Ringo Starr Is Wealthiest Drummer

Drummers may long have been the but of all band related jokes, but it would seem that they're actually laughing all the way to the bank.

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Drummers may long have been the but of all band related jokes, but it would seem that they're actually laughing all the way to the bank.

A poll by Celebrity net worth has produced a list of the top 30 wealthiest drummers in rock and roll.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was The Beatles' Ringo Starr who topped the list, being worth a whopping $300 million. The top ten also included Dave Grohl, Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones.

The full list is featured below:

01. Ringo Starr (Beatles): $300m 02. Phil Collins (Genesis): $250m 03. Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters): $225m 04. Don Henley (Eagles): $200m 05. Lars Ulrich (Metallica): $175m 06. Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones): $160m 07. Larry Mullen (U2): $150m 08. Roger Taylor (Queen): $105m 09. Joey Kramer (Aerosmith): $100m 10. Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot): $90m 11. Travis Barker (Blink 182): $85m 12. Stewart Copeland (Police): $80m 13. Alex Van Halen (Van Halen): $75m 13. Nick Mason (Pink Floyd): $75m 15. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue): $70m 16. Bill Ward (Black Sabbath): $65m 17. John Fishman (Phish): $60m 18. Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band): $55m 19. Rick Allen (Def Leppard): $50m 20. Tre Cool (Green Day): $45m 21. Danny Carey (Tool): $40m 21. Tico Torres (Bon Jovi): $40m 23. Max Weinberg (E Street Band): $35m 24. Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead):$30m 25. Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead): $25m 26. Neil Peart (Rush): $22m 27. Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters): $20m 28. Questlove (Roots, Jimmy Fallon): $16m 29. Steven Adler (Guns n'Roses): $15m 30. Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac): $8.5m

As CNW notes, "most people steer their kids away from learning the drums in favor of less noisy instruments. You may want to reconsider that decision after you find out how rich these thirty musicians became from banging on a drum."

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    No amount of money will make him get over this affirmation: "Lennon was the soul of the Beatles. Harrison was the spirit. Paul was the heart and Ringo was the drummer." - George Martin
    Adler ****ing did pretty good, considering he only did one album anyone cares about
    I thought Travis Barker would have been higher, given all his rap collabs....
    Surprised Neil Peart is so low on the list not to say 22 million isn't a shit load of money, but wow
    That's what I thought at first..but then I remembered his 24 kt gold drum set.
    true it probably cost him a million dollars just to re-skin his drum set after each show
    Its their worth. Not how much is in the bank. Thats like all the shit they bought with that money over time too.
    Hard to believe Danny Carey is worth more than Neil Peart! Not an insult to either of them, I'm just surprised. Both are amazing though.
    Agent 00Awesome
    Not to be a douche but I think its 'butt' of a joke. Anyway, it was surprising some big name drummers weren't on this list.
    For everyone asking where their favorite drummer is, take a look at the top ten and recognize that they all come from immensely popular, well received, and massively toured bands. Your favorite fast metal drummer will never make this list because they only meet one (at best) of the above stated observations.
    Ah, wealthiest drummer article, facts not opinions makes for a much nicer comments section.
    Anyone else ever get the feeling that Bon Jovi is a lot like KISS? 2 people leading the band and the rest just get treated like sidemen? Tico Torres should be way up the list. But then Bon Jovi still won't add the bassist they use in the band instead he's just a sideman.
    This isn't about who is the better drummer. They all are certainly talented individuals, but it all comes back to who sold the most. Dave Grohl kinda skews the list though. Surely the Foo Fighters have earned him more money than Nirvana.
    I agree, although Dave Grohl does mostly hear and write the drum parts to songs whilst writing the core guitar and vocals for the songs, then teach them to Taylor to play and record, with the exception of the eponymous debut album.
    Mark Hoppus is worth about $5million less than Travis Barker (he ties with Tom DeLonge), and Paul McCartney would of course top the list of wealthiest bassist.
    This was supposed to be in response to "Can't wait to see the non-existent wealthiest bassist list..."
    definitely surprised about steven adler. i thought he's always claiming he lost all of his money.
    The reason those guys are higher than people such as van halen and motley crue is because they also didnt blow all of their money as musicians are prone to do
    Love or loathe his drumming Ringo has never gone out of his way to say he was the best drummer on the planet. The Beatles used Ringo to the best of his ability & he helped create some of the most amazing music ever made. Once The Beatles split Ringo had no one to push his drum playing skills, then again he has nothing to prove to anyone, only to himself. I'm sure he smiles at his bank balance but considering his background & upbringing he has earnt every penny made. I do remember Phil Collins jumping to the defence of Ringo stating that he was a much better drummer than given credit for. Phil Collins is no slouch behind the drum kit & he knows what he's talking about!
    Holy shit....seeing these numbers attached to these names is crazy. How could someone have that much money?!
    People don't give Ringo enough credit. Even if he only made a few less-than-stellar songwriting contributions while in The Beatles, he's still a fantastic drummer and his talent has been acknowledged and admired by countless musicians. When I listen to The Beatles' music, it actually amazes me that he came up with some of the stuff that he did, and that it fit nearly every song so perfectly. I can't think of any other drummer that would complement The Beatles' music better than he did.
    Ringo was the perfect drummer for the Beatles, innovative but not obtrusive. Could you imagine the Beatles with Neil Peart
    Ringo wasn't even the best drummer in The Beatles, according to John Lennon. That said, I agree that his style fit perfectly for what they did.
    Either Lennon was saying that tongue-in-cheek, or he was going through his "The Beatles were shit and I'm going to be a dick to everybody" phase.
    "Drummers may long have been the but of all band related jokes" aren't that bassists?
    Bon Jovi is a band with the highest income, and Tico Torres is at 21st place? Jon BJ is hell of a boss
    It's weird to me that the guy from the Dave Matthews Band is worth double Neil Peart. I'm not saying he's bad, I'm just saying when you compare their levels of fame and how long they've been around.
    Mick Fleetwood only $8.5? He's been gigging/making albums since the 60s, and some of those albums, like Rumours, are the biggest selling of all time.
    Phil Collins would have been at the top but I believe his divorce a couple years ago was for $100M +.
    I would bet most of his money wasn't made during the years he was the Genesis drummer, but after he started a solo career.
    Ringo #1 surprises me because The Beatles didn't own their publishing rights directly. When the Northern Songs Ltd ownership period ended and the rights went up at auction, Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney and has unfortunately owned the Beatles publishing ever since. I guess Ringo learned from that mistake and owns the publishing on all his post-Beatles music. He probably earned a pretty penny (or is that a pence) from his "Ringo and his all Starr Band" tours. Good for him.
    that was only for the lennon-mccartney songs, ringo and harrison stil own their songs
    Really? I thought everyone's publishing went to Northern Songs Ltd...How could Ringo & George have signed a different deal than John & Paul?
    Ringo and Lars some of the richest yet notoriously sub par drummers.
    Lars yes, Ringo no. Sure Ringo wasn't the greatest player, but he sure could get his own sound.
    Lars had a pretty distinctive sound on the first few albums, but I suppose it's hard to care with all those back-beats.
    Ringo Starr is often referred to in this way but he is excellent. Check out Rain for example. He did what he had to do and did it pretty well. Drummer in the biggest band ever - kudos
    Wut? Travis Barker above Alex Van Halen? Those guys sure knew how to spend money on having fun in the golden 80's...
    Also, what about Ian Paice, Nicko McBrain, Phil Rudd, John Densmore and Frank Beard to name just a few who's bands have sold more records than Phish and Tool
    Got nothing against the man, but to me it seems unfair place Dave Grohl so high up on the list... I mean, he made a lot of thoose bloody millions singing and playing guitar. Probably not as many as he made with Nirvana, but still.
    i'm just chiming in to say: Wait... Drummers have been at the butt end of band jokes? Is that some kind of cruel "We don't even recognize the bassist as a band-member" joke??
    a lot of musicians, especially drummers, are stupid with their money, so that could play a lot into this list... and then theres some like travis barker who make a bunch of their money off of other businesses (famous stars and straps)
    this has gotta be incomplete, what about more modern guys like rob bourdon from linkin park? hes gotta be at least worth 10 million, unless he was incredibly stupid with his money...
    Surprised Mick Fleetwood is worth comparatively little. Bet he's been bankrupted a fair few times in his life...
    Nero Galon
    Was expecting to see Joey Jordison... Also, imagine if John Bonzo was still here o.O
    Where's Dave Lombardo, Chris Adler, Mike Portnoy,Gene "The Atomic Clock" Hoglan, Charlie Benante, Joey Jordison, Justin Foley, John Dolmayan, Jaska Raatikainen, Vinnie Paul, Dave McClain???! All of these guys are worth more than Lars!!