Being a rock star is a dream for millions. After all who doesn’t want all the fame-success and lifestyle the rock stars enjoy. With all the fame and success there is another attractive aspect- the enormous amount of money that comes with a successful career of being a rock star.
We have taken a look at the fortune these some of very popular and equally wealthy rock stars have built over the years in their very successful careers.
10. Gene Simmons- Net Worth $300 million
Known for his painted face for stage persona The Demon, Gene Simmons is an Israeli-American musician, singer, song writer, entrepreneur, actor and TV personality.
In 1970s he co-founded Kiss, the rock band with rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley. He is the bass guitarist and co-lead singer of Kiss. The rock n roll legend has an estimated net worth of $300 million. He has once stated that he is like a great white shark when it comes to making money, and will never have enough of it. He said he will never stop making more money.
9. Dave Matthews-Net Worth $300 million
Dave Mathews is a singer, song-writer and musician from Johannesburg, South Africa. He started as a bartender in a club that offered live performances where he got a chance to perform live with some bands onstage. Soon after, his own musical gigs led him to form his own band The Dave Matthew’s band which became a great success. Besides singing, the Rockstar also dabbles in song writing, producing and acting. Having earned millions as the front man, vocalist and guitarist for his band Dave Matthews’s estimated net worth is $300 million.
Statistically The Dave Matthew’s Band is counted world’s most successful musical act of the last ten years. Till date they have sold more than 50 million albums.
8. Keith Richards-Net Worth $340 million
The founding member of the band Rolling Stone, Keith Richards is an English guitarist, singer and song-writer. He was ranked fourth on the list of 100 best guitarists by The Rolling Stone Magazine. Keith Richards has made his huge fortune of $340 million with his band as the lead guitarist and also by acting as a song-writer. Part of his wealth also comes from endorsements like that of Louis Vuitton and Gibson.
7. Bruce Springsteen-Net Worth $350 million
Bruce Springsteen is a legendary singer and song-writer from New Jersey, America and widely known as The Boss. Turning 67 this year he is far from slowing down and has an estimated net worth of $350 million. The legendary singer has earned most of these millions from his tour with E Street Band generating immense revenues.
6. Ringo Starr-Net Worth $350 million
Born and raised in Liverpool Ringo Starr is a British musician. He joined the Beatles Band in 1962 as a drummer and replaced Pete Best. He was the writer and lead singer for several Beatles track including yellow submarine. With an estimated net worth of a whopping $350 million Ringo Starr is a seriously wealthy man. Not only that he is equally serious about the donations that he regularly makes for 8 large charity organizations supporting at least 30 different projects, from medical research on AIDS and Cancer-to the development of the third world.
His properties include a lovely apartment in Monte Carlo, several Las Angels properties and his large London Estate.
5. Mick Jagger-Net Worth $360 million
English musician Sir Michael Philip Jagger is best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band The Rolling Stone. Headed by Mick Jagger the Rolling Stones were seen as the darker arts of rock. He sang about drugs, sex and rock n roll and generated millions out of it. The golden Globe and Emmy award winner has acted in several movies and also produced. A career spanning more than 50 years has made his net worth of $360 million.
4. Elton John-Net Worth-$480 million
English rock singer, pianist, composer and song-writer Sir Elton Hercules John is the second richest singer in UK and probably the richest man ever to jam on a piano. In the career spanning four decades, more than 250 million records are sold making him one of the most successful artist of all time. The winner of an academy award, six Grammy awards, and a Golden Globe award among others he is a prolific song-writer and flamboyant performer. His net worth is $480 million and not only is he rich he is equally generous. For long he is been making significant donations to charities that are focused on several humanitarian causes such as the arts and the medicine. In fact according to Sunday Times his £23.2 million of charity donations make him the ninth most generous person in Britain. Now that’s like really having a golden heart and a Midas touch together.
3. Jimmy Buffett-Net Worth $550 million
James Williams Buffett popularly known as Jimmy Buffett is an American musician, song-writer, author well known for the Island escapism lifestyle that is often portrayed in his music. He is best known for his super hit song Margaritavilla. The song painted perfect picture of a paradise inspiring a whole chain of restaurants across the world. He is constantly on tour but besides being a musician and best-selling writer he is also a savvy business man. His massive empires of restaurants, casinos, resorts and merchandise have made him the third richest singer in the world. With a reported worth of $550 million he leaves behind the likes of Mick Jagger or Elton John.
2. Bono-Net Worth $600 million
An Irish singer–song writer, musician and business man Paul David Hewson is better known by his stage name Bono. He is the lead singer and song writer of the famous Irish rock band U2 and widely considered as one of the most influential frontman in music.
Combining his income from music and his investments in Facebook stocks his net worth is $600 million. Even though with his early investments with social media giant he was expecting to crack the billion dollar mark and become the first musician to do so, Bono still falls short to enter the billionaire club. However, his income from his business investment aside, he still did make plenty of money doing what he does best, touring with his famous band U2. He enjoys the luxury of two mansions, a $30 million worth private yacht and a private Airbus A310 among others. Bono is also known for being a visible philanthropist focussing on African poverty.
1. Paul McCartney-Net Worth $1.2 billion
Paul Is the only rock star breaking in to billionaire club. He was one of the prime members of The Beatles rock band that was formed in Liverpool in 1960. The Beatles are regarded the most influential and successful in the history of rock music. Paul McCartney earned millions through his epic association with The Beatles, however decades later he went on to fetch a whopping net worth of $1.2 billion.
A highly successful musician Paul McCartney remains the single most celebrated singer-songwriter in the history of music. His song Yesterday is the most cherished song of all time that has been remade by more than 2000 artists and bands and he continues to get royalties for the same.
Being a millionaire/billionaire doing what you love doing is a dream come true and quite possible at the same time. These super wealthy rock stars are a live example of that. The amount of passion and hard work they put in their work led them to achieve what they achieved. The world witnessed and celebrated their success. It is crucial to be one’s true self and give your 100% doing what you love doing, and as they say success and wealth will follow you automatically.