5 Richest Rock & Roll Legends Of All Time
These rockstars started with almost nothing to their name but they struck gold with songs that achieved classic status. They’re now worth millions but of course, the money doesn’t come from music alone. Like true businessmen, some of them capitalized on their fame and pursued different ventures.
5. Elton John – $500 million
Before he launched a solo career, he worked as a session musician and also penned songs for other artists. He has sold more than 300 million records with “Candle in the Wind” alone selling 33 million copies. More recently, he embarked on a three-year farewell tour and his 2019 biopic “Rocketman” grossed $195.2 million at the box office.
4. Bruce Springsteen – $500 million
Even with a career spanning over five decades, The Boss never had a #1 hit. Still, he has sold more than 150 million records worldwide and remains one of the most influential rockstars of all time. During the pandemic, he helped raise funds for various charity events by performing virtually. He released his latest album “Letters to You” in October 2020 and it was a commercial success.
3. Jimmy Buffett – $600 Million
Few can actually match Jimmy Buffett’s business model. He turned a hit song into an empire. 1977’s “Margaritaville” only peaked at #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 but he used its popularity to name two restaurant chains. His lifestyle brand continues to expand and now includes home decor, apparel, and of course, tequila and margarita mix.
2. Bono – $700 million
He’s mostly known for being a musician and philanthropist but Bono is also a businessman and venture capitalist. Over the years, he’s had several businesses – from hotels to investments in various companies such as Forbes magazine and Facebook. In 2019, he also became a member of the board of directors of Zipline – a medical product delivery company.
1. Paul McCartney – $1.2 billion
Over the course of his extensive career, Paul McCartney has penned countless classic hits. Whether as a member of The Beatles or as a solo artist, Macca has sold millions of records worldwide. And even at 78 years old, he’s still active in the music industry.