Sir Thomas John Woodward, most well-known as Tom Jones is a Welsh singer. Starting a career in the mid-60s, Jones promptly emerged as one of the finest singers within a few years.
He has performed in the different genres that include pop, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul, and gospel. Besides, Jones is a coach of the famous British television singing show The Voice UK.
The famous Delilah singer, Tom Jones has given more than five decades of his life for music. He started his singing career as frontman of a Welsh beat group, Tommy Scott and the Senators and saw wide fame with the band.
Jones' lucrative career has earned him millions of dollars, which as of September 2022 is estimated to be $400 million.
Jones' career as a singer is one of the major sources of his income. The 79-year-old Welsh singer has sold over 100 million records. Jones has released a total of 40 studio albums, 5 live albums, 16 compilation albums, and 20 video albums so far. Moreover, he also has 104 singles in his credit.
So, we can estimate Jones has earned millions of dollars from his albums as well as singles. Jones' albums also picked thirty-six Top 40 hits in the United Kingdom and nineteen in the United States.
It's Not Unusual, What's New Pussycat, Delilah, Sex Bomb, and She's a Lady are some of her hit songs of Jones with Delilah picking the no. 1 spot in UK chart in 1968.
A number of his songs, including Green, Green Grass of Home, and Help Yourself received the US gold certification. Moreover, 1999 released Reload received Platinum certification in the U.K.
According to The Richest, Tom Jones earned $14 million in 2001. He amassed £175 million from tours and royalties in 2005 when his total annual income was $294 million. Similarly, in 2008, he received approximately $7 million for insurance of his chest hairs.
Later in 2012, Jones earned a total of $436k as salary from his various different works including as a coach on The Voice UK. That year, his total earnings were estimated to be around $235 million.
In 2013, Jones earned a total of $504k and in 2014, his total earnings were reported to be $840k.
Singer Tom Jones has accumulated a hefty amount of money as a coach of the hit British reality show The Voice UK. He became the coach on the BBC show in 2012 where will.i.am, Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue were other coaches.
He reportedly received £250,000 (approximately $305k) in the first season of the show with Black Eyed Peas frontman, will.i.am being the highest-paid coach with £500,000.
In the 2013 season, he took £300 thousand, and in 2014 and 2015, he received a fair salary of £500,000 (approx. $610k) per season. He missed the 2016 season after his contract with the show was not renewed.
He made his return to the show in the 2017 season after a reported heavy pay cut. According to the Independent, Jones agreed to join the show for £150,000 per season which was reduced from £500,000.
Tom Jones left the United Kingdom in 1974 to evade the probable 98% income tax following the election of a Labour government. After moving to America, he bought the red-brick mansion from Dean Martin at 363 Copa De Oro Road in Los Angeles for a whopping $500,000. Later in 1998, Jones sold the house to Nicolas Cage for a reported $6.469 million.
Tom Jones had some houses in the US which he sold and left to his home in Wales. As the singer said, his late wife wanted him to return back to home at the time of her death. And since her death, Jones gradually started selling his properties in the US.
In July 2017, Jones sold his Mediterranean-style LA villa and an adjacent lot for a combined $11.28 million. The five-bedroom, seven-bathroom house that Jones bought for $2.65 million in 1998 was listed for sale for $8 million in that April.
In January 2018, Jones sold his country house for an astounding £4 million. Fellow singer Engelbert Humperdinck was the co-owner of the house.
In September 2019, Jones put his green, green grass home in the market for £2.6 million. The property was the last property in Wales that he shared with his late wife.
The legendary Welsh singer Jones is a connoisseur of luxury cars. According to some online sites, he owned a Jaguar and Rolls Royce in the 60s. He had a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, Rolls Royce Phantom, and a Bentley Continental GT.
The price for which Jones bought the luxury cars is not revealed. However, the 60s model of Rolls Royce Silver Shadow is priced at a minimum of $20k in 2019.
Meanwhile, in 2017, it was reported that Tom Jones owned 1971 Rolls Royce Phantom VI was put on the market with a personalized number plate. The base price for the car was set at £75,000.
Jones' professional life saw several ups and downs throughout his six-decade-long career and so did his personal life. Yet, the singer remained married to his wife Melinda Rose Trenchard a.k.a. Linda for nearly six decades until her death in 2016.
Jones and Linda were childhood friends who started dating at 14. After two years, he tied the knot with Linda on March 2, 1957, at the age of 16. The lovebirds, who were married at their teens, was blessed with a son, Mark Woodward, whom they welcomed in 1957.
As Jones started gaining success as a singer, the couple's married life gradually started turning cold. Jones started hanging out with a number of girls while Linda lived in their LA mansion caring for their child.
In a chat with Wales Online in 2009, Jones admitted to sleeping with up to 250 different girls a year at the height of his womanizing. Once, after reading one of his infidelities in a newspaper, his wife Linda kicked and punched him. Speaking in an interview on American television, Tom said,
She beat me up physically one night. I said, 'Look, I'm sorry,' and she'd got the newspaper there. She said, 'You…' I said, 'There it is [pointing at chin],' and she went 'Bang!' And then started kicking me.
Meanwhile, one of Mr. Jones' affairs resulted in the birth of a son. He had a brief relationship with model Katherine Berkery. He initially denied being the father of the child, however, in 1989, the United States court ruled him the boy's father following the DNA testing.
He didn't agree with the court's finding until 2008 when he admitted the facts to be true, however, he hasn't met his son, Jonathan Berkery yet.
On April 10, 2016, singer Tom Jones' wife Linda, who he calls "the love of his life," died after a short buts fierce battle with lung cancer. Jones was by his wife's side while she took her last breath at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Tom Jones was born Thomas John Woodward to Thomas Woodward and Freda Jones on 7th June 1940 in Treforest, Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales. His father (died 1981) was a coal miner. Jones holds dual nationality; American and Welsh and belongs to a mixed ethnical background. He has a sister Shelia Woodward.
Jones completed his school level at Wood Road Infants School, Wood Road Junior School, and Pontypridd Central Secondary Modern School.
At the age of 12, he suffered from tuberculosis and spent around two years in bed recovering. Later, he described the moment as the worst time of his life when he could do nothing more than listen to music and draw.
He was interested in singing from his early childhood days when he used to sing at family gatherings, weddings, and in his school choir.
Meanwhile, Jones was only 16 when he got married and the same was his wife. They were also expecting their first child at the time of their marriage. To support his family, Jones started working in a local glove factory and later worked in construction.