A couple of weeks ago, Ultimate-Guitar reported that Ringo Starr was the wealthiest drummer in the world. Today, we can reveal that his former Beatles colleague, Paul McCartney joins him in the rich list, as the world's wealthiest singer. As Classic Rock is reporting, Macca's net worth is approximately $800 million dollars, a whopping $500 million more than Ringo's. McCartney is also $200 million dollars wealthier than U2 singer Bono, who came in second place in the frontman charts. Also included in the top 20 were the likes of Mick Jagger, Dave Grohl, Axl Rose and James Hetfield. A number of famous rockers, such as Robert Plant, Bruce Dickinson and Ozzy Osbourne narrowly missed out on the top 20.
The list's top 30 is as follows:
01. Paul McCartney: $800m 02. Bono: $600m 03. Jimmy Buffett: $400m 04. Elton John: $320m 05. Mick Jagger: $305m 06. Sting: $290m 07. Phil Collins: $250m 08. Dave Matthews: $250m 09. Prince: $250m 10. Dave Grohl: $225m 11. Rod Stewart: $220m 12. David Bowie: $215m 13. Bruce Springsteen: $200m 14. James Hetfield: $175m 15. Axl Rose: $150m 16. Roger Waters: $145m 17. David Gilmour: $130m 18. Steven Tyler: $130m 19. Jon Bon Jovi: $125m 20. Anthony Kiedis: $120m 21. Sammy Hagar: $120m 22. Robert Plant: $120m 23. Bruce Dickinson: $115m 24. Eric Clapton: $115m 25. Brian Johnson: $90m 26. Ozzy Osbourne: $90m 27. Gwen Stefani: $80m 28. Eddie Vedder: $80m 29. Bob Dylan: $80m 30. Brian Wilson: $75m
Celebrity Net Worth, who provided the list, had the following to say about being a rock front man/woman:
"There's no better job on the planet than being frontman or woman for a major rock band. Not only to lead singers get most of the glory, attention, accolades and groupies they also make a ton of money.
"It definitely helps if you also happen to a prolific songwriter.
"The fact that many of the richest lead singers are still performing today is a testament to their talent or maybe they just love making millions of dollars and getting showered with adulation."