John Mellencamp Net Worth
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John Mellencamp born John J. Mellencamp is a well-known musician, singer, and song-writer. He also goes by the name Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp. He became popular for his heartland rock where he uses traditional instruments. Mellencamp has amassed his fortune through his career as a successful musician. Here we will know about John Mellencamp’s net worth in 2024.

Rise to Fame in the Music Industry

Born in Seymour, Indiana, United States, Mellencamp is of German and Dutch descent. As a child, he had corrective surgery for spina bifida. At the age of 14, he formed his first band Crepe Soul. After high school, he graduated from Vincennes University. During his time in college, he abused drugs and played in various bands. Later he sobered up and traveled to New York to land a record contract.

During 1974 and 1975 Mellencamp traveled between Indiana and New York. He released his first album Chestnut Street Incident under the name Johnny Cougar. But the album was a failure selling only 12,000 copies. In 1978 his single I Need a Lover was a top-five hit in Australia. The song became #29 singles in 1979 in the US.

In the 1980s Mellencamp finally reached a breakthrough starting in 1982. The successive releases of Top 10 singles gained the artist international notoriety. Hurts So Good, Jack &Diane, Crumblin’ Down, and Pink Houses are a few of his top singles. Besides that, he became quite a popular contemporary artist in the US. His single Scarecrow peaked at #2 in 1985.

In 1991 Mellencamp finally dropped Cougar from his name, releasing the album Whenever We Wanted. Mellencamp signed four album deals with Columbia Records in 1997. Eventually, he only finished three with the label. 

In 2001 Mellencamp released a documentary with Turner Classic Movies. His album in 2003 trended as #1 on Billboard Blues Album. Mellencamp was nominated for the 2008 Grammy Award in the Best Solo Vocal Performance Category. In 2007 Mellencamp recorded his 18th album and his 20th album in 2014. He released a compilation in 2018. In the same year, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He revealed in an interview that he booked 80 shows for 2022. In June of 2023, Mellencamp released his 25th album.


John Mellencamp was born on October 7, 1951. So, he is 72 years of age.

John Mellencamp Net Worth in 2024

Mellencamp has sold over 60 million copies of his music throughout his career. Almost half of his sales were in the US. Through his successful career as a musician he has made a fortune/ As of 2024, John Mellencamp has a net worth of $35 million. His primary source of income is his music sales and the tours he is on. He also earns from his royalties.

John Mellencamp Wife

Mellencamp married his first wife Priscilla Esterline when he was 18. The couple had a child together and divorced in 1981. Then Mellencamp married Victoria Granucci for the second time in 1981. The couple were together till 1989. Later he married again for the third time in 1992 and married Elaine Irwin. Eventually, the couple split in 2011.

Mellencamp and Meg Ryan got engaged in 2018 but later broke it off. After that Mellencamp started dating Jamie Sherrill in 2020. Mellencamp in total has five children.

John Mellencamp Assets

Currently, Mellencamp resides in Bloomington, Indiana on the Shores of Lake Monroe. He also has a vacation home on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. Besides that, he owns a 1,800-square-foot loft in New York. In 2020 Mellencamp bought a 6-acre property in Santa Barbara, California for $2.45 million. Later he put it on sale for $4.5 million.


Mellencamp is a founding member of Farm Aid. The organization raises awareness about the loss of family farms and helps farmers keep their lands. The organization has raised over $60 million to help farmers.

Political View

Mellencamp is an avid supporter of the Democratic Party as he holds liberal views. He was one of the first artists to speak out against the war in Iraq in 2003. Mellencamp supported Michael Bloomberg in 2020.


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