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The 30 Richest Lead Singers in the World

This is a follow-up to my previous post about the 30 Richest Drummers, this time checking out the richest front-men (and women) in rock.

The people at celebritynetworth.com created this list, using the following criteria: “The figures contained in this list were acquired from all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents’ fees, and lifestyle.”

 

#1: Paul McCartney (The Beatles) – $800 Million
#2: Bono (U2) – $600 Million

***There was a time when Bono’s net worth could have topped $1 billion. Through his private equity venture Elevation Partners, Bono purchased a 1.5% private stake in Facebook long before the IPO. Had the company achieved a $100 billion market cap, Bono may have been the first billionaire rock star. Currently Facebook’s market cap is $44 billion.***

#3: Jimmy Buffett – $400 Million
#4: Elton John – $320 Million
#5: Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones) – $305 Million
#6: Gene Simmons (KISS) – $300 Million
#7: Sting (The Police, Solo) – $290 Million
#8: Phil Collins (Genesis, Solo) – $250 Million
#9: Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band) – $250 Million
#10: Prince  – $250 Million

#11: Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana on drums) – $225 Million
#12: Rod Stewart – $220 Million
#13: David Bowie – $215 Million
#14: Bruce Springsteen – $200 Million
#15: Don Henley (The Eagles, Solo) – $200 Million

#16: Lionel Richie (The Commodores, Solo) – $200 Million
#17: James Hetfield (Metallica) – $175 Million
#18: Billy Joel – $160 Million
#19: Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) – $150 Million
#20: Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) – $145 Million

#21: David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) – $130 Million
#22: Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) – $130 Million
#23: Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi) – $125 Million
#24: Paul Stanley (KISS) – $125 Million
#25: Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – $120 Million

#26: Sammy Hagar (Van Halen) – $120 Million
#27: Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) – $120 Million
#28: Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) – $115 Million
#29: Eric Clapton – $115 Million
#30: Brian Johnson (AC/DC) – $90 Million

Their list ran all the way to 84, so here are a few highlights for the sake of saving space:

#31: Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath, Solo) – $90 Million
#34: Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) – $80 Million
#35: Bob Dylan – $80 Million
#36: Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) – $75 Million
#37: Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) – $75 Million

#39: Tom Petty  – $75 Million
#40: Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) – $70 Million
#41: Peter Gabriel (Genesis, Solo) – $70 Million
#42: Glenn Frey (The Eagles, Solo) – $70 Million
#43: John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) – $68 Million

#44: Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac, Solo) – $65 Million
#45: Roger Daltrey (The Who) – $65 Million
#46: Neil Young  – $65 Million
#47: Joe Walsh (The Eagles, Solo) – $65 Million
#48: Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) – $60 Million

#53: Vince Neil (Motley Crue) – $50 Million
#55: Steve Perry (Journey) – $45 Million
#56: Jon Anderson (Yes) – $45 Million
#57: Maynard James Keenan (Tool) – $45 Million
#60: David Lee Roth (Van Halen) – $40 Million

#61: David Byrne (Talking Heads) – $40 Million
#69: Peter Frampton (Humble Pie, Solo) – $30 Million
#70: Geddy Lee (Rush) – $28 Million
#73: Rob Halford (Judas Priest) – $25 Million
#75 : Dave Mustaine (Metallica, Megadeath) – $20 Million

#76: Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) – $20 Million
#78: Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers) – $15 Million
#81: Bret Michaels (Poison) – $12 Million
#82: Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) – $10 Million
#83: Phil Anselmo (Pantera) – $8 Million

 

It’s pretty interesting to compare that list with the Drummer list and see just how crazy rich some of those combinations are.

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