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Who are the richest rockstars in the world?

The world’s wealthiest rockstars have achieved fame with multi-platinum-selling albums and singles, earning numerous awards and accolades along the way.

Read on to discover the richest rockstars of all time from founding members of iconic bands to solo performers known for filling stadiums.

 

The Top 50 Richest Rockstars in the World

We’ve covered the bands, albums, singles, and other business ventures that helped the richest rockstars in the world earn their incredible fortunes.

Here’s our list of the top 50 richest rockstars in the world:

 

50. Joe Perry

Richest Rockstars - Joe Perry

Net Worth: $140 million

American rock musician Joe Perry is a world-class guitarist who played lead guitar for Aerosmith, as well as fronting The Joe Perry Project.

After forming The Jam Band in the 1960s with Tom Hamilton, the band was renamed Aerosmith and went on to release 15 albums over the following decades.

In 2013, Perry and band member Steve Tyler were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, with the band also winning four Grammy Awards for their songs.

 

49. Tony Iommi

Richest Rockstars - Tony Iommi

Net Worth: $140 million

Tony Iommi is a songwriter, singer, and musician from England who served as lead guitarist for Black Sabbath, one of the founding heavy metal bands.

Iommi’s influence on musicians extends well beyond heavy metal, with grunge, thrash, and stoner rock among the many genres credited to his playing style.

In addition to his many singles and albums released with Black Sabbath, he’s also had a successful solo career and started the band Heaven & Hell in 2006.

 

48. Barry Gibb

Richest Rockstars - Barry Gibb

Net Worth: $140 million

As one of the founding members of the Bee Gees, Barry Gibb has been responsible for some of the biggest-selling songs in the history of the music industry.

The singer, songwriter, and producer’s discography has sold well over 200 million copies, many of which have picked up nominations and wins at the Grammy Awards.

Music from the Bee Gees was used extensively in the film Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta.

His impressive property portfolio includes Johnny Cash’s former home in Tennessee, for which he paid $2.3 million.

 

47. Lindsey Buckingham

Richest Rockstars - Lindsey Buckingham

Net Worth: $150 million

Lindsey Buckingham is a singer, composer, and guitarist with a net worth of $150 million, much of which he earned as guitarist and lead singer for Fleetwood Mac.

In addition to his work with the band, Buckingham has released various solo albums, and in 2012 sold 25% of his catalog of music for an estimated $30 million.

His net worth before 2021 is believed to be much higher, but his divorce from his wife Kristen Messner was reduced due to the divorce settlement for an undisclosed figure.

Comedian Bill Hader portrayed Buckingham in a sketch on Saturday Night Live called What’s Up With That?

 

46. Alan Jackson

Richest Rockstars - Alan Jackson

Net Worth: $150 million

Country music singer and guitarist Alan Jackson is one of the genre’s best-selling artists, with 70 million record sales throughout his career.

As a member of the Grand Ole Opry band, Jackson has won various awards, including Grammys for Best Country Album and Song, as well as topping the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Additional awards including 19 Academy of Country Music Awards and 16 Country Music Association Awards have secured his lasting legacy in the history of country music.

 

45. Bob Geldof

Richest Rockstars - Bob Geldof

Net Worth: $150 Million

Bob Geldof is an Irish singer, author, and activist who found fame as the lead singer of the rock band, The Boomtown Rats, in the 1970s.

Following his successful music career, which included two number-one hits in the UK, Geldof launched his solo career, performing at the Live Aid concert in 1985.

He’s been involved in various charities in the years since and is best known today for his vocal political activism.

In 1997, Geldof appeared as himself in a cameo for the movie Spice World, which featured some of the richest singers in the world.

Bob Geldof places 45th in our list of the richest rockstars.

 

44. Angus Young

Richest Rockstars - Angus Young

Net Worth: $160 Million

Scottish-born Australian artist Angus Young is the co-founder of the rock band AC/DC, who released the album Back In Black in 1980, selling 25x platinum.

Considered to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Young is noted for his flamboyant performing style and extravagant dress sense.

He’s won numerous awards including APRA Awards for Most Played Australian Work Overseas for “Big Gun” in 1995.

 

43. John Deacon

Richest Rockstars - John Deacon

Net Worth: $170 Million

Retired English musician John Deacon is best known for his role in the band Queen, for which he played the bass guitar and other instruments.

Responsible for writing the songs You’re My Best Friend, I Want To Break Free, and Spread Your Wings, Deacon has accumulated a net worth of $170 million.

After retiring from the profession in the early 1990s, Deacon returned to the studio in 1997 to record the track, No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young).

 

42. Nick Mason

Richest Rockstars - Nick Mason

Net Worth: $180 Million

The longest-running member of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd, Nick Mason is a composer and drummer with a net worth of $180 million.

As drummer and percussionist, Mason has his own music companies, Nick Mason Music and Nick Mason Music (Overseas), and in 2004 he published the book, Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd.

Mason also has a collection of some of the most expensive cars in the world, including a Bentley, Bugatti, and Ferrari.

 

41. Jimmy Page

Richest Rockstars - Jimmy Page

Net Worth: $180 Million

Founder of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page has earned his place in rock’s hall of fame through his guitaring and record production.

After forming Led Zeppelin in 1968, Page worked as a writer for the band, which produced hit singles such as Stairway To Heaven.

He was ranked in the ninth position on the list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2003.

 

40. David Gilmour

Richest Rockstars - David Gilmour

Net Worth: $180 Million

David Gilmour is a singer and songwriter who made his name as a guitarist for Pink Floyd, amassing a net worth of $180 million over his long and illustrious career.

Gilmour took over leadership of the band following Roger Waters’ departure, and he is well known for his vocal abilities as well as his musicianship.

In 1994 alone, Pink Floyd collectively grossed over $250 million for their album, The Division Bell, and subsequent tour.

Gilmour appears in 40th place in this list of the richest rockstars.

 

39. Ronnie Wood

Richest Rockstars - Ronnie Wood

Net Worth: $200 Million

Ronnie Wood’s association with the band, The Rolling Stones, catapulted the multi-instrumentalist to fame in the 1970s.

Despite his long association with the band, Wood wasn’t made a partner in the financial organization until 1990, before which he was considered an employee.

Wood is the owner of some of the most expensive houses in the world, including a castle located in the suburbs of London.

 

38. Roger Taylor

Richest Rockstars - Roger Taylor

Net Worth: $200 Million

Roger Taylor’s professional career skyrocketed through his role as drummer for Queen after playing for the band Smile with Brian May in the late 1960s.

As well as playing the drums, Taylor has penned numerous hits from Queen, including the songs These Are the Days of Our Lives, Radio Ga Ga, and Under Pressure.

Taylor achieved some success as a solo artist in the late 1970s, playing all instruments and singing all the vocals on his album, Fun in Space.

 

37. Robert Plant

Richest Rockstars - Robert Plant

Net Worth: $200 Million

Singer, songwriter, and musician Robert Plant served as the lead vocalist for Led Zeppelin, known for his powerful voice and broad vocal range.

In 2009, Plant was named the Greatest Voice in Rock by the radio station Planet Rock, as well as the Greatest Metal Vocalist of All Time by Hit Parader magazine in 2006.

Through his tenure with Led Zeppelin, the band sold an estimated 300 million records before they eventually disbanded in 1980.

 

36. Paul Stanley

Richest Rockstars - Paul Stanley

Net Worth: $200 Million

Paul Stanley is best known as the rhythm guitarist and co-lead vocalist for the band Kiss, for which he was a founding member along with Gene Simmons.

Stanley’s early music career saw him performing with the bands Rainbow, Uncle Joe, and Post-War Baby Boom, before finally establishing Kiss in 1974.

His post-Kiss career includes work on metal music history documentaries and starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, The Phantom of the Opera.

 

35. Kirk Hammett

Richest Rockstars - Kirk Hammett

Net Worth: $200 Million

Guitar player and songwriter Kirk Hammett amassed a net worth of $200 million through this association with the band Metallica, which he joined in 1981.

One of the most successful rock bands of all time, Metallica has sold over 125 million albums, commanding up to $100 million in ticket sales per tour.

Notable Metallica albums that feature Hammett’s performances include Kill Em All, Master of Puppets, and …And Justice For All.

Outside of his music career, Hammett has worked with horror movie legends including Tom Savini, who appeared alongside George Clooney in From Dusk Til Dawn.

Kirk Hammett places 35th in our list of the richest rockstars of all time.

 

34. Axl Rose

Richest Rockstars - Axl Rose

Net Worth: $200 Million

Founding member and lead singer Axl Rose launched the band Guns N’ Roses in the 1980s, becoming a huge success towards the end of the decade and through to the 1990s.

With over 100 million sales worldwide, Guns N’ Roses has remained one of the most popular bands of the era, helping to boost Axl Rose’s net worth to $200 million.

Rose owns various properties in the United States, including a mansion in Malibu, California which he purchased for $3.6 million.

 

33. Agnetha Faltskog

Richest Rockstars - Agnetha Faltskog

 

Net Worth: $200 Million

Singer and songwriter for the group ABBA Agnetha Faltskog became an international sensation along with her fellow band members in the 1970s, selling millions of albums worldwide.

Marriage woes between its members caused the group to take an indefinite break in the 1980s, even turning down $1 billion to reunite in 2000.

Faltskog has also enjoyed a successful solo career, selling 1.5 million copies of her debut solo album, Wrap Your Arms Around Me.

 

32. Brian May

Richest Rockstars - Brian May

Net Worth: $210 Million

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Brian May is widely considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, best known for his work with the rock band Queen.

His energetic and dynamic playing style helped to boost Queen to the top of the charts and earn a reputation as the best stadium band of the 1980s.

As well as being a guitarist, May earned a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Imperial College in 2007.

 

31. Ozzy Osbourne

Richest Rockstars - Ozzy Osbourne

Net Worth: $220 Million

Ozzy Osbourne is an English singer, songwriter, and television star who began his career in entertainment as lead vocalist for the heavy metal band, Black Sabbath.

With a successful solo career to follow, Osbourne shifted to reality TV with his wife Sharon, with whom he appeared in the show, The Osbournes, on MTV.

In 2009, Ozzy Osbourne published his autobiography, I Am Ozzy, earning additional income by appearing in television commercials and the game World of Warcraft. 

 

30. Billy Joel

Richest Rockstars - Billy Joel

 Net Worth: $225 Million

Billy Joel is a singer and songwriter whose record sales include some of the best-selling albums of all time, totaling over 150 million sales throughout his career.

Born into a musical family, Joel started his career in the band The Echoes, before going solo in 1971 through the record label Family Productions.

The release of his fourth solo album, The Stranger, launched Joel into the mainstream, selling over 10 million copies and topping charts around the world.

Billy Joel places 30th in our list of the 50 richest rockstars.

 

29. Benny Andersson

Richest Rockstars - Benny Andersson

Net Worth: $230 Million

Another founding member of ABBA with an impressive net worth is Benny Andersson, who has worked on various musical projects since the group disbanded.

As well as founding his band in 2001, Benny Andersson’s Orkester, Andersson has worked on musicals including Chess, as well as the movie Mamma Mia!

In the late 1980s, Benny Andersson went solo, releasing a string of singles and albums with moderate success.

 

28. Don Henley

Richest Rockstars - Don Henley

Net Worth: $250 Million

Don Henley is a singer, songwriter, and drummer who is a founding member of the American band, The Eagles, which he formed in 1971.

As a writer on some of the band’s biggest hits such as Witchy Woman and Desperado, Henley’s talent has helped them earn multiple Grammy Awards.

In the early 1980s, Don Henley embarked on his solo career, winning a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1984.

 

27. Rod Stewart

Richest Rockstars - Rod Stewart

Net Worth: $300 Million

Solo singer and songwriter Rod Stewart has enjoyed a hugely successful solo career with over 120 million album sales and continues to perform to this day.

After a stint in the band Faces, Stewart went solo and hit the top of the charts with his successful debut album, Every Picture Tells A Story.

His music has been featured in several movies, including The Three Musketeers starring Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland.

He owns several massive estates in England, including an 18th-century castle which he purchased for $6.2 million.

 

26. Robbie Williams

Richest Rockstars - Robbie Williams

Net Worth: $300 Million

Robbie Williams began his music career as a member of the 1990s boy band Take That, before going his own way as a solo musician and singer.

Williams established a new world record when he sold 1.6 million tickets in a single day, a feat which has helped him earn his impressive $300 million net worth.

Songs such as Let Me Entertain You and Millenium have hit the top spot on the UK charts, and in 2002 he signed a contract with EMI for a whopping $150 million. 

 

25. Phil Collins

Richest Rockstars - Phil Collins

Net Worth: $300 Million

Musician, songwriter, singer, and drummer Phil Collins began his professional career playing percussion for the progressive rock band Genesis, taking over vocals when Peter Gabriel departed from the band.

After over a decade of success with Genesis, Collins went solo and sold millions of singles and albums, including the hit track, You’ll Be In My Heart.

He’s also appeared in movies, taking a starring role in the heist comedy film Buster, and the children’s film Hook, by one of the richest directors in the world, Steven Spielberg.

Phil Collins places 25th in our list of the richest rockstars worldwide.

 

24. Neil Diamond

Richest Rockstars - Neil Diamond

Net Worth: $300 Million

One of the most successful rock stars of all time, Neil Diamond’s net worth of $300 million comes from his numerous multi-platinum-selling albums and singles.

In addition to his tracks, Diamond has penned songs for various other successful artists including UB40 and Frank Sinatra.

In 2022, Diamond sold his entire catalog to the Universal Music Group, with some speculating its value at well over $200 million, enough to purchase one of the most expensive yachts in the world.

 

23. James Hetfield

Richest Rockstars - James Hetfield

Net Worth: $300 Million

Along with Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield is a founding member of the band Metallica, for which he has worked as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

The huge success of the band has allowed Hetfield to build up a net worth of $300 million, which he’s expanded with multiple investments in real estate.

A committed environmentalist, James Hetfield has donated land to charity and other non-profit land trusts for conservation.

 

22. Dave Matthews

Richest Rockstars - Dave Matthews

Net Worth: $300 Million

Dave Matthews is a singer, songwriter, and frontman for his band, The Dave Matthews Band, which he founded in 1991.

The band released its debut album, Under the Table and Dreaming, in 1994, and was eventually certified platinum six times.

Matthews has also enjoyed a successful acting career on stage and film, appearing in the comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry in 2007.

 

21. Bjorn Ulvaeus

Richest Rockstars - Bjorn Ulvaeus

Net Worth: $300 Million

Swedish singer, songwriter, composer, and writer Björn Ulvaeus is best known as one of the members of the group ABBA, for which he co-wrote many of their greatest hits.

After the band reached international stardom with hit albums including Arrival, the band split up due to the stresses of fame on their personal lives.

Björn Ulvaeus continued to write and compose music for several projects and musicals in the following years.

 

20. Anni-Frid Lyngstad

Richest Rockstars - Anni-Fri Lyngstad

Net Worth: $300 Million

Another member of the group ABBA with a net worth of $300 million is Anni-Frid Lyngstad, who is a founding member, singer, and songwriter.

After ABBA broke up, Anni-Frid Lyngstad became a successful solo singer in her own right, releasing the album Something’s Going On in collaboration with Phil Collins.

In 1992, she became Princess Reuss and Countess of Plauen after marrying into royalty, considerably increasing her total net worth.

Lyngstad places 20th in our list of the richest rockstars.

 

19. Roger Waters

Richest Rockstars - Roger Waters

Net Worth: $310 Million

Co-founder and former bassist for Pink Floyd, Roger Waters is a singer, songwriter, and multi-talented musician with a net worth of $310 million.

Becoming the driving creative force behind Pink Floyd following the departure of Syd Barrett, Waters wrote many of the hit tracks featured on albums such as Dark Side of the Moon.

Waters has continued to earn huge sums of money through royalties and his solo work, earning $70 million between 2017 and 2018.

 

18. Dave Grohl

Richest Rockstars - Dave Grohl

Net Worth: $320 Million

After hitting international headlines as drummer for Nirvana in the 1990s. Dave Grohl went on to found his rock band, The Foo Fighters, in the late 1990s.

He’s also worked as a drummer for other bands including Queens of the Stone Age, collaborated with Jack Black for Tenacious D, and is widely rated as one of the best rock drummers of all time.

Outside of music, Grohl has worked as a film director, including on the HBO documentary miniseries, Sonic Highways.

 

17. Ringo Starr

Richest Rockstars - Ringo Starr

Net Worth: $350 Million

Musician, songwriter, actor, and drummer Ringo Starr became a household name after joining the Beatles as a drummer in the early 1960s.

Singing lead vocals on songs including Yellow Submarine, Good Night, and With a Little Help from My Friends, his post-Beatles career as a solo artist saw him release multiple albums and singles.

This includes everything from collaborations with Paul McCartney to narrating the children’s television program, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.

 

16. Lars Ulrich

Richest Rockstars - Lars Ulrich

Net Worth: $350 Million

Lars Ulrich is a musician, music producer, and songwriter from Denmark who has earned a net worth of $350 million as a founding member of the band Metallica.

The first Dane to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ulrich’s reputation as a versatile drummer is evident in his evolving style throughout his career.

In the late 1990s, Lars Ulrich was at the forefront of the fight against the music file-sharing website Napster, filing a lawsuit for copyright infringement.

 

15. Larry Mullen

Richest Rockstars - Larry Mullen

Net Worth: $350 Million

Musician and actor Larry Mullen earned his fame and fortune as a founding member and drummer for the band U2, helping him earn a net worth of $350 million.

U2 was first formed in 1976, Mullen’s post-U2 music career includes performances for President Bill Clinton and a guest performance on Alice Cooper’s Paranormal album.

In addition to his music career, Mullen has appeared in movies including Man on the Train and A Thousand Times Good Night.

Larry Mullen places 15th in our list of the richest rockstars.

 

14. The Edge

Richest Rockstars - The Edge

Net Worth: $400 Million

Another founding member of U2 with an exceptional net worth is The Edge, whose real name is David Evans.

The Edge works as lead guitarist and keyboardist for U2, with his understated guitar style nevertheless earning him accolades as one of the greatest musicians of all time.

He’s also a committed activist and the owner of a home in Malibu, California with $100 million.

 

13. Gene Simmons

Richest Rockstars - Gene Simmons

Net Worth: $400 Million

Gene Simmons is a singer and guitarist best known as one of the co-founders of the rock band Kiss, selling millions of records throughout his career.

Much of Simmons’s impressive $400 million net worth has come through Kiss licensing deals, with the band’s logo used on over 5000 different products over the years.

With multiple movie roles to his credit, Simmons has worked with actors including Edward Furlong, Zooey Deschanel, and Wesley Snipes.

Simmons has owned several luxury mansions over the years, including a property in Beverly Hills which he sold for $16 million in 2021.

 

12. Adam Clayton

Richest Rockstars - Adam Clayton

Net Worth: $400 Million

English-born Irish musician Adam Clayton has served as the bass player for Irish rock band U2 since its inception in 1976, earning royalties from the band’s 200 million album sales.

Clayton has worked with numerous other artists throughout his career, as well as working on the soundtrack to the movie, Mission: Impossible, in 1996.

He married former Mariana Teixeira De Carvalho in 2013 and is known to own various mansions and other properties around the world.

 

11. Jon Bon Jovi

Richest Rockstars - Jon Bon Jovi

Net Worth: $410 Million

American rock star, singer, songwriter, and record producer Jon Bon Jovi formed his band in 1983, which continues to run sell-out tours to this day.

In a typical one-year period, the band grosses as much as $135 million through sales of records and tour tickets, with Jon Bon Jovi earning tens of millions himself.

He has a total of 14 studio albums to his name so far and was added to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.

 

10. Eric Clapton

Richest Rockstars - Eric Clapton

Net Worth: $450 Million

English rock musician Eric Clapton is considered among the best guitarists in the world, with three entries into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame throughout his career.

In addition to his collection of supercars, Clapton is the owner of some of the most expensive paintings in the world, including paying $3.4 million for three Gerhard Richter paintings.

With 37 Grammy Award nominations to his name, Clapton also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 for his contribution to music.

Eric Clapton appears in 10th place in this list of the richest rockstars in the world.

 

9. Mick Jagger

Richest Rockstars - Mick Jagger

Net Worth: $500 Million

 Also known as Sir Michael Phillip Jagger, Mick Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, and actor known for his performances as the lead singer of The Rolling Stones.

With the Stones, Jagger has sold over 200 million copies of their records around the world, with tours still ongoing as of 2022.

Jagger has also enjoyed a successful solo career, and as an actor, he’s appeared in celebrated movies including Performance, Ned Kelly, and The Bank Job with Jason Statham.

 

8. Keith Richards

Richest Rockstars - Keith Richards

Net Worth: $500 Million

Another founding member of The Rolling Stones with a huge net worth is Keith Richards, who performed on some of the most expensive guitars in the world, and served as a secondary vocalist for the iconic rock band.

Richards is also responsible for writing many of their hit tracks, writing nearly all of their music in conjunction with Mick Jagger.

As a record producer, Richards has worked with stars including Aretha Franklin, Ronnie Spector, and Johnnie Johnson.

 

7. Elton John

Richest Rockstars - Elton John

Net Worth: $500 Million

Elton John is a hugely successful singer, songwriter, and pianist with a net worth of $500 million, selling more than 300 million albums throughout his career.

He’s one of the highest-paid celebrities of all time, earning upwards of $80 million per year when touring the globe.

Much of his impressive salary has come from Elton John’s Las Vegas residency at the venue, The Million Dollar Piano, which can earn him $500,000 for each show.

 

6. Bob Dylan

Richest Rockstars - Bob Dylan

Net Worth: $500 Million

Country singer and songwriter Bob Dylan is one of the most prolific writers and performers of all time, with songs that have been covered by thousands of artists.

His music career began in the 1960s, with politically-charged works such as The Times They Are a-Changin blending music styles and earning him a reputation as one of music’s biggest innovators.

With over 30 studio albums to his name, Bob Dylan has won ten Grammy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 

5. Sting

Net Worth: $550 Million

Musician, actor, and singer Sting began his professional career as the singer for The Police before branching out into a hugely successful solo career in the 1980s.

As well as selling millions of albums, Sting has appeared in several movies, including David Lynch’s Dune and Zoolander 2 alongside Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.

Outside the entertainment industry, Sting’s business ventures include investments in multiple mansions, and he also supports the Newcastle United Premier League football club.

Sting appears in 5th place in this list of the richest rockstars of all time.

 

4. Jimmy Buffett

Richest Rockstars - Jimmy Buffett

Net Worth: $600 Million

American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffet enjoyed a country music career in the 1970s before branching out into business investments.

It’s the latter, non-musical part of his career that earned Buffett his $600 million net worth, beginning with the release of three best-selling books.

His Margaritaville Holdings LLC company owns restaurants, casinos, and hotels in multiple locations, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue.

 

3. Bruce Springsteen

Richest Rockstars - Bruce Springsteen

Net Worth: $650 Million

Bruce Springsteen is an American singer and songwriter with a career spanning many decades, both as a solo artist and with the group, E Street Band. 

With over 100 million global record sales for his albums and singles, Springsteen’s annual earnings have been known to reach $80 million.

Springsteen has won an Academy Award, four American Music Awards, twenty Grammy Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards.

 

2. Bono

Richest Rockstars - Bono

Net Worth: $700 Million

Lead singer and founding member of Irish rock band U2 Bono has a vast fortune thanks to his record sales and entrepreneurial activities, with a net worth of $700 million.

In addition to his music career, Bono has earned considerable income through ventures including ownership of the Clarence Hotel in Dublin and his role on the Board of Directors of Zipline drone delivery company.

He’s also appeared in several movies throughout his career, including alongside Mel Gibson in Wim Wenders’s The Million Dollar Hotel.

A keen social activist, Bono has appeared on Time magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world on several occasions.

 

1. Paul McCartney

Richest Rockstars - Paul McCartney

Net Worth: $1.2 Billion

The co-founder of the Beatles band and successful solo artist in his own right, Paul McCartney has amassed a net worth of $1.2 billion throughout his career.

One of the most successful rock stars in the world, McCartney can earn tens of millions within a year, grossing $4 million per city on his 2015-16 tour.

He’s also the owner of over $100 million worth of real estate, including a penthouse in Manhattan he paid $15.5 million for in 2015.

 

Summary

That concludes this guide to the richest rockstars in the world, exploring the hit singles and albums that help them earn their fortunes.

Be sure to revisit this article in the future as we’ll be updating it to bring you the most accurate information as and when it changes.

Here’s a quick recap of the top 50 richest rockstars in the world:

  1. Paul McCartney
  2. Bono
  3. Bruce Springsteen
  4. Jimmy Buffet
  5. Sting
  6. Bob Dylan
  7. Elton John
  8. Keith Richards
  9. Mick Jagger
  10. Eric Clapton
  11. Jon Bon Jovi
  12. Adam Clayton
  13. Gene Simmons
  14. The Edge
  15. Larry Mullen
  16. Lars Ulrich
  17. Ringo Starr
  18. Dave Grohl
  19. Roger Waters
  20. Anni-Frid Lyngstad
  21. Bjorn Ulvaeus
  22. Dave Matthews
  23. James Hetfield
  24. Neil Diamond
  25. Phil Collins
  26. Robbie Williams
  27. Rod Stewart
  28. Don Henley
  29. Benny Andersson
  30. Billy Joel
  31. Ozzy Osbourne
  32. Brian May
  33. Agnetha Faltskog
  34. Axl Rose
  35. Kirk Hammett
  36. Paul Stanley
  37. Robert Plant
  38. Roger Taylor
  39. Ronnie Wood
  40. David Gilmour
  41. Jimmy Page
  42. Nick Mason
  43. John Deacon
  44. Angus Young
  45. Bob Geldof
  46. Joe Perry
  47. Tony Iommi
  48. Barry Gibb
  49. Lindsey Buckingham
  50. Alan Jackson

How many of these people did you think would appear on the list of the top 50 richest rockstars in the world? Leave a comment below.

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Nick

    Sep 18, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Phil Collins

    • John Roberts

      Nov 30, 2019 at 5:20 am

      Mickey Mouse.

      What do Mickey Mouse and Phil Collins have in common? Neither is in the top 20 — the point of this list.

  2. Sandra Lawson

    Dec 23, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Robbie Williams my biggest surprise, as an American. The rest is more slight degrees of placement that surprised me. Also surprised no one who became popular after 2000 made it. And if U2 split songwriting credit, why isn’t their take equal?

  3. Zappy

    Dec 30, 2019 at 10:50 am

    I knew Paul was number one. Even after his divorce.

  4. Creekrisen

    Feb 9, 2020 at 3:59 am

    Bon Jovi? Who would have thought

  5. Terry vaughn

    Feb 9, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Most of these artists have accomplished many things. Nothing personal against Sting, but what places him ahead of say Mick Jagger. The stones had many many hits. Sting, not so much. Great guy I just don’t understand

    • Andrew Christopher Bevan

      Apr 13, 2020 at 8:47 pm

      Hi Terry. Sting has had a very successful solo career. Mick and Keith wrote songs together and therefore always split their royalties. Had either wrote all their songs individually wdp they would’ve been up there with Bono.

  6. Miandra George

    Feb 28, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    What about Lady Gaga, J-Lo, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and others who are known to have wealth exceeding some that have been listed? ?

  7. Lori Gau

    Mar 8, 2020 at 4:10 am

    I’m surprised Jimmy Page isn’t on that list. There was a time when Zeppelin was just about the biggest band around. Like the Beatles, one could only imagine what they could have done if they were all still alive and together!

  8. Shannon browning

    Nov 8, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Bruce Springsteen could probably be worth a few hundred million more if he were to have ever sold the rights to use his songs for advertising..imagine what nike, automobile companies or any company with a device that ” runs ” would shell out for ‘ Born To Run ‘ ?
    He of course has turned down any such endorsements and keep in mind this goes back 35 years + .. before he was financially set for life , though he wasn’t doing to shabby back then .. oh yeah the beer industry would probably love the rights to ‘ Glory Days ‘ !

  9. Will Warner

    Nov 24, 2020 at 5:17 am

    Jimmy Buffet? For real? I mean I like him and music but maybe he smuggled a bunch of weed! 😂

  10. John Heindrich

    Nov 24, 2020 at 6:23 am

    Missed Lars Ulrich. Worth $350 million

  11. John rodgers

    Dec 1, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Why is cliff richard not on the list he’s been singing the longest and still going, since 1958
    .

  12. Dan

    Aug 4, 2021 at 9:13 am

    How could Madonna not be on that list?

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The 50 Richest Singers in the World

Richest Singers in the World 2018

Who are the richest singers in the world?

Spanning genres including rock and pop and with millions of fans around the world, these wealthy singers have sold millions of copies worldwide.

Read on to discover their hit tracks, sell-out tours, and movie appearances that have helped them dominate their profession.

 

The Top 50 Richest Singers in the World

We’ve covered the sales, key collaborations, and industry awards to bring you this definitive guide to the world’s richest singers.

Here’s our list of the top 50 richest singers in the world:

 

50. Billy Joel

Richest Singers - Billy Joel

Net Worth: $225 Million

Billy Joel is an American singer-songwriter with a career in the music industry spanning decades, selling over 160 million records worldwide.

His career began with the release of Cold Spring Harbor in 1971, with over a dozen albums to follow, many of which were certified platinum several times over.

He’s influenced a long list of rock stars and singers, including Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, and Nelly Furtado.

As of July 2024, Billy Joel’s net worth is estimated to be $225 Million.

 

49. Tina Turner

Richest Singers - Tina Turner

Net Worth: $250 Million

Instantly recognized for her powerful singing voice, Tina Turner’s career has spanned decades and includes many hit albums and singles selling millions of copies around the world.

She has won numerous awards, including 12 Grammy Awards and three Grammy Hall of Fame awards, as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award.

Turner has also made several appearances in hit movies, including Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome with Mel Gibson and Tommy.

As of July 2024, Tina Turner’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

48. Don Henley

Richest Singers - Don Henley

Net Worth: $250 Million

Founding member of The Eagles, as well as drummer and lead vocalist, Don Henley has had a hand in some of the most recognizable hit songs such as Hotel California.

With the band responsible for over 150 million album sales, they’ve picked up six Grammy Awards and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

When Henley married Sharon Summerall in 1995, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Sheryl Crow were among those performing music at the wedding.

As of July 2024, Don Henley’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

47. Justin Timberlake

Richest Singers - Justin Timberlake

Net Worth: $250 Million

Singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer Justin Timberlake began his career as a child actor before moving into music writing and performance with the band, N’SYNC.

After leaving the group, Timberlake’s solo career took off with his debut album, Justified, followed by tours with stars such as Christina Aguilera.

He’s also returned to his acting roots, with roles in films including Southland Tales with Dwayne Johnson, Alpha Dog, and The Social Network earning him acclaim for his performances.

As of July 2024, Justin Timberlake’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

46. Jose Carreras

Richest Singers - Jose Carreras

Net Worth: $250 Million

Classical tenor singer Jose Carreras is best known for his work with the Three Tenos, which also included Placido Domingo and Luciana Pavarotti.

This work has earned Carreras numerous accolades, as well as for his performances in operas including those composed by Puccini, Bizet, and Giordano.

The founder of the Jose Carreras International Leukemia Foundation, Carreras made his stage debut when he was just 11 years old.

As of July 2024, Jose Carreras’ net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

45. Diana Ross

Richest Singers - Diana Ross

Net Worth: $250 Million

Beginning her career as a member of the group, The Supremes, Diana Ross went on to become a hugely successful singer in her own right.

With more than 75 million record sales throughout her career, Ross has released over 90 singles, with many of these landing a spot on the Billboard Top 40.

Her net worth has been enhanced by various record label deals over the years, including a contract with RCA Records worth $20 million.

As of July 2024, Diana Ross’ net worth is estimated to be $225 Million.

Diana Ross places 45th on our list of the richest singers.

 

44. Bette Midler

Richest Singers - Bette Midler

Net Worth: $250 Million

American singer and actress Bette Midler has earned a significant net worth of $250 million both on stage and on screen and has fourteen albums to her name.

Screen credits including Beaches, The First Wives Club, and Hocus Pocus with Sarah Jessica Parker have added accolades for her acting ability to her credits.

Midler has owned some of the most expensive houses in the world, including a 14-room apartment she put on the market for $50 million.

As of July 2024, Bette Midler’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

43. Dhani Harrison

Richest Singers - Dhani Harrison

Net Worth: $275 Million

Dhani Harrison inherited much of his impressive net worth from his father George Harrison, who was one of the founding members of the iconic band The Beatles.

Raised on the family country estate, Dhani Harrison began his career in the aerodynamics industry before becoming a singer in his own right.

He owns half of his father’s estate, estimated to be worth $400 million, along with his sister Olivia.

As of July 2024, Dhani Harrison’s net worth is estimated to be $275 Million.

 

42. Justin Bieber

Richest Singers - Justin Bieber

Net Worth: $300 Million

Canadian singer Justin Bieber was first discovered after posting his music content on YouTube in 2007 and has since become one of the highest-paid performers in the world.

In addition to his albums and singles, Bieber has appeared on a range of television shows, including Good Morning America, The Today Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

He’s sold millions of copies of his singles and albums throughout his career, while the music video for Baby has over 2 billion views on YouTube.

As of July 2024, Justin Bieber’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

41. Tom Jones

Richest Singers - Tom Jones

Net Worth: $300 Million

Singer Tom Jones, known officially as Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE, has enjoyed a lengthy and successful career that began in the 1960s.

Songs including What’s New, Pussycat, Delilah, and It’s Not Unusual have helped to make Jones a household name while breaking records in terms of international sales.

In addition to his music career, Jones has worked as an actor, appearing in movies and television shows that include Mars Attacks, Fantasy Island, and the Will Smith comedy, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

As of July 2024, Tom Jones’ net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

40. Plácido Domingo

Richest Singers - Placido Domingo

Net Worth: $300 Million

Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo has earned international fame and recognition as an opera singer who has performed in more than 100 operas.

Singing in a range of languages, Plácido Domingo has also enjoyed great success through performances on pop singles and albums.

His credentials also include serving as the general director of the Los Angeles Opera and the Washington National Opera.

As of July 2024, Plácido Domingo’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

Placido Domingo places 40th on our list of the richest singers of all time.

 

39. Rod Stewart

Richest Singers - Rod Stewart

Net Worth: $300 Million

British rock icon Rod Stewart began his career as a busker, going on to become one of the top artists and one of the greatest singers in the music industry.

His early career saw him singing for groups such as The Dimensions and Jeff Back Group before his solo artist career took off with the launch of the album, Faces.

With an extensive discography to his name, Rod Stewart continues to release music to this day and has performed for some of the richest people in the world, as well as royalty.

As of July 2024, Rod Stewart’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

38. Robbie Williams

Richest Singers - Robbie Williams

Net Worth: $300 Million

After coming to prominence in the boy band Take That, Robbie Williams forged his own path and began his solo career in 1996.

With a record-breaking 18 BRIT Awards to his name, Williams helped redefine his generation’s approach to pop music while selling millions of albums worldwide.

He also broke records for his tour date sales, selling 1.6 million tickets in a single day for his 2006 World Tour.

As of July 2024, Robbie Williams’ net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

37. Shakira

Richest Singers - Shakira

Net Worth: $300 Million

Colombian pop star Shakira began her performing career as a belly dancer before going on to a successful career as one of the richest singers in the world.

A multi-award-winning performer, Shakira has won several Grammy Awards, several Billboard Music Awards, and has been voted by Billboard as the Top Female Latin Artist of the Decade in 2009.

With over 125 million global record sales under her belt, Shakira is the second most popular Latin American singer of all time, followed by Gloria Estefan.

She’s worked with some of the richest female rappers in the world, including Rihanna on the track, Can’t Remember to Forget You.

As of July 2024, Shakira’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

36. George Strait

Richest Singers - George Strait

Net Worth: $300 Million

Country music singer and producer George Strait has been hailed by fans and critics alike as “The King of Country”, and is one of the best-selling artists of all time.

With over 100 million record sales to his name, Strait has 13 multi-platinum albums in his discography and has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

His associations with brands including Wrangler jeans have helped Strait accumulate an astounding net worth of $300 million.

As of July 2024, George Strait’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

35. Phil Collins

Richest Singers - Phil Collins

Net Worth: $350 Million

Drummer, singer, and actor Phil Collins first came to public attention as the drummer, then lead singer, with the progressive rock band, Genesis.

After releasing several albums with the band, Collins took his career solo, with eight studio albums selling over 150 million units around the world.

He’s appeared in several films, including Hook by one of the richest directors in the world, Steven Spielberg.

As of July 2024, Phil Collins’ net worth is estimated to be $350 Million.

Phil Collins appears at 35th on our list of the richest singers.

 

34. Neil Diamond

Richest Singers - Neil Diamond

Net Worth: $300 Million

Singer-songwriter and musician Neil Diamond has been working in the music industry for decades, his output including ten number one singles.

An inductee in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Diamond has worked in various genres, with his song Sweet Caroline preserved by the Library of Congress.

He’s also worked with some of the industry’s biggest producers, including Rick Rubin on the album 12 Songs.

As of July 2024, Neil Diamond’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

33. James Hetfield

Richest Singers - James Hetfield

Net Worth: $300 Million

Metallica’s lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield is one of the best guitarists in the world, known for his intricate playing style.

With Metallica, he’s been involved in the production of some of the most iconic metal tracks ever released, including Harvester of Sorrow and Enter Sandman.

As well as his work with Metallica, Hetfield has made guest appearances with bands including Alice in Chains and Queen.

As of July 2024, James Hetfield’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

32. Dave Matthews

Richest Singers - Dave Matthews

Net Worth: $300 Million

Dave Matthews is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the Dave Matthews Band, who have been producing acoustic rock and blues since 1976.

The release of their album Away From The World made them the only band in history to have six consecutive studio albums debut on the top spot of the Billboard charts.

For his work with the band and as a solo performer, Matthews has won two Grammy Awards, including Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for his solo album, Gravedigger.

As of July 2024, Dave Matthews’ net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

31. Mariah Carey

Richest Singers - Mariah Carey

Net Worth: $340 Million

One of the most popular singers of her generation, Mariah Carey is second only to Madonna when it comes to her record sales figures, with over 200 million album sales to her name.

Along with her record sales, touring and endorsements have helped boost Mariah Carey’s net worth to $340 Million.

She’s also worked with Oprah Winfrey, one of the richest TV hosts in the world, and appeared in more than a dozen movies.

One of her most popular songs, All I Want For Christmas, generates annual revenue of $600,000 in royalties, with a total of $60 million in gross royalties.

As of July 2024, Mariah Carey’s net worth is estimated to be $340 Million.

 

30. Lady Gaga

Richest Singers - Lady Gaga

Net Worth: $320 Million

Lady Gaga is an American singer and actress whose career began in 2003 when she started performing in New York’s Lower East Side rock scene.

This led to an opportunity to work as a writer for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, before branching out and creating her own songs with her debut album, The Fame.

Acting roles also followed, including performances in the film A Star Is Born with Bradley Cooper, which earned Lady Gaga an Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe.

As of July 2024, Lady Gaga’s net worth is estimated to be $320 Million.

Lady Gaga places 30th on our list of the richest singers in the world.

 

29. Katy Perry

Richest Singers - Katy Perry

Net Worth: $330 Million

Singer, songwriter, and television judge Katy Perry broke into the mainstream with her second album, One of the Boys, after signing to Capitol Records in 2007.

Additional albums, singles, and sell-out tours have helped boost Katy Perry’s net worth to $330 million, with additional digital sales earning her considerable sums of money.

One of the richest celebrity couples in the world with her current partner, Orlando Bloom, she’s known for her relationship with Russell Brand.

As of July 2024, Katy Perry’s net worth is estimated to be $330 Million.

 

28. Ringo Starr

Richest Singers - Ringo Starr

Net Worth: $350 Million

Former drummer and occasional vocalist for the Beatles Ringo Starr has a net worth of $350 Million through his association with the band and as a solo performer.

Described as one of the greatest drummers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, he has received two entries into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Outside of his career in the music industry, he’s known for narrating the children’s television series, Thomas the Tank Engine.

As of July 2024, Ringo Starr’s net worth is estimated to be $350 Million.

 

27. Cher

Richest Singers - Cher

Net Worth: $360 Million

Iconic singer and actress Cher has one of the longest-running careers in the music industry, which began in the 1960s through her collaboration with Sonny Bono.

This was followed by a hugely successful solo career, with a $2.5 million deal with Warner Bros. Records in the 70s spawning several hit albums and singles.

Combined with her acting career, appearing in movies such as Mask, Moonstruck with Nicolas Cage, and Mermaids, Cher’s net worth has reached $360 million.

As of July 2024, Cher’s net worth is estimated to be $360 million.

 

26. Toby Keith

Richest Singers - Toby Keith

Net Worth: $365 Million

Another international superstar of the country music scene is Toby Keith, who has made his fortune through his music and business ventures.

His net worth of $365 million comes largely from his 40 million album sales, including his hits How Do You Like Me Now, Boomtown, and Blue Moon.

As a businessman, he owns the record label Big Machine, as well as distilleries producing the alcoholic drink Mezcal.

As of July 2024, Toby Keith’s net worth is estimated to be $365 million.

 

25. Shania Twain

Richest Singers - Shania Twain

Net Worth: $400 Million

Canadian singer and songwriter Shania Twain, often referred to as the Queen of Country Pop, has been working in the industry since the 1980s.

Her self-titled debut album was released in 1993, with her second album The Woman In Me launching her mainstream career with 12 million copies sold.

As of July 2024, Shania Twain’s net worth of $400 million makes her one of the most successful singers in the world working today.

 

24. Johnny Mathis

Richest Singers - Johnny Mathis

Net Worth: $400 Million

With more than 350 million copies of his albums and singles sold worldwide, Johnny Mathis is one of the most prolific and successful singers of all time.

His career began in the 1950s and was boosted by his appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, leading to his album Johnny’s Greatest Hits spending 490 consecutive weeks and nine and a half years on the Billboard Top 200 album charts.

Tonight Show host Johnny Carson once referred to Mathis as the best ballad singer in the world, and he continued to tour into the 2000s.

As of July 2024, Johnny Mathis’ net worth is estimated to be $400 million.

 

23. Jennifer Lopez

Richest Singers - Jennifer Lopez

Net Worth: $400 Million

With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Jennifer Lopez’s net worth of $400 million makes her one of the most successful performers of all time.

She began her performing career as a dancer before moving into singing, releasing her debut album On the 6 in 1999 to critical and commercial acclaim.

In addition to singing, Lopez has numerous acting credits to her name, appearing in movies such as Out of Sight with George Clooney, The Cell, and Gigli.

As of July 2024, J Lo’s net worth is estimated to be $400 million.

 

22. Garth Brooks

Richest Singers - Garth Brooks

Net Worth: $400 Million

Hugely successful country music singer Garth Brooks has been performing for decades and has sold over 200 million albums around the world throughout his career.

Along with his wife Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks’ net worth is $400 million, which comes from his record sales along with a string of sell-out tours throughout America.

Brooks has been known to earn as much as $90 million from a single tour, making him one of the highest-paid celebrities of all time.

As of July 2024, Garth Brooks’ net worth is estimated to be $400 million.

 

21. Barbra Streisand

Richest Singers - Barbara Streisand

Net Worth: $400 Million

Singer, actress, and film director Barbra Streisand is one of the richest singers in the world, with a career spanning decades.

One of the most successful singers in the history of the music industry, Streisand has sold ten top ten albums and earned multiple Grammy Awards.

Her movie career began with a starring role in Funny Girl, for which she won Best Actress at the 1968 Academy Awards, with more recent roles including The Guilt Trip and Meet the Fockers with Ben Stiller

Barbra Streisand places 21st on our list of the richest singers in the world.

 

20. Jon Bon Jovi

Richest Singers - Jon Bon Jovi

Net Worth: $410 Million

American rock star and actor Jon Bon Jovi has had an illustrious career that includes some of the biggest-selling rock albums of the 1980s.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, he’s worked with artists including Elton John, Jef Beck, and Little Richard.

His tracks have featured in movies starring some of the richest actors in the world, including the Mark Wahlberg movie, Pain and Gain.

As of July 2024, Jon Bon Jovi’s net worth is estimated to be $410 million.

 

19. Victoria Beckham

Richest Singers - Victoria Beckham

Net Worth: $450 Million

British singer Victoria Beckham became internationally famous with the launch of the pop group The Spice Girls, where she earned her nickname Posh Spice.

Money earned through the sales of Spice Girls records, along with her marriage to footballer David Beckham, have catapulted Victoria Beckham’s net worth to $450 million.

Additional revenue has come through her business ventures, including her beauty brand Victoria Beckham Beauty. 

As of July 2024, Victoria Beckham’s net worth is estimated to be $450 million.

 

18. Mick Jagger

Richest Singers - Mick Jagger

Net Worth: $500 Million

Rolling Stones co-founder and frontman Mick Jagger was born in England, forming his legendary band in 1962 and writing many of their hit songs.

Jagger has also appeared in various movies, including Ned Kelly and 1970s Performance, directed by trailblazing movie maker, Nicolas Roeg.

In 2015 a Fender Stratocaster made history when it became the most expensive guitar in the world, with Jagger’s signature helping to boost its eventual value.

As of July 2024, Mick Jagger’s net worth is estimated to be $500 million.

 

17. Gloria Estefan

Richest Singers - Gloria Estefan

Net Worth: $500 Million

The most successful Latin American singer of all time, Gloria Estefan’s net worth of $500 million comes from her 130 million record sales and other entrepreneurial activities.

An icon of 1980s music, Estefan’s hit songs include Summer Nights, which played on the soundtrack to the hit Tom Cruise movie, Top Gun.

Estefan has also published children’s books and appeared in movies including Music of the Heart and Marley & Me.

 

16. Keith Richards

Richest Singers - Keith Richards

Net Worth: $500 Million

Along with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards is one of the co-founders of the rock band, Rolling Stones, serving as songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist on their music.

A larger-than-life figure, Richards has made dozens of media appearances over his career, including as a guest star on the Matt Groening animated comedy, The Simpsons.

He’s also made appearances as Jack Sparrow’s father in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise.

Keith Richards places 16th on our list of the richest singers.

 

15. Elton John

Richest Singers - Elton John

Net Worth: $500 Million

Singer, pianist, and composer Elton John began his music career in the late 1960s and has released 31 studio albums over the course of his career.

Career highlights include Rocketman, I’m Still Standing, and Can You Feel the Love Tonight, which was featured on the hit Disney movie, The Lion King.

He’s performed for the British royal family on several occasions, most famously singing Candle in the Wind at the funeral of Princess Diana.

As of July 2024, Elton John’s net worth is estimated to be $500 million.

 

14. Bob Dylan

Richest Singers - Bob Dylan

Net Worth: $500 Million

Folk rock singer, songwriter, and lyricist Bob Dylan is regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, with 120 million record sales to his name.

One of the most celebrated singers of all time, he’s been awarded ten Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

He’s collaborated with dozens of top-tier artists, including Neil Young, Tom Petty, and Gene Simmons.

 

13. Beyonce Knowles

Richest Singers - Beyonce

Net Worth: $500 Million

Pop singer, entrepreneur, and actress Beyonce Knowles got her break in the music industry performing with the Girl’s Thyme troupe on the TV show Star Search.

After the band was renamed Destiny’s Child, they sold over 50 million copies of their albums and singles before Beyonce went solo and worked with some of the richest rappers in the world.

Additional income has come from various endorsement deals, including those for Pepsi, L’Oreal, Samsung, and American Express.

As of July 2024, Beyonce’s net worth is estimated to be $500 million.

 

12. Sting

Net Worth: $550 Million

English singer and actor Sting first rose to fame as the lead vocalist for the Police, leaving the band to launch his solo career in 1985.

Sting has also starred in several movies, most notably David Lynch’s adaptation of Dune and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels with Jason Statham.

Record sales of over 100 million units, combined with his movie and television appearances, have helped Sting amass a personal fortune of $550 million.

 

11. Jimmy Buffett

Richest Singers - Jimmy Buffett

Net Worth: $600 Million

Jimmy Buffett is an American singer-songwriter who made the transition from the music industry into business ventures, including his chain of restaurants.

His best-known song, Margaritaville and Come Monday won him thousands of fans, who refer to themselves as “Parrotheads”.

In addition to his restaurants, Buffett has earned his impressive net worth by investing in casinos, beer production, and real estate.

Jimmy Buffett places 11th on our list of the richest singers worldwide.

 

10. Julio Iglesias

Richest Singers - Julio Iglesias

Net Worth: $600 Million

Spanish singer and songwriter Julio Iglesias has sold over 300 million albums over the course of his lengthy career, making him one of the richest singers of all time.

After rising to fame in the 1970s, Iglesias has continued to tour over several decades, winning a string of awards and being inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.

He’s also the owner of various mansions, selling four lots on Miami’s Indian Creek Island for $150 million in 2017.

As of July 2024, Julio Iglesias’ net worth is estimated to be $600 million.

 

9. Bruce Springsteen

Richest Singers - Bruce Springsteen

Net Worth: $650 Million

Bruce Springsteen is an American singer, songwriter, and musician with 20 studio albums to his credit, with combined global sales of over 120 million units.

Songs such as Born to Run, Fire, and Brothers Under the Bridge have earned him critical and commercial acclaim, influencing future generations of performers.

He’s performed for some of the richest people in America, with his tracks appearing in dozens of movies including Risky Business, High Fidelity, and The Wedding Singer.

 

8. Dolly Parton

Richest Singers - Dolly Parton

Net Worth: $650 Million

Dolly Parton is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and author who has been performing for several decades and has a theme park dedicated to her life and career.

With hundreds of millions of album sales and sell-out tours to her name, Dolly Parton’s net worth has climbed to an astounding $650 million so far.

Parton has also appeared in movies including Steel Magnolias with Julia Roberts, for which she won an Academy Award for singing the title track.

 

7. Bono

Richest Singers - Bono

Net Worth: $700 Million

Irish singer, songwriter, and political activist Bono is best known as the frontman for U2, one of rock’s most iconic stadium bands.

Frequently seen on the world stage alongside some of the richest politicians in the world, Bono’s music career has earned him an impressive 22 Grammy Awards.

He’s also been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2005 was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

As of July 2024, Bono’s net worth is estimated to be $700 Million.

 

6. Celine Dion

Richest Singers - Celine Dion

Net Worth: $800 Million

Canadian singer and actress Celine Dion has sold over 200 million albums and singles throughout her career, many of which have topped the American charts.

In addition to record sales, Celine Dion’s net worth has increased thanks to her lucrative residencies at the Caesars Palace venue in Las Vegas.

Her most successful song, My Heart Will Go On, was featured on the soundtrack for the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster, Titanic.

She owns multiple properties valued at several million dollars each and sold a private island in 2016 for $25 million.

Celine Dion places 6th on our list of the richest singers in the world.

 

5. Madonna

Richest Singers - Madonna

Net Worth: $850 Million

80s pop icon Madonna is a best-selling singer who became an international superstar following the release of singles such as Like a Virgin and Like a Prayer.

A successful actress, Madonna has appeared in several hit films including Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, and A League of Their Own with Tom Hanks.

As of July 2024, Madonna’s net worth is $850 million, with the star owning a collection of art rumored to be worth $100 million.

 

4. Herb Alpert

Richest Singers - Herb Alpert

Net Worth: $850 Million

Musician and executive who began his career as a trumpeter in the Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass band in the ’60s.

Much of his immense fortune has come from his role as co-founder of A&M Records, which he set up with Jerry Moss and sold for $500 million in 1989.

Alpert also created the Herb Alpert Foundation and the Alpert Awards in the Arts, offering grants and funding to up-and-coming artists as well as tuition-free education.

As of July 2024, Herb Alpert’s net worth is estimated to be $850 Million.

 

3. Taylor Swift

Richest Singers - Taylor Swift

Net Worth: $1.1 Billion

Taylor Swift’s net worth has come from her impressive record sales throughout her career, with 200 million sales and counting.

Discovered when she was 15, Swift signed to Big Machine Records and hit the number-one spot on the U.S. Country Music chart with her debut album.

Her impressive career includes performing on stage with a variety of music stars, including Faith Hill, Justin Bieber, and John Mayer.

Taylor Swift jumped from 25th to 3rd in a single year.

As of July 2024, Taylor Swift’s net worth is estimated to be $1.1 Billion.

 

2. Paul McCartney

Richest Singers - Paul McCartney

Net Worth: $1.2 Billion

Singer, guitarist, and co-founder of the legendary band the Beatles Paul McCartney has a net worth of $1.2 Billion, placing him at the top of the list of the richest rockstars in the world.

With a career spanning decades, McCartney has recorded 32 songs that have landed on the Billboard Top 100 and received two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He’s also appeared in various movies over the years, including the classic animated version of the Beatles’ album, Yellow Submarine.

As of July 2024, Paul McCartney’s net worth is estimated to be $1.2 Billion

 

1. Rihanna

Richest Singers - Rihanna

Net Worth: $1.7 Billion

Rihanna’s net worth of $1.7 Billion makes her the most successful musician and singer of all time, with much of this wealth coming from her entrepreneurial activities.

She has enjoyed a great deal of success as a solo artist, collaborating with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Kanye West.

Her Fenty Beauty line, which is partnered with LVHM, is worth upwards of $2 billion, significantly increasing her overall net worth.

Her albums and singles have sold millions of copies, with the single Umbrella selling over 8 million copies worldwide and winning a Grammy Award in 2008.

As of July 2024, Rihanna’s net worth is estimated to be $1.7 Billion.

 

Summary

That concludes this guide to the richest singers of all time, exploring the chart-topping releases that helped them earn their net worth.

When new information about the wealth of these iconic singers is released we’ll be updating the article, so be sure to check back in the future.

Here’s a quick recap of the 50 richest singers in the world:

  1. Rihanna
  2. Paul McCartney
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Herb Alpert
  5. Madonna
  6. Celine Dion
  7. Bono
  8. Dolly Parton
  9. Bruce Springsteen
  10. Julio Iglesias
  11. Jimmy Buffett
  12. Sting
  13. Beyonce Knowles
  14. Bob Dylan
  15. Elton John
  16. Keith Richards
  17. Gloria Estefan
  18. Mick Jagger
  19. Victoria Beckham
  20. Jon Bon Jovi
  21. Barbra Streisand
  22. Garth Brooks
  23. Jennifer Lopez
  24. Johnny Mathis
  25. Shania Twain
  26. Toby Keith
  27. Cher
  28. Ringo Starr
  29. Katy Perry
  30. Lady Gaga
  31. Mariah Carey
  32. Dave Matthews
  33. James Hetfield
  34. Neil Diamond
  35. Phil Collins
  36. George Strait
  37. Shakira
  38. Robbie Williams
  39. Rod Stewart
  40. Placido Domingo
  41. Tom Jones
  42. Justin Bieber
  43. Dhani Harrison
  44. Bette Midler
  45. Diana Ross
  46. Jose Carreras
  47. Justin Timberlake
  48. Don Henley
  49. Tina Turner
  50. Billy Joel

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The Richest Rappers in the World 2018

Who are the richest rappers in the world?

Hip-hop artists have set new records in the music industry, selling millions of albums worldwide and helping shape the genre for a new generation.

This article covers the icons of the hip-hop scene, including household names such as Lil Wayne, Eminem, and Kanye West.

 

The Top 50 Richest Rappers in the World

The best-selling albums and singles, as well as business ventures and investments, have all been explored to bring you this definitive guide to the most successful rappers of all time.

Here’s our list of the 50 richest rappers in the world:

 

50. Quavo

Richest Rappers - Quavo

Net Worth: $28 Million

Rapper, songwriter, and record producer Quavo is well-known as a member of the hip-hop trio Migos, releasing three studio albums with the group.

In 2018 he released his debut solo album, Quavo Huncho, which reached number 2 on the American Billboard 200 charts.

He began dating Saweetie in 2018, with a video emerging in 2020 showing the two in a physical altercation.

As of July 2024, Quavo’s net worth is estimated to be $28 Million.

 

49. Offset

Net Worth: $28 Million

Offset is another member of the group Migos, along with Quavo and Takeoff, with a net worth of $26 million through his record sales.

Born Kiari Kendrell Cephus, Offset is Quavo’s cousin, with the stars growing up listening to hip hop performers including Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, and Master P.

In addition to his work in the music industry, Offset has appeared in campaigns for fashion designers including Bryce Barnes, and Lavati.

As of July 2024, Offset’s net worth is estimated to be $28 Million.

 

48. Soulja Boy

Richest Rappers - Soulja Boy

Net Worth: $10 Million

Soulja Boy found success with the release of his hit debut single Crank That (Soulja Boy), which hit the top spot of the charts in 2007.

His platinum-selling debut album, Souljaboytellem.com, followed that year, with further albums Loyalty and How Can You Blame Me? securing his reputation as a leading hip-hop artist.

Once noted for his facial tattoos, Soulja Boy had these removed in 2020 so he could more easily make the move into acting.

As of July 2024, Soulja Boy’s net worth is estimated to be $10 Million.

 

47. Lil Jon

Richest Rappers - Lil Jon

Net Worth: $30 Million

American rapper, record producer, and actor Lil Jon formed Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz in 1996, beginning his productive career in the music industry.

Singles such as Get Low and Freek-a-Leek both hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Yeah! Yeah! won Best Rap Performance at the Grammy Awards.

A pioneer of the crunk subgenre of hip-hop, Lil Jon has diverse investments including a line of Oakley shades, an energy drink, and a wine company.

As of July 2024, Lil Jon’s net worth is estimated to be $30 Million.

 

46. G-Dragon

Richest Rappers - G-Dragon

Net Worth: $30 Million

South Korean rapper, producer, and model G-Dragon, born Kwon Ji-Yong, is the leader of the hip-hop boy band Big Bang.

A performer since the age of eight, G-Dragon moved away from Big Bang in 2009 to begin his debut solo career with the album Heartbreaker.

One of South Korea’s highest-paid celebrity endorsers, G-Dragon’s influence extends beyond the music industry into fashion and culture.

As of July 2024, G-Dragon’s net worth is estimated to be $30 Million.

 

45. Big Boi

Richest Rappers - Big Boi

Net Worth: $30 Million

American rapper Big Boi is perhaps best known for being one half of the duo Outkast along with rapper Andre 3000.

With six studio albums under their belt, Outkast has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, five of them achieving platinum status and one diamond.

Big Boi has picked up an impressive 18 Grammy Awards nominations, including a win for Best Rap Performance, Big Boi’s other awards include four American Music Awards and three Soul Train Music Awards.

As of July 2024, Big Boi’s net worth is estimated to be $30 Million.

 

44. Andre 3000

Richest Rappers - Andre 3000

Net Worth: $35 Million

Big Boi’s partner in Outkast, Andre 3000, has been frequently listed as one of the greatest rappers in the world, as well as a pioneering record producer.

In addition to the many hits he’s enjoyed under the Outkast brand, Andre 3000 is a successful solo musician and entrepreneur with his clothing line.

A successful actor, he’s appeared in movies with some of the richest actors in the world, including Four Brothers with Mark Wahlberg, as well as hit television shows such as The Shield and Families.

As of July 2024, Andre 3000’s net worth is estimated to be $35 Million.

 

43. Future

Richest Rappers - Future

Net Worth: $50 Million

Hip-hop rapper and singer Future, whose real name is Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, began his career in 2010 by releasing mix tapes and was signed to Epic Records the following year.

The mixtape Streetz Calling was followed by his first album, Pluto, which included four hit singles that charted near the top spot on the American hip-hop charts.

In 2019, Future won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance for his work on the track, King’s Dead, which was featured in the blockbuster Marvel movie, Black Panther.

As of July 2024, Future’s net worth is estimated to be $50 Million.

 

42. Darryl McDaniels

Richest Rappers - Darryl McDaniels

Net Worth: $40 Million

Darryl McDaniels is best known by hip-hop fans as DMC and is one of the founding members of the iconic rap group Run-D.M.C. along with Joseph Simmons and Jason Mizell.

A prolific producer and songwriter, he released his solo album Checks Thugs and Rock n Roll in 2006, co-founding his own record label, IME Records, in 2011.

His long and illustrious career in the music industry earned McDaniels a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, marking him as one of the most successful rappers in the world.

As of July 2024, Darryl McDaniels’s net worth is estimated to be $40 Million.

 

41. Daddy Yankee

Richest Rappers - Daddy Yankee

Net Worth: $40 Million

One of the most successful rappers working today, Daddy Yankee has sold over 30 million records over a career spanning three decades.

Born in Puerto Rico, he began rapping at the age of thirteen and appeared on numerous mixtapes by DJ Playero throughout the 1990s.

A leading figure in the Reggaeton genre, Daddy Yankee has released multiple solo albums and became the most-watched person on YouTube for his Despacito music video.

As of July 2024, Daddy Yankee’s net worth is estimated to be $40 Million.

 

40. Cardi B

Richest Rappers - Cardi B

Net Worth: $80 Million

American rapper, singer, producer, and reality television star Cardi B launched to fame after her Instagram account went viral and gained over 100 million followers.

After appearing on the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York in 2015, Cardi B went on to produce music, signing to Atlantic Records in 2017.

One of the richest female rappers in the world, she’s also appeared in movies including the Jennifer Lopez crime comedy Hustlers, released in 2019.

As of July 2024, Cardi B’s net worth is estimated to be $80 Million.

 

39. 50 Cent

Richest Rappers - 50 Cent

Net Worth: $40 Million

Rapper, producer, and actor 50 Cent rose to fame after he was discovered by Eminem in 2002, who hooked the rapper up with Dr. Dre and secured a $1 million record deal.

His 2003 album, Get Rich or Die Trying, catapulted 50 Cent into the spotlight, debuting at number 1 on the Billboard charts with nearly 1 million copies sold in a few days.

He’s also appeared in several movies, including Escape Plan with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, and the Al Pacino movie, Righteous Kill.

50 Cent’s net worth reached over $100 million at one point in his career, but his lavish spending habits combined with a series of lawsuits have seen this sum come down to $40 Million.

As of July 2024, 50 Cent’s net worth is estimated to be $40 Million.

 

38. Rick Ross

Richest Rappers - Rick Ross

Net Worth: $45 Million

With millions of albums and single sales under his belt, rapper, producer, and record executive Rick Ross is one of the most successful rappers in the world.

The release of his debut single Hustlin’ led to a multimillion-dollar deal with Jay-Z’s Def Jam Records, which was followed by two albums that hit the number one spot on the Billboard album charts.

Owner of some of the most expensive watches you can buy, Rick Ross also has an extensive property portfolio including a $5.2 million mansion in Florida.

As of July 2024, Rick Ross’ net worth is estimated to be $45 Million.

 

37. Post Malone

Richest Rappers - Post Malone

Net Worth: $45 Million

Post Malone first gained recognition with his single White Inversion, which featured his signature blending of hip-hop with country and rock music.

After signing to Republic Records in 2015, Malone collaborated with Kanye West on the single Fade, significantly enhancing his reputation.

In 2018, Post Malone smashed the record previously held by Michael Jackson for the most weeks on the Billboard charts with his single Stoney.

As of July 2024, Post Malone’s net worth is estimated to be $45 Million.

 

36. Common

Richest Rappers - Common

Net Worth: $45 Million

American rapper Common’s studio album Like Water for Chocolate brought him international recognition and was to mark a consistent run as a producer of high-quality hip-hop music.

In addition to his music career, Common has enjoyed a successful career as an actor, appearing in movies including Suicide Squad, Now You See Me, and the Christian Bale movie, Terminator Salvation.

His net worth of $45 million has been increased thanks to his film production company called Freedom Road Productions, which produces movies in collaboration with Amazon Studios.

As of July 2024, Common’s net worth is estimated to be $45 Million.

 

35. Chamillionaire

Richest Rappers - Chamillionaire

Net Worth: $50 Million

 The aptly-named rapper and entrepreneur Chamillionaire has earned a net worth of $50 million over the course of his career, much of it through his company Chamillitary Entertainment.

Real name Hakeem Seriki, he’s worked with rapper Paul Wall on a variety of projects before releasing his solo album The Sound of Revenge in 2005.

Lil Ken and Troy Henry are two of the prominent artists who have released music through his Chamillitary Entertainment label, while other business ventures include Cruise Automation, which designed self-driving car technology.

As of July 2024, Chamillionaire’s net worth is estimated to be $50 Million.

 

34. Chad Hugo

Richest Rappers - Chad Hugo

Net Worth: $55 Million

American rapper, musician, and record producer Chad Hugo is the working partner of Pharrell Williams, with whom he has written and produced a range of songs.

Together with Williams, Hugo has produced music for a broad range of artists including Jay-Z, which critics have celebrated for their unique sounds.

Known collectively as The Neptunes, Hugo and Williams were awarded the Producer of the Year accolades at the Billboard Music Awards and The Source Awards.

As of July 2024, Chad Hugo’s net worth is estimated to be $55 Million.

 

33. PSY

Richest Rappers - PSY

Net Worth: $60 Million

Born Park Jae-Sang, South Korean rapper PSY became an international sensation with the release of his single Gangnam Style in 2012.

One of the most-viewed music videos in the history of YouTube, the track smashed established acts including Katy Perry and Justin Bieber off the top of the charts.

Much of his net worth came from this song, as well as a series of endorsement deals that PSY signed to in the wake of the song’s success.

As of July 2024, PSY’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million.

 

32. Travis Scott

Richest Rappers - Travis Scott

Net Worth: $60 Million

Travis Scott is one of the most popular rappers in the world, earning around $50 per year when touring and from his record sales and endorsements.

He released his first studio album, Rodeo, in 2015, and has since gone on to pick up various accolades at the BET Hip Hop Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and the Grammy Awards.

Scott began dating Kylie Jenner in 2017, and the two had a daughter together, Stormi Webster, before splitting up in 2019.

As of July 2024, Travis Scott’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million.

 

31. Joseph Simmons AKA Rev Run

Richest Rappers - Rev Run

Net Worth: $60 Million

Another founding member of the iconic hip-hop act Run-D.M.C. is Joseph Simmons, whose career had a second life in the mid-2000s thanks to the reality TV series, Run’s House.

Simmons’s hip-hop career began before Run-D.M.C. was founded, but the group’s success is where much of his impressive $60 million net worth is drawn from.

A prolific actor, Joseph Simmons has appeared in TV shows including The Last O.G., Grounded for Life, and All About the Washingtons on Netflix.

As of July 2024, Rev Run’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million.

 

30. J. Cole

Richest Rappers - J Cole

Net Worth: $60 Million

Rapper, record producer, and songwriter J. Cole began his career in the music industry when he was signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation record label in 2007.

Platinum-certified albums soon followed, including 2011’s The Sideline Story, which Cole produced while touring as the supporting act for Drake.

His fifth album, KOD, topped the Billboard 200 in 2018, which was also his fifth number 1 album in a career of successive hits.

As of July 2024, J. Cole’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million.

 

29. Akon

Richest Rappers - Akon

Net Worth: $60 Million

Aliaune Thiam, known by his stage name Akon, achieved fame for his songs Smack That and Locked Up, launching a hugely successful solo career in the music business.

A string of best-selling albums solidified his presence with collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Eminem, along with his work as a producer helping up-and-coming artists establish their name.

His clothing line Konvict Clothing was launched in 2008, and his songs have been reportedly used for ringtones more than any other artist in the world.

As of July 2024, Akon’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million.

 

28. Ice T

Richest Rappers - Ice T

Net Worth: $65 Million

Ice T, born Tracy Lauren Marrow, began his music career after DJing at parties, putting his criminal past behind him with the release of his single, Cold Wind Madness.

A trio of albums in the late 1980s was each certified gold by the RIAA, while his 1991 hip-hop masterpiece, O.G. Original Gangster, is widely considered to be the founding record of gangsta rap.

Ice T has also enjoyed a successful acting career, appearing in a regular role for the series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and winning an NAACP Image Award for his performance.

As of July 2024, Ice T’s net worth is estimated to be $65 Million.

 

27. Wiz Khalifa

Richest Rappers - Wiz Khalifa

Net Worth: $70 Million

American rapper and actor Wiz Khalifa released his first mixtape in 2005, but it was his debut album Show and Prove that was to gain his attention, released the following year.

After a stint at Warner Bros. Records, Khalifa released numerous studio albums throughout the 2010s, helping to push his net worth up to its current $70 million.

An outspoken supporter of marijuana, Khalifa claims to spend $10,000 each month on the drug, joining the ranks of Snoop Dogg as a public advocate for smoking weed.

As of July 2024, Wiz Khalifa’s net worth is estimated to be $70 Million.

 

26. Will.I.Am

Richest Rappers - Will.I.AM

Net Worth: $70 Million

Will.I.Am’s net worth of $70 million has been earned through a combination of rapping, record production, and his many appearances on television shows.

One of the founding members of the band The Black Eyed Peas, his career includes several hit albums and singles, both with the group and as a solo artist.

A regular judge on the television show The Voice, Will.I.Am has also appeared in movies including Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa with Ben Stiller, Date Night, and the Rio animated movies. 

As of July 2024, Will.I.Am’s net worth is estimated to be $70 Million.

 

25. Nas

Richest Rappers - Nas

Net Worth: $70 Million

Nas became a sensation in the hip-hop community in 1994 with the release of his debut album Illmatic, which earned the best album of the year accolade from The Source magazine.

In addition to his music production, Nas has made considerable money as a venture capitalist, investing in emerging technologies through the firm QueensBridge Venture Partners.

Other business activities include Sweet Chick, a chicken and waffle restaurant, and shares in Coinbase.

As of July 2024, Nas’ net worth is estimated to be $70 Million.

 

24. Kendrick Lamar

Richest Rappers - Kendrick Lamar

Net Worth: $75 Million

Rapper Kendrick Lamar began performing at the age of sixteen, before signing with Top Dawg Entertainment in the early 2000s and releasing a string of mixtapes and singles.

His 2015 album, To Pimp A Butterfly, was an international smash hit, topping multiple Albums of the Year lists and earning the rapper five Grammy Awards including Best Rap Album.

Lamar has also met some of the richest politicians in the world over the course of his career, including a meeting with Barack Obama at the White House.

This success and other album and single sales have pushed Kendrick Lamar’s net worth to $75 million, with the star earning $10 million in 2021.

As of July 2024, Kendrick Lamar’s net worth is estimated to be $75 Million.

 

23. DJ Khaled

Richest Rappers - DJ Khaled

Net Worth: $75 Million

DJ Khaled, whose real name is Khaled Mohamed Khaled, is an American rapper, record producer, and label executive with a net worth of $75 million.

As well as his music production credits, DJ Khaled is the host of a radio show for WEDR and the DJ for Terror Squad, a hip-hop group.

Much of his net worth has come from a series of endorsements for companies that include Apple, Weight Watchers, and T-Mobile Ciroc.

As of July 2024, DJ Khaled’s net worth is estimated to be $75 Million.

 

22. Timbaland

Richest Rappers - Timbaland

Net Worth: $85 Million

Timbaland is a rapper and producer with a net worth of $85 million, whose production credits include tracks by artists Ginuwine, Aaliyah, and Missy Elliot.

Initially releasing music through his Beat Club record label, Timbaland has also produced albums for Madonna and Chris Cornell, displaying a remarkable degree of versatility.

Timbaland has also worked to pass on his production knowledge to the next generation, hosting Masterclass courses from 2019.

As of July 2024, Timbaland’s net worth is estimated to be $85 Million.

 

21. Michael Diamond AKA Mike D

Richest Rappers - Mike D

Net Worth: $100 Million

Beastie Boys co-founder Michael Diamond, who goes by the performing name Mike D, is a musician and producer with a long track record in the music industry.

In addition to his role in the Beastie Boys, Diamond has provided remixes for artists including Moby and Bjork.

His music career has included several chart-topping releases, with the combined discography from the Beastie Boys selling over 40 million albums worldwide.

As of July 2024, Mike D’s net worth is estimated to be $100 Million.

 

20. Adam Horovitz AKA Ad-Rock

Richest Rappers - Ad-Rock

Net Worth: $100 Million

Adam Horovitz, also known as Ad-Rock, is the co-founder of the Beastie Boys along with Michael Diamond, and a successful producer in his own right.

For his role in the success of the Beastie Boys and other music ventures, Horovitz was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

In addition to remixing productions, he’s also appeared in several movies, including While We’re Young, Golden Exits, and Roadside Prophets.

As of July 2024, Ad-Rock’s net worth is estimated to be $100 Million.

 

19. Pitbull

Richest Rappers - Pitbull

Net Worth: $100 Million

Cuban-American rapper Pitbull’s career began in the early 2000s working with Lil Jon, releasing his debut album M.I.A.M.I. in 2004 to commercial and critical acclaim.

His album Planet Pitt, released in 2011, reached number 9 on the Billboard charts, expanding his exposure and increasing his net worth.

His combined record sales have reached millions of copies worldwide, and he has opened for megastars such as Britney Spears and Enrique Iglesias.

As of July 2024, Pitbull’s net worth is estimated to be $100 Million.

 

18. Nicki Minaj

Richest Rappers - Nicki Minaj

Net Worth: $150 Million

Nicki Minaj was discovered by rapper Lil Wayne, launching her career as a rapper and actress that would earn her a string of music industry awards over the following years.

After releasing her first mixtape in 2007, Playtime Is Over, Minaj’s first studio album, Pink Friday, sold over 4 million copies around the world.

Thanks to her combined record sales and endorsements, and roles in films including The Other Woman starring Cameron Diaz, Nicki Minaj’s net worth is an impressive $150 Million.

As of July 2024, Nicki Minaj’s net worth is estimated to be $150 Million.

 

17. LL Cool J

Richest Rappers - LL Cool J

Net Worth: $120 Million

One of the most iconic and revolutionary hip-hop performers of his generation, LL Cool J helped to bring the genre into the mainstream.

His rapping career through Def Jam Recordings included several singles and albums that achieved platinum status, making him one of the most sought-after rap artists of the time.

Movie roles have earned him a place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the hip-hop star currently appearing in the hit show, NCIS: Los Angeles.

As of July 2024, LL Cool J’s net worth is estimated to be $120 Million.

 

16. Swizz Beatz

Richest Rappers - Swizz Beats

Net Worth: $150 Million

American hip-hop artist and music producer Swizz Beatz has a net worth of $150 Million, which represents his combined earnings along with his wife, Alicia Keys.

His music career has seen Beatz produce tracks for a range of mainstream labels, including Def Jam, Atlantic, Epic, and Bad Boy Entertainment.

He’s invested money in some of the most expensive houses in the world, with his net worth further increased thanks to his extensive collection of valuable artwork.

As of July 2024, Swizz Beatz’s net worth is estimated to be $150 Million.

 

15. Snoop Dogg

Richest Rappers - Snoop Dogg

Net Worth: $160 Million

Multi-talented rapper, songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur is among the most famous rappers in the world and has been producing music since the 1990s.

He released his debut album Doggystyle in 1993 for Death Row Records, acquiring the rights to the label in 2022 and consolidating his already exceptional net worth of $150 million.

His vast wealth has been expanded by a series of endorsements, including for Chrysler 200, Boost Mobile, and Orbit Gum, as well as cameos in movies including Pitch Perfect 2 starring Anna Kendrick.

As of July 2024, Snoop Dogg’s net worth is estimated to be $160 Million.

 

14. Ronald Slim Williams

Richest Rappers - Ronald Slim Williams

Net Worth: $150 Million

Music producer and entrepreneur Ronald Slim Williams, also known as The Godfather, co-founded his successful record label Cash Money Records in 1991.

The label’s success came thanks to the hit records from artists such as Drake, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, and Nicki Minaj, each of whom has released platinum-selling albums via his platform.

Williams also has considerable investments in real estate, and in 2012 he purchased the largest home in South Florida for an impressive $7.15 million.

As of July 2024, Ronald Slim Williams’ net worth is estimated to be $150 Million.

 

13. Birdman

Richest Rappers - Birdman

Net Worth: $150 Million

Bryan Christopher Brooks, also known as Birdman, is the co-founder of Cash Money Records along with his brother Ronald Williams, as well as a rapper in his own right.

The brothers made their fortune when Cash Money Records signed up to the Universal Music Group with a $30 million contract while still retaining creative control over the label’s output.

Birdman increased his net worth through ventures outside the music industry, including his energy company Bronald Oil, which he launched in 2010.

As of July 2024, Birdman’s net worth is estimated to be $150 Million.

 

12. Ice Cube

Richest Rappers - Ice Cube

Net Worth: $160 Million

Rapper, producer, and actor Ice Cube is one of the original founders of the West Coast gangsta rap movement, earning fame and fortune in the group NWA.

In addition to his exceptional career as a rapper and producer, Ice Cube has produced and starred in a series of films such as Three Kings with George Clooney and Boyz n the Hood.

Ice Cube also has his own clothing line, Solo by Cube, and has worked as Coors Light beer’s spokesman since 2011.

As of July 2024, Ice Cube’s net worth is estimated to be $160 Million.

 

11. Lil Wayne

Richest Rappers - Lil Wayne

Net Worth: $170 Million

Lil Wayne is an American rapper and producer who has worked in the music industry under a range of names including Young Tune, Dr. Carter, and Tunechi.

With over 100 million record sales throughout his career, Lil Wayne has surpassed Elvis Presley with the most entries of all time on the Billboard Top 100 charts.

Founder of the record label Young Money Entertainment, Lil Wayne was responsible for signing Nicki Minaj and Drake, selling the label for $100 million in 2020.

His music has been used on the soundtrack to several movies, including The Suicide Squad starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie.

As of July 2024, Lil Wayne’s net worth is estimated to be $170 Million.

 

10. Usher

Richest Rappers - Usher

Net Worth: $180 Million

With over 75 million record sales around the world, rapper and producer Usher is one of the best-selling hip-hop artists of all time, with a net worth of $180 million.

The co-founder of Justin Bieber‘s record company, RBMG Records, Usher achieved gold and platinum sales for multiple releases including the album Nice & Slow and Confessions. 

His charity New Look was established to help young people gain education and real-world experience to succeed in life, and in 2015 he donated over $500,000 to scholarships for black students.

As of July 2024, Usher’s net worth is estimated to be $180 Million.

 

9. Master P

Richest Rappers - Master P

Net Worth: $200 Million

Master P is an American rapper and business investor who found fame in the 1990s with the albums Mr. Ice Cream Man and Ghetto D, the latter of which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts.

Much of his net worth of $200 million has come from a series of entrepreneurial investments, including record labels, clothing lines, a travel agency, and a film production company.

The first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, he’s picked up awards at the American Music Awards and has been ranked on BET’s list of Most Influential Rappers of All Time.

As of July 2024, Master P’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

8. Eminem

Richest Rappers - Eminem

Net Worth: $250 Million

One of the highest-paid rappers in the world, Eminem gained recognition in the Detroit hip-hop scene before meeting Dr. Dre in 1998.

This discovery ignited his hugely successful career, with the 2000s release of The Marshall Mathers LP becoming the fastest-selling hip-hop album at the time, selling more than 21 million copies.

With total album sales reaching close to 200 million copies, Eminem’s significant net worth has been further enhanced through his media appearances, including the starring role in the film 8 Mile and a cameo in the Seth Rogen comedy, The Interview.

As of July 2024, Eminem’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

7. Pharrell Williams

Richest Rappers - Pharrell Williams

Net Worth: $250 Million

Multi-talented record producer, singer, and fashion designer Pharrell Williams has earned his $250 million net worth both as a producer for other artists and a singer in his own right.

After performing with The Neptunes, Williams launched his solo career with the album In My Mind, while also producing tracks for Beyonce, Madonna, and Britney Spears.

Williams also designs jewelry for Louis Vitton, one of the most expensive handbag brands in the world, as well as a range of sunglasses for Moncler.

As of July 2024, Pharrell Williams’ net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

6. Drake

Richest Rappers - Drake

Net Worth: $250 Million

Rapper and producer Drake is one of the richest rappers in the world working today, with an estimated total income of $430 million over the course of his career.

Much of this huge income comes through his deal with Universal Music Group, with the hip hop megastar earning $1 million for a single concert.

With more digital singles sold than any other artist in history, Drake outperforms Rihanna by 40 million sales, for a total sales of 163 million digital singles so far.

He made many media appearances over his career, including with one of the richest comedians in the world on the Jimmy Kimmel late-night chat show.

As of July 2024, Drake’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

5. Russell Simmons

Richest Rappers - Russell Simmons

Net Worth: $340 Million

Entrepreneur and record executive Russell Simmons is the co-founder of Def Jam Records who helped groups such as Run-D.M.C. achieve international fame.

An astute businessman, Simmons’s other business ventures include the production company called Simmons Lathans Media Group, a clothing line, and pre-paid debit card company Unirush LLC.

The sale of half of the Def Jam Records to Polygram alone earned him $130 million, helping Simmons reach a net worth of $340 Million in total.

As of July 2024, Russell Simmons’s net worth is estimated to be $340 Million.

 

4. Kanye West

Richest Rappers - Kanye West

Net Worth: $400 Million

Once valued at $2 billion, Kanye West’s antics caused him to lose most of that wealth.

Despite Adidas, among others, cutting ties with the rapper, he’s still managed to stay in the top 5.

Kanye West earned his vast wealth through fashion design and business ventures, as well as his long career in the music industry.

Currently releasing music under the moniker Ye, West’s extensive back catalog of music has sold millions of copies worldwide to critical acclaim, and includes collaborations with some of the richest singers in the world.

As of July 2024, Kanye West’s net worth is estimated to be $400 Million.

 

3. Dr. Dre

Richest Rappers - Dr Dre

Net Worth: $500 Million

One of the most successful performers in modern history with a net worth on par with the richest rock stars in the world, Dr. Dre helped define the hip-hop scene beginning in the 1990s with the group NWA.

As well as selling millions of albums as a performer in his own right, he helped launch the careers of iconic rappers including Eminem and 50 Cent through his label Aftermath Entertainment.

Much of his $500 million net worth is due to his headphone company Beats By Dre, which he sold to Apple for $3 billion in 2014.

Outside of the music industry, Dr. Dre has appeared in various movies, including with Denzel Washington in Training Day.

As of July 2024, Dr. Dre’s net worth is estimated to be $500 Million.

 

2. P Diddy

Richest Rappers - P Diddy

Net Worth: $900 Million

Rapper, singer, producer, and entrepreneur P Diddy is best known as the founder of the record label Bad Boy Entertainment, through which millions of records have been sold worldwide.

Born Sean John Combs, P Diddy launched the career of hip-hop legend The Notorious B.I.G., AKA Biggie Smalls, while selling his own music through his moniker Puff Daddy.

As an actor, P Diddy has had roles in movies including Made with Vince Vaughn, Get Him to the Greek with Russell Brand, and The Defiant Ones, and he also has his own Sean John clothing line which he launched in 1998.

As of July 2024, P Diddy’s net worth is estimated to be $900 Million.

 

1. Jay-Z

Richest Rappers - Jay Z

Net Worth: $2.5 Billion

The first hip-hop billionaire of all time, Jay-Z is once again the richest rapper in the world, having founded the record label Roc-A-Fella in 1996.

Famous for his marriage to Beyonce, Jay-Z has enjoyed immense success with his own music output and is known for his lavish lifestyle which includes some of the most expensive cars in the world such as the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud.

His long list of accolades includes BET Hip-Hop Awards for lyricist and ‘Hustler of the Year’, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 2005.

As of July 2024, Jay-Z’s net worth is estimated to be $2.5 Billion.

 

Summary

That wraps up this guide to the richest rappers in the world, exploring the hit tracks and business ventures that helped them amass incredible wealth.

As the net worth of these rappers continues to change over time, we’ll update this article to reflect the most accurate information, so be sure to check back in the future.

Here’s a quick recap of the 50 richest rappers in the world:

  1. Jay-Z
  2. P Diddy
  3. Dr. Dre
  4. Kanye West
  5. Russell Simmons
  6. Drake
  7. Pharrell Williams
  8. Eminem
  9. Master P
  10. Usher
  11. Lil Wayne
  12. Ice Cube
  13. Birdman
  14. Ronald Slim Williams
  15. Snoop Dogg
  16. Swizz Beatz
  17. LL Cool J
  18. Nicki Minaj
  19. Pitbull
  20. Adam Horovitz AKA Ad-Rock
  21. Michael Diamond AKA Mike D
  22. Timbaland
  23. DJ Khaled
  24. Kendrick Lamar
  25. Nas
  26. Will.I.Am
  27. Wiz Khalifa
  28. Ice T
  29. Akon
  30. J. Cole
  31. Joseph Simmons AKA Rev Run
  32. Travis Scott
  33. PSY
  34. Chad Hugo
  35. Chamillionaire
  36. Common
  37. Post Malone
  38. Rick Ross
  39. 50 Cent
  40. Cardi B
  41. Daddy Yankee
  42. Darryl McDaniels
  43. Future
  44. Andre 3000
  45. Big Boi
  46. G-Dragon
  47. Lil Jon
  48. Soulja Boy
  49. Offset
  50. Quavo

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Richest Athletes in the World

Who are the richest athletes in the world?

The world’s richest athletes have earned their fortune through grit and determination, becoming icons of their respective sports and winning multiple international competitions.

Read on to discover how these athletes defined their professions, broke new records, and earned their vast wealth.

 

The Top 50 Richest Athletes in the World

We’ve covered the career highlights, endorsement deals, and media appearances that have helped these wealthy athletes achieve their impressive net worth.

Here’s our list of the 50 richest athletes in the world:

 

50. Kevin Durant

Richest Athletes - Kevin Durant

Net Worth: $300 Million

Professional basketball player Kevin Durant began his career in the NBA in 2007 with the Seattle SuperSonics and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year after his first season.

Surpassing Michael Jordan’s record for consecutive games, scoring 25 points or more in the 2013-14 season, Durant went on to become one of the highest-paid basketball players of all time.

With a net worth of $300 Million and representation from Roc Nation group headed by Jay-Z, he takes home a salary of over $40 million, in addition to income from various lucrative endorsement deals.

As of July 2024, Kevin Durant’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

49. Conor McGregor

Richest Athletes - Conor McGregor

Net Worth: $200 Million

Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor made international headlines when he took home a $100 million payday for his much-publicized fight with Floyd Mayweather.

One of the most celebrated fighters of the modern era, McGregor has won multiple titles and accolades during his time fighting in the UFC.

In addition to his fighting fees, McGregor’s income is enhanced through the sales of his whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve, rivaling some of the most expensive alcoholic drinks you can buy.

As of July 2024, Conor McGregor’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

48. Aaron Rodgers

Richest Athletes - Aaron Rodgers

Net Worth: $200 Million

Aaron Rodgers is an American professional football player who plays quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, which includes a contract in 2022 worth $50 million per year.

In addition to his sporting activities, Rodgers has defeated Kevin O’Leary on Shark Tank, and signed multi-million dollar deals for various brand endorsements, for instance with State Farm.

Rodgers has a broad property portfolio that includes a mansion in Malibu he paid $28 million for, and a mansion in Del Mar purchased for $2 million.

As of July 2024, Aaron Rodgers’ net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

47. Tony Hulman George

Richest Athletes - Tony Hulman George

Net Worth: $200 Million

Former race car driver and, Tony Hulman George followed up his career on the tracks by becoming an auto racing executive, following in the footsteps of his grandfather.

As President and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, he’s accumulated an impressive net worth of $200 million.

Since 2009, he’s worked for the family business, Hulman and Company, as well as being the founder of the Indy Racing League.

As of July 2024, Tony Hulman George’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

46. Steve Young

Richest Athletes - Steve Young

Net Worth: $200 Million

Steve Young made his fortune as an American Football quarterback before moving into a career as a sports commentator and businessman.

In the 1980s, Young signed a contract with the Los Angeles Express team for $40 million, making a name for himself as one of the best players in the sport.

Along with his business acumen, Young has made numerous TV appearances, including on Frasier with Kelsey Grammer, Dharma and Greg, and Beverly Hills 90210.

As of July 2024, Steve Young’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

45. Sachin Tendulkar

Richest Athletes - Sachin Tendulkar

Net Worth: $200 Million

Professional cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has served as the captain of the Indian national team, considered to this day one of the greatest batsmen the sport has seen.

With a net worth of $200 million, Tendulkar holds the international record for the most runs and has scored 100 international centuries.

Since his retirement in 2015, he’s served as a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee, as well as working as a commentator.

As of July 2024, Sachin Tendulkar’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

44. Oscar De La Hoya

Richest Athletes - Oscar De La Hoya

Net Worth: $200 Million

American professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya, who was nicknamed The Golden Boy at the height of his successful career, made his professional debut in 1992.

Winning 10 world championships over his 17-year career, De La Hoya was at one time the biggest earner in his profession.

Outside of his sporting career, he’s worked as a promoter and host of a boxing show and even released an album with Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees, as well as a children’s book.

As of July 2024, Oscar De La Hoya’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

43. Luol Deng

Richest Athletes - Luol Deng

Net Worth: $200 Million

Professional basketball player Luol Deng, who was born in Sudan, began his career as one of the most promising young players in his sport.

While playing with the Chicago Bulls, Deng earned a string of accolades and awards, including an NBA All-Star selection in 2011.

Throughout his career, Deng has earned over £100 million from his salary, with the rest of his net worth drawn from various brand endorsements.

As of July 2024, Luol Deng’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

42. Derek Jeter

Richest Athletes - Derek Jeter

Net Worth: $200 Million

American former professional baseball player and businessman Derek Jeter began his career in 1992, turning pro when he was drafted by the Yankees.

After over ten years in the sport, Jeter’s career on the field was cut short by an injury, and he transitioned into publishing by forming an imprint for Simon & Schuster called Jeter Publishing.

Jeter has earned significant sums through his brand endorsements, including ties to Nike, who have made some of the most expensive sneakers you can buy, as well as VISA, Ford, and Fleet Bank.

As of July 2024, Derek Jeter’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

41. David Robinson

Richest Athletes - David Robinson

Net Worth: $200 Million

Former professional basketball player David Robinson earned his fame and fortune playing for the San Antonio Spurs, winning multiple awards over his career.

He played on the gold-winning team at the 1992 Olympic Games, and at the peak of his career, his salary reached $14.8 million in a single year.

Outside of the NBA, Robinson has launched two private equity funds, one of which has acquired $350 million worth of real estate assets.

As of July 2024, David Robinson’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

40. Connie Kalitta

Richest Athletes - Connie Kalitta

Net Worth: $200 Million

Former drag car racer and business executive Connie Kalitta began his racing career in the 1950s when he was known by his nickname, The Bounty Hunter.

His racing career continued through to the mid-1990s when he retired from the track and served as CEO of his cargo airline company, Kalitta Air.

Large contracts for the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense, have helped him achieve a net worth of $200 million.

As of July 2024, Connie Kalitta’s net worth is estimated to be $200 Million.

 

39. Dave Whelan

Richest Athletes - Dave Whelan

Net Worth: $210 Million

Dave Whelan is a former professional soccer player who played for the Bradford Rangers, later setting up a chain of supermarkets throughout the UK.

In the late 1970s, Whelan acquired the sporting goods store franchise JJB, and in 1995 he expanded his business interests with the purchase of Wigan Athletic Football Club.

Following his purchase, the club went from Division Three to the Premier League, beating Manchester City in 2013 at the FA Cup Final.

As of July 2024, Dave Whelan’s net worth is estimated to be $210 Million.

 

38. Novak Djokovic

Richest Athletes - Novak Djokovic

Net Worth: $220 Million

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has made a name for himself as one of the best tennis players of all time, the first player to hold all four major titles.

He’s also the only player to win all nine Masters 1000 Tournaments and has been the top-ranked player in the world on several occasions.

Known for being one of the most comprehensive performers on the court, Djokovic has also appeared in cameo roles in various films, including The Expendables starring Sylvester Stallone.

As of July 2024, Novak Djokovic’s net worth is estimated to be $220 Million.

 

37. Manny Pacquiao

Richest Athletes - Manny Pacquiao

Net Worth: $220 Million

Boxer, singer, actor, and politician Manny Pacquiao is widely considered one of the best “pound for pound” boxers of all time, who turned professional at the age of 16.

Pacquiao has earned vast sums of money for many of his fights, including $130 million for his 2015 fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Since retiring from the ring, he’s served as a Senator of the Philippines since 2016, while also appearing in many Filipino movies as well as appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.

As of July 2024, Manny Pacquiao’s net worth is estimated to be $220 Million.

 

36. Wayne Gretzky

Net Worth: $250 Million

Retired professional hockey player Wayne Gretzky played in the NHL for 20 years, earning an impressive $46 million in salary.

Since leaving the sport, he’s built up a business empire that includes ownership of a sports team as well as real estate and a vineyard.

He’s also endorsed a long list of the world’s leading brands, including Domino’s Pizza, Coca-Cola, and the Sharp Corporation.

As of July 2024, Wayne Gretzky’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

35. Tom Brady

Richest Athletes - Tom Brady

Net Worth: $300 Million

American football quarterback Tom Brady made his fame and fortune playing for the New England Patriots, winning six Superbowls and four Super Bowl MVP awards.

His contract with Tampa Bay earned Brady $50 million, while a contract with Fox Sports paid out $375 million for a ten-year deal.

Along with his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, Brady has owned numerous multi-million dollar properties, including a custom-built home that sold for $40 million.

As of July 2024, Tom Brady’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

34. Serena Williams

Richest Athletes - Serena Williams

Net Worth: $250 Million

World champion American tennis player Serena Williams is widely considered to be one of the best female tennis players of all time, with a net worth of $250 million.

Her impressive wealth comes from a combination of her competition wins and endorsements, including companies such as Nike and Kraft Foods. 

She’s also appeared in various television shows and movies, including the Adam Sandler film, Pixels.

A committed philanthropist, Williams has helped raise money for a range of charities including Ronald McDonald House and the Yetunde Price Resource Center in Compton.

As of July 2024, Serena Williams’ net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

33. Peyton Manning

Richest Athletes - Peyton Manning

Net Worth: $250 Million

American football quarterback Peyton Manning began his career in 1998 when he was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, becoming one of the best quarterbacks of all time.

Much of Manning’s net worth comes from his lucrative endorsements, with DirecTV, Mastercard, Papa John’s, and Reebok among the companies he’s represented.

Manning has also made several appearances on Saturday Night Live, as well as guest voicing an episode of the Matt Groening series The Simpsons.

As of July 2024, Peyton Manning’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

32. Kimi Raikkonen

Richest Athletes - Kimi Raikkonen

Net Worth: $250 Million

Finnish race car driver Kimi Räikkönen, whose nickname is Iceman, is the most successful driver from Finland, and one of the richest athletes in the world.

He first joined the Sauber Formula One team in 2000, winning his first race in 2003 and maintaining a high level of performance over the following years.

He’s invested in various mansions and other expensive properties, including purchasing a “dream home” in Baar, Switzerland for $24 million.

As of July 2024, Kimi Raikkonen’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

31. Grant Hill

Richest Athletes - Grant Hill

Net Worth: $250 Million

Grant Hill is a retired American basketball player who played for 18 seasons in the NBA, for teams including the Detroit Pistons, the Orlando Magic, and the Los Angeles Clippers.

After he retired from the game, Hill worked as a sportscaster on NBA TV and CBS, covering the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2015.

His business ventures include an $80 million deal with shoemaker Fila and endorsements for Sprite, McDonald’s, and TAG Heuer.

As of July 2024, Grant Hill’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

30. Gary Player

Richest Athletes - Gary Player

Net Worth: $250 Million

Retired professional golfer Gary Player is one of the greatest golfers in history, with a net worth of $250 Million from his career and endorsements.

Winner of multiple major championships, Player first won the US Open in 1965 at the age of 29.

A regular on the PGA Tour, Player’s long list of accolades and cup wins have led him to be hailed as one of the “big three” in golf, along with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

As of July 2024, Gary Player’s net worth is estimated to be $250 Million.

 

29. Fernando Alonso

Richest Athletes - Fernando Alonso

Net Worth: $260 Million

Spanish racing driver Fernando Alonso has raced for a selection of teams throughout his career, including McLaren, Alpine, and Renault.

With an average income of $40 million each year, Alonso won the World Driver’s Championship in 2005 and 2006.

A series of brand endorsements have helped him earn a net worth of $260 million, and he is also the founder and ambassador of the fashion retailer Kimoa.

As of July 2024, Fernando Alonso’s net worth is estimated to be $260 Million.

 

28. Lewis Hamilton

Richest Athletes - Lewis Hamilton

Net Worth: $285 Million

British Formula One racing champion Lewis Hamilton is one of the highest-paid drivers in the history of the sport, earning an average salary of $50 million per year.

Much of his immense wealth comes from his contract with Mercedes, boosted by his investments including the TOMMYXLEWIS clothing line, which he launched in 2018.

His impressive real estate portfolio includes some of the most expensive houses in the world, including a penthouse in New York which he listed for $57 million in 2019.

As of July 2024, Lewis Hamilton’s net worth is estimated to be $285 Million.

 

27. Phil Mickelson

Richest Athletes - Phil Mickelson

Net Worth: $300 Million

American professional golfer Phil Mickelson began his career in 1991, racking up 17 top-ten finishes by 2003.

He’s earned over $100 million from his tournament wins, while his overall career earnings have reached a staggering $800 million. 

A string of endorsements for companies including Ford, Callaway, Rolex, and Titleist have helped Mickelson build a net worth of $300 Million.

As of July 2024, Phil Mickelson’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

26. Paul Caddick

Richest Athletes - Paul Caddick

Net Worth: $300 Million

Retired English rugby player Paul Caddick branched out from the sport to become a property development tycoon, which earned much of his vast $300 Million net worth.

In 1996, Caddick became the owner of Leeds CF&A Co Ltd, an acquisition that also gave him ownership of Headingley Stadium.

Additionally, the Caddick Group owns a majority stake in Leeds Rugby, for which Caddick acts as the chair.

As of July 2024, Paul Caddick’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

25. Hakeem Olajuwon

Richest Athletes - Hakeem Olajuwon

Net Worth: $300 Million

Nigerian-American professional basketball player Hakeen Olajuwon played for the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors and was a member of the gold medal-winning Olympic US team in 1996.

At the height of his basketball career, he was earning millions of dollars per year in salary, for a total of around $110 million over his duration in the sport.

His post-basketball career has seen the star extend his considerable fortune through real estate investments, with over $100 million spent on property as of 2006, as well as working with Kobe Bryant on the Dream Shake.

As of July 2024, Hakeem Olajuwon’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

24. George Foreman

Richest Athletes - George Foreman

Net Worth: $300 Million

Former American boxer and entrepreneur George Foreman is a two-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Olympic gold medalist, and entrepreneur.

While his boxing career saw many successes, much of Foreman’s $300 Million net worth came thanks to the cooking grill he licensed in the 1990s.

Estimates suggest that Foreman has earned over $200 million from the grill brand, considerably dwarfing his boxing career earnings.

Foreman has also made several television appearances, including as a guest in the Mike Judge animated comedy, King of the Hill.

As of July 2024, George Foreman’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

23. Dale Earnhardt Jr

Richest Athletes - Dale Earnhardt Jr

Net Worth: $300 Million

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a retired NASCAR driver who owns his team and makes additional income through his work as an author and sports analyst.

From a family of race car drivers, Earnhardt Jr. began his career at the age of 17 and has been voted NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver 14 times in a row.

He also owns a media production company called Hammerhead Entertainment, as well as some of the most expensive private jets in the world, including a Learjet 60.

As of July 2024, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million.

 

22. Alex Rodriguez

Richest Athletes - Alex Rodriguez

Net Worth: $350 Million

American former professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez made his fortune while playing for teams that include the Seattle Mariners, the Texas Rangers, and the New York Yankees.

After retiring in 2017, Rodriguez worked as a media personality for Fox Sports 1 and ABC News network, before moving to ESPN in 2018.

He’s signed some of the largest sporting contracts in history, and at the peak of his career was earning up to $33 million per year in salary.

As of July 2024, Alex Rodriguez’s net worth is estimated to be $350 Million.

 

21. Vinnie Johnson

Richest Athletes - Vinnie Johnson

Net Worth: $500 Million

Vinnie Johnson is a former professional basketball player with a long career in the NBA, playing for teams such as the Detroit Pistons, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Seattle SuperSonics.

While playing for the Pistons, Johnson won the NBA championship two years in a row and has earned the nickname The Microwave.

Following his professional sporting career, Johnson set up the Piston Group company, raising the business to the point where it brings in billions of dollars in revenue each year.

As of July 2024, Vinnie Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be $500 Million.

 

20. Shaquille O’Neal

Richest Athletes - Shaquille O'Neal

Net Worth: $400 Million

Consistently ranked as one of the highest-paid athletes in the world, Shaquille O’Neal’s estimated net worth of $400 Million has come through his large salary and endorsement opportunities.

A true basketball icon, O’Neal’s tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, which includes winning the NBA Championship, made him a sporting national treasure.

He’s also earned hundreds of millions of dollars endorsing brands that include Pepsi and Carnival Cruise Line which visits some of the most expensive hotels in the world, making him one of the richest athletes.

As of July 2024, Shaquille O’Neal’s net worth is estimated to be $400 Million.

 

19. Jack Nicklaus

Richest Athletes - Jack Nicklaus

Net Worth: $400 Million

Retired American professional golfer Jack Nicklaus is one of the most successful golfers of all time, with 18 major championships under his belt and 73 PGA Tour victories.

With a museum marking his career highlights, Nicklaus has even appeared on a commemorative five-pound note in the United Kingdom.

Since the mid-1960s, he’s been involved in designing golf courses, including the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

As of July 2024, Jack Nicklaus’ net worth is estimated to be $400 Million.

 

18. Greg Norman

Richest Athletes - Greg Norman

Net Worth: $400 Million

Greg Norman, another professional golfer with an astounding net worth, has dozens of tournament wins to his name and has been ranked the number-one golfer more than once.

As well as being a legend in the world of golf, Norman has earned considerable sums of money through his business ventures and real estate investments.

The owner of multiple mansions over his life, he listed an estate in 2021 for a cool $59.9 million.

As of July 2024, Greg Norman’s net worth is estimated to be $400 Million.

 

17. Floyd Mayweather

Richest Athletes - Floyd Mayweather

Net Worth: $450 Million

Boxing champion and promoter Floyd Mayweather stands as the current richest boxer of all time, with a net worth of $450 Million and total career earnings of over $1 billion.

In one year alone, Mayweather earned an eye-watering $300 million, with typical annual fees for endorsements fetching him around $10 million.

His fight with MMA star Conor McGregor in 2017 was the highest-grossing Pay Per View boxing event in history, generating $700 million in revenue.

His career outside boxing also includes several appearances in the WWE, including a backstage segment with some of the richest wrestlers in the world, including Vince McMahon and D-Generation X.

As of July 2024, Floyd Mayweather’s net worth is estimated to be $450 Million.

 

16. David Beckham

Richest Athletes - David Beckham

Net Worth: $450 Million

Retired English soccer player David Beckham has a net worth of $450 Million, which is combined with the earnings from his wife, pop star Victoria Beckham.

Playing for Manchester United for nine seasons, Beckham’s tenure saw the team win the Premier League six times and the FA Cup twice.

In 2021, David Beckham signed a deal with Qatar to be their tourism ambassador, netting him an additional $21 million per year.

As of July 2024, David Beckham’s net worth is estimated to be $450 Million.

 

15. LeBron James

Richest Athletes - LeBron James

Net Worth: $600 Million

Outstanding basketball player LeBron James is one of the highest-paid celebrities in the world, earning up to $90 million each year from endorsements alone.

With a base salary of $42.5 million from the NBA, his total career earnings have surpassed the $800 million mark.

Endorsement deals with McDonald’s, Samsung, Nike, and Coca-Cola, as well as roles in movies such as Trainwreck with Amy Schumer, have helped boost his net worth to $600 Million.

As of July 2024, LeBron James’ net worth is estimated to be $600 Million.

 

14. Cristiano Ronaldo

Richest Athletes - Cristiano Ronaldo

Net Worth: $500 Million

Iconic footballing legend Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the richest athletes in the world, and the first active team sport athlete to surpass $1 billion in career earnings.

In addition to his soccer salary, Ronaldo earns money through his CR7-branded clothing and endorsements for a range of high-profile brands and is often seen wearing some of the most expensive watches you can buy.

In 2021 he surpassed soccer icon Pele’s goal tally, with 770 goals scored in total throughout his career to that point.

As of July 2024, Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth is estimated to be $500 Million.

 

13. Roger Federer

Richest Athletes - Roger Federer

Net Worth: $550 Million

Professional tennis player Roger Federer began his professional career in 1999, and shortly after became the youngest player to be featured on the ATP’s top 100.

A string of tournament wins followed, with Federer winning Wimbledon on eight occasions, as well as six wins for the Australian Open.

Earning tens of millions of dollars per year, Federer signed a $300 million contract with Japanese brand Uniqlo in 2018.

As of July 2024, Roger Federer’s net worth is estimated to be $550 Million.

 

12. Roger Staubach

Richest Athletes - Roger Staubach

Net Worth: $600 Million

American former professional football quarterback Roger Staubach played for the Dallas Cowboys, scoring 153 touchdowns during his 11 NFL season run.

In the late 1970s, Staubach moved into business ventures including his real estate business, The Staubach Company, working with companies including Mcdonald’s and AT&T.

He sold the company in 2008 for $613 million to Jones Lang LaSalle, helping to increase his net worth to its current $600 Million.

As of July 2024, Roger Staubach’s net worth is estimated to be $600 Million.

 

11. Michael Schumacher

Richest Athletes - Michael Schumacher

Net Worth: $600 Million

Michael Schumacher is a former F1 racing champion with a net worth of $600 million, and one of only a handful of athletes to have earned more than $1 billion throughout his career.

With a career spanning the years 1991 to 2006, he’s driven for the Ferrari and Jordan Benetton racing teams, winning numerous Grand Prix races.

His endorsements have earned him considerable wealth, with a deal with Shell to wear a hat with their logo paying him an impressive $10 million each year.

As of July 2024, Michael Schumacher’s net worth is estimated to be $600 Million.

 

10. Lionel Messi

Richest Athletes - Lionel Messi

Net Worth: $600 Million

Widely regarded as one of the best soccer players in the world, Lionel Messi rose to fame playing for FC Barcelona before moving the Paris Saint-Germain.

The Argentinian-born athlete earned a base salary of $168 million per year at Barcelona, with his total career earnings estimated at over $1 billion.

Endorsements with Adidas and other companies have helped keep Messi’s income at a high level, with the athlete also regularly donating to charities.

As of July 2024, Lionel Messi’s net worth is estimated to be $600 Million.

 

9. Junior Bridgeman

Richest Athletes - Junior Bridgeman

Net Worth: $600 Million

Retired American basketball player Junior Bridgeman began his career in the NBA with Milwaukee, holding their franchise record with 711 games played.

Much of his immense net worth came after he purchased the fast food outlet Wendy’s, expanding the business empire through his company, Bridgeman Foods Inc.

With hundreds of outlets and thousands of employees, the company has annual revenues exceeding $500 million.

As of July 2024, Junior Bridgeman’s net worth is estimated to be $600 Million.

 

8. Eddie Jordan

Richest Athletes - Eddie Jordan

Net Worth: $600 Million

Former race car driver and businessman Eddie Jordan first entered racing sports as a kid, moving from racing karts to Formula One in the late 1980s.

With honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster and the Dublin Institute of Technology, Jordan has been recognized as one of racing’s icons.

His racing team was responsible for introducing Michael Schumacher to the sport before he was picked up by Benetton’s team.

As of July 2024, Eddie Jordan’s net worth is estimated to be $600 Million.

 

7. Magic Johnson

Richest Athletes - Magic Johnson

Net Worth: $1.2 Billion

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. is an entrepreneur and retired American basketball player who began his career in the late 1970s with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Also the former president of basketball operations for the team, Johnson’s post-basketball career has seen him running his Magic Johnson Enterprises empire.

Additional businesses owned by Johnson include a movie studio and theaters, and a promotional marketing company, as well as a cameo in She’s Having A Baby with Alec Baldwin.

As of July 2024, Magic Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be $1.2 Billion.

 

6. Tiger Woods

Richest Athletes - Tiger Woods

Net Worth: $800 Million

Professional golfer Tiger Woods is the highest-earning and highest-paid golfer of all time, with a total net worth of $800 Million.

Turning professional at just 20 years old, Woods has increased his vast wealth through endorsement deals with Titleist and Nike.

Tiger Woods has been awarded the PGA Player of the Year 11 times, more than any other player in the history of the sport, and was inducted by Arnold Schwarzenegger into the California Hall of Fame in 2007.

As of July 2024, Tiger Woods’ net worth is estimated to be $800 Million.

 

5. Dwayne Johnson

Richest Athletes - Dwayne Johnson

Net Worth: $800 Million

Also known as The Rock, Dwayne Johnson began his career as a professional wrestler before making the transition to Hollywood and starring in a run of blockbuster movies.

In addition to his acting work, Johnson has numerous investments, including his alcoholic drinks brand, Teramana Tequila.

Today, much of his salary comes from his movie roles including with Jason Statham in some of the highest-grossing movies of all time, the Fast and Furious franchise, making him the highest-paid actor in the world.

As of July 2024, Dwayne Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be $800 Million.

 

4. Anna Kasprzak

Richest Athletes - Anna Kasprzak

Net Worth: $1 Billion

Anna Kasprzak is one of the youngest billionaires in the world, her $1 Billion net worth coming not from her sporting activities, but her family ties.

Kasprzak is known to sports fans as one of the best dressage riders in the world, having represented her home country Denmark at two Olympics in 2012 and 2016.

Her grandfather was the founder of the shoe company ECCO, where her father works as Senior Vice President/Managing Director.

As of July 2024, Anna Kasprzak’s net worth is estimated to be $1 Billion.

 

3. Ion Tiriac

Richest Athletes - Ion Tiriac

Net Worth: $1.2 Billion

Former professional ice hockey and tennis player Ion Tiriac followed up his moderately successful career in sports by becoming a hugely successful businessman.

After retiring from tennis, Tiriac became a full-time coach and manager, working with stars including Boris Becker before founding his bank.

Additional businesses owned by Tiriac include an insurance company, car dealerships, and even an airline company.

As of July 2024, Ion Tiriac’s net worth is estimated to be $1.2 Billion.

 

2. Vince McMahon

Net Worth: $2.6 Billion

Former wrestler, promoter, commentator, and producer Vince McMahon has earned much of his $2.6 Billion net worth as the CEO of the World Wrestling Entertainment company.

Founded by his father, WWE has become a household name, generating billions of dollars in revenue, while under the leadership of McMahon.

Numerous world-famous wrestlers have gotten their break thanks to McMahon, including The Rock and Hulk Hogan, and McMahon is also famous for his friendship with Donald Trump, former President of the United States.

As of July 2024, Vince McMahon’s net worth is estimated to be $2.6 Billion.

 

1. Michael Jordan

Richest Athletes - Michael Jordan

Net Worth: $3 Billion

Widely considered to be the greatest basketball player who ever lived, Michael Jordan helped his team the Chicago Bulls win six titles, with career earnings of $90 million.

His post-career business ventures have significantly boosted his overall net worth, with brand endorsements including for Nike among the most lucrative deals in history.

Jordan is also the co-owner of a NASCAR team, as well as owning a considerable stake in the Charlotte Hornets basketball team.

Outside of sports, Jordan is well-known for his role in the movie Space Jam, in which he co-starred with Danny DeVito and Billy West.

As of July 2024, Michael Jordan’s net worth is estimated to be $3 Billion.

 

Summary

That wraps up this comprehensive guide to the richest athletes in the world, from world-class F1 racers to legends of basketball.

As the net worth of these athletes changes over time, we’ll update this article to bring you the most accurate data, so be sure to check back in the future.

Here’s a quick recap of the top 50 richest athletes in the world:

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Vince McMahon
  3. Ion Tiriac
  4. Anna Kasprzak
  5. Dwayne Johnson
  6. Tiger Woods
  7. Magic Johnson
  8. Eddie Jordan
  9. Junior Bridgeman
  10. Lionel Messi
  11. Michael Schumacher
  12. Roger Staubach
  13. Roger Federer
  14. Cristiano Ronaldo
  15. LeBron James
  16. David Beckham
  17. Floyd Mayweather
  18. Greg Norman
  19. Jack Nicklaus
  20. Shaquille O’Neal
  21. Vinnie Johnson
  22. Alex Rodriguez
  23. Dale Earnhardt Jr
  24. George Foreman
  25. Hakeem Olajuwon
  26. Paul Caddick
  27. Phil Mickelson
  28. Lewis Hamilton
  29. Fernando Alonso
  30. Gary Player
  31. Grant Hill
  32. Kimi Raikkonen
  33. Peyton Manning
  34. Serena Williams
  35. Tom Brady
  36. Wayne Gretzky
  37. Manny Pacquiao
  38. Novak Djokovic
  39. Dave Whelan
  40. Connie Kalitta
  41. David Robinson
  42. Derek Jeter
  43. Luol Deng
  44. Oscar De La Hoya
  45. Sachin Tendulkar
  46. Steve Young
  47. Tony Nulman George
  48. Aaron Rodgers
  49. Conor McGregor
  50. Kevin Durant

How many of these athletes did you think would appear on the list of the top 50 richest athletes in the world? Leave a comment below.

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