The 10 Richest Rock Musicians in the World

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Young musicians have dreams of becoming rock stars, despite the exhausting lifestyle of constant touring.

These starving artists will be surprised if they make it big. You can earn an incredible amount of money as one the 10 richest rock stars worldwide.

This list will give you three key takeaways for aspiring rockers:

  • Even though connections are important, anyone can become a rock star and be extremely wealthy.
  • You will need to invest in other businesses, make smart investments, be involved in TV and film and manage your expenses if you want the opportunity to be one of the wealthiest people with the highest net worth.
  • You’ll split your music money with the band members in a 4/5 split.

A big record label is essential to help you gain the marketing momentum and exposure that you need. You must be able to play an instrument and write songs in order to succeed in this genre. You can be one of the top 10 most successful rock stars in the world if you get along the right people and do the right moves.

#10 – Sting


3 – Gordon Sumner become Sting as the lead songwriter, singer, and bassist for The Police in 1977 until 1985 when he started his solo career. Like most of the greatest-selling authors of all time, there are many of his awards and inductions to halls of fame.

His versatility in music has won him many fans. At one time, he was the go-to guy when it came to Hollywood soundtracks. He is so innovative that he did a group album together with Shaggy (of “It Wasn’t Me! fame).

He won’t stay on the list forever. He stated that he will spend all of his money to ensure his children don’t feel the “burden” of his wealth.

Trivia: Gordon’s nickname, “Sting”, comes from the fact that he wore a yellow-striped sweater and a black sweater when he played with Phoenix Jazzmen. He won’t even acknowledge that he is Gordon. On the 1985 hit song money for nothing, he sings “I want my MTV”.

#9 – Jon Bon Jovi


4 – The frontman for the band Bon Jovi has pumped out 14 studio albums with 130 million sold globally, including two solo albums. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received Grammys.

At the age of 13, he began playing guitar and piano with his first band, Raze. Jon is still on this list because of his philanthropic work with numerous organizations. He continues to be a major force in new music and touring with Bon Jovi.

Trivia: Jon is actually John Bongiovi Jr. He was the founder of the AFL football club, the Philadelphia Soul. Both of his parents served in the Marine Corps. He claims to be a direct relative of Frank Sinatra. He was once caught on tour in Las Vegas by his high school sweetheart to marry her. Now they have four children.

#8 – Eric Clapton


7 – A true legend, Eric Clapton has achieved huge success during his solo career as well as in the different bands he was a part of (Derek & the Dominos, The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith…). His collaborations with Aretha Franklin and B.B King, The Beatles and Carlos Santana, among many other artists, are also well-known.

He was the first three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and won many prizes. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him as the second-best guitarist and Gibson as the fourth-best. His music has been featured in many films and television programs. His music has made him rich without any side hustles.

Trivia: Eric has a large collection of Ferraris. Eric has been a strong supporter of the company, to the point that they gave him a special project car. Eric lost his 4-year-old son after he fell through an open window on a Manhattan high-rise.

#7 – Keith Richards


4 – Keith, along with Mick Jagger on this list, is the co-founder and co-principal songwriter of The Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him as the fourth best guitarist. He has a long history of music production, including with the Stones.

He has a solo career as well as a side project called X-Pensive Winos. He has worked with many other major artists on their albums. He is one of few people to make it on the top without any additional businesses.

Trivia Facts Keith’s grandfather kept a guitar on his mantle. He told him that if he was old enough, he would be able to have it. This was his first guitar. He was sentenced to prison for his non-stop use of illegal substances. In 2006, he fell from a tree and required cranial surgery. Keith is partly responsible for the lead character in Pirates of the Caribbean.

#6 – Elton John


2 – Sir Elton John has sold more than 300 million albums to date. He is the UK’s best-selling artist. His financial base was built through all the albums, tours, awards and merchandising. But his compositions for The Lion King movie, and the recent Rocketman biopic on his life, only boosted him.

Elton would have been higher on this list without his insane spending habits. He spent $40 million in 2000. Elton was driving more cars than he could afford. He has made a lot of money from his 11-year tenure at Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas.

Trivia: Elton does amazing work with his Elton John AIDS Foundation. Elton has been a consistent and early speaker on human rights worldwide. His voice was once considered a tenor, but now it is a baritone.

#5 – Mick Jagger


3 – Sir Michael Jagger hit it huge as the lead singer for The Rolling Stones. He has had 13 #1 singles in his solo career as well as with The Stones. There were also 32 top 10 hits. He has received all the honors and awards, including a knighthood. Since the 1960s, he has performed in front of huge crowds.

I don’t know how he managed to make a successful acting career. Jagged Internetworks, which is a website that covers cricket, is his only business. He is a strong supporter of music education at schools. This legend does not need to be a mere mortal.

Trivia: Keith Richards and Mick Jagger went to school together. It is difficult to determine if Richards’ lifelong feud with Jagger has contributed to their success. From 5 women, he has produced 8 children! He was the name of a 19-million-year-old Jaggermeryx Naida and a trilobite Aegrotocatellus Jaggeri.

#4 – Jimmy Buffet


2 – Jimmy, the only guy really known for the “island escapism” sound and lifestyle, has had countless hits with his Coral Reefer Band. After starting out in Nashville as a country singer, he developed his Florida beach-bum image.

He got his break when Jim Croce, his friend, died in 1973. He wrote Margaritaville. His tours make him more money than his albums, and he does so even though he is moving at a slower pace. He has written several chart-toppers, including three of the best-selling fiction books.

He has written music for TV and Film, as well as cameos in both. Is that all you need? He has restaurants, a beer and record label, a casino, and he is currently developing a billion-dollar realty project. He is killing it!

Trivia: Buffet’s followers are known as Parrotheads. He began his career playing trombone in highschool, and only later took up the guitar when he was in college. He was wearing sunglasses and flip-flops when he delivered the University of Miami’s honorary doctorate of music ceremony speech.

#3 – Bruce Springsteen


Changes: +$150M Bruce, also known by “The Boss”, has sold more than 135,000,000 records over his five-decade-long career. He is one of the most successful music artists of all time, earning 20 Grammys and being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. He also received a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

He continues to tour solo and with the E Street Band, which is an ongoing source of income. Also, the 8-week Broadway run of Springsteen was a steady source of income. He was able to ride the music video wave of the ’90s, when 19 studio albums were released. He also filmed 59! Bruce is one those guys that everyone knows his many singles, even though they don’t know the singer.

Trivia: His mom started renting him a guitar for $6 per week after he saw Elvis Presley perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957 at age 7. Although he didn’t take it serious, after seeing The Beatles perform on the same show in 1964 he purchased his first guitar at Western Auto Appliance Store for $18.95.

#2 – Bono


He is the U2 lead singer. His extracurricular activities as a venture capitalist and philanthropist have taken him to extraordinary heights. He was knighted and addressed as “Paul David Hewson KBE OL.”

U2 is a success story like The Beatles. They are also top-notch in marketing. Bono is the man who wears sunglasses and cares about the environment. It’s not an accident that you become a household name.

Trivia Fact Many people were shocked when Bono’s name was mentioned in the Paradise Papers. This document showed that many members of the 1% were involved in complex schemes that amount tax evasion. It’s not enough to be a social activist…

#1 – Paul McCartney


The reigning king is, of course, the Lennon/McCartney surviving member. Two of the Beatles’ top 10 performers have managed to reach the top despite being paid four times the amount. Paul’s long solo career, his time in Wings and his collaborations and achievements with other stars such as Kanye West and Michael Jackson make him a pop icon since 1960.

32 of his songs have reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He has either co-written or written them all. Consider the royalties he gets from the fact his song Yesterday has been the most-covered song ever (over 2,200 artists have also created their own versions).

Trivia Fact McCartney is believed to have over 25,000 copyrights. He was knighted, that’s Sir Paul to all! He holds the Guinness Book of World Records place for most successful composer.

Who has dropped out of the Top 10?

It is hard to make enough money in order to be one the most successful rock stars of all time. But it’s much harder to stay on top. It’s possible to make poor investments or spend uncontrollably like wealthy people. We’ll also honor stars who pass away after being included on our list. Here is a list of fallen stars.

Gene Simmons


2 – You know Gene as The Demon, the bassist and co-lead singer of KISS. Gene is responsible for the success of their merchandising franchise that included action figures, lighters and many other products. After dropping the makeup and costumes for about a decade, they experienced a huge revival in popularity (which they later brought back).

Simmons Records is his record label. He also owns a magazine and animated series. A failed AFL football team was one of his other businesses. He did make a profit.

Trivia: Gene is Eugene Klein’s real name and Chaim Witz is his birth name. Gene Simmons’ stage name is a tribute the Jumpin’ Gene Simmons rockabilly singer. He attributes his success to the Beatles, who taught him how to become a rock star. He attributes the decline in the music industry to file sharing and the demise of rock and roll.

Ringo Starr


3 – Sir Richard Starkey gained much fame and fortune as the drummer and occasional singer and songwriter for The Beatles, replacing Pete Best early on. He began his solo career after The Beatle’s success. It produced many hits, including two #1 hits in both the US and UK.

His roles include TV shows, films, and documentaries. He is the 5th most talented drummer of all times, a feat made possible by his incredible lack of technical skills. He has won all the awards, including being knighted, and is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He could quit his job now to make incredible amounts of money from royalties, but he won’t!

Trivia: Ringo was left-handed, but he always used a right-hand drum set growing up. This led to a lack in fancy drumming techniques. Ringo wrote only two Beatles songs: “Don’t Pass Me By” (Octopus’s garden) and “Don’t Pass Me By”. Many song titles were inspired by “Ringoisms”, such as “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “A Hard Day’s Night”.

Who will claim the next richest rock star spot?

Who else, excluding anyone who has fallen from the core group of the top 10, is in the running to join the list of the 10 richest rock stars? These are the closest tycoons so far:

  • The Edge, $340 million to honor his long-standing guitar work with U2 as well as tons of other artists (including Jay-Z, the wealthiest rapper). He has also written music for numerous TV and movie shows.
  • Roger Waters, $310 million for his solo career and co-founding Pink Floyd. He also ran the Wall Live tour, which was the most successful solo tour ever.
  • Dave Matthews at 300 million due to his leading the Dave Matthews Band and his acting roles. He also enjoys his wine partnership and high-grossing tours.
  • James Hetfield is valued at $300 million for his co-founding Metallica and film & TV appearances as well as guest appearances on recordings by other artists.

This list is a sign that you are able to achieve huge fame by touring or starting a lot of businesses. It is evident that Paul McCartney and Bono are among the 10 most wealthy musicians in the world. It’s worth it! We’d love to hear from you when it is!

Top 10 Richest Rock Stars of the World (2022).

This table lists the 10 most wealthy rock stars worldwide. It includes their names, net worth and nationality.

PositionRock StarNet WorthNationality
1Paul McCartney$1.2 BillionUK
2Bono$700 MillionUK
3Bruce Springsteen$650 MillionUSA
4Jimmy Buffet$600 MillionUSA
5Mick Jagger500 MillionUK
6Elton John500 MillionUK
7Keith Richards500 MillionUK
8Eric Clapton$450 MillionUK
9Jon Bon Jovi$410 MillionUSA
10Sting$400 MillionUK

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