Music can act as one of the most significant motivators, in all phases of your life be it sad, happy or complicated. We all tend to turn to our favorite singers, when we are tired, in love or going through a bad time. Musicians make millions from selling soundtracks, organizing live concerts and by uploading content to social media websites. They make millions of dollars every year, getting fame, through their talent, doing what they love. Being a successful musician can be complex, you have to have a perfect mix of talent, skills, and luck in order to make it big in this industry. And if you are able to achieve that success, you might be able to earn millions just like these 10 richest musicians on our list.
10. Coldplay – $475 Million
Coldplay is an English rock band of 4 members which was created in 1996, who have toured across the globe from America to India. They have won 7 Grammys, 4 Billboard Awards, 3 World Music Awards, and 4 MTV Awards. They have made 7 studio albums together, and have sold over 200 million copies worldwide. Their band consists of Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin and Guy Berryman.
9. Elton John – $480 Million
Sir Elton Hercules John is a well-known singer, composer, and pianist. He has sold over 300 million records worldwide. His more than 40 songs were included in Top 40 hits. Most of his songs were included in Billboard Top 100. ‘Candle in the Wind 1997’ is one of his most popular singles which sold 33 million copies worldwide. He has won 5 Grammy’s and 5 Brit Awards, including multiple others.
8. Emilio Estefan – $500 Million
Emilio Estefan Gomez is a Cuban musician and producer. Emilio has won 19 Grammy Awards, in his career, which started in 1974. He is known for making music in Bachata, pop, salsa, Latin pop and adult contemporary genres. He is one of the most successful and richest Cuban musicians in the world.
7. Madonna – $560 Million
Madonna Louise Ciccone is a renowned singer. She is also known as an actress, songwriter, and a businesswoman, who is one of richest and most successful female musician in the world. The singer is known for pushing boundaries, her lyrics are known for scandalizing the crowds. She is often called the ‘Queen of Pop’. ‘Like a Virgin’, ‘Take a Bow’, ‘Vogue’, ‘Like a Prayer’, ‘Frozen’, ‘4 Minutes’, ‘Hung Up’, and ‘Music’ are some of the most popular songs which were written and produced by her. She has sold over 300 records across the globe.
6. Sean Combs – Diddy – $750 Million
Sean John Combs aka Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy is an American hip-hop singer, actor, songwriter, record producers, rapper, and entrepreneur. He started his musical journey in 1990 and released his first album ‘No Way Out’ in 1997, which certified as a 7x platinum record. ‘The Saga Continues…’, ‘Forever’, and ‘Press Play’ are considered as his most successful works. His group ‘Diddy – Dirty Money’ was critically acclaimed with his 2010 album release ‘Last Train to Paris’. He has won 3 Grammys and 2 MTV Awards.
5. Jay-Z – $810 Million
Shawn Corey Carter is a popular American hip-hop artist, rapper, and businessman. He is amongst the best selling artists of all time, who has sold over 100 million records worldwide. He has won 21 Grammy Awards. His three albums ‘The Black Album’, ‘The Blueprint’, and ‘Reasonable Doubt’, were included in Rolling Stone’s list of 500 greatest albums. He has released 13 solo albums in his career and 4 collaborative albums. He has worked with musicians like Rihanna, Pharell, DJ Khaled, Justin Timberlake, and Beyonce.
4. Dr. Dre- $830 Million
Andre Romelle Young is an American record producer, rapper, and entrepreneur. He founded Beat Electronics and Aftermath Entertainment. He is the former co-owner of Death Row Records. He played a significant role in building careers of stars like 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and The Game. He is seen as a key figure who popularized rap music and West Coast G-funk. He is considered as the third richest hip-hop artist in the world. He has won 6 Grammys and 2 MTV Awards.
3. Herb Alpert – $850 Million
Tijuana Brass aka TJB is a popular trumpeter, arranger, singer, songwriter, record executive, sculptor, painter, and music composer. He is known for making music in pop, R&B, Funk, Jazz, and pop. He has won 9 Grammy, 15 Gold albums and 14 Platinum albums. His 5 albums topped and 28 other albums were ranked on the Billboard album chart. He is the only artist whose hits have topped US Hot 100 as an instrumental (Rise) and as a Vocalist (This Guy’s in Love with You). He has made a net worth of $850 million, in his almost 50-year long career in the industry.
2. Andrew Lloyd Webber – $1.2 Billion
Andrew or Baron Lloyd Webber is one of the most successful English music composer and music theater impresario. His work is still used in West ends as well as Broadways. In his career, he composed a song cycle, 13 musicals, 2 film scores, Requiem Mass in Latin and some other variations. He started his career in 1965 and since has explored different genres of entertainment industry like being a songwriter, theater director, businessman or being a TV personality. In 2001, he was called the most successful composer by the New York Times. ‘You Must Love Me’, ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, ‘Memory’, and ‘The Music of the Night’ are some of the most popular songs. He has received the title of Knight Bachelor for his work in music. He has won 4 Grammy Awards, 1 Golden Globe, 7 Tony Awards and much more in his career.
1. Paul McCartney – $1.24 Billion
Sir James Paul McCartney is the richest and one of the greatest musicians in the world. He is a music composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He was the lead guitarist and singer in the world’s most popular bands ‘The Beatles’. He started his professional music career in 1957. He has 21 Grammy Awards. His name is inducted twice into the Hall of Fame of Rock and Roll. 32 songs written by Paul have topped the Billboard Top 100. In 1997, he was knighted for his contribution to the music industry. In 1965, along with other members of Beatles, he was appointed as the British Empire ‘Members of the Order’. He has worked with musicians like Wings, The Quarrymen, The Fireman and Michael Jackson.
They are some of the richest musicians on the planet, who have been soothing our minds with their beautiful talent. They are all experimental in their respected genres, which has helped them in staying relevant even after decades of their Hollywood debut.