Lou Reed's $30M Fortune: A Breakdown

The iconic rocker, who died in October, left a treasure trove of tunes and a newly revealed, wisely invested estate (bequeathed to wife Laurie Anderson)

Real Estate

Reed owned a home in Southampton and a West Village duplex, which Nest Seekers' Ryan Serhant and Robert Canberg value at $1.5 million and $7 million, respectively.

Recordings and Publishing

Owning his publishing likely earned Reed $13.5 million from syncs and songwriter royalties. Album/track sales brought in some $20 million since 1992.

Live Performances

Tallying $3.6 million in ticket sales as a solo artist would have netted Reed $1.2 million. Velvet Underground's touring days, like its time as a band, were too few.


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