruitment of drummer Jay Lane, the latter both left in 1988.

Currently, the band consist of guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander, while Claypool serves as lead singer, bassist & primary songwriter.

With the release of their debut album Frizzle Fry in February 1990, Les Claypool has released other 8 studio albums, totaling 9.

No doubt, his career success granted him with massive salary.

List Of Primus’ Albums:

  1. Frizzle Fry (February 1990)
  2. Sailing the Seas of Cheese (May 14, 1991)
  3. Pork Soda (April 20, 1993)
  4. Tales from the Punchbowl (May 23, 1995)
  5. Brown Album (July 8, 1997)
  6. Antipop (October 19, 1999)
  7. Green Naugahyde (September 12, 2011)
  8. Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble (October 21, 2014)
  9. The Desaturating Seven (September 29, 2017)

Earnings From Album Sales

Sailing the Seas of Cheese (1991)1 million copies sold in US$1.5 million
Pork Soda (1993)1 million copies sold in US$1.5 million
Tales from the Punchbowl (1995)500,000 in US & 40,000 in Canada$810,000

Auditioned For Metallica

Since high-school days, Les Claypool is friends with Metallica’s Kirk Hammet. Back in 1986, after Burton, the bassist of Metallica died in an accident, Claypool auditioned to gain placement as Metallica’s bassist. However, it turned a disappointment.

Even though Lars Ulrich got fascinated, the rest members including James Hetfield were skeptical regarding his recruitment.

Solo Albums & Film Directorial

Since 1996, Claypool is also active in the solo career and released the solo debut album “Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel presents” Highball with the Devil, the same year.

Later, in 2006, he tried out hands in film directorial and made the mockumentary film Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo.

Thereafter, on March 17, 2009, Les released his second solo album Of Fungi and Foe, from his own studio, Rancho Relaxo.

Tours & Collaborations

Over the years, the Primus frontman has collaborated with many artists & covered many tours, introducing many bands.

Back in April 2000, he formed group Oysterhead alongside Trey Anastasio (of Phish) and Stewart Copeland (of the Police). Until they disbanded in 2001, the group did gigs & tours, even more, released a studio album The Grand Pecking Order.

Moreover, Claypool had formed an experimental band Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade in May 2000, and released studio album Purple Onion (2002).

Also, in 2002, he set up another band Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains aka C2B3 in collaboration with guitarist Buckethead, keyboardist Bernie Worrell, and former Primus drummer Bryan Mantia.

With the release of The Big Eyeball in The Sky, the band C2B3 began an 18-state tour in September 2004, earning them considerable sum and positive reviews.

In 2005, he added multi-instrumentalist Gabby La La accompanying Skerik, Dillon, and Lane in his new-touring band Les Claypool & His Fancy Band.

Another most famous collaboration of Les Claypool is The Claypool Lennon Delirium with Sean Lennon on January 19, 2016.

Did you know? Claypool is also an author; he released his debut & only novel “South of the Pumphouse” on July 1, 2006, and copies of the book were sold at Claypool’s 2006 tour of U.S.A.

Social Media Activity: Does He Have Endorsements & Business?

For now, it seems the American bassist doesn’t have personal endorsements meanwhile but can sum up a hefty sum, if he signs sponsorship.

Besides Facebook where he has 342,432 followers, Les Claypool is not active on other platforms like Instagram & Twitter.

Though, he does run a YouTube channel lesclaypool, amassing 5.09K subscribers & a total of 657,759 views, as of September 2019.

Well, the Primus founding member, also owns a wine cellar Claypool Cellars. Started with the purpose of personal use in 2007, Claypool’s wine production took over the market later.

Charity Works

Famous for his play-style with mixing tapping, flamenco-like strumming, whammy bar bends, and slapping, Les Claypool is a generous man.

He is active in many charitable works and often participates in many fundraising events.

Back in 2012, Claypool auctioned his bass guitar which went for $50,599, and the proceeds were transferred for the treatment of his 2-year-old nephew Matthew, suffering from leukemia.

House, Cars, Lifestyle & Expenses

Surely, with such a humongous fortune of millions of dollars, Claypool does enjoy lavish lifestyle. Currently, he lives in his house Rancho Relaxo in Sebastopol, California with his wife & children.

Even though the worth of his residence is yet to be out, sources cite that it may cost millions of dollars if the Primus band singer puts it for sale.

Well, the median house price in California is around $548,600, along with a yearly insurance premium of around $1,000.

Probably, with considerable wealth, Les Claypool may drive luxurious cars & owns a collection of expensive rides. Though, he is yet to open the details on cars.

Apart from expenses on daily life luxury, the singer cum musician’s expenditure on travels, accommodations & family clicks in huge bills for payments.

Moreover, the millionaire personality does have to fill up the tax policy that cuts-off chunks of his earnings; the property tax rate in California is 0.793% while the income bracket in the state ranges from 1%-12.3%.

Les Claypool’s Age, Height, Family, Wife, Son, Daughter & Relationship

Les Claypool was born Leslie Edward Claypool on September 29, 1963, in Richmond, California, USA. Raised in an American family, his father was an auto mechanic while his mother worked as a receptionist.

He began playing guitar at the age of 14, citing Larry Graham, Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones and other veterans as his influence.

For a fact, Claypool attended local schools in California, where he became friends with Kirk Hammet, the future Metallica lead guitarist.

Famed for his nickname Snap, Les Claypool holds American nationality and is of white ethnicity.

How Old Is Les Claypool & His Height?

As of September 2022, Claypool is 58 years old and has a height of 6 ft. 1 inch (185 cm).

Father Of 2 Children: Wife & Relationship

Well, Les Claypool is a happily married man and enjoys a blissful relationship with his wife Cheney Claypool. 

Ever since they married in 1995, the duo is together without any mishaps for over 24 years.

Moreover, Les and Cheney share 2 children together: a son named Cage Oliver Claypool and a daughter named Lena Tallulah Claypool.

The happy family of 4 currently lives in Sebastopol, California.