These are some of the world’s wealthiest rock stars
It’s not every day that you meet a rock star with extraordinary wealth. Some, for instance, have the fame but not the money — or at least not money like these guys. Here are the world’s wealthiest rock stars. Some might not be who you’d expect.
30. Robert Plant
Robert Plant is likely one of the most well-known names in rock. Having been a founding and intractable member of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin, you’d struggle if you were asked to name somebody as cool. Anyway, because of the man’s work with Zeppelin, his solo career after, and the royalties from both, Plant has accumulated quite a bit of wealth.
While we are envious of his music skills, his financial gain, and — last but certainly not least — his hair, we have to appreciate the empire he’s built. Having influenced so many bands that would come later, his wealth is well-deserved. And how much wealth does he have? A staggering $170 million.
29. Brian May
Brian May is one of those musicians that we have likely all heard of. Why is this? Because he played in the legendary rock band Queen, of course. It’s no wonder, then, considering that he gets royalties from the exceedingly popular band’s songs, that he made this list.
But other than that, Mr. May is exceptional for another reason: He earned a degree in astrophysics. Playing guitar in one of the greatest rock bands of all time was not enough for him. Anyway, May’s collective earnings have gotten him a net worth of around $175 million.
28. Billy Joel
Everybody knows Billy Joel. With songs ranging in style from “Uptown Girl” to “Piano Man,” his diversity has skyrocketed him into the limelight — a place where he would stay for many decades. His compositions have influenced many in the world of rock.
Because of his extreme fame and popularity, it is no wonder that Billy Joel became one of the wealthiest musicians in rock. While not the highest-earning rocker on this list, Joel has earned himself a net worth of around $180 million. Way to go, Joel.
27. Lars Ulrich
Lars Ulrich has become one of those drummers whom everybody is aware of. In part, this is because of the extraordinarily popular band in which he played — Metallica. But it is also due in part to his exceptionally unique style and fluidity.
When you hear Ulrich playing, you hear him channel the inner rock gods with enthusiasm and brilliance. Anyway, this — in conjunction with the fact that he is a founding member of one of the most famous rock bands of all time — has earned him a net worth of around $200 million.
26. Tony Bennett
If you haven’t heard of Tony Bennett, you have likely been living beneath a rock. Actually, probably in a bunker circumscribed from the rest of society. Maybe it’s in rural Montana or something. Either way, the man is famous and you probably should have heard of him.
Some of the Tony Bennett songs you likely have heard include “New York, New York,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “My Funny Valentine.” Each of these hits has helped to grow Bennett’s audience. They’ve also helped to grow his net worth. The man is estimated to be worth around $200 million.
25. Don Henley
Don Henley — a man of many talents. Best known for his work with the Eagles, the drummer/vocalist has helped to define a generation. But more than that, he has helped to contribute songs that the world will likely never forget.
A few of the songs he’s done with the Eagles that we all know include “Hotel California” and “Lyin’ Eyes.” But whatever song of his you like, you will also have to recognize his extraordinary net worth. This net worth is a staggering $200 million.
24. Ozzy Osbourne
Everybody knows Ozzy Osbourne for a few specific moments. One of those moments may or may not include an aerial mammalian herbivore. Anyway, because the man was the lead vocalist for a little band by the name of Black Sabbath, he was destined for a healthy future.
But other than what he did with the band Black Sabbath, Osbourne has gone on to have his own thriving solo career. This career brought us songs like “Crazy Train” and “Close My Eyes Forever.” His career in its entirety has given the man a net worth of around $220 million.
23. David Bowie
David Bowie was a man of many faces. He was Ziggy Stardust, the androgynous rock star face of the ’70s, and then himself, the equally strange yet charismatic man. In each of his forms, however, David Bowie was a man to watch, creating tunes with catchy melodies and interesting twists.
Because of his fame (a literal song title of one of his hits), he was able to amass not only a large and faithful following, but a large and growing sum of money. While Bowie has unfortunately passed, he had accumulated something around $230 million beforehand.
22. Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart is both quirky and talented (the two often coincide). While some might consider him a little bit odd, it’s always been more of an affable perception than not. A few of the more well-known hits of his include “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” and “Maggie Mae.”
Many of Rod Stewart’s songs have reached international fame. He’s become so popular, in fact, that he has been officially knighted, earning the title of “Sir.” Any way you spin it, the man has had a massively successful career. And along with that, he has a net worth of around $235 million.
21. Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton is one of those musicians we’re all familiar with. His songs have had such a far reach that it’s difficult not to have heard of him. Among some of his more popular tunes are songs like “Tears in Heaven” and “Give Me One Reason.”
Having accrued such a major following, it wasn’t hard for his concerts to sell out. Considering the fact that he has been a major player in the formation of the modern genre of rock ’n’ roll, it’s no wonder that his net worth is around $250 million.
20. Phil Collins
It should be no surprise to anybody here that Phil Collins is on this list. Having been one of the most influential artists for over a handful of decades, he has to have accumulated royalties at a rate much faster and more stupendously steep than others.
A few of the songs we all know by Collins are “In the Air Tonight” and “You’ll Be In My Heart.” These timeless tunes still make countless playlists today, giving Collins round after round of hefty checks. Because of this, he has a net worth of around $260 million.
19. Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams is likely one of the musicians on this list that you are less familiar with. This is probably because most of his fame was gleaned in the U.K. Either way, many of his songs have been massive hits, skyrocketing him to the top of the wealth-toting-musician world.
A few of the most well-known of his hits include tasty tunes like “Feel,” “Angels,” and “Let Me Entertain You.” These songs, and others, have given Robbie Williams an amassed net worth of around $300 million. Wow.
18. James Hetfield
James Hetfield, the singer and rhythm guitarist of the metal band Metallica, is definitely one of the most famous musicians on Earth. Having helped to springboard an entire genre (metal and thrash) into the mainstream, it’s no wonder.
Hetfield is also, as others may not know, one of the wealthiest rock musicians. Hetfield’s wealth is easily attributable to this lofty fame. With winning songs like “Enter Sandman” and “For Whom the Bells Tolls,” he had to have been raking in hoards of cash. Anyway, the man is now worth an estimated $300 million.
17. Dave Matthews
Dave Matthews is a different type of musician. Born in South Africa, the man migrated to the United States to become one of the biggest musicians of our time. As the frontman for the Dave Matthews Band, he’s created many albums that have topped the charts.
With his massively successful career, it’s no wonder that he made this list. The man’s concerts have pulled in more revenue per show than many of his competitors. Because of this, Matthews has amassed a net worth of $300 million.
16. Björn Ulvaeus
Björn Ulvaeus is likely known to each of us. The Swedish-born rock star moved on from his highly successful career with the band ABBA (which he founded, by the way) to his very own flourishing solo career. And with this, we’ve all learned his name.
The man, after having parted ways with his four-lettered bandmates, decided to take his career solo. The result was a flourishing litany of hits that brought us everything from Chess to Mamma Mia! Ultimately, he has lived as a composer. The life has treated him well, earning him a net worth of $300 million.
15. Anni-Frid Lyngstad
Anni-Frid Lyngstad was another musician from ABBA (the one with brown hair) that made quite the impact on the music community. First off, she was in the band that gave us influential hits ranging from “Dancing Queen” to “Take A Chance On Me.”
Secondly, however, she went on to begin her own flourishing career as a jazz vocalist. While she retired after a few of her own albums, the few were enough to help her royalty checks burgeon with dollar bill signs. Because of this, she has a net worth of around $300 million.
14. Adam Clayton
Adam Clayton is a member of the extraordinarily famous band U2. While it likely doesn’t need to be said, the hits that he and his band have brought us include “With Or Without You,” “Vertigo,” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” These songs, along with a few others, have raked in a lot of cash for the band and its members.
Adam Clayton plays bass for the band, making his extreme wealth even more stupendous. But beyond this, Clayton has also had his own thriving career as a soloist. Some of his solo work includes helping to create the theme for the Mission: Impossible film. In total, his projects have given him a net worth of around $300 million.
13. Roger Waters
Roger Waters was a founding member of the British rock band Pink Floyd. With many major hits like “Another Brick in the Wall” and “Comfortably Numb,” it’s no wonder that Waters and the rest of his Pink Floyd bandmates have accrued massive wealth.
Still, the band has had a little bit of a troubled history. Having quit the band in 1985, Waters felt the need to sue the band over the use of the name Pink Floyd. While ultimately unsuccessful, the results of this battle and others haven’t changed the fact that his net worth is over $310 million.
12. The Edge
No, not his birth name; The Edge is actually named David Howell Evans. And, like Adam Clayton, he was a founding and critical member of the band U2. What he helps to show is that it doesn’t take more than being in an ultra-famous band to give one massive financial gains.
But unlike a few of the other members, this member has gone on to play guitar for musicians as famous as Rihanna, B.B. King, and Jay-Z. Ultimately, his career has been large, dynamic, and — most of all — lucrative. His net worth is around $340 million.
11. Keith Richards
If you’re like any of us, you will know without a shadow of a doubt to which band this man belongs. No, not Green Day. Yes, the Rolling Stones. And, as a member of one of the most famous and influential rock bands on the planet, this man has accrued lots and lots of wealth.
Keith Richards plays guitar for the band, giving us memorable riff after memorable riff. Because of this, he has also gone on to form his own solo career. Ultimately, the fruits of his labor have paid off tremendously. And that’s how he has amassed a net worth of around $340 million.
10. Ringo Starr
As with Keith Richards, it does not take more than the mention of his name to know which band he belonged to. Pink Floyd? No. Tech N9ne? Also no. Ringo Starr has belonged to none other than the band the Beatles, arguably the most famous rock band on the planet.
And, as you likely would have predicted were you asked to guess, Ringo Starr has such a stupendous net worth that most of the other people on this list would shed tears (and perhaps some bills) just to see it. And what, do tell, is his incredible net worth? It is around $350 million.
9. Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons — no, not like the genes from your biology class — was another of those people who was in an extremely famous rock band. And to which rock band did he belong? Well, none other than KISS, of course!
KISS, the band with a name unrivaled by other rock bands, was that gang of fellows who liked to wear chrome platform shoes and makeup like you’d see in the musical Cats. This, when paired with a handful of insatiably catchy tunes, pushed the band to the forefront of rock. Because of this, Simmons’ net worth is around $350 million.
8. Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger is likely one of the most famous vocalists on the planet. His raspy voice in conjunction with a rockin’ backup band — i.e., the ever-popular Rolling Stones — have put him front and center in the world of rock. The results of such a move have not been disappointing.
Because of his massive fame, stage presence, and formidably distinctive vocals, Mick Jagger has earned his worth as one of the Earth’s most beloved vocalists. His financial worth has been estimated to be around $360 million. Wowza.
Sting, also known as Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, was the founding member of the band The Police. A band that we all know for songs like “Roxanne” and “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” their tunes helped not only define a generation, but worm their way intractably into our heads.
Along with this formidable ability to create wonderfully catchy songs, Sting has been able to craft his own thriving solo career. This solo career has similarly brought stupendously good tunes. Ultimately, the collected works have earned him a net worth of around $400 million.
6. Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi, known famously by the truncated name Bon Jovi, is one of the most famous rock stars alive. Having performed as the lead vocalist for songs such as “It’s My Life” and “Livin’ On A Prayer,” the man has received royalties that would make the most successful banker blush.
Anyway, the man’s long list of successes has earned him many well-earned accolades. One of these, for instance, was the award of People’s Sexiest Rock Star in 2000. VH1 also ranked him 13th on their list of Sexiest Artists of 2002. Anyway, the fame has also brought him fortune, and he possesses a net worth of around $410 million.
5. Elton John
Elton John is one of those characters we all know and love. Having crafted such catchy tunes as “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer,” it’s no wonder he got so extraordinarily famous. Anyway, the man also went on to compose many songs for the soundtrack to 1994’s The Lion King.
Because of this flourishing career, Elton John has amassed such a large net worth that it is difficult to fathom. This net worth puts him high on our list of the world’s wealthiest rock stars — a net worth of around $500 million. Way to go, Mr. John.
4. Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen has had an interesting musical career. While he almost gave up before striking fame, the man’s career eventually blossomed into one of the most successful musical careers of all time. His success and demeanor have even earned him the nickname “The Boss.”
In total, his records have sold something like 140 million times. That’s a lot. The man was also gifted the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 by President Barack Obama. Anyway, the litany of successes has yielded the man a net worth of around $500 million.
3. Jimmy Buffett
Jimmy Buffett has one of the most distinctive voices around. You can hear this voice singing such hits as “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Margaritaville.” The raspy and laid-back style has earned him many home run-hitting songs over his several-decades-long career.
But other than his music, Jimmy Buffett has diversified his portfolio. He has, for instance, written three top-selling books and started a successful restaurant chain. Ultimately, the massive portfolio of success has brought him a net worth of around $600 million. Good job, Mr. Buffett.
Sometimes it doesn’t take a long name to earn massive wealth. There are few better examples of this than Mr. Bono himself. The man’s real name, Paul David Hewson, has been put to one side to help grow an image and brand. This brand has not only been massively philanthropic, but also lucrative.
As the frontman for a band that has already put two other people on this list, it is no wonder that that band’s lead singer would shine ever brighter — at least in terms of finances. And because of this, the man has a net worth of around $700 million. Unbelievable.
1. Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney is one of those men who literally needs no introduction. Yet, for the sake of decorum, we shall introduce him. As one of the founding members of the rock band the Beatles, Paul McCartney was destined for massive fame and success.
Other than his work with the Beatles, which likely would have landed him on this list regardless, McCartney has had his own thriving music career. The combined successes have earned him one of the most sparkly reputations in all of rock. It’s also earned him the title as the world’s wealthiest rock star, with a net worth of around $1.2 billion. Holy cow is right.
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49. Hank Williams
Estimated net worth: $100,000
Unfortunately, Hank Williams died all too young at the age of 29. Nevertheless, he was one of the most popular country musicians of his time. His passing by no means brought his stardom to an end.
His early death only enhanced his legend. Williams was actually in the 1st class of artists inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961.
48. Thomas Rhett
Estimated net worth: $5 million
Thomas Rhett signed his first record deal when he was only 21. Prior to life as a country singer, Rhett had already found his path as a songwriter with many of his songs seeing success with such performers as Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and Scotty McCreery.
His biggest hits such as “Die a Happy Man”, “Marry Me, and “Unforgettable” pushed him through the country stratosphere, making him one of the biggest names in Country. His fans are unbelievably obsessed with his incredible love story with his wife Lauren. They now have a beautiful family with two young daughters, Willa Gray and Adad James.
NEXT: Her teacher once told her she’d never make it as a musician.
47. Ashley McBryde
Estimated net worth: $1 million – $5 million
Singer Ashley McBryde’s net worth isn’t well known, except for some estimates on some celebrity-centric websites. But she’s a popular new artist, deserving of a spot on our list. (Sue me.) We do know that McBryde’s album Girl Going Nowhere is Grammy-nominated! McBryde’s journey began in Arkansas.
A schoolteacher had told her that her dream of writing and singing songs for a living would never materialize. Not listening to authority has greatly benefited McBryde, and she is now a popular up-and-coming artist in the country world.
NEXT: She was on American Idol when she was 19 years old.
46. Kellie Pickler
Estimated net worth: $5 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
An American Idol alumna, Kellie Pickler’s TV fame probably helped build her successful career. Her debut album, titled Small Town Girl, featured very popular singles like “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.”
Her career has taken her beyond music — she’s appeared on Dancing with the Stars, VeggieTales, I Love Kellie Pickler, and she’s been a guest on many TV programs like Fox & Friends, Rachael Ray, and The Queen Latifah Show.
NEXT: Like Kellie Pickler, this country music star is also from North Carolina.
45. Luke Combs
Estimated net worth: $5 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Luke Combs is from the trendy city of Asheville, North Carolina, and he released his debut album This One’s for You in 2017. He has had No. 1 hits on country radio, such as “Hurricane,” “One Number Away,” and “Beautiful Crazy.”
Since 2017, Combs’ career has been skyrocketing. Recently, he won Performance of the Year at the 2019 CMT Awards. He also earned Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist, and Top Country Album at the 2019 Billboard Awards. Great work, Luke Combs!
NEXT: This popular country star has been in the news for a tragic reason.
44. Granger Smith
Estimated net worth: $6 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Granger Smith is known for songs like “Backroad Song,” “Happens Like That,” and “Holler.” He’s amassed a following that’s known as “Yee Yee Nation.” If Lady Gaga has “Little Monsters,” and if Jimmy Buffet has “Parrot Heads,” then Smith can have Yee Yee Nation.
Unfortunately, singer Granger Smith has been in the news recently, not because of a new album, but because of the passing of his 3-year-old son, River. In honor of River, $100,000 was raised for the Dell Children’s Medical Center through a tribute T-shirt.
43. Waylon Jennings
Estimated net worth: $7 million
Waylon Jennings is best known for making outlaw country music popular for its gritty and rock-influenced sound. If you don’t know who he is, to put things in perspective he was part of the “Highwaymen” with fellow legends Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson.
“Waylon Jennings was an American archetype, the bad guy with the big heart,” Kristofferson told the Los Angeles Times. “He was filled with creativity and joy,” his son Shooter explained to People magazine.
NEXT: He recently passed in April of this year.
42. Earl Thomas Conley
Estimated net worth: $8 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Active between the years 1941 and 2003, Earl Thomas Conley was a popular country music singer from Portsmouth, Ohio. Some of his most popular songs are “Holding Her and Loving You,” “Brotherly Love,” and “What I’d Say.”
Born into poverty, Conley initially struggled with the limitations of the “law,” says his bio on Spotify. Clearly, Conley was able to overcome that, becoming a country music hit-maker. Unfortunately, he didn’t reach the same levels of fame as other singers, but is still loved by fans.
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41. Kacey Musgraves
Estimated net worth: $10 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Kacey Musgraves not only became famous in her career, she also boosted the career of a tiny 1-hour photoshop in Koreatown, Los Angeles. She stumbled upon Tom’s One-Hour Photo & Lab with her sister and did a photoshoot.
She and her sister loved it so much, they made Tom a fan Instagram account and posted on Musgraves’ Instagram about his business. Besides helping small businesses, Musgraves is known for songs like “Rainbow,” “Butterflies,” “Slow Burn,” and “High Horse.”
40. Patsy Cline
Estimated net worth: $10 million
Patsy Cline was one of country music’s greatest voices and also one of the first female rebels in country music. Her rough personality and approach set the stage for country-music outlaws that would follow.
In 1963, Cline who was only 30 at the time, met her end when a plane went down in rough weather outside of Camden, Tennessee, just 90 miles from its destination. Her legend has only increased since her untimely death.
39. Chris Stapleton
Estimated net worth: $12 million
Chris Stapleton exploded the Country charts after the 2015 CMAs, where he performed a show-stealing duet with Justin Timberlake of the George Jones classic “Tennessee Whiskey” and Justin’s “Drink You Away.” Their performance would then go viral and be seen by all of Timberlake’s fans that weren’t necessarily Country fans before.
Stapleton, however, has been a behind-the-scenes fixture on the country music scene since 2001, when the east Kentucky native moved to Nashville and began working tirelessly as a songwriter. He signed a publishing deal just four days after moving to Nashville and has been on the fast-track to success ever since.
38. Eric Church
Estimated net worth: $14 million
Eric Church has always had a bad-boy image in the realm of country. He admits he deliberately pushed the limits time and time again, walking onto restricted parts of the stage, playing too loud, and repeatedly playing past his time-slot. Given his anti-establishment antics, his fan base followed suit and loved him even more for it.
His hit singles such as “Springstein”, “Recond Year”, and “Desperate Man” shot him into super-stardom. He loves wearing his dark shades on stage so he can battle his stage-fright and feel more comfortable performing in front of major crowds.
NEXT: He went from R&B artist to country artist!
37. Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish
Estimated net worth: $14 million
Wait a minute, wait a minute — Hootie & the Blowfish? Country? That is right, my friend, Darius Rucker has moved into the country music realm some years ago. (I couldn’t believe it either.) Hootie & the Blowfish made him Grammy-awarding winning and so did country.
Rucker won his third Grammy in 2014 but this time for country not Hootie! The title?: Best Solo Country Performance for his 4x platinum selling cover of “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Man. Wanna hear it? Check out his album True Believers.
36. Conway Twitty
Estimated net worth: $14 million
If you’re a fan of ‘Family Guy’, Seth Macfarlane’s cut-aways to Conway Twitty performances may have been the first time you’ve ever seen or heard of him. However, don’t let that distract from the fact that this guy is a country music legend.
Twitty had over fifty songs that reached the top spot on the country music charts and even won 2 Grammy awards in his illustrious career.
NEXT: Can we call him the “Modern Day Prodigal Son”?
35. Brantley Gilbert
Estimated net worth: $15 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Singer-songwriter Brantley Gilbert (left) released his debut album Modern Day Prodigal Son in 2009 under the independent label Average Joes Entertainment. From there, the rest is history. The following year he released another album — Halfway to Heaven (2010).
Gilbert has plenty of slappers like “What Happens in a Small Town” (I guess it “stays in a small town?”) with fellow singer Lindsay ElI, “The Weekend,” “Stone Cold Sober,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” and “Kick It in the Sticks.”
NEXT: Her signature song is a banger of a track called “Born to Fly.”
34. Sara Evans
Estimated net worth: $16 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
She’s known for songs like “Born to Fly,” “A Little Bit Stronger,” “Suds in the Bucket,” and “I Could Not Ask for More.” Sara Evans’ signature song is definitely “Born to Fly” — she’s even named her label after it!
Expanding into the world of lifestyle blogging, Evans says she focuses on things her fans can relate to. She writes for the average American — people from small towns who are regular, Average Joes and Janes. Instead of Dolce & Gabbana, she’ll blog about Target finds.
NEXT: He moved to Nashville to go to college but ended up becoming a country star!
33. Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line
Estimated net worth: $25 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Originally from Georgia, Tyler Hubbard moved to Nashville (like many aspiring country musicians) not necessarily to become a country music star but to attend college at Belmont University. There, something happened that would change his life forever …
He met a friend named Brian Kelly who would form country music group Florida Georgia Line! Things would never be the same for the pair — in a good way. In a “I have an estimated net worth of $25 million according to Celebrity Net Worth” kind of good way.
32. Willie Nelson
Estimated net worth: $25 million
Willie Nelson entered the limelight following hits such as 1973’s album, Shotgun Willie, 1975’s Red Headed Stranger, and 1978’s Stardust. Nowadays, Willie has broken through the Country Music stratosphere into pop culture as an actor and hippie icon.
You may not have known that he served as Ray Price’s band as a bassist and re-entered his music career with the rise of the popularity of hippie music after he announced his retirement in 1972. Willie starred in more than 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.
NEXT: He was in the news recently for being fined for fishing without a license.
31. Dierks Bentley
Estimated net worth: $30 million
Dierks Bentley has been a top Country performer for the past five years. His hits such as “Burning Man”, “Drunk On A Plane”, and “Somewhere On A Beach” launched him into the top of the charts and deservingly so.
Early in September, Bentley made the news for being fined for fishing without a license in Denver, Colorado after concertgoers reported him to state officials. Bentley paid the fine in cash on the spot to ease tensions in a laughable situation.
NEXT: He recorded more than 150 No. 1 hit songs.
30. George Jones
Estimated net worth: $35 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Described as the “definitive country singer of the last half-decade” by The New York Times in 2013, George Jones was a well-respected country singer. He had a baritone singing voice, which he used to express doubt and vulnerability despite the cheerful sound of honky-tonk.
Nicknamed “Possum” because of his close-set eyes and pointed nose (he was later known as “No-Show Jones” for missing shows), Jones was famous for many chart-topping songs. You might have heard “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Finally Friday,” “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes,” or “The Race is On.”
NEXT: Their song “Chicken Fried” currently has 220 million plays on Spotify.
29. Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band
Estimated net worth: $40 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Zac Brown is the founder of the Zac Brown Band, if you haven’t guessed. His website says he’s the frontman and lead vocalist for the group, who’ve been honored by the Grammys and have created multiplatinum records. Other than being the founder, he’s a songwriter and producer.
The Zac Brown Band is one of the most country music groups currently on the country music market. You’ve likely heard some of their songs, like “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” “Knee Deep,” “Someone I Used To Know,” and “Homegrown.”
28. Merle Haggard
Estimated net worth: $40 million
Merle Haggard hit the number 1 spot on the country music charts thirty-eight times throughout his music career. He quickly gained a massive following by giving a voice to those who lived more challenging lives.
Haggard never stopped performing and making music for his fans. He wasn’t a big fan of life on the road while constantly touring, especially when battling serious health problems that would eventually lead to the end of his life.
27. Miranda Lambert
Estimated net worth: $45 million
Miranda Lambert has a bigger following now than she did when she was married to Blake Shelton. She continues to release surefire singles from her upcoming album “Wildcard” and is putting herself in a great position to be on top of the country charts once again.
Lambert had a huge success with “Tin Man” which unfortunately was inspired by a sad time in her life. However, she said, “Lucky for me, I’m not in a sad time anymore in my life, thank you to my sweet husband — from Staten Island, by the way.”
NEXT: He’s one-half of one of the best country music groups.
26. Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn
Estimated net worth: $45 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Born Leon Eric Brooks, Kix Brooks is one-half of one of the best country music groups, Brooks & Dunn. Brooks was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and he got into music at a young age. His early talent got him to Nashville.
He started out writing songs for other artists (not unlike Dolly Parton!), but then teamed up with Ronnie Dunn in 1990. Brooks & Dunn sold more than 30 million records, won dozens of industry awards, and had lots of No. 1 hits.
NEXT: He’s the other half of Brooks & Dunn.
25. Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn
Estimated net worth: $45 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
He’s one-half of one of the best country music groups, Brooks & Dunn, and a record executive. He’s also got solo efforts under his belt — namely, Ronnie Dunn’s “Cost of Livin’,” which got him nominated for two Grammy Awards — Best Country Song and Best Solo Performance.
That was off his 2011 self-titled release. The entire 12-song album was produced by Dunn, eight of which he wrote or co-wrote. That’s awesome because sometimes stars of his stature don’t write their own music anymore!
NEXT: He’s best known for songs like “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison Blues.”
24. Johnny Cash
Estimated net worth: $60 million, says Celebrity Net Worth (at the time of his death)
Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” is probably one of his most famous tunes, along with “Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues.” Cash had a tough upbringing — as depicted in the movie Walk the Line, starring Joaquin Phoenix.
He grew up on a farm under the scornful eye of his father. Eventually, Cash moved to Memphis, Tennessee, married his first wife, Vivian, and began to pursue music. We all know that he ended up with fellow country singer, June Carter (played by Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line).
NEXT: Their song “I Know You Won’t” is perfect for anyone facing heartbreak.
23. Gary LeVox of the Rascal Flatts
Estimated net worth: $60 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
You might know them best for their songs “Dance,” “I Like the Sound of That,” and “Love What You’ve Done With the Place.” You might not know, however, that Gary LeVox’s band has been insanely successful in the world of country music.
With not one, not two, but ten albums under their belt, Rascal Flats have had 16 number one hits, over 23 million records and 10 million concert tickets sold. LeVox and the Flatts have won over 40 awards and traveled around the world performing their infectious hits.
22. Tanya Tucker
Estimated net worth: $60 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Tanya Tucker was a child prodigy in a sense. By the time she was 15, she had already recorded her first Grammy-Award nominated song and become one of the first country artists to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In the early ’80s, Tucker was romantically linked to fellow country legend Glen Campbell.
The Country Music Association named Tucker the ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ in 1991, and was subsequently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. She also starred in her own reality TV series called Tuckerville, which featured both Tucker and her children.
21. Blake Shelton
Estimated net worth: $60 million, says AOL.com
Country singer Blake Shelton has recently been known for being a coach on reality singing competition show The Voice, and for being Gwen Stefani’s beau. The lovebirds reportedly recently purchased a home in Los Angeles together (which has a pool, fitness center, and tennis court!).
Shelton’s 10th studio album, If I’m Honest, reportedly drew inspiration from his relationship with Gwen Stefani and divorce from Miranda Lambert (they were married from 2011-15). (Wow, drama!) His earnings from The Voice were apparently a whopping $4 million per cycle.
20. Loretta Lynn
Estimated net worth: $65 million
Loretta Lynn is one of the most highly decorated female country musicians of all time. Lynn was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983. She was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008.
Loretta Lynn, now a widow following the passing of her husband in 1996, is the mother of six and has a net worth of $65 million. If you’re a fan of country but haven’t heard her music, we’re sure you’ve heard her name mentioned in current country songs because artists hold her in such high regard.
NEXT: He’s been married to actress Nicole Kidman since 2006.
19. Keith Urban
Estimated net worth: $75 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Would you expect a Kiwi to be into country music? Singer-songwriter Keith Urban was born in Whangarei, New Zealand, in 1967. Not really a city known for its country music, but Urban has proven to be a master of the genre.
Married to Australian-American actress Nicole Kidman, it’s fair to say Urban and his wife are a power couple. They’re often seen out in public going to Iron Maiden shows and Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Sounds like they have a fun time!
NEXT: His album My Kind of Party went triple platinum.
18. Jason Aldean
Estimated net worth: $80 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Singer Jason Aldean is known for having back-to-back chart-toppers. His eighth studio release has singles like “Girl Like You,” “You Make It Easy,” and “Drowns the Whiskey.” His website says he’s sold over a whopping 17 million albums. How amazing is that?
If you’re like Aldean and you have chart-toppin’ singles, albums goin’ platinum (or multiplatinum), you best believe there are going to be accolades comin’ your way! Aldean’s been recognized by the likes of the Grammys, ACMs, CMAs, BBMAs — basically all of the acronyms.
NEXT: Speaking of power couples — she and her hubby are country music’s power couple.
17. Faith Hill
Estimated net worth: $80 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
She is known for songs like “There You’ll Be,” which was featured in the film Pearl Harbor, and “This Kiss,” featured in Practical Magic. Country music singer-songwriter Faith Hill is also married to another country music powerhouse — the talented singer-songwriter Tim McGraw.
Faith Hill is one of the most successful country stars of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Her record Breathe became one of the bestselling country albums of all time. She also earned some crossover success.
NEXT: This American Idol alumna is now filthy rich.
16. Carrie Underwood
Estimated net worth: $85 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Singer Carrie Underwood first enjoyed mainstream success after winning the fourth season of reality competition show American Idol in 2005. Not long after that, Underwood became known for many country-pop music hits, like “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”
Underwood has delved into other mediums. She hasn’t been one to shy away from celebrity endorsements (SKECHERS, Target, and the NFL are just some of her contracts), nor acting (she was on How I Met Your Mother).
NEXT: He’s married to one of the most successful country singers of all time.
15. Tim McGraw
Estimated net worth: $85 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
The singer of “Just to See You Smile” and “Live Like You Were Dying” is one of the most popular country artists of all time. On top of winning a Grammy for Best Country Song and a Clio Award for Best Integrated Campaign, Tim McGraw has sold over 50 million records.
Compare that with Faith Hill’s reported 40 million+ sales in records, and the couple is massively successful! Like Carrie Underwood, McGraw has also gotten into acting. He’s appeared in The Blind Side alongside Sandra Bullock, Friday Night Lights, and Tomorrowland.
NEXT: He has a “traditional country” style.
14. Alan Jackson
Estimated net worth: $95 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Some performers aren’t extroverts. Case in point: Alan Jackson is described as “a quiet, reserved man who can be uncomfortable with public attention and the media spotlight” on his website. When Jackson steps up to the mic — it’s a different story.
Clearly the man loves to perform. Drawing on bluegrass, Cajun, honky-tonk, and more, his music has earned him 50 top-ten hits and 35 No. 1 hits. Jackson has 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 CMA awards, a pair of Grammys — the list goes on.
NEXT: He’s won 14 CMA Awards.
13. Brad Paisley
Estimated net worth: $95 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Country singer Brad Paisley is known for songs like “Whiskey Lullaby” (a real tearjerker of a track), “She’s Everything,” and “Then.” His debut album came out in 1999, and he rose to prominence in the early 2000s. Paisley’s won a whole slew of awards for his musical efforts.
No stranger to the top of the charts, Paisley’s won three Grammys, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 14 Country Music Association Awards (this includes Entertainer of the Year). What HASN’T Paisley won?
NEXT: She starred in a popular sitcom named after her.
12. Reba McEntire
Estimated net worth: $95 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Reba McEntire is iconic for more than just her bright-red hair. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011, she’s cited as a role model by many successful women, as she’s achieved many accolades and career successes.
McEntire has had more than 50 top-ten singles and more No. 1 country albums than any other female artist, says the Country Music Hall of Fame. She also has three Grammy awards, several CMA Awards, and received Kennedy Center Honors.
11. Linda Ronstadt
Estimated net worth: $130 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Throughout her illustrious career, Linda won 11 Grammy Awards, as well as an Emmy, and two Academy of Country Music awards. She’s been nominated for both a Golden Globe and Tony. To put things in perspective, Ronstadt has worked with countless legends such as Bette Midler, Frank Zappa, Dolly Parton, Neil Young, and Johnny Cash.
Linda Ronstadt was featured on more than 120 albums, selling more than 100 million records which made her one of the best-selling artists of all time. To top it off, her 30 studio albums contained 38 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
10. Luke Bryan
Estimated net worth: $140 million
Luke Bryan is arguably the most popular country singer out there today. His enormous net worth is attributed to his many hit singles, albums, songwriting, and of course, his legendary concert tours that always leave his fans speechless. Luke Bryan has remained at the top of the charts for years and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.
Between June 2017 and June 2018, Luke Bryan earned $50 million from his music career, sponsorships, and television appearances. Between June 2018 and June 2019 he earned $43 million for more of the same, especially for his continuous work on American Idol as a judge.
9. Kris Kristofferson
Estimated net worth: $160 million
Kris Kristofferson built up his wealth through a long successful country music career wherein he was the sole writer for all of his music. He also saw some success as a movie star too. Kristofferson happens to be considered one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
In recent years, he’s been battling a fading memory in his old age. His wife said he struggles remembering what he is doing from one moment to the next, however, he started to sharpen up a bit after writing a song about his experiences with memory loss.
NEXT: He’s got a likable “Average Joe” persona.
8. Kenny Chesney
Estimated net worth: $190 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
From Knoxville, Tennessee, Kenny Chesney built up a following partly due to his likable “Average Joe” personality that resonates with so many Americans. We can’t relate to someone that flaunts their wealth, right? Even though Chesney is incredibly rich, many see themselves in him.
When Chesney received a guitar for Christmas one year, his interest in music began. His debut album, In My Wildest Dreams, was released late 1993. Although underpromoted, his debut caught the ears of some music bigwigs.
NEXT: He sang the famous duet, “Islands in the Stream,” with Dolly Parton.
7. Kenny Rogers
Estimated net worth: $250 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Kenny Rogers’ net worth is a whopping estimated (key word here) $250 million. He clearly raked in the dough during his storied career. A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Rogers is known not only for his music but business ventures. (Kenny Rogers Roasters, anyone?)
Besides singing alongside Dolly Parton in “Islands in the Stream,” Rogers is also known for tracks like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “She Believes in Me,” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.” He’s got many more bangers — trust!
NEXT: His website says he has 33 platinum or multiplatinum-selling albums.
6. George Strait
Estimated net worth: $300 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
With a music career spanning more than 30 years, singer-songwriter George Strait has accomplished a lot. According to his website, he has 60 No. 1 singles, 33 platinum or multiplatinum albums, and he’s hit the top ten every year for three decades.
Oh — and he’s sold over 70 million albums. No big deal, right? (Relax, it’s called “sarcasm.”) Strait debuted his musical prowess in 1981 before going on to mainstream success. Besides the above accomplishments, Strait is also a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.
NEXT: He has an alter ego called Chris Gaines.
5. Garth Brooks
Estimated net worth: $330 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Singer-songwriter Garth Brooks’ mix of country, rock, and pop has proved popular to U.S. audiences. When country artists have crossover appeal, they’re more likely to appeal to a broader audience. A bigger audience means a lot more record sales.
Did you know that Garth Brooks had an alter ego called Chris Gaines? That’s right, Brooks created the fictitious rock musician for a film called The Lamb. A prerelease album was dropped and critics didn’t enjoy it, apparently. Can’t win them all …
NEXT: She wants you to “shake it off”!
4. Taylor Swift
Estimated net worth: over $360 million, says Business Insider
Taylor Swift is known for her sassy pop-country sensibilities and not letting anyone use her as a doormat. The singer released her seventh album, Lover, on Aug. 23, 2019. It’s even more special because she owns all the rights to it herself.
Unfortunately, celebrity manager Scooter Braun owns the rights to Swift’s other six albums — and she’s not happy about it. “Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy,” writes Swift in her blog.
NEXT: He owns his own restaurant chain called I Love This Bar & Grill.
3. Toby Keith
Estimated net worth: $365 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
Singer-songwriter Toby Keith is known for songs like “I Love This Bar,” “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” and “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.” He’s also known for having confusing personal political beliefs and for owning a restaurant chain. He has been married to Tricia Lucus since 1984.
Keith was widely criticized for playing the 2016 presidential inauguration. The restaurant he owns is a chain (which doesn’t have a lot of locations left) called I Love This Bar & Grill.
NEXT: Her most famous hit is probably “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.”
2. Shania Twain
Estimated net worth: $400 million, says Celebrity Net Worth
She’s also known as Eileen Regina Edwards from Ontario, Canada. Growing up, Twain’s family suffered from poverty, but “there was always an abundance of music and love in the household,” reads Shania Twain’s bio. Her mother noticed her burgeoning music talent.
Twain’s mother tried to get her daughter gigs at various locations — radio and TV studios, community centers, senior citizens’ homes, and anywhere else that would book her. Tragically, Twain lost her parents at age 21, but she went on to become the big star she is today.
NEXT: This icon found crossover success when she incorporated pop into her music.
1. Dolly Parton
Estimated net worth: $500 million
“I’m just a working girl,” country singer Dolly Parton once told The Hollywood Reporter. “I never think of myself as a star because, as somebody once said, ‘A star is nothing but a big ball of gas’ — and I don’t want to be that.”
Since moving to Nashville, Tennessee, from the Smoky Mountains, this “Backwoods Barbie” has amassed a huge net worth. Parton’s careers in music, songwriting, a record label, her theme park, movies, and TV, have contributed to her $500 million.
Honorable Mention: Lil Nas X
Estimated net worth: $3 million
Lil Nas X became an instant star following his collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus on “Old Town Road” which turned into one of the longest-running No.1 hits o the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2019.
He is continuing his success with his newest release outside of the world of Country, titled “Panini”. We have to give Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X a round of applause for finding a new way to trend harder than the competition by combining rap with country and bringing a whole new audience into the mix.
Honorable Mention: Jana Kramer
Estimated net worth: $2 million
Jana Kramer is often thought of as a country singer second to being a successful actress. However, she began her music career in 2012 and has released two albums. Her popularity from her time on ‘One Tree Hill’ launched her into a point in her career where she could explore what she was really passionate about.
Between both careers, she now has a net worth of $2 million and is only growing her audience as buzz spreads about this talented star. Most notably, she opened for Blake Shelton on his Ten Times Crazier Tour and has seen two singles go Platinum, “Why Ya Wanna” and “I Got the Boy”.