Michael Flatley Net Worth

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Michael Flatley spent his childhood with four siblings in the South Side of Chicago, the son of Michael and Eilish, migrants from Ireland. His mother as well as his grandmother were champions in dancing, so under the influence of mother, he began attending dancing classes at the Dennehy School of Irish Dance when he was 11 years old. By the time he was 17 years-old b, he had won a title at the World Irish Dance Championships.

Michael was introduced to the professional dance stage in 1978, when he became a member of the touring group Green Fields of America, performing and promoting Irish dances in America. He was a part of the group for only a year, and then became a part of the Irish band The Chieftains, touring until 1989.

In the 1990s, he created Riverdance, a stage performance of traditional Irish dances, with his friend and colleague Jean Butler. They toured throughout the USA in the first half of 1990s, until Michael left the show in 1995, stating creative differences as the main reason. Nevertheless, while the show lasted his net worth increased by a large margin, thanks to the immense popularity of the show.After he left Riverdance, Michael started Lord of the Dance, a stage musical which used Irish music as its core, and Michael performed in and with it at stadiums and arenas, touring until 2015 when he retired, and increasing his net worth by a large margin.

To speak further of his accomplishments, Michael also created the Irish dance show Celtic Tiger, and was responsible for creating other Irish dances, such as Feet of Flames. He also appeared in the TV show “Dancing With The Stars” in 2007, which added to his net worth. In addition to his career as a performer, he has also authored a book entitled “Lord of the Dance: My Story” published in 2006, which also added to his net worth.

His talents have won him a number of prestigious awards, including Entertainer of the Decade Award given by the Variety Club Of Ireland, Lifetime Achievement Award by The Irish Post Awards, and he was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame. Furthermore, he received the Irish Dancing Commission Fellowship award in 2001, and the same year he became a Fellow of the American Irish Dance Teachers’ Association. In 2004, Michael was awarded the famed Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Speaking about his personal life, Michael Flatley has been married to dancer Niamh O’Brien since October of 2006; the couple has a son. Previously, he was married to Beata Dziąba from 1986 to 1997.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Michael Flatley
  • Net Worth: $300 Million
  • Date Of Birth: 1958-07-16
  • Place Of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, US
  • Profession: Flutist, Television presenter, Writer, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer
  • Education: Brother Rice High School
  • Nationality: Irish-American
  • Spouse: Niamh O’Brien
  • Children: Michael St. James Flatley
  • Parents: Eilish Flatley, Michael Flatley Sr.
  • Siblings: Anne-Marie Flatley, Thomasina Griffin, Patrick Flatley, Eliza Callahan
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelFlatley/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelflatley?lang=en
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004924/
  • Nominations: Echo Award for Best Music DVD
  • Movies: Lord of the Dance 3D, Michael Flatley: Gold, Feet of Flames, 2001: A Space Travesty, Riverdance for Rwanda, The Best of Riverdance, Riverdance: The Show, Lord of the Dance, The Michael Flatley Collection, Celtic Tiger
  • TV Shows: Superstars of Dance, Dancing with the Stars


  • If I never do another show, I’ll die a happy man.
  • I don’t want to dance as if I’m making an apology


  • Michael has started a new tour with his new show Celtic Tiger. [November 2005]
  • Finished his new flute solo album and this Double-CD will be released at the end of the year [May 2002]
  • Irish-American.
  • He and Niamh became parents to their first child, a son, Michael St. James Flatley, on Thursday 26th April 2007.
  • Donated his 1998 Rolls Royce to the “People in Need” charity. By the time the car was auctioned off during the 2003 phone-in bidding drive in Ireland, more than $100K had been raised. Flatley’s license plate read: C 1 MRF (his initials)
  • Was the first American to win the Irish Dance World Championships at the age of 16. He began dancing at the age of 11 and was told he was too old and should not even attempt to dance competitively.
  • Held the Golden Gloves Championship in the feather weight division in 1977
  • Engaged to Lisa Murphy [July 2002]
  • On every show, he saves a seat for his grandmother Hannah Ryan, who was his inspiration.
  • Every day on tour he eats steaks for breakfast.
  • His father is from Sligo, Ireland. His mother is from Carlow, Ireland. He was raised in Chicago where his parents immigrated 4 years before his birth in 1958
  • He was born in Chicago, Illinois, but many often think he is from Ireland.
  • He is in the Guiness Book of World Records for the fast tap of 36 taps per second.
  • He has one blue eye and one green eye
  • His legs were insured for 40 million dollars.
  • He is a chessmaster, and plays the flute at a concert level.
  • He is now retired from active dancing.
  • Chosen by “People” magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1997]
  • (11/27/1998) Admitted to a Brisbane, Australia hospital collapsing backstage during a show. He was released two days later after being treated for an acute respiratory infection.
  • Was awarded the title of 1997s “Dubious Man of the Year” by Esquire Magazine (USA).


Title Year Status Character
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games 2014
Lord of the Dance in 3D 2011 Lord of the Dance
Celtic Tiger 2006 Video
Michael Flatley – Gold: A Celebration of Michael Flatley 2000 Video
2001: A Space Travesty 2000 Not In This Movie (gag credit)
Riverdance: The Show 1995 Lead Dancer
Riverdance for Rwanda 1994 Video short As a dancer
Title Year Status Character
Riverdance: Live 2001 TV Movie documentary choreographer: original principal Irish dance
Riverdance: The Show 1995 principal choreographer
Title Year Status Character
Feet of Flames 1998 Video documentary
Title Year Status Character
Lord of the Dance 1997 Video documentary executive producer
Title Year Status Character
Today 2015 TV Series Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series Himself
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Loose Women 2010-2015 TV Series Himself
This Week 2015 TV Series Himself
Britain’s Got Talent 2015 TV Series Himself – Special Guest
The Graham Norton Show 2015 TV Series Himself – Guest
Michael Flatley: A Night to Remember 2014 TV Movie Himself
Jigs & Wigs: The Extreme World of Irish Dancing 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 2013 TV Series Himself
The Wendy Williams Show 2011 TV Series Himself
Music of Ireland: Welcome to America 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Breakfast 2010 TV Series Himself – Dancer
The One Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Music of Ireland: Welcome Home 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Superstars of Dance 2009 TV Series Himself – Host
Xposé 2007-2009 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2009 TV Series Himself
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dancing with the Stars 2007-2008 TV Series Himself – Guest Judge / Himself
The Paul O’Grady Show 2006 TV Series Himself
Wogan Now & Then 2006 TV Series Himself
Kelly 2005 TV Series Himself
Parkinson 2005 TV Series Himself
The Tony Danza Show 2005 TV Series Himself
King of Clubs 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Michael Flatley: Eire Apparent 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Wetten, dass..? 2000 TV Series Himself
The Martin Short Show 1999 TV Series Himself
Feet of Flames 1998 Video documentary Lord of the Dance
HARDtalk 1998 TV Series Himself
Lord of the Dance 1997 Video documentary Lord of the Dance
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1997 TV Series Himself
The Rosie O’Donnell Show 1997 TV Series Himself
Afternoon Live 1997 TV Series Himself – Guest
Children in Need: Waiting in the Wings 1996 TV Movie Himself
A Royal Gala 1996 TV Movie Himself
The Eurovision Song Contest 1994 TV Special Himself – Interval Performer: Riverdance
To Tell the Truth 1991 TV Series Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Eurofestival 2010 Documentary
Riverdance: The Ten Years 2005 Video documentary Himself
Chain Reactions 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself


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