30 Richest Rock Stars Of All Time
Did you know that some of the most famous 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, things remained the same. These rock stars are still rocking the stage and booking massive world tours. For them, the music business is better than ever.
Who are the richest rock stars in the world? Check our top 30 richest rock stars list and find out.
30. 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 include many artworks, real estate, catalog rights, royalties, etc. He left a considerable part of his fortune to his ex-fiancé and best friend Mary Austin, his boyfriend at the time, personal assistant, driver, and private chef.
29. Kid Rock, $80 Million
Kid Rock is a multi-talented artist. He sings, writes songs, and even appears as an actor from time to time. Although his career started slow, he had a breakthrough with the album’ Devil Without a Cause’.
He had a tough time going through a divorce with Pamela Anderson. On September 21, 2018, he released his first ‘greatest hits’ album. So far, he shows no signs of retirement.
28. John Paul Jones, $80 Million
John Paul Jones is a former Led Zeppelin bass guitarist. Ever since the band split, he enjoys a low-profile life and a solo music career.
In recent years, John developed a fruitful solo musical career, and he is globally respected both as a producer and a musician. In addition, he has two companies that bring him steady incomes.
27. Eddie Vedder, $90 Million
Eddie Vedder became a famous and an alternative rock spokesman with his big hit from the early ’90s.
Eddie is the best known as Pearl Jam’s frontman. In his free time, when he is not creating music, he surfs.
26. Phil Spector, $100 Million
Phillip Harvey Spector is better known as Phil Spector, the man responsible for one of the world’s greatest music hits. He worked with John Lennon, Ramones, and exceptional Tina Turner.
Phil produced ‘Let It Be’ the famous album of The Beatles. He also won Grammy. At the moment, he is in jail, serving for the murder of an actress, Lana Clarkson, since 2009.
25. Malcolm Young, $100 Million
Malcolm Mitchell Young is a former member of the globally known band AC/DC. At the moment, Malcolm is retired, with an estimated worth of $100 Million.
Malcolm was diagnosed with dementia and the early stage of lung cancer in April 2014. For that, he had to leave the world of music. Otherwise, his wealth would be higher with such talent.
24. John Deacon, $115 Million
Deacon joined the Queens in 1970 as its bass guitarist. Interestingly, he hasn’t been involved in recent recording or touring. However, he gets the passive income from the Queen’s stage show, We Will Rock You.
The band earned, just in 2009 £40.5m thanks to turnover at Queen Productions. Moreover, Deacon owns a production company, Goldfinch Productions, that paid him over $10 million over the past six years.
23. Paul Stanley, $150 Million
Stanley Bert Eisen was born in Manhattan, NY, in January 1952. He is best known for his skills as a rhythm guitar player. Stanley is the co-lead vocalist for the rock band Kiss.
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 group called Wicked Lester, he worked together with Gene Simmons for the first time. The two have been working together ever since.
22. Courtney Love, $150 Million
Courtney accumulated her wealth, working as a singer-songwriter and an actress. However, her wealth mostly came from her musical career, although she may be better known for her off-stage life.
She was born to San Francisco, as Courtney Michelle. For someone who had a pretty exciting life and drug battle, she used her vocals, keyboards, and guitar skills to accumulate wealth. Also, she inherited the writing and publishing rights of Kurt’s work. That probably adds to her wealthy monthly. Kurt’s things like guitar and notes are in her possession, together with other things, valued at $120 Million.
21. Lars Ulrich, $200 Million
Ulrich is a Danish drummer and vocalist of the famous Metallica band. He is also their wealthiest member. This middle-class musician lifted himself 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.
20. Sean Lennon, $200 Million
Sean Lennon is known as a great musician, actor, singer, and guitarist. He is also known as the son of legendary John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
His parents never pushed him to be a musician. However, he naturally showed interest in music at the age of five. Today, he is one of the most popular and richest celebrities in Hollywood. His father’s influence probably adds to his massive bank account.
19. 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. Also, he has an extensive solo career. Moreover, he kept his popularity with a unique TV reality show called ‘The Osbournes’ that lasted for three years. Altogether, his music career and side projects, made him richer $220 Million. He likes being called ‘The Wizard of Ozz.’
Although Ozzy likes Satanish’s 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. Also, he overcome a number of his addictions.
18. Rod Stewart, $235 Million
Stewart is one of the most famous musicians ever. During his rock career, he managed to sky-rock his net worth up to $235 million. Rod had six back to back #1 best selling albums in the United Kingdom, and numerous hit singles worldwide. Hence, 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 abundant in some astonishingly rare vehicles, including a Ferarri Enzo and a luxury Porsche. His Ferarri Enzo is one of 400 ever made.
17. 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 only an extraordinary musician, but he is also a skilled and profitable investor.
He owns a 50% stake in the gentleman’s outfitter Cordings Picadilly. Eric owns 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 things, including guitars.
16. Phil Collins, $255 Million
This drummer/solo artist spend decades 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 Alamo. It’s known to be his great satisfaction.
15. Jon Bon Jovi, $275 Million
Jon Bon Jovi went a long road from being a full-time singer to a 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.
14. Roger Waters, $270 Million
Before he kicked off a solo career, Roger Waters was a part of great British band Pink Floyd. He left the band after a sharp dispute in the mid1980s. But, he did join them for the one-off Live 8 concert in July 2005.
As a solo performer, Roger is doing better than well. He still publishes new songs and has two companies. He is also well settled in terms of real estate.
13. 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 anytime his songs are played on the radio. He even earned money from his acting career that lasted from 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, Sting 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.
12. Keith Richards, $300 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 lead Keith to a fortune of $300 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 steadily grows by sales of Rolling Stones albums and merchandise. It seems that he is about to stay on this list for a while.
11. Adam Clayton, $340 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 group from the earliest days. His work over the decades brought him a net worth of $340 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. 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 being a great solo artist and a band member. Edge’s net worth is currently $340 Million.
He is one of the founders of U2 formerly. Many believe that the US wouldn’t be so popular if there weren’t for Edge’s minimalistic and textural style of playing, which has become a signature of US-style.
9. Gene Simmons, $350 Million
Gene Simmons is a real rock and roll legend. This half American – half Israeli rock star goes by 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.
Gene continues to make money on the stage and off the stage. He has side cash from his label ‘Simmons Recording.’ He also accepts movie roles since 1984.
8. 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 also has a few properties within Monaco and L.A. His everyday car is ‘modest’ Mercedes Benz.
7. 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.
6. Elton John, $450 Million
Elton John is known 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 an enormous amount of money, including his own $40 million, to fight this disease. Also, John gives $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.
5. Coldplay, $475 Million
As an alternative rock band, Coldplay made to deliver high-quality songs and create a brand for themselves. This group is one of the most active groups when it comes to global tours. You can see them anywhere. No wonder that they had to take a full-year break in 2018.
Chris Martin, the lead vocalist, founded the band in 1996. Initially, the group changed name twice, Starfish and Pectoralz, before becoming Coldplay. This band is focused on creating music only, and their income comes straight from their albums sale.
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 the 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.
Buffet got most of his fortune from Margaritaville restaurants, hotels, and casinos. And it doesn’t look that’s he is about to stop. As long as people are on the beaches drinking Buffet’s empire will expand. Besides, 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 stars 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 whose fortune is estimated to $700 million.
Bono is the wealthiest 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 famous composers and musicians in the history of music. Ever since his Beatles went separate ways, he 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 four 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 wealthiest rock start of all time.
Honorable Mention: Little Richard, $40 Million
Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. An influential figure in popular music, Richard’s most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his dynamic music and charismatic showmanship laid the foundation for rock and roll, leading him to be given the nickname “The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll”.
Characterized by his frenetic piano playing and raspy singing voice, Richard’s music also played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. He influenced numerous singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to hip hop, and his music helped shape rhythm and blues for generations to come.
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Top 10 Best Selling Singles Of All Time
10. Mariah Carey – “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
Nothing says Christmas like Mariah singing ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You.’ This single was the ultimate Christmas hit in 1994. At the time, this was the most popular December song that instantly become an iconic Christmas tune.
This forever-festive single is always everyone’s first-choice during the winter months. Every year, Mariah earns money from this single. Imagine having millions already and adding more money to that account with each holiday season. Holly Jolly Christmas, Mariah.
9. Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You”
Dolly Parton recorded in 1974 a song named ‘I Will Always Love You,’ and then, a few decades later, Whitney decided to make it more memorable. Actually, more unforgettable. The song was recorded in 1992 and featured in the hit movie ‘The Bodyguard.’ This movie was also Whitney’s acting debut.
The single was an instant hit, and it even spent 14 weeks at number one in the US charts. Furthermore, it was the biggest selling single of the year. The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album is the best-selling soundtrack of all time and one of the best-selling albums of all time. This song is definitely what made this movie soundtrack so famous.
8. Celine Dion – “My Heart Will Go On”
Can you imagine Kate and Leo on Titanic without Celine in the background singing ‘Mu Heart Will Go On’? Yes, neither could we. This song is what got everyone tears up. Moreover, Dion’s song was an international hit back in 1997.
As an enormous movie ballad success, this single was sold in more than 15 million copies worldwide. Also, ‘My Heart Will Go On’ spend weeks on the charts. So far, this is Dion’s biggest hit. Also, this song won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Original Song.
7. Baccara – “Yes Sir, I Can Boogie”
Disco fever was massive. Everyone was bugging and trying to find its way to memorable Club 54. However, tone song from that period stood up and reined the charts for almost a decade. Back in the late 1970s, the States were introduced to ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie.’
‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ by Baccara is officially the biggest disco song of all-time. Moreover, this is the biggest disco song that didn’t originate from a US artist. Initially, the song was a hit with traditional Spanish flamenco with disco music. This song was a great hit across Europe that was sold in 18 million copies.
6. The Ink Spots – “If I Didn’t Care”
The Ink Spots rocked the R’n’B during the 1940s. Moreover, Bill Kenny, lead singer of this influential group, is widely known for being the ‘Godfather’ of the ‘doo-woo’ genre in the States. He also considered being responsible for pushing the band toward R’n’B style.
The Ink Spots are responsible for pawing the spot to today’s R’n’B bands. Their single ‘If I Didn’t Care’ was sold in 19 million copies since its original release that happened back in 1939.
5. USA for Africa – “We Are the World”
Lionel Ritchie, Michael Jackson, and Quincy Jones joined their creative forces and talents to create the ultimate single, back in 1985. They named it ‘We Are The World,’ and it included more stars, including Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, and Bruce Springsteen.
This charity single was for African famine relief, which was primarily inspired by the efforts of Band-Aid. The single was a great success and raised more than $60 million for humanitarian aid. Moreover, the single was sold for an estimated 20 million all over the world.
4. Bill Haley & His Comets – “Rock Around the Clock”
Bill Haley & His Comets are undoubtedly one of the most influenced rock and roll bands ever. They rocked the R’n’R scene during the 1950s, and they have one single to thank for this popularity.
Their legacy was built on one song, simply named ‘Rock Around The Clock.’ This single found its place in 25 million homes worldwide. People loved it, and moreover, the single helped popularize rock and roll into the mainstream. Interestingly, this song was the first song choice for rebellious teens in the 1950s.
3. Bing Crosby – “Silent Night”
If you love Christmas tunes, then you are familiar with this massive hit from 1935. Bing Crosby was a huge Christmas lover, and in 1935 he decided to record his version of the popular Christmas carol ‘Silent Night.’ Moreover, this was his best-selling song.
Interestingly, this song was also the best-selling song of the 1930s. This song wasn’t Bing’s only song during 1939. At the same time, Bing had 24 more popular singles, all published in 1939 alone. But, ‘Silent Night’ is to this day, a real Christmas classic.
2. Elton John – “Candle in the Wind 1997″/” Something About the Way You Look Tonight”
‘Candle in the Wind’ was first-released initially in 1973 when it was initially written as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. Even then, the song was loved and gladly played. However, when Elton John re-recorded the song following the death of Princess Diana it become popular. It’s popular even nowadays.
Elton performed the song at Diana’s funeral in 1997, and the same day he stated that he would never again sing this song alive. The song was an international hit and sold more than 33 million copies worldwide.
1. Bing Crosby – “White Christmas”
This is the ultimate Christmas classic song, and it should come as no surprise that this single it the number one best-selling single of all time. Also, this is one of the oldest songs on the list.
‘White Christmas’ has sold more than 50 million copies across the world and still enjoys chart success every Christmas season. Initially, the perennial tune was first released in 1942, and it was published by record label Decca, making its yearly appearance on the music charts as a mandatory annual tradition.