Gotye Net Worth

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Net Worth $ 10,000,000
Real name Wouter André "Wally" De Backer
Source of Wealth Singing, Performing
Profession Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Spouse/Partner Maud
Date of Birth May 21, 1980
Zodiac Taurus
Age 43
Gender Male
Height 192 cm / 6 ft 3 inch
Nationality Belgian/Australian


Wouter André "Wally" De Backer, commonly known for his stage name - Gotye, rose to prominence with his hit song “Somebody That I Used To Know,” that currently counts a billion views.

As of 2022, he has released three studio albums, which have helped him to amass a net worth of $10 million.

Early life

Wally De Backer was born in Bruges, Belgium, in 1980. When he turned two, his family moved to Sydney, Australia, before ultimately settling in Montmorency, Melbourne, Victoria.

He got the nickname ‘Gotye’ from his mother, elicited from ‘Gauthier’ - the French equivalent of his name. When his parents enrolled him in school, he got signed up based on his English equivalent - Walter.

While he was still young, he showed interest in music and learned how to play the piano and the drums. In an interview, he stated that as a teenager, he loved Depeche Mode, and said he truly believes their records inspired him to get into music.

While he was in high school, he formed a band - Downstares, which, unfortunately, didn’t make it past high school.

After he graduated high school, he enrolled at the University of Melbourne and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.[1]

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Gotye started recording his first tracks based on samples in 2001. He sent out his recorded collection to many radio stations and received positive feedback.

By 2004, Gotye was introduced to Kris Schroeder, a singer, and they created the duo The Basics and started performing until 2010, releasing four studio albums.

In 2003, Gotye was offered a deal by Creative Vibes, and he released an album that was a collection of his early songs - “Boardface.” He continued performing with The Basics, but also took time to record his own songs. During these times, he relocated multiple times in an attempt to find a home recording studio that offered better acoustic quality.

In 2006, Gotye released his second album - “Like Drawing Blood,” which brought him success with two songs from the album - “Hearts a Mess” and “Learnalilgivinanlovin.”

The next year, Gotye won the ARIA Music Award in the category of Best Male Artist, and his album “Like Drawing Blood,” was named the album of the year by iTunes in the UK. In 2008, he amassed European success with “Hearts a Mess” and “Learnalilgivinanlovin,” especially in Belgium.[2]

In 2010, he released a single track online - “Eyes Wide Open,” which peaked at #25 on Triple J Hottest 100. The following year, he released “Making Mirrors,” which peaked at #1 on the ARIA albums chart within the first week.

By 2011, he published a video clip on Vimeo and YouTube for his track “Don’t Worry, We’ll Be Watching You.” His biggest success, “Somebody That I Used To Know,” was released in 2011 under the “Making Mirrors” album, which earned him 8x platinum in the US and 11x platinum in Australia.

In 2012, he made his first appearance in the US on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Where he performed several of his songs. He released “Easy Way Out,” Later that same year; he had a world tour in Korea, Japan, Europe, North America, and Australia.

In 2014, he launched his independent record label - “Spirit Level,” but released two singles with The Basics - “The Lucky County” and “The Age of Entitlement.” The same year, he appeared as a featured artist on Bibio’s single “The Way You Talk.”

In 2016, Gotye, along with Jean-Jacques Perrey and five other members, formed “Ondioline Orchestra,” and had their debut performance in November of 2016, performing in Brooklyn. The next year, Gotye launched yet another record label - “Forgotten Futures.[3]

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Personal life

Gotye was in a relationship with Tash Parker, an Australian musician, for multiple years. The couple split up, but there aren’t any official statements about why they broke up.

Reportedly, Gotye had a daughter in 2018 - Léonie, with his partner Maud.


In 2012, gossip surfaced worldwide that Gotye had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. This fake news soon spread across the globe, but this was soon disclosed as not true.


Gotye, born Wally De Backer, is mostly famous for his hit “Somebody That I Used To Know.” He amassed a lot of fame with this hit, but since he hasn’t made another one, he’s commonly referred to in the States as ‘the one-hit wonder.’

As of 2022, his net worth is estimated at $10 million.


  1. Gotye (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: (Accessed: December 27, 2022).

  2. Who is Gotye? Everything You Need To Know (no date) Facts, Childhood, Family Life & Achievements. Available at: (Accessed: December 27, 2022).

  3. Tritsiniotis, P. (2021) What happened to Gotye? the story of Australia's bravest songwriter: Purple Sneakers: Trusted for taste, Purple Sneakers | Trusted For Taste. Available at: (Accessed: December 27, 2022).