Rock Riches: The Net Worth of Your Favorite Rock Stars

by Peter Wendel
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RockStarsNetWorth SongMango.comThey are artists extraordinaire. They are limo-riding, liquor-swiling celebrities of the highest order. They save our souls and open our eyes. They give us hope and inspiration when we need it most.

They are, indeed, the ticket to our happiest head space. Am I wrong?

We shower our rock heroes with love and adoration – affording them godlike status in a world of mere mortals. So how much do these rock gods really make? And how much dough have they been able to bank for retirement?

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Some of the richest stars, include Paul McCartney ($1.2B), Bono ($700M), Elton John ($450M), Jimmy Buffett ($450M), Mick Jagger ($360M) and Bruce Springsteen ($350M).

There are also some surprises, like Courtney Love ($150M) of Hole and widow of Kurt Cobain; Gene Simmons ($300M) of Kiss; and Jimi Hendrix ($175M). Remember, Hendrix – possibly the greatest guitarist of all time – died at the age of 27.

Here’s a quick net-worth rundown of some of rock-n-roll’s biggest players.

Artists are listed alphabetically by first name.

  • Angus Young

    AC/DC$140 Million

  • Axl Rose

    Guns N’ Roses$200 Million

  • Bill Kreutzmann

    The Grateful Dead$25 Million

  • Billy Joel

    $180 Million

  • Bob Dylan

    $180 Million

  • Bob Weir

    The Grateful Dead$30 Million

  • Bono

    U2$700 Million

  • Brian Wilson

    The Beach Boys$75 Million

  • Bruce Springsteen

    $350 Million

  • Carlos Santana

    $40 Million

  • Chrissie Hynde

    The Pretenders$12 Million

  • Courtney Love

    Hole$150 Million

  • Dave Grohl

    Nirvana/Foo Fighters$280 Million

  • Dave Matthews

    $300 Million

  • David Bowie

    $230 Million

  • David Crosby

    Crosby, Stills & Nash$40 Million

  • David Gilmour

    Pink Floyd$160 Million

  • Dickey Betts

    The Allman Brothers Band $40 Million

  • Don Henley

    The Eagles$200 Million

  • Donald Fagen

    Steely Dan$15 Million

  • Eddie Van Halen

    Van Halen$85 Million

  • Eddie Vedder

    Pearl Jam$100 Million

  • The Edge

    U2$240 Million

  • Elton John

    $450 Million

  • Eric Clapton

    $250 Million

  • Gene Simmons

    Kiss$300 Million

  • Gregg Allman

    The Allman Brothers Band$15 Million

  • Jack White

    $45 Million

  • Jimi Hendrix

    $175 Million

  • Jimmy Buffett

    $450 Million

  • Jimmy Page

    Led Zeppelin$170 Million

  • John Fogerty

    Creedence Clearwater Revival$70 Million

  • John Mayer

    Dead & Company$40 Million

  • Jon Bon Jovi

    $300 Million

  • Keith Richards

    The Rolling Stones$210 Million

  • Lars Ulrich

    Metallica$220 Million

  • Mark Knopfler

    Dire Straits$95 Million

  • Mick Jagger

    The Rolling Stones$360 Million

  • Mickey Hart

    The Grateful Dead$30 Million

  • Neil Young

    $65 Million

  • Ozzy Osbourne

    Black Sabbath$220 Million

  • Patti Smith

    $15 Million

  • Paul McCartney

    The Beatles$1.2 Billion

  • Phil Collins

    Genesis$260 Million

  • Phil Lesh

    The Grateful Dead$40 Million

  • Ringo Starr

    The Beatles$350 Million

  • Roger Waters

    Pink Floyd$290 Million

  • Robbie Robertson

    The Band$10 Million

  • Robert Plant

    Led Zeppelin$170 Million

  • Roger Daltrey

    The Who$65 Million

  • Ronnie Wood

    The Rolling Stones$90 Million

  • Slash

    Guns N’ Roses$32 Million

  • Stephen Stills

    Crosby, Stills & Nash$75 Million

  • Stevie Nicks

    Fleetwood Mac$75 Million

  • Sting

    The Police$300 Million

  • Trey Anastasio

    Phish$75 Million

  • Van Morrison

    $90 Million

  • Warren Haynes

    ABB/Gov’t Mule$13 Million

Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach Mountain Jam, The All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at PWendel@SongMango.com.

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