Who Is Kenny Chesney? How Much Is He Worth and Who Is His Wife?

Kenny Chesney is a world-renowned American country music singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist with an estimated net worth of $180. Kenny Chesney was married to Renee Zellweger

Country music is one of those genres of music that have many widely recognized stars. Among the likes of Kenny Rogers, Don Williams, and much more, Kenny Chesney is another famed star in the genre. In a career that has spanned many years, he has recorded more than 40 Top 10 hits on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs, while also making it to the US Billboard Hot 100.

In addition to massive commercial success, Chesney has received several notable accolades, including 6 Academy of Country Music Awards and 6 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The country star released his 17th studio album Songs For The Saints in July 2018.

Summary of Kenny Chesney’s Biography

  • Full name: Kenneth Arnold Chesney
  • Nickname: Kenny, Hillbilly Rockstar, Bubba, Uncle Kenny
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of birth: March 26, 1968
  • Place of Birth: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
  • Residence: Nashville, Tennessee, and St. John, Virgin Islands, United States
  • Kenny Chesney’s Age: 55 Years Old
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Nationality: American
  • Zodiac Sign: Aries
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Kenny Chesney’s Ex-Wife: Renee Zellweger
  • Kenny Chesney’sParents: David Chesney and Karen Chandler
  • Siblings: Jennifer Chandler (younger sister)
  • Education: Gibbs High School,  East Tennessee State University in Johnson City
  • Kenny Chesney’sHeight in Inches: 67
  • Kenny Chesney’sHeight in Centimetres: 170
  • Kenny Chesney’s Weight: 65 kg or 143 lbs
  • Kenny Chesney’s Net worth: $180
  • Famous for: His achievements as a country music singer
  • Kenny Chesney’s Instagram: kennychesney
  • Twitter: Kenny Chesney
  • Kenny Chesney at a Glance

Kenny Chesney's fact card

Early Life And Career Beginnings

The multitalented singer and songwriter was born Kenneth Arnold Chesney on March 26, 1968, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was birthed to David Chesney and Karen Chandler both of who worked as a school tutor and hairstylist respectively.

Growing up alongside a younger sister Jennifer Chandler, Chesney got his early education from Gibbs High School located in Corryton, Tennessee, and from there, he proceeded to East Tennessee State University where he majored in Advertising.

Like many that have come to excel in music, Chesney did not just stumble into the arts as it is something that he always loved. It was when he was a young teenager that he got his first guitar and taught himself how to play the musical instrument.

Officially, his career began when he was in college in 1989 with a release of a self-produced demo album. Before his graduation, he continued to perform in local clubs and then after he was through with his education, he moved to Nashville where his career got the boost it needed and he continued his rise to fame and superstardom.

His Career Breakthrough And Achievements

1992 and he got his first deal which was followed two years later by In My Wildest Dreams, his first studio album. Although it was only fairly successful, it paved way for All I Need to Know which came in 1995 and was more successful, earning him his first two Billboard top 10 hits. With his next album, Me and You (1996), which was the third, he earned his first album gold certification, as well as an Academy of Country Music’s New Male Vocalist of the Year Award in 1997.

From this point, there was no going back for Kenny Chesney whose next achievements include a No. 1 single with his 4th studio album I Will Stand (1997), as well as a No. 1 hit with Everywhere We Go, his fifth album, and he also recorded a platinum certification.

Kenny Chesney is one of the biggest music stars in the world with 14 of his over 20 albums gaining at least the gold certificate. Right from 2002, he has dropped albums that attained consecutive No. 1 spots on the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

What is Kenny Chesney’s Net Worth?

Kenny Chesney has sold well over 30 million albums globally. He is also one of the most influential and best country music performers, having headlined several sold-out concerts and tours in different parts of the United States.

He was named among the highest-earning country singers of 2017, having hauled in a whopping $42.5 million. Kenny Chesney’s net worth is pegged at $180 million which makes him one of the richest country stars in the world. His net worth is projected to remain on a steady increase as there seems to be no slowing down for the country music star.

Kenny Chesney was Once Married To a Hollywood Star

Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney and Renée Zellweger

While his professional life has been successful, not so much has been recorded in his personal life. In fact, he’s known to have had one of the worst celebrity marriages ever, considering that he was only married for four months before bailing out.

Back in 2005, the country star got married to multiple award-winning Hollywood actress, Renée Zellweger. Born on April 25, 1969, in Texas where she was also raised, Renée initially wanted to build a career in Journalism and inline with that, she studied English literature at University of Texas at Austin.

However, her love for acting was kindled when she got a chance to work on stage during her undergraduate days and she never looked back afterwards. She kicked off her professional acting career in 1992, appearing in small roles in several films. Shortly after, she landed her first leading role when she was cast in the 1994 film Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. 

A few years later, the actress gained wide popularity with her roles in Jerry Maguire (1996), One True Thing (1998), and Nurse Betty (2000) for which she won a Golden Globe Award. For many years after these, Renée’s career continued to soar, and in 2007 she joined the league of highest-paid actresses in the world.

She subsequently took a break in 2010 and made a comeback in 2016. Sice then, Renée has continued to make waves in the industry to date.

The Duo Met and Married Within a few Months

Both heavily involved in philanthropy, Chesney and Zellweger met in January 2005 at a tsunami relief event. Soon after they met, they fell in love, and from then, things went pretty fast between the couple as they walked down the aisle on May 9 that same year. Their wedding ceremony was held on the Caribbean sea Virgin Island of St. John.

However, their marriage came to an abrupt end just 4 months after tying the knot. Renée Zellweger cited “fraud” as her reason for quitting the marriage. Because of this, Kenny Chesney continued to face several speculations surrounding his sexuality.

Many have suggested that the “fraud” as alleged in the divorce papers by the singer’s former wife may have been in reference to his sexuality, insisting he is probably gay. On his part, Kenny Chesney maintains that he is straight, pointing out that he has been involved with many women in the past.

Kenny stated that he realized that marriage was not for him soon after he tied the knot and the idea of fraud that was stated on the divorce papers was because he didn’t know what he wanted, even when he thought he did.

The Singer has Remained Unmarried Since his Divorce

Since his failed marriage, Kenny Chesney has not given marriage a second shot. However, he has been romantically linked to a few women, including former beauty queen Amy Colley, winner of the Miss Tennessee USA 2005 title.

The duo made their first public appearance at the Country Music Awards on November 12, 2008. They equally spent the succeeding Christmas holidays together. Interestingly, the relationship lasted 2 years, way longer than Chesney’s infamous marriage.

More recently, Kenny Chesney has been linked to actress Jamie Hill. Before her, he dated a gorgeous brunette who has been identified as Mary Nolan and then TV personality, Adrianna Costa.

Obianuju Okafor
Obianuju Okafor
With over 4 years of experience as a lifestyle and celebrity news content developer, Obianuju keeps her insights fresh by following up on the latest pop culture news and trends. When she's not working, she's likely still reading or watching the most interesting stuff online


Featured Today

Fact Check

We strive for fairness and accuracy, if you've found a possible error or something that needs updating, please contact us

Related Stories