Don Henley, full name Donald Hugh Henley, is an American musician, producer and activist has an estimated net worth of $200 million, much of which comes from his extensive musical career.
Don was born on July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas; however he spent his life growing up in the neighboring town of Linden in northeast Texas.
Henley is best known for his work as co-lead vocalist and drummer for The Eagles, a rock country band in which he helped form in 1971. Henley has numerous contributions as a songwriter, vocalist, drummer and composer, which started with The Eagles. Notable releases and hits from the southern rock band include “Desperado”, “Life in the Fast Lane”, “Witchy Woman” and “Hotel California”, the latter of which he famously performed lead vocals.
After The Eagles dissolved in 1980, Henley went on the write, produce and perform an extensive solo career. This started with the notable duet “Leather and Lace” in which he performed with Stevie Nicks in 1981. Henley’s solo project released many renowned albums and singles including the hits “Dirty Laundry”, “The Boys of Summer” and “The End of Innocence”, the title track of his best selling 1989 album.
In recent years, Henley has been heavily involved with his work as an activist, including the founding of the Walden Woods Project in 1990. This non-profit group focuses on the preservation of Walden Woods in Massachusetts, notable from the legacy of renowned author Henry David Thoreau. Henley has also focused on a project in his own home roots, with the creation of the Caddo Lake Institute in 1993. This project works on preserving the ecology of the Caddo Lake wetlands in northeast Texas, a place Henley spent much of his time during his childhood.
A third activism interest of Henley’s was his co-founding of the Recording Artists’ Coalition with Sheryl Crow in 1999. This organization assists recording artists on their interests and legal rights in the music industry. Alongside his current activism work, Henley still continues to tour with The Eagles after their reformation in 1994.