These are 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.