Don McLean Net Worth 2021: Age, Biography & Career Highlights Net Worth, Biography, Age, Birthday, Family, Partner & Wiki

Celebrated Name: Don McLean
Real Name/Full Name: Donald McLean III
Gender: Male
Age: 75 years old
Birth Date: 2 October 1945
Birth Place: New Rochelle, New York, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.78 m
Weight: 72 kg
Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Wife/Spouse (Name): Patrisha Shnier (m. 1987–2016), Carol Sauvion (m. 1969–1972)
Children: Yes (Jackie McLean, Wyatt McLean)
Profession: American singer-songwriter
Net Worth in 2021: $7.5 million
Last Updated: August 2021

Well-known for his super hit songs ‘American Pie’ and ‘I Love You So,’ Don McLean ruled the folk-rock music during his time. Today, he is old, and so is his voice, so he has kept himself off the music world, but over his long career, he touched the topmost height of success.

Early life

The American musician and songwriter, Don Mclean was born as Donald McLean III. His father and grandfather also had the same name. He has the ancestry roots in Scotland. However, before his birth, his family was already settled in America. He was born on October 2, 1945, in New Rochelle, New York. There is not much information about his family background.

As a child, Don had Asthma, which critically affected his studies in school. He had an interest in music since his childhood, and he didn’t let it get affected. His father also wanted him to be a musician.

When he was 15 years old, his father died, but Don kept on trying to fulfill his father’s dream. First, he attended Lona Preparatory School and then enrolled at Villanova University. Within a few months, he left it due to his busy schedules. Then, he joined night school at Lona College and graduated with a degree in business administration.

Personal Life

Speaking of his personal life, Don didn’t have a smooth love life. He first married Carol Sauvion in 1969. They remained together for the next seven years before separating in 1976. Then, he married Patrisha McLean in 1987. Unfortunately, their marriage ended in a bad note in 2016. The reason for the divorce was domestic violence. Don was even arrested for this. The couple had two children together.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 2 October 1945, Don McLean is 75 years old as of today’s date 7th August 2021. His height is 1.78 m tall, and his weight is 72 kg.


As stated above, Don McLean was interested in music since his childhood; he learned the guitar in childhood only. Initially, he performed folk music in local events for 4-5 years. Then, he started approaching the famous musicians and teamed up with professional singers. He played with Pete Seeger in an event that helped him to kick the first hit. By the time, he had started writing the songs which he put together in his first album ‘Tapestry’ and released in 1969. Though the album was not very successful, it got positive reviews.

Don received the most significant breakthrough in his career in 1971 when he released his second album, ‘American Pie.’ This album bagged him international fame, and he went on achieving a huge success. Most of the songs from this album became popular among the audience. Not only this, the song ‘American Pie’ became the longest ever song to top the Billboard chart. After the ground-breaking success of American Pie, he wrote and sang many songs, but none of them could achieve this much success. Over his entire career, he released nearly 20 albums.

Awards & achievements

Though he had a successful music career, he couldn’t win any major awards and honors except for the ‘Grammy Hall of Fame’, where he was inducted in 2002. In 2004, he was also inducted into the ‘Songwriters Hall of Fame.’

Net Worth & Salary of Don McLean in 2021

Presently, Don McLean is 75 years old. Means, he must have been inactive for a long period. Still, at present, Don McLean boasts an impressive net worth of $7.5 million as of August 2021. Over his career, he has mainly earned money through the songwriting and singing. He has also done many music tours, which helped him to amass this much net worth. His net worth is likely to slip down in the future as he is no more active in music.

Though Don has issues in his personal life, he never let his professional life get affected. He regularly released the albums, and they gained success too.