Billy Joel Facts: Age, parents, siblings, wife, children, net worth and more

Billy Joel

Billy Joel is an American singer and songwriter. Billy Joel is one of the best-selling music artists of all time having sold over 160 million records worldwide.

His career peaked in the 1970s and ’80s, during which he released a string of successful albums and singles that have since become classics.

Joel is perhaps most famous for his storytelling ability and his knack for creating memorable, melodic pop songs.

But where is Billy Joel from and is he married? Here’s all the important facts every fan should know:

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Age

Billy Joel was born on May 9, 1949. He celebrated his 74th birthday in 2023. Full name William Martin Joel, he was born in the Bronx, New York City.

Parents

Billy Joel was born to Howard, a German-Jewish holocaust survivor and an accomplished pianist, and his wife Rosalind Nyman.

Joel’s father Howard (born Helmut) (1923–2011), was a classical pianist and businessman, and was born in Nuremberg, Germany, to a Jewish family.

To escape the Nazi regime, Howard’s family emigrated to Switzerland. His father sold his successful business at a fraction of its worth in order to emigrate. The family reached the United States via Cuba. In the US, Howard became an engineer but had a keen interest in music.

Billy’s mother Rosalind (1922–2014), was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to Jewish parents who had emigrated from England.

Siblings

Billy Joel has two siblings, Alexander Joel and Judith Joel. Alexander Joel is a conductor and pianist, while Judith Joel is a television host and former actress.

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Billy Joel and wife Alexis Roderick

Wife

Billy Joel has been married four times. His first wife was Elizabeth Weber Small, whom he married on September 5, 1973, and divorced on July 20, 1982.

His second wife was Christie Brinkley, whom he married on March 23, 1985, and divorced on August 25, 1994. His third wife was Katie Lee, whom he married on October 2, 2004, and divorced on June 17, 2010.

Billy Joel’s current wife is Alexis Roderick, whom he married in a surprise ceremony on July 4, 2015, at his Oyster Bay estate on Long Island.

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Billy Joel kids

Children

Billy Joel has three daughters. His first daughter is Alexa Ray Joel, whom he shares with his second wife, Christie Brinkley.

Alexa Ray Joel was born on December 29, 1985. His second and third daughters are Della Rose Joel and Remy Anne Joel, whom he shares with his current wife, Alexis Roderick.

Della Rose Joel was born on August 12, 2015. Remy Anne Joel was born on October 22, 2017.

Net worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Billy Joel has a net worth of around $225 million.

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Billy Joel Career Earnings

Between June 2017 and June 2018, Billy Joel earned $45 million. In the same period between 2017 and 2019, he earned $50 million.

When Billy undergoes a residency, such as his multi-year Madison Square Garden residencies, he can easily earn $2-3 million per show. His 2019 New Years Eve show grossed $4.6 million. Between 2014, when the residency began, and the end of 2019, Billy grossed $150 million from his MSG residency.

Real Estate

Billy Joel has bought and sold a number of impressive properties around the country over the years, notably in Florida and Long Island, New York. He sold previous homes to singer Sting, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and retail executive Mickey Drexler. He has jokingly referred to himself as the “realtor to the stars.”

In 2002, Billy paid $22.5 million for mansion called Middlesea that is set on 14 acres of an island called Centre Island in Oyster Bay, New York. He eventually expanded the property to 26 acres with several additional purchases.

The original property featured a 14,000-square-foot mansion at the time of his purchase in 2002. He eventually expanded to 20,000 square feet. The property also features a helipad, beach house and two pools. In May 2023, Billy listed this property for sale for $49 million.

Billy owns another property in Sag Harbor, New York.

In 2014, he paid just under $12 million for two side-by-side properties that cover 4-acres in Manalapan, Florida. One of the lots was undeveloped, the other featured a nearly 9,000-square-foot mansion. He listed the combined compound for sale in 2015 for $29 million.

He offered the mansion on its own (without the undeveloped lot) for $19.5 million. He ultimately accepted $10.3 million in January 2020. He did not sell the undeveloped lot which made up around three of the property’s four acres.

In 2006, Billy paid $5.9 million for a New York City townhouse. His ex-wife Katie Lee received this property in their divorce. She sold it in 2011 for $12.9 million.

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