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Jack White: Underpaid?

According to documents filed in his bitter long drawn-out divorce from Karen Elson (which is now final), Jack rakes in $62,000 a month.

On the surface, that looks like a lot.  But when you consider that it means an annual salary of $744,000, that seems kinda low for an artist of Jack’s stature, doesn’t it?  I mean, the man isn’t going to starve but I thought he’d be in the $1 million-plus club.

Look what the guy does.  All those White Stripes records.  The worldwide royalties generated by “Seven Nation Army,” The releases by the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather.  Third Man Records.  Jeezus, how hard does someone have to work in the music business these days before you can make a million bucks?

By the way, Karen earns about $34,000 a month. Under the terms of the divorce, she is the primary parent while Jack gets custody of their two kids for 150 days a year.  That probably explains why he’s only required to pay $3,200 in child support.

More at TMZ.

Jack White (with Karen Elsen)


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One thought on “Jack White: Underpaid?

  • Agreed. I find his annual income to be surprisingly low.
    But I wonder if some of that is money re-invested into the Third Man Records biz.


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