The Richest Rockstars Of All Time

Aug 02, 2021Rita Kumar

Plucking the guitar and piercing through the air with the metallic tones is a dream for millions. After all, who wouldn’t want to live a lavish life with all the pomp and show?! With all that fame and success, there’s yet another aspect that has differentiated the extraordinary from the ordinary. Any guesses? Well, yes— the huge paycheck that comes with a successful career in the rock music scene! Take a look at the fortune of these incredible music makers, and you’ll be awestruck to know that “he” has earned this much…!

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Jimmy Buffett — $600 Million

Don’t be too shocked to know that the “He Went to Paris” singer is one of the richest rockstars in the world! The American singer, actor, and businessman boasts a colossal wealth of around $600 million to his name. Buffett is best known for his “island escapism” genre of music along with the global empire it has thrived. Having begun his music career in the 1960s, Buffet’s first album picked up on the charts with his 1970 country-themed folk-rock number, “Down to Earth.” Reportedly, between June 2018 and June 2019, Buffet earned around $50 million from his rock gigs and business ventures. 

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Bruce Springsteen — $500 Million

The American rock king has never had a #1 hit, but his wealth is insane! To be the boss, you need the ability to inspire, influence, and prove your capacity in the craft. And among those talented rockstars who’ve risen to glory throughout the history of the American rock scene, there’s only one singer who can officialize himself as The Boss. Bruce Springsteen isn’t an average boss or a mere rock artist, and his $500 million-dollar net worth is here to prove the same! It’s even more surprising that his annual paycheck slaps us on our face with a whopping $80 million per year!

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Elton John — $500 Million

An extremely popular icon in the rock scene, British singer Elton John has given the world some of the most remarkable numbers that just thump the heart of rock music lovers. He’s also one of the most commercially successful rockstars of all time and has a sales record of over 300 million under his belt. Perhaps, that’s enough to make him join the league of the richest rock icons in the world. Elton John’s wealth shines in flying colors at an estimated $500 million.

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Keith Richards — $500 Million

The English musician and record producer hails from a bit of a successful background in the 1960s pop-rock scene. The best-known guitarist and secondary vocalist for The Rolling Stones, Richards shines with pride for being one of the elemental icons behind the 200+ million record sales worldwide! Surprisingly, the band continues to tour to this day and gets their handsome paycheck that’s still a dreamy thing to most of us. Overall, Keith Richards has a net worth of around $500 million, pretty well-off to quote him as the richest rock gig maker in the world. 

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Eric Clapton — $350 Million

Ranked #53 on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 100 Artists of All-Time list as well as #2 on their greatest guitarists list, Eric Clapton is known for being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thrice. With over 100 million album sales, the British rock musician is one of the best-selling artists in rock music history. However, Eric has earned the bulk of his stardom and fortune through his music gigs, apart from his real estate portfolio. He has an estimated net worth of over $350 million. 

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Jon Bon Jovi — $410 Million

The American rock star, musician, and record producer boasts a whopping $410 million to his name. Perhaps, Bon Jovi is best known as the front-man and founder of the early ‘80s rock band, Bon Jovi. This band has seen a million faces and has even rocked all their numbers with their typical touring seasons. Reportedly, the band has easily grossed over $100 million during their touring years. Surprisingly enough, Jon Bon Jovi has made around $40 million during the band’s 2019 tour!

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Mick Jagger — $360 Million

With more than half a century of stunning performance credits to his iconic name, veteran rock and roll star Mick Jagger is one of the most famous personalities in the rock culture. Profoundly known as Sir Michael Philip Jagger, he’s the name behind his $360 million-dollar wealth. He is popular as the lead vocalist for The Rolling Stones, a position Jagger has held ever since the band formed in the early 1960s.

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Gene Simmons — $400 Million

It comes as no surprise that an American rock ‘n roll legend like Gene Simmons has a net worth of around $400 million to flaunt under his name! The co-founder of the “Kiss” band, Simmons has walked with the honor of being a part of rock gigs that sold over 100 million records in the late ‘70s into the ‘90s. Today, Simmons co-owns the band with his bandmate, Paul Stanley, while everyone else on board is a paid performer. Reportedly, Kiss grosses over $100 million annually from touring, licensing deals, and merchandise.

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Sting — $300 Million

It’s least surprising to know that the British rock don and real estate investor has a pretty handsome wealth to his name. Profoundly known for being a part of the ‘70s rock band, The Police, Sting has had a prolific career as a solo artist too. Having started his music gigs in local clubs, Sting showed his caliber in the jazz scene wherever he got a petty gig to call by. But in 1977, life changed for good when he moved to London and joined The Police band. And over all those record-making Grammy wins and worldwide sales, Sting managed to establish a unique entity for himself in the rock niche. Reportedly, the Shape of My Heart singer shines his best with his $300 million net worth.

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The Edge — $400 Million

The British-born Irish musician has a pretty much interesting figure to boast on the financial grounds. Known by his stage name, “The Edge,” David Evans is probably one of the most popular faces behind the guitar scenes in the ‘80s rock music culture of the Irish postpunk band, U2. The Edge is profoundly known for his dedication to other social activities apart from his music career. His estimated wealth of around $400 million elegantly highlights the successful rockstar he is, and his style has even been described as “understated.”

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Lars Ulrich — $350 Million

Making his way into the American heavy metal band “Metallica” has become more than just a reason to add a whopping figure to Lars Ulrich’s wealth. The Danish rockstar and lyricist was also the first Danish musician to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and this honor came calling when the band earned their honor in 2009. His net worth stands decent enough to be on this list at an estimated $350 million.

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Dave Grohl — $320 Million

The American rock star has amassed a colossal fan base as a talented musician with the Grammy-Award-winning band, Foo Fighters. David Grohl’s passion for the rock punk genre took shape when he was a kid. The self-taught guitarist was also part of several local bands before he was hired as a drummer for the “Scream” band. Later, his experience saw him as the coming-of-age rockstar as a lead guitarist with several bands in the lead. As of now, the famous rock star stands tall with a whopping $320 million to his name.

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Roger Waters — $310 Million

The English musician who has established strong grounds for himself in the punk rock era is probably familiar as the co-founder and former bassist of the 1960s psychedelic pop group, Pink Floyd. After the exit of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters became the leading force behind the band’s creative statement. Perhaps, he backed up Pink Floyd as their lyricist and co-lead singer. After quitting the group in the mid-‘80s, Waters continues to enjoy his solo career and has a net worth of around $310 million.

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Adam Clayton — $300 Million

As a lead bassist for U2, Adam Clayton has come a long way ever since the Irish band formed in 1976. And not just that, Clayton has also pursued several outside gigs as a lyricist and musician, and that includes composing the theme for the film, “Mission: Impossible,” with another bandmate, Larry Mullen, Jr. As a part of U2, it’s noteworthy that Clayton has received 22 Grammy Awards, among others, that followed the successful honors bagged by the band. He has an incredible net worth of $300 million.

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Anni-Frid Lyngstad — $300 Million

The famous Swedish pop singer is probably the most recognizable name with the Swedish pop band, ABBA. Apart from enjoying a successful career as a solo artist, Lyngstad has also made several appearances on stage and TV. She’s also thrived in a solo career before officializing her union with ABBA in 1972. Eventually, the band went on to become one of the most famous pop groups in the world and gave Lyngstad her fair share of name and fame in the rock music scene. Currently, the Swedish singer has a net worth of around $300 million to her name.

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Bjorn Ulvaeus — $300 Million

The Swedish musician is profoundly known for being one of the lead makers of the ABBA band. In addition to his gigs with the pop band, Bjorn Ulvaeus has also co-produced several musicals before joining forces with the Scandinavian troupe, the West Bay Singers. While soaring high with ABBA, Ulvaeus was a part of the band's recognizable honors and success. His timeline in the rock niche has earned him a colossal wealth of around $300 million, plenty enough to make him one of the richest rockstars in the world. 

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Dave Matthews — $300 Million

If you’re a singer, musician, actor, and record label owner, it comes as no surprise to have a massive $300 million wealth under your name! Perhaps, Dave Matthews belongs to these criteria of wealth-makers who’ve stood strong in their rock punk scenes. His $300 million net worth streamlines mainly from his band’s success. “Under the Table and Dreaming” was Dave Matthews’ pivotal ticket to glory as the song went Platinum a whopping four times. To date, the band has raked in sales of over 50 million albums. 

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James Hetfield — $300 Million

American guitarist  James Hetfield has a decent $300 million to his wealth. The most famous lead singer of his times, Hetfield is mostly recognized for being a part of the heavy metal band, Metallica. Moreover, he’s also one of the band’s co-founders along with drummer Lars Ulrich. Hetfield is also one of Metallica's most incredible duos to decode the essence of discography’s heavy dynamics through his stunning guitar numbers.

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Larry Mullen Jr — $350 Million

As U2’s most famous drummer, Larry Mullen Jr boasts a whopping $350 million to his account. Having started drumming in the ‘70s, Mullen Jr held the drumsticks when he was just 9. Together with U2, the drummer has won over 60 awards, and that includes their incredible 22 Grammy wins. In addition to his rock gigs with the band, Mullen Jr has also worked alongside other projects that include a collaboration with Mike Mills and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. to eventually form Automatic Baby in the early ‘90s.

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Phil Collins — $260 Million

A multi-instrumentalist, writer, actor, and musician— address him under any of these criteria, and the English rock icon packs everything it takes to flaunt his star-studded credibility. Phil Collins has sold over 100 million albums as a member of Genesis and as a solo artist. His seven Grammy wins, two Golden Globes, and an Oscar for his gigs have soared his name to new heights, along with his estimated $260 million net worth.

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Robbie Williams — $320 Million

British-born musician Robbie Williams has plenty to offer in the rock music scene. Though he started his career as a member of Take That in the ‘90s, he established his fame as a solo artist in the later years. Perhaps, Williams is one of the best-selling artists of all time and has over 75 million record sales across the globe. He is also known to have set a world record for selling around 1.6 million concert tickets in just 24 hours. Apart from his numerous awards, Robbie Williams has managed to amass around $320 million in the wealth department.

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Rod Stewart — $240 Million

Sir Rod Stewart has been in the music scene for almost 60 years now. With hits like You’re In My Heart, Young Turks, Tonight’s the Night, and counting, it’s pretty hard to forget those classic numbers that thumped the dance floors during the ’70s punk rock scene. During his successful career to date, the British singer has sold over 120 million albums worldwide and has carved a niche for himself as one of the best-selling artists in rock history. His net worth is estimated to be around $240 million.

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Charlie Watts — $250 Million

It doesn’t matter what your favorite music genre is, there’s no room for debate when it comes to the iconic status of the Rolling Stones! Perhaps, the band rivaled the popularity of Elvis Presley and The Beatles, and continue to maintain their success in rock history. That being said, its longtime drummer, Charlie Watts, has been a versatile musician who contributed to the band’s most remarkable rock numbers. Watts’ net worth is estimated to be approximately $250 million.

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Don Henley — $250 Million

Henley is highly recognized as one of the co-founders of the Eagles, an award-winning rock band. A talented musician by passion, Henley can tackle both the drums and the guitar like a pro. He has also sung lead numbers and is monumental in reflecting the Eagle’s rank as one of the best-selling bands in American rock history. His net worth is estimated to be around $250 million and is largely amassed through his gigs with the band.

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Benny Andersson — $230 Million

Swedish musician Benny Andersson is probably famous for being a pivotal part of the band, ABBA. Apart from his gigs with the rock group, he has also co-composed musicals for several other niches, including the film version of Mamma Mia, a musical built around 24 of the band’s songs. His collective efforts and contributions in the rock music genre have helped him amass a whopping $230 million to date.

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David Bowie — $230 Million

With a net worth of approximately $230 million, David Bowie shined his best in diversified sects of the entertainment niche. But his stardom roots to the popular music scene he dwelt in for nearly 50 years and was also known for penning innovative work that turned out to be commercial hits in his favor. A sales record of over 100 million has soared Bowie’s name in the charts as one of the most influential rock musicians of all time and he has even been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before his demise. 

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Billy Joel — $225 Million

Billy Joel’s contribution to the rock genre packs zero doubts and almost nil topics for debate. Perhaps, he’s one of the best-selling musicians of all time and has shone in flying colors with over 150 million records across the globe. The legendary musician has been entertaining music lovers for the past four decades, and even adds more performance dates to his arena itineraries. The Grammy Award-winner has produced a lot of songs and has amassed a lot of money which has collectively summed up his $225 million net worth.

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Ozzy Osbourne — $220 Million

Apart from being a familiar name in the rock scene, Ozzy Osbourne has the honor of being one of the best actors and television personalities of his time. Coming to the music niche, Osbourne is best known as the lead vocalist of Black Sabbat, a heavy metal band that originated in the late 1960s. The Godfather of heavy metal boasts an estimated net worth of approximately $220 million.

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Brian May — $210 Million

Brian May rose to fame for being one of the best guitarists of all time. Digging a bit into his roots of stardom, it’s evident that the English rock star inculcated a major portion of success from Queen, a rock band from the 1970s era of classy line-ups. May has earned his fortune through multiple sources and has a collective net worth of around $210 million to his name.

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Agnetha Faltskog — $200 Million

Swedish-born rockstar Agnetha Faltskog’s fortune is a collective net worth through her multiple gigs as an entertainer, writer, and producer. She was a part of the world-famous band, ABBA, and enjoyed massive success with the group. Later, Faltskog pursued her endeavors as a solo artist, and after years of tasting massive success, she took a break from recording for 15 years. She managed to pick up where she left years back, and her net worth is estimated to be $200 million

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Axl Rose — $200 Million

If you’re ever to say who’s the most unstoppable force in the rock world, it’s got to be none other than Axl Rose. The man behind the famous Guns N’ Roses band has forged a compelling fusion of hard metal, classic rock, and punk into a thumping sound of his own. Perhaps, hits like “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Sweet Child of Mine,” among others have carved out a colossal fanbase in the band’s history. The rockstar is worth $200 million, plenty enough to address him as one of the richest rock artists in the world!

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Bob Dylan — $200 Million

Bob Dylan is a genuine definition of a rock legend. A notable musician for over 50 years, Dylan is also recognized as the pioneer in the influential era of the rock scene. Much of his work is routed to the 1960s, and since the late ‘80s, Dylan has toured consistently to make it up for the $200 million net worth he boasts today. With such a long career in the line fused with a massive output of gigs, it’s no surprise his wealth is difficult to estimate!

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George Michael — $200 Million

George Michael rose to fame as an important member of the pop duo, "Wham!" in the 1980s. Later, he embarked on a solo career and sold over 100 million records. Eventually, Michael became one of the best-selling solo performers of all time and amassed a decent figure to his wealth. The English singer and record producer’s net worth was estimated to be $200 million at the time of his death.

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Kirk Hammett — $200 Million

Kirk Hammett has a net worth of over $200 million and has earned most of his fortune as a leading guitarist of the famous band, Metallica. Perhaps, he was ranked 11th in the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone. The quite a car collector and Metallica's most promising rockstar is also said to be one of the most pivotal members of the successful heavy metal band.

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Neil Diamond — $200 Million

The American rock star’s staggering net worth is the aftermath of his well-acclaimed reputation and stardom in the music scene. Neil Diamond has over 100 million records sold globally throughout his fruitful career dating back to the late 1960s. Known for his dazzling sequined outfits along with his deep, rocky voice, Diamond’s songs are both contagious and catchy earworms to his fans. Reportedly, the Sweet Caroline singer has a net worth of around $200 million.

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Paul Stanley — $200 Million

American rock musician Paul Stanley is mostly known for being the co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Kiss. As a founding member of the rock band, Stanley is also believed to be the steering force behind the band's successful gigs spanning decades. Of all his albums, around 11 have reached either Gold or Platinum status, along with the other recognitions he bagged in the later course of his career. His net worth is summed up to be around $200 million to date.

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Robert Plant — $170 Million

Robert Plant is highly recognized as Led Zeppelin’s lead singer but has also enjoyed massive success in his solo gigs. That packs a punch for his endeavors with Band of Joy, Strange Sensation, Alison Krauss, and the Sensational Space Shifters. His powerful signature vocals and high-pitched voice have led him to be regarded as one of the most well-acclaimed singers in the history of classic punk rock. Currently, Plant has a net worth of around $170 million.

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Bono — $700 Million

Paul David Hewson aka Bono’s rock fame is credited to his evergreen gigs in the Irish rock band, U2. As the lead singer and the lyricist of the band, he is also considered one of the most influential icons in rock music. However, his income is a combined figure from his Facebook stocks and music gigs and shines at a decent $700 million. Though Bono made plenty to call himself one of the richest rockstars, he still falls short of a few figures to enter the billionaire club!

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Roger Taylor — $200 Million

Roger Taylor is considered to be the epitome of multi-faceted talent in the rock scene. The English rockstar boasts a net worth of $200 million, a result of his drumming gigs for the rock band, Queen. During his days with the band, Queen had 18 #1 albums and sold over 150 million records worldwide. Apart from drumming, Taylor is also a professional guitarist and bassist and has even formed his band called the Cross.

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Ronnie Wood — $200 Million

With a net worth of $200 million, it comes as no surprise that Ronnie Wood is a well-established rockstar over the years. Perhaps, the English rock artist is famous for his involvement with The Rolling Stones, and he is considered the band’s most talented musician capable of handling multiple instruments. Though his work in rock gigs has propelled his fame and financial grounds, Wood is also a gifted visual artist whose work has been featured in several art exhibitions worldwide.

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Ringo Starr — $350 Million

Ringo Starr might be a great actor and lyricist, but his strong grounds in the world of stardom has been built on the 1950s classic band, The Beatles. Handling the drum kits back then shapeshifted into a pivotal reason behind Starr’s $350 million wealth he boasts today. Apart from recording lead vocals with his group for at least one song in each album, the English musician has also had a thriving solo career through the years. 

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David Gilmour — $175 Million

David Gilmour is mostly known for being the co-lead guitarist for Pink Floyd, one of the most successful bands in rock history. Reportedly, the band has sold over 250 million records worldwide. Apart from his gigs with the band, Gilmour also embarked on a solo career that favored him with a similitude of success and reputation. His noteworthy vocal abilities and multi-instrument-stylized career has contributed to a net worth of around $175 million.

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Jimmy Page — $170 Million

If you’ve had a glimpse of Led Zeppelin’s early footage, you might have caught the band’s performance on Danish television in the late 1960s. When lead singer Robert Plant gets closer to guitarist Jimmy Page, the latter thrashes an electric wail of a seemingly familiar blues riff. And yes, it’s something Page tosses off in the crowd casually! Perhaps, the repeated assault of electric guitar trashing through the arena is what forms Page’s signature style in the rock scene. All that name and fame has helped the guitarist cumulate a net worth of around $170 million. So, who's the richest of them all?  

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Paul McCartney — $1.2 Billion

Paul McCartney, also known as Sir James Paul McCartney, is a famous British vocalist whose songs cannot go unnoticed. The all-rounder in the rock music scene is also the main pillar behind The Beatles’ upliftment in the 1960s music aura. The most popular solo performer of his time, Paul McCartney kick-started his career post his break up with The Beatles in the 1970s. Eventually, his album, "McCartney," soared the charts to become the #1 album in the United States. The most successful rockstar in the history of pop music boasts a net worth of a whopping $1.2 billion! 

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Don’t you think that these rockstars have amassed a colossal fortune owing to all that name and fame that continues to trail them in the rock scene? Well, they’ve also pooled in a lot of efforts, combined forces, and tons of record-setting albums to be the rich icons they are today! Who is your favorite rockstar? If rock or pop isn’t your genre, then tell us a bit about your music style! Stay in touch with us through your valuable comments. And please don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family!

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