23 Musicians With The Highest Net Worth
#23 Roger Waters, $270 million
Now solo, former Pink Floyd member, still commands royalties and an income from over 200 million albums sold by the band, which he left in the mid-80s.
Waters began a world tour last September to mark 30th anniversary of the famous band’s tour The Wall.
#22 Dhani Harrison, $275 million
Dhani is musician known to be the son of George Harrison, the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
After the death of his father, in 2002 he completed and released his father’s final album titled “Brainwashed”.
Same year Eric Clapton has organized a “Concert for George” which featured renowned artists and friends of George, like Paul McCartney, Ringo Star, Billy Preston, Joe Brown, and Dhani became part of this event.
#21 Lady Gaga, $280 million
Born as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Lady Gaga is well recognized for her style in performance, in fashion, and as recording artist.
She was named Forbes’ Most Powerful Women in the World 2011.
With estimated sale of 23 million albums and 64 million singles, over 2.1 billion combined views of all her videos, 46 million likes on Facebook and almost 18 million followers on Twitter, she is truly one of the most influential people in the world.
#20 Sting, $300 million
English musician and former member of the band “The Police”, born as Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, Sting’s career went into heights in 1985, when he released his first solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles.
He is married to film producer Trudy Styler, and has six children with Trudy and ex-wife, actress Frances Tomelty.
Among many real estates, Sting owns a Jacobian castle in Wiltshire, and a Renaissance Florentine Villa called “Palagio” in Tuscany, Italy.
In 1989 he started the Rainforest Foundation to help Brazilian Indian and save rainforests.
#19 Bruce Springsteen, $300 million
American singer-songwriter, he bought his first guitar for 18 dollars at age 13.
In 1965, he became lead guitarist in the band “The Castiles”, and in 1972, he signed a record deal with Columbia records for his debut album.
In 1984, he released the album “Born in the U.S.A.”, and it became one of the best-selling albums of all time.
He was married to actress Julianne Phillips, but their marriage ended when she found out his affair with singer Patti Scalfa.
He than married Patti and they have three children together: Evan James ( 1990 ), Jessica Rae
( 1991 ), and Sam Ryan ( 1994 ).
#18 Gene Simmons, $300 million
Co-founder of the band KISS, born in Haifa, Israel, as Chaim Witz, Gene moved to New York as child.
Influenced by comic book super heroes, with unforgettable performance, kabuki stage make up, and blitzkrieg style of hard rock, KISS was born.
Since 1974, KISS have sold over 80 million albums.
In addition Gene has appeared in several B-grade movies, TV movies, and TV crime shows as well.
#17 Jon Bon Jovi, $300 million
Founder and lead singer of “Bon Jovi”, gained fame in the mid-80s.
As he is noted for composing the score and theme song for the movie Young Guns II ( 1990 ), Jon Bon Jovi earned himself an Academy Award nomination for Best Song.
Some of his albums became multi-platinum sellers.
#16 L.A. Reid, $300 million
Antonio M. “L.A” Reid, is an record producer, record executive, and songwriter.
Reid is the co-founder of “LaFace Records”, CEO and Chairman of “Epic Records”.
Though he was known in 80s for the song “Two Occasions” which was a huge hit, Reid is best known for promoting some of musicians who have become extremely popular.
He has found and promoted Justin Bieber, Pink, Rihanna, Kanye West, Usher, Avril Lavigne, Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul and some others as well.
In 2013, he was honored with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences President’s Merit Award.
#15 Neil Sedaka, $300 million
Neil is a well-known composer, pianist, and singer who was a popular figure in mid-60s.
Along with fellow classmates from high school, Neil started a group called “The Tokens”, The band had great international success in 1961, with song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.
Neil spent years coming in and out of the mainstream scene until finally retiring.
#14 Keith Richards, $340 million
English musician, Richards is best recognized as one of the members of “Rolling Stones”.
He co-wrote fourteen of the songs with Mick Jagger, which were listed as among the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” by the Rolling Stone Magazine.
Richards pursued a solo career in music, while in 1993, he was elected into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
He is married to model Patti Hanse, and they have two daughters, Alexandra and Theodora.
#13 Ringo Starr, $350 million
Born in Liverpool, England, Ringo is one of the legendary “The Beatles” member.
He became part of the famous band in 1962.
After Lennon quitted the band, he released his own two albums in 1970, and as of same time he contributed in Lennon’s and Harrison’s solo albums.
He was inducted into Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2002.
He is married with actress Barbara Bach, and he has three children Zak, Lee, and Jason with his previous wife Maureen Cox, who died in 1994.
#12 Master P, $350 million
American rapper, Percy Miller, whose net worth was once estimated at $600 million, he is the founder of No Limit Records, P. Miller Enterprises, and Better Black Television as well.
Master P built empire that includes rap labels, clothing line, film production company, a video game company and even a sex phone line.
Though millionaire, after heated battle over child support with his ex-wife, he has been ordered to pay only $271 per month in child support, for each of his for minor children.
#11 Mick Jagger, $360 million
Sir Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger was knighted in 2003.
Lead vocalist of “The Rolling Stones”, during career lasting over fifty years, Mick has also acted in and produced several movies.
Since 1989, the band have generated over $2 billion from touring.
During most recent tour shows had to be rescheduled for an bizarre event, guitarist Keith Richards needed surgery to his head, he fell out of a coconut tree while on holiday in Fiji.
#10 Jimmy Buffett, $430 million
American singer, song-writer, and businessman.
He is best known for his “island escapism” lifestyle, music and cult following known as “Parrotheads”.
The youngest members are called “Parakeets”.
Buffet combines both folk and country music with coastal lyrical themes, and it is sound commonly known as the “gulf and western”.
#9 Coldplay, $475 million
UK alternative rock band achieved worldwide fame with the release of the single “Yellow” in 2000, and since then the band has won 62 awards, including five MTV Video Music Awards and seven Grammy Awards.
Coldplay has been an active supporter of various political and social causes, such as Amnesty International and Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair.
Vocalist Chris Martin was married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
#8 Elton John, $480 million
Sir Elton Hercules John has sold more than 250 million records, and he is second richest singer in UK.
In his four-decade career he has won six Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award.
The Rocket Man is famous, and generous as well.
The Giving List has tracked more than $200 million of his donations, as he is truly dedicated charity campaigner.
Also he regularly gives performances in aid of AIDS and cancer charities.
#7 Emilio Estefan, $500 million
Born in Cuba, Emilio Estefan is a music producer, an actor, singer and a businessman as well.
His wife is well known songwriter, singer and actress Gloria Estefan.
Estefan’s are running many business establishments, such as Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney in Orlando, Cuban-themed restaurants, Casino in Hollywood, and many other as well.
In 2009, the couple became first Hispanics to buy a minor ownership stake in an NFL team, and among various events Emilio has produced music events at the White House as well.
#6 Jay Z, $550 million
American rapper, businessman, born in Brooklyn, New York City, Jay Z become reigning rapper of Big Apple.
He has sold 50 million albums worldwide, and among numerous awards he received thirteen Grammy Awards.
He sold Rocawear label for $204 million, and signed 10-year $150 million Live Nation deal.
Jay Z holds stakes in New Jersey Nets, and 40/40 Club chain as well.
In 2007, he married R&B superstar Beyonce, and in 2012, she gave birth to their daughter, named Blue Ivy Carter.
#5 Dr. Dre, $700 million
Andre Young Dr. Dre, may not have out put a new album in the last decade, but super-producer/rapper expanded his wealth with Aftermath record label, Beats headphone and HP laptop line.
Dre was, without any doubt, mostly responsible for moving mainstream rap away from political stance of Public Enemy, as well as the party vibes of old school rap.
Furthermore, Dre pioneered gangsta rap, and he helped launch careers of Snoop Dog, 50 Cent, and Eminem.
Dre married Nicole Threat in 1996.
#4 Sean Combs-Diddy, $735 million
Best known as Puff Daddy, Combs is an genuine American rapper, record producer and actor.
After being fired as an intern for Uptown Records, he established his own record company.
First album earned Combs five Grammy nominations.
He also received Best Documentary Feature for “Undefeated” at Oscar Award in 2012.
He made appearance in several films and TV series such as Hawaii Five O, CSI Miami, and produced the hit reality show on MTV, “Making the Band”.
He has, out of his previous relationships, five children.
#3 Herb Alpert, $850 million
An American musician who is associated with the group Herp&Alpert.
Herb joined the U.S. army, in 1952, where he greatly developed his musical skills.
After retirement, he pursued his career.
He received many awards such as Tony Ward, Grammy Trustees Award in 1997, to the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
President Obama awarded him with the National Medal of Arts in 2012.
#2 Andrew Lloyd Webber, $1.2 billion
Born in Kensington, London, Webber is the English composer of musical theater.
In 1992, Webber earned his knighthood, which was given to him accordingly to his numerous awards, such as three Grammy Awards, seven Oliver Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar as well.
He is the President of the Arts Educational School in London, and his company, the Really Useful Group is one of the largest theater operators in the UK.
#1 Paul McCartney, $1.2 billion
Recognized as one of the members of the world renowned group “The Beatles”, McCartney is associated with the song “Yesterday”.
After the disbandment of the group, he started his solo career, and he also formed the band “Wings”.
With over 100 million album sales, more than 100 singles sales, and with 60 gold discs, McCartney was hailed by the Guinness World Record as the “most successful composer and recording artist of all time”.
Furthermore he is also hailed as the “most successful songwriter in the history of UK Charts”.
In 1999, as solo artist, he became an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.