Can You Guess Who the Richest Musicians Are
Who's hot and who's not? Honestly, it doesn't matter. What we're looking at today is who are the richest musicians on the planet. Some of the names are recognizable and others are not as well known unless you are a fan of all genres of music. This is the complete list, newly updated and ready for you to enjoy. So grab a drink, settle down and get comfortable. Here we go...
100. Adam Levine, Net Worth $60 Million
Adam is an American singer, songwriter and television host. He earns his income as the lead singer of the band Maroon 5 and is one of the celebrity hosts of NBC's reality TV series The Voice.
He was born and raised in Los Angeles California and began his musical career in 1994 when he co-founded the alternative rock band Kara's Flowers, for which he was the lead vocalist and guitarist.
99. Jon Fishman, Net Worth $65 Million
Jon is an American drummer with the band Phish. He also co-wrote many of their songs.
98. Busta Rhymes, Net Worth $65 Million
American rapper, actor, record producer and record executive, Busta is popular for his intricate rap rhymes.
97. Swizz Beatz, Net Worth $70 Million
Swizz is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer. He also has a sneaker line with Reebok.
96. Jay Kay, Net Worth $74 Million
Jay is an English singer/songwriter and the lead singer of the British funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai.
95. Joseph Simmons aka Rev Run, Net Worth $75 Million
Rev Run is an American rapper, producer and disc jockey who came to fame in the 80's as a founding member of the hip-hop group, Run-D.M.C.
94. Stone Gossard, Net Worth $75 Million
Stone is an American musician who plays rhythm guitar and is a founding member of the rock band Pearl Jam. He's made his own solo albums and plays with other bands as well.
93. Jonny Buckland, Net Worth $75 Million
Jonny is an English guitarist who is best known for being one of the founding members of Coldplay.
92. Nicki Minaj, Net Worth $76 Million
Nicki is a rapper and R&B singer-songwriter who was born in Trinidad. She has sold 3.5 million albums and 30 million digital singles in the US and 60 million singles worldwide.
91. Guy Berryman, Net Worth $78 Million
Guy is a Scottish musician and record producer. He the bassist for the band Coldplay.
90. Will Champion, Net Worth $78 Million
Will is an accomplished musician and multi-instrumentalist. Although he didn't play the drums when he joined Coldplay, he learned on the job. He also sings lead vocals on some of their songs when the band performs live.
89. Frankie Valli, Net Worth $80 Million
One of the founding members of the 60's group 'The 4 Seasons', he went on to create a successful solo career in the 70s'.
88. Will.I.Am, Net Worth $80 Million
Will.I.Am is an American record producer, actor, singer, songwriter, dancer, film score composer, and last but not least businessman. He is as a member of the pop group, The Black Eyed Peas.
87. Akon, Net Worth $80 Million
An American of Senegalese descent, Akon works as a record producer, rapper/songwriter, actor, and television producer. He co-founded the record label Konvict Muzik.
86. Stevie Nicks, Net Worth $81 Million
Stevie is an American singer/songwriter who came to fame in the popular '70s band, Fleetwood Mac. She also launched a successful solo career.
85. Timbaland, Net Worth $85 Million
Timbaland is an American record producer, rapper/songwriter, keyboard player, and actor. He established his own record label, Beat Club.
84. Tim McGraw, Net Worth $85 Million
Tim is one of the world's most popular country singers. He has also enjoyed a moderate acting career, appearing in movies such as The Kingdom, The Blind Side, and Country Strong. He recently partnered with Snap Fitness, a 24/7 fitness club with locations around the world.
83. Roger Daltrey, Net Worth $85 Million
Roger is an English singer and actor. His career has spanned more than 50 years, after becoming popular in the mid-1960s as the founder and lead singer of the rock band the Who.
82. Peter Gabriel, Net Worth $90 Million
This award-winning English singer, songwriter, musician, and producer rose to fame as the lead vocalist for the band, Genesis. He subsequently launched his own successful solo career.
81. Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Net Worth $90 Million
Mike is an American singer/songwriter, actor, film score composer and one of the original members of the hip-hop group, Beastie Boys.
80. Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, Net Worth $90 Million
Adam is an American guitarist, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and an original member of the hip-hop group, Beastie Boys.
79. Van Morrison, Net Worth $90 Million
This Irish singer/songwriter, composer, and record producer is still performing 50 years after the debut of his first album.
78. Drake, Net Worth $90 Million
Drake is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and rapper. He started out as a child actor on a Canadian teen-drama before he embarked on his illustrious music career.
77. Chris Martin, Net Worth $90 Million
Chris is a British singer-songwriter and producer who is famous as the lead singer for the band, Coldplay, and ex-husband of Gwyneth Paltrow.
76. Mark Knopfler, Net Worth $95 Million
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With 125 million record sales under his belt, Mark is a well-regarded English musician. He is famous as the lead singer and guitarist for the rock band Dire Straits. He has composed movie soundtracks such as The Princess Bride and Wag the Dog.
75. Richie Sambora, Net Worth$100 Million
Richie is an American guitarist with the rock band Bon Jovi. He co-wrote many of their songs. He has also released three solo albums.
74. Eddie Vedder, Net Worth $100 Million
Eddie is an American instrumentalist for the band Pearl Jam and has acted in a few films as well.
73. Gwen Stefani, Net Worth $100 Million
Gwen is the co-founder and the lead vocalist for the band No Doubt and has an impressive solo career too.
72. John Williams, Net Worth $104 Million
John is a famous composer and a pianist. He has composed music for many popular movies, including Indiana Jones, E.T., Jaws, Superman, Star Wars, Home Alone, Jurassic Park and the first three Harry Potter movies.
71. Pete Townshend, Net Worth $108 Million
Pete is an English rock musician, composer, and author. He is famous for being the guitarist and principal songwriter for the Who.
70. Cliff Richard, Net Worth $110 Million
Cliff is an English singer, actor, producer, and businessman. He has had a #1 single on the charts every decade for the last 60 years and is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
69. LL Cool J, Net Worth $110 Million
LL Cool J is an American rapper and actor. He got his start at Def Jam records. He has also acted in movies such as "The Hard Way".
68. Bruno Mars, Net Worth $110 Million
Bruno is a Hawaiian singer-songwriter and record producer. He has sold over 130 million records worldwide.
67. David Bryan, Net Worth $120 Million
David is an American musician famous for being the keyboard player for the band Bon Jovi and has written several of their hits. He is also behind the success of the musical "Memphis".
66. John Deacon, Net Worth $125 Million
John is an English musician, most widely recognized as the bass player for the British band, Queen. He played keyboards and sang backing vocals on some tracks and wrote some of their hits including, "Another One Bites the Dust" and "I Want to Break Free".
65. Steven Tyler, Net Worth $130 Million
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Steven is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge. He is the lead singer of Aerosmith.
64. Snoop Dogg, Net Worth $135 Million
Snoop Dogg is an American singer and actor who earn money from album sales and as a producer.
63. Tony Iommi, Net Worth $143 Million
Tony (second from left) is an English songwriter and soundtrack composer. He was the lead guitarist and one of the four founding members of the pioneering heavy-metal band Black Sabbath.
62. Youssou N'Dour, Net Worth $145 Million
Youssou is a Senegalese musician, singer, songwriter, composer, actor, businessman and politician.
61. Axl Rose, Net Worth $150 Million
Axl started one of the hottest rock bands of the 80s, "Guns n Roses". He continues to record and tour to this day.
60. Nick Mason, Net Worth $150 Million
Nick is the only member of the rock group, Pink Floyd, to have remained a member throughout the band's entire career.
59. Flea, Net Worth $150 Million
Australian-born Flea is the bassist and a founding member of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers. He was ranked the second best bassist of all time by Rolling Stone readers (John Entwistle, who died of drug overdose in 2002, was voted the best bassist).
58. Pharrell Williams, Net Worth $150 Million
Pharrell is a successful American recording artist, producer, musician and fashion designer. Pharrell is also the lead vocalist and drummer for the rock band N.E.R.D.
57. Paul Stanley, Net Worth $150 Million
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Paul is an American rock musician best known for being the rhythm guitar player and co-lead vocalist for the rock band Kiss. His net worth is based on his album sales, work as a record producer and as a partial owner of the L.A. Kiss Arena Football League team.
56. Jessica Simpson, $150 Million
Jessica is an American singer, actress, entrepreneur and TV personality. During her career, Jessica Simpson has released seven Billboard Top 40 hits, three gold, and two multi-platinum RIAA-certified albums. In total, she has sold over 30 million albums around the world.
55. Lil Wayne, Net Worth Is $150 Million
Lil Wayne is an American rapper, producer, and music executive. When he was 15-years-old he signed up with Cash Money Records. His solo album The Block is Hot, went double platinum and reached #3 on the Billboard charts. In 2005, he became the president of Cash Money Records.
54. Kanye West, Net Worth $160 Million
After Kanye persuaded Jay-Z to sign him on as a rapper, the rest is history. His production credits include Jay-Z, Beyoncé, John Legend, Alicia Keys and Janet Jackson. West is also a businessman with a chain of Fatburger restaurants, a line of athletic shoes for Nike called Air Yeezy, and another shoe line with Louis Vuitton.
53. Ice Cube, Net Worth $160 Million
Ice Cube is an American rapper, actor, and producer. He is famous for his rap group N.W.A and for a successful solo career. Ice Cube made his acting debut in John Singleton's Boyz in the Hood and has since appeared in numerous films including Three Kings, Higher Learning, and XXX State of the Union.
52. David Gilmour, Net Worth $160 Million
English musician David Gilmour joined the band Pink Floyd in 1967 as the guitarist and singer. By 2012 the band had sold over 250 million records worldwide, including 75 million units sold in the US.
51. Burt Bacharach, Net Worth $160 Million
Burt is an American composer, songwriter, and record producer who has composed hundreds of popular hit songs for over four decades.
50. Jimmy Page, Net Worth $171 Million
Jimmy is an English guitarist who founded the British rock band Led Zeppelin in the late 1960s.
49. Robert Plant, Net Worth $173 Million
Robert is an English musician and lead singer for Led Zeppelin.
48. Roger Taylor, Net Worth $174 Million
Roger is an English musician, singer, and songwriter who is best known for being the drummer for the rock band Queen.
47. Janet Jackson, Net Worth $175 Million
The youngest child of the Jackson family, Janet is a singer, songwriter, and dancer. She has sold over 100 million records and is one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music.
46. Brian May, Net Worth $177 Million
Brian is an English musician, singer, and songwriter who is best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
45. Birdman, Net Worth $180 Million
Birdman is an American rapper, CEO, and entrepreneur. He is the owner of the record label Cash Money and an Oil and Gas company called Bronald.
44. Bob Dylan, Net Worth$180 Million
Legendary singer, Bob Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has also received numerous awards including eleven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award.
43. Billy Joel, Net Worth $180 Million
Billy is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide.
42. Usher, Net Worth $181 Million
Usher is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. He has sold 43 million albums and 75 million records worldwide.
41. Adele, Net Worth $185 Million
Adele is an English singer-songwriter known for her blues and jazz-like style. Adele is one of the highest paid musicians in the world today. In one year alone, Adele earned more than $70 million.
40. Eminem, Net Worth $190 Million
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Eminem is a multi-platinum selling American rapper, producer and actor. Eminem is the first singer to have eight consecutive chart entries debut at No. 1.
39. Britney Spears, Net Worth $200 Million
Britney is an American pop singer and entertainer. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lists Spears as the eighth top-selling female artist in the US. However, her money is in a conservatorship with her father. So she doesn't control it. He does.
38. Don Henley, Net Worth $205 Million
Don is one of the founding members of the all-American rock band, The Eagles. The Eagles are one of the best selling bands of all time and have sold more than 150 million albums worldwide.
37. Ozzy Osbourne, Net Worth $220 Million
Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter and actor. In the 1970s he was the lead singer of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. After he was fired from Black Sabbath he went on to have a successful solo career.
36. Justin Timberlake, Net Worth $230 Million
Justin is an American singer-songwriter, actor and record producer. He came to fame as one of the lead singers of NSYNC, which eventually became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. He then went on to establish a successful solo career.
35. Rod Stewart, Net Worth $235 Million
Rod is an English rock singer who has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is still touring today at the age of 73.
34. Rihanna, Net Worth $245 Million
Barbados-born Rihanna is a singer, actress and businesswoman known for her fashion sense and her hit songs, including "Unfaithful," "Umbrella," "Disturbia," "Take a Bow," and "Diamonds.
33. Diana Ross, Net Worth $250 Million
Diana is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She was the lead singer of the 60's girl group the Supremes. She later had an incredibly successful solo career.
32. Dave Matthews, Net Worth $250 Million
Dave is a South African-born singer-songwriter, musician, and actor who is the lead singer/songwriter for the Dave Matthews Band.
31. Master P, Net Worth $250 Million
Master P is an American rapper, actor, businessman, author, and record producer. He is the founder of the record label No Limit Records.
30. Tina Turner, Net Worth $250 Million
Tina is a singer and record producer. Over the span of her solo career, she has sold more concert tickets than any other artist in history.
29. Phil Collins, Net Worth $260 Million
Phil is an English singer, composer and record producer. He came to fame in the group Genesis. After leaving the band he went on to a solo career and wrote numerous movie soundtracks.
28. Justin Bieber, Net Worth $265 Million
Canadian-born Justin was discovered on YouTube at the age of 12. Since then has enjoyed a meteoric rise on the music scene and has been listed four times by Forbes magazine among the top ten most powerful celebrities in the world. Go figure.
27. Lady Gaga, Net Worth$275 Million
Lady Gaga is an American pop singer-songwriter. In one year alone she earned more than $80 million through album sales, tours, and endorsements.
26. Dave Grohl, Net Worth $280 Million
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Dave is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is the founder, lead vocalist, and guitarist of the rock band Foo Fighters. He was a drummer for the grunge band Nirvana.
25. Roger Waters, Net Worth $290 Million
Roger Waters is an English singer, songwriter, and bassist for the rock band Pink Floyd. He also plays solo.
24. Katy Perry, Net Worth $295 Million
Katy is an American pop star who appeals to teenage angst and is famous for her hits "Teenage Dream," "Firework," "Roar" and "Chained to the Rhythm."
23. Lars Ulrich, Net Worth $300 Million
Lars is a Danish musician is a founder of and drummer for the heavy metal band Metallica.
22. Eric Clapton, Net Worth $300 Million
Eric is a British guitarist and singer-songwriter who was a member of the bands: The Yardbirds and Cream. He is popular for hits such as "Layla," "Crossroads" and "Wonderful Tonight," and "Tears in Heaven".
21. Gene Simmons, Net Worth $300 Million
Gene is famous for being the frontman for the 70's rock band KISS, as well as for his TV show Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
20. Bruce Springsteen, Net Worth $300 Million
American rock legend Bruce Springsteen is popular for his songs which detail the lives of the working-class in the US. He has earned many music awards including 20 Grammys, and has sold more than 65 million albums in the U.S.
19. Taylor Swift, Net Worth $300 Million
At the tender age of 16, Taylor came to fame as a country music singer. Her early hits like "Love Story" and "You Belong With Me" appealed to both country and pop fans and shot her albums to the top of the charts.
18. Sting, Net Worth $300 Million
English singer/songwriter Sting, came to fame as the frontman and bassist for The Police.
17. Jon Bon Jovi, Net Worth $310 Million
American rock singer shot to fame as the lead singer for the band Bon Jovi. He has also acted in a few minor roles.
16. Keith Richards, Net Worth $340 Million
Keith Richards is the guitarist for the Rolling Stones, one of the most successful rock bands of all time. He has played for more than 50 years and the band has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide.
15. Ringo Starr, Net Worth $350 Million
Famed drummer for the legendary band, The Beatles, Ringo is now touring with his own band.
14. Mick Jagger, Net Worth $360 Million
Frontman for the Rolling Stones, Mick is one of the original bad boys of rock and has been singing for more than 50 years.
13. Beyonce Knowles, Net Worth$450 Million
American singer and dancer, Beyonce came to fame as one of the members of the girl band, Destiny's Child. She's gone on to a enjoy a fabulous solo career and made the Forbes Top 10 list of entertainment's highest-earning women in 2011.
12. Elton John, Net Worth $480 Million
British singer, pianist and composer, Elton is one the most popular musicians of the 20th century. He has sold more than 250 million records and been successful on Broadway too.
11. Emilio Estefan, Net Worth $500 Million
The multiple Grammy award-winning singer, Emilio Estefan is the founder of the Miami Sound Machine. He has produced records for the popular Latino singers, Ricky Martin and Marc Antony.
10. Mariah Carey, Net Worth $520 Million
American pop diva Mariah Carey holds the record for the most No. 1 debuts in Billboard Hot 100 history. Her voice spans more than five octaves and she writes most of her own music.
9. Bono, Net Worth $610 Million
Irish singer Bono is the frontman for rock band U2. Bono was named a "Person of the Year" by TIME magazine in 2005, and Queen Elizabeth II made him an honorary knight in 2007.
8. Céline Dion, Net Worth $800 Million
French-Canadian singer Celine Dion who came to fame in the 90s continues to be a popular entertainer and is the second-highest earning musician in history. She is also the founder of the Nickels Restaurant food chain and has her own perfume line.
7. Madonna, Net Worth $800 Million
Since the 1980s, American singer, songwriter and actress, Madonna has been known as the "Queen of Pop". She has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, and listed by the RIAA) as the second highest-certified female artist in the U.S.,
6. Dr. Dre, Net Worth $800 Million
Dr. Dre is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Aftermath Entertainment. In 2014, he sold his company Beats Electronics to technology giant Apple Inc. for $3 billion.
5. P. Diddy, Net Worth $820 Million
Rapper and music producer P. Diddy, has produced big-name artists such as Mariah Carey as well as created the Sean John clothing line, and recorded his own platinum albums, starting with 'No Way Out' in 1997.
4. Herb Alpert, Net Worth $850 Million
American musician Herb Alpert was a successful bandleader, solo artist and co-founded the independent A&M Records label. He was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2013.
3. Jay-Z, Net Worth $900 Million
American rapper, Jay-Z is known for his award-winning hip-hop albums, numerous successful businesses and as the husband of Beyoncé.
2. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Net Worth $1.2 Billion
Andrew is one of the most successful composers of our time. He is best known for stage and film adaptations of Cats, Evita, and The Phantom of the Opera.
1. Paul McCartney, Net Worth $1.2 Billion
Sir Paul McCartney was a member of the legendary Beatles in the 60s and Wings in the 70s, he is still one of the most popular performers of all time.