The 20 Richest Rock Stars Of All Time
Did you know that some of the most popular rock stars in the world are worth more than half a billion dollars? Yes, you read it right – more than half a billion dollars.
Some say that the music business is not like it was, but for some rock stars that are still rocking the stage and booking massive world tours, the music business is better than ever.
Who are the richest rock stars in the world? Check our top 20 richest rock stars and find out.
20. Freddie Mercury, $60 Million
The music world of the 70s and 80s just wouldn’t be the same without a globally-popular band, Queens. This band took the world by the storm with its vivid stage performance and front singer, Freddie Mercury. Unfortunately, Freddie left this world too soon. At the time of his death, Freddie’s net worth was $60 million.
A number of his assets includes many artworks, real estate, catalog rights, royalties and etc. He left a huge part of his fortune to his ex-fiancé and best friend Mary Austin, his boyfriend at the time, personal assistant, driver, and personal chef.
19. Paul Stanley, $150 Million
Stanley Bert Eisen was born in Manhattan, NY in January 1952. Ever since he went through a tough road of becoming a rock star. He is best known for his skills as a rhythm guitar player. Stanley is the co-lead vocalist for the rock band Kiss. His current net worth is $150 million.
Before he started his career as a part of Kiss, he was a member of three different bands, called Post War Baby Boom, Rainbow and Uncle Joe. In a band called Wicked Lester, he worked together with Gene Simmons for the first time. The two have been working together ever since.
18. Lars Ulrich, $200 Million
Ulrich is a Danish drummer and vocalist of famous Metallica band. He is also their wealthiest member. This middle-class musician rises himself up to a net worth of $200 million. Surprisingly, he did manage to keep a certain level of modesty.
He lives in a modest mansion in Tiburon, California. Most of his wealth came from selling the band’s image and high record sales over the years. He is often mentioned as a huge inspiration for other musicians.
17. Ozzy Osbourne, $220 Million
Originally, Ozzy got its popularity as a member of the metal band Black Sabbath that was known as the first heavy metal band. In addition, he has a massive solo career. Also, he kept his popularity with a unique TV reality show called ‘The Osbournes’ that ran for three years. All together got him to the net worth of $220 Million. He likes being called ‘The Wizard of Ozz.’
Although Ozzy likes Satanish look in his appearance, it is interesting to note that this singer is a regular member of the Church Of England and prays before each show. Ozzy is one of the most successful musicians in the world. In addition, he managed to overcome a number of his addictions and to become truly a myth and a legend. It seems that he is on this list to stay.
16. Rod Stewart, $235 Million
Stewart is one of the most popular musician ever. During his rock career, he managed to sky-rock his net worth up to $235 million. He had 6 back to back #1 best selling albums in the United Kingdom, and numerous hit singles worldwide. Therefore, no wonder that he deserved his spot on this list.
Privately, Stewart is passionate about soccer and he even plays in celebrity senior league. Moreover, he is an active participant in award ceremonies that starts from his favorite team, the Celtic Football Club. He is also an avid collector of luxury cars, so no wonder that his asset is rich in some astonishingly rare cars, including a Ferarri Enzo and a luxury Porsche. His Ferarri Enzo is one of 400 ever made.
15. Eric Clapton, $250 Million
If there was an award for the best technically skilled guitarist, no doubt that Eric Clapton would get it. He is the only three-time inductee into the rock and roll hall of fame. His long career got him a net worth of $250 million. He is not an extraordinary musician, but he is also a skilled and profitable investor.
He owns a 50% stake in the gentleman’s outfitter Cordings Picadilly. He is also an owner of a $10 million worth yacht, and the Marshbrooks Holding Company. This company brought him over $100 Million in the past 20 years. Nowadays, he likes spending money on cool gear, including guitars.
14. Phil Collins, $255 Million
This drummer/solo artist spend decades on building his career and his fortune. With more than 19 musical awards, he managed to get himself to the net worth of $255 million, regardless of people saying that his art is to commercial and to plain.
He is not known for being a big spender. He puts his finances and effort into AIDS research and into advocating for childhood education. Collins posses hundreds of artifacts related to the battle of the Amalo. It’s known to be his great satisfaction.
13. Jon Bon Jovi, $275 Million
Jon Bon Jovi went a long road from being a full-time singer to full-time philanthropist. His admirable projects include a charity work for the Red Cross, AIDS research, Special Olympics and much more. He put his money to good use. Thanks to his fortune of $275 he can spend the rest of his life doing charity work.
He made a significant appearance on Oprah and donated $1 million donations to the Angel Network. When he is not working on different projects he can be found in either his New York SOHO Condominium or New Jersey mansion. Mansions are worth around $22 million each.
12. Sting, $300 Million
Sting started his career as a lead singer of The Police band. During his already four-decades-long careers, he had an opportunity to fly solo and accumulate a fortune of $300 million. Interestingly, he is making $2,000 per day from his songs that are played on radio stations. He even earned money from his acting career that was on between 1984 to 2016.
Sting is a passionate advocate for helping victims of poor fortune, disaster and discrimination. He is also known for being harsh on spending money on himself. However, he is a proud owner of seven properties across the U.S. and U.K. Each property includes everything from ranch houses to penthouses and mansions.
11. Adam Clayton, $300 Million
It seems that U2 knows its way around the business. Adam Clayton is the bass player in a planetary successful Irish band, U2. He is part of the band ever since its earliest days. His work over the decades brought him a net worth of $300 million.
Clayton is known for having side projects, outside the band. One of his most famous works includes composing the theme for the film ‘Mission: Impossible.’ It looks like Clayton is more than capable of earning its money regardless of his U2 work.
10. Keith Richards, $340 Million
Keith Richards is one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones. He founded the band together with his childhood friend Mick Jagger. Ever since they have been working together. That work leads Keith to a fortune of $340 million.
Currently, he lives in the Redlands mansion in West Sussex, while he makes a time to play on charity events and gives back to the community. His income constantly grows by sales of Rolling Stones albums and merchandise. It seems that he is about to stay on this list for a while.
9. The Edge, $340 Million
This Irish musician is the keyboardist, guitarist and backing vocalist for one of the most successful bands ever – US. This British born musician is known for reaching the great levels as well as solo artist and part of the band. Edge’s net worth is currently $340 Million.
He is one of the founders of U2 originally. Many believe that the US wouldn’t be so popular if there wasn’t for Edge’s minimalistic and textural style of playing, that has become a signature of US style.
8. Gene Simmons, $350 Million
Gene Simmons is a true rock and roll legend. This half American – half Israeli rock star goes but his stage name ‘The Demon.’ He is known for his stage performance and co-work in the Kiss band. His net worth is $350 million.
This famous co-singer will continue making money equally on the stage and off the stage. He has side cash from his own label ‘Simmons Recording.’ He also accepts movie roles since 1984.
7. Ringo Starr, $350 Million
Ringo Starr is officially known as being the ‘cheeriest’ of the Beatles. He was a lead singer for many hits, including ‘Yellow Submarine.’ Although he is known for joking around his inspiration, there is nothing non-serious when it comes to his wealth. His net worth is estimated at $350 million.
Ringo is extremely serious when it comes to charity work. He donates millions of dollars regularly to eight large charity organizations that are involved in more than 25 different projects that are dealing with AIDS and Cancer research. He has also a few properties within Monaco and L.A. His everyday car is ‘modest’ Mercedes Benz.
6. Mick Jagger, $360 Million
There can not be any rock-related list without Mick Jagger on it. This ‘dark prince’ is seen as a founding father of the ‘darker side’ of rock. Jagger made his millions singing about rock and roll, drugs, and sex. That got him a net worth of $360 million.
This rock and roll culture-icon is known for its worth in paper. On the other hand, further information is not available on his real estate properties or ownership. However, it’s known that he owns a Japanese themed island villa.
5. Elton John, $450 Million
Elton John is knowing for being the highest paying man to jam on a piano. He is like a know-it-all person when it comes to music, as he earns his money from singing, songwriting and producing. His net worth is $450 million. Part of his possessions is luxury cars that he auctions frequently.
Sir John has a heart of gold. He is the founder of an Elton John AIDS Foundation that raised the enormous amount of money, including his own $40 million, to fight this disease. In addition, he gives up $40 million on a yearly level by holding beneficiary concerts. But, he keeps to himself a luxury apartment in Venice, and Old Windsor Estate, which is right next to the Royal Buckingham Palace.
4. Bruce Springsteen, $500 Million
Bruce Springsteen is a famous American singer and songwriter, born and raised in New Jersey. Bruce began his career in his teens, ever since he learned to play guitar. Today, this famous singer’s net worth is $500 million.
While being ridiculously rich Bruce remained true to his roots – writing and singing about issues related to American working class. His work got him over 20 Grammy awards and love all over the world.
3. Jimmy Buffett, $600 Million
This Mississippi born and raised singer and songwriter is also an author and businessmen. He left a permanent mark with his music career and it returns to him in the worth of $600 million dollars, as his net worth is estimated on that much.
Buffet got most of his fortune from Margaritaville restaurants, hotels, and casinos. And it doesn’t seem s that’s he is about to stop. As long as people are on the beaches drinking Buffet’s empire will expand. In addition, he also owns a string of bars names “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”
2. Bono, $700 Million
Bono is probably one of the most loved rock starts ever. He started band U2 at the age of 16 and ever since he is all about success. He is also known as a political activist who’s fortune is estimated to $700 million.
Bono is the richest musician from Ireland. However, his fortune comes hugely from investing $90 million in Facebook, through his investment group – Elevation Partners. He possesses, among other things, two mansions, private Airbus A310, and a 140ft yacht worth around $30 Million. For his music work and work in the field of combating poverty, he was granted knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
1. Paul McCartney, $1.2 Billion
Paul McCartney is the most successful Beatles member. He is also one of the most popular composers and musicians in the history of music. Ever since his Beatles time he has released six gold discs and sold in total more than 100 million singles. His net worth is $1.2 Billion.
When he is not advocating for the American Red Cross or PETA he is usually in one of his 4 homes. He owns his childhood house in London and a 1,500-acre estate in Sussex with Peasmarsh mansion. He is often seen in one of his many vintage vehicles driving around his living areas, usually Lamborghini 400 GT and Aston Martin DB6. Currently, he is the richest rock start of all time.