The Pretenders singer, Chrissie Hynde, may now spend her days in seclusion, milking her pet cows, but back in the day, she was a bonafide rock star. The Pretenders sold millions of albums and ruled new wave and punk rock radio throughout the eighties, so Hynde must have amassed a huge fortune in the process, right? The answer depends on what is considered a fortune these days.

Hynde, 65, found huge success performing with The Pretenders crooning classic hits, “Brass In Pocket,” “Back on the Chain Gang,” “Don’t Get Me Wrong,” to name a few, but how much dough did she manage to bank along the way? By today’s standards, not all that much. Read on..


Hynde’s spends most of her time traveling between her homes in Paris, London and New York as part of a fly-on-the-wall BBC documentary, where she admits she is a ‘recluse’ who has resigned herself to die alone. If judgement day came for Hyndes today she would likely leave behind a net worth of $12 million.

Born, Christine Ellen “Chrissie” Hynde, the singer has no worries keeping brass in her pocket with her respectable multi-million dollar net worth, but when compared to other female rock stars, it’s just a pittance.

Madonna, the artist who recently said she has thought a lot about blowing up the White House, enjoys a bangin’ net worth of at least $560 million.

Lady Gaga, who recently performed at the Super Bowl, sang and danced her way into a $280 million dollar fortune.

Fleetwood Mac band member and solo artist, Stevie Nicks, has banked an outstanding $75 million.

Relative new comer, Nicki Minaj, is worth a staggering $70 million.

So when you consider Hyndes’ on-going contribution to the music world, playing for decades with The Pretenders and currently playing thousands of times a day on countless radios stations world-wide, $12 million starts to sound a little on the light side.

Hynde was attending Kent State University in 1970 during the famous incident when National Guard troops opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War. She moved to London and wrote album and band reviews for the New Musical Express and became involved in the growing punk rock scene.

By the late 1970s, she had formed her own band, and in 1980 The Pretenders released their first LP which included the hit single “Brass in Pocket.” Two members of the band died in 1982 in separate drug-related incidents, but Hynde continued her career with The Pretenders using various lineups throughout the 1980s and ’90s. Hynde is also a well-known animal rights activist. h/t therichest

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