Sting is now a multimillionaire after his most famous song became one of the highest grossing singles of all time.
The song is said to have provided Sting with more than a quarter of all his lifetime earnings.
At the time of writing, the song is still making around £ 1,500 a day in royalties.
Sting also owned a £ 20million penthouse in New York City, which he later sold for £ 37million. He also has homes in England and Italy, and a mansion in Malibu.
The singer appeared in court as Keith Moore, his accountant, stole £ 6million from him for which he was sentenced to six years in prison.
Sting was born in Northumberland under the name Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner.
He worked in different fields, including tax, construction and bus driver, before going to university where he studied to become a teacher.
In college he played jazz and was part of the Newcastle Big Band, Phoenix Jazzmen and Last Exit.
His friends started calling him “Sting” because he always wore a yellow and black striped top.
In 1977, he moved to London and formed The Police with his friends Stewart Copeland and Henry Padovani.
Their first single, Outlandos d’Amour, reached the top 10 of the UK charts.
After that, success followed for the group who won six Grammys before Sting decided to leave to start a solo career.
However, The Police performed together again in 2007 on a world tour.
After a successful solo career, he moved on to the film industry and won an Oscar nomination in 2000, for My Funny Friend and Me from the Disney movie The Emperor’s New Groove.
Sting married actress Frances Tomelty in 1976, but the couple separated the same year after Sting had an affair with actress Trudie Styler, Frances Tomelty’s best friend.
The couple have two children: Joseph and Fuchsia.
Sting married Trudie and they had four children together: Brigitte, Jake, Eliot and Giacomo.