Brad Kelley

About Brad Kelley

Birth Day: March 27, 1956
Birth Place: Franklin, Tennessee, United States
Birth Sign: Aries
Residence: Franklin, Tennessee, US
Occupation: Businessperson
Known for: Fourth-largest U.S. landholder
Spouse(s): Susan
Children: 3

Brad Kelley

Real Estate

Brad Kelley is a member of Real Estate born on March 27, 1956 in Franklin, Tennessee, United States. At age 62 Brad Kelley net worth is approximately $2.3 Billion. Brad Kelley, a Kentucky native and a farmer's son, built a fortune from discount cigarettes. He built Commonwealth Brands, maker of USA Gold and Malibu cigarettes, and sold it for $1 billion in 2001.

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💰 Net worth: $2.3 Billion

2009 $1.5 Billion
2010 $1.5 Billion
2011 $1.7 Billion
2012 $1.9 Billion
2013 $2 Billion
2014 $2.1 Billion
2015 $2.2 Billion
2016 $2.2 Billion
2017 $2.2 Billion
2018 $2.3 Billion



Kelley grew up on a farm that included tobacco, and his early Business ventures were a response to changes in the tobacco industry. Because of declining production in the 1980s, many old warehouses in Kentucky stood vacant. He started buying these warehouses, converting them to other uses, and then leasing them out. This interest evolved into Manufacturing. In 1991, he founded Commonwealth Brands, a tobacco company that manufactured low-cost cigarettes, headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The company was later sold in 2001 to Houchens Industries for US$1 billion. Kelley has never smoked, and he said in 2012, "I've never defended [smoking]. Hopefully it will be phased out of society."


Kelley owns 1.7 million acres of American ranching land in Texas, Florida and New Mexico. As of 2012, he is the fourth-largest private land owner in the U.S.


In March 2013, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBCW, announced the sale of Lonely Planet to Kelly's NC2 Media. Lonely Planet is the world's most successful guidebook publisher, having printed over 100 million guidebooks, in addition to magazines, digital content, and other travel services.

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