Richest Musicians in the World: Who are the richest musicians in the world? Here is what we know, these musicians have broken their chains of poverty to become some of the richest people alive.
Here, we outline the top 18 Highest-Paid Musicians in the world. Read on as we point out the richest musicians in the world, their earnings and net worth…
Over the years, we’ve seen a couple of music stars climb up the rich ladder and also witness some fall back down, losing their positions to younger and much more vibrant artists. But the crown for the richest musician has remained a very interesting aspect of the music industry.
With chart-topping singles, jaw-dropping endorsement deals, and even the knowledge of music business to start and manage their own recording labels, these musicians have proven that being a famous singer can be an extremely viable venture.
Thanks to Forbe’s, we have been able to place these artists according to their net worth, and confirm who’s sitting on the heap. Here are the top 18 richest musicians in the world, as of 2019.
18. Lady Gaga
Net Worth: $300 Million
Lady Gaga is an American singer, songwriter, and actress who has sold more than 27 million studio albums during her career. She is best renowned for her out of the ordinary and elicits work. She is estimated by Forbes to be worth $300 Million and is ranked 18th on the list of richest musicians 2019.
17. George Strait
Net Worth: $326 Million
George Strait is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer. Not only is he considered to be one of the most influential recording artists of all time, but he is also one of the most popular, earning him the title “King of Country”. His net worth is estimated to be $326 million in 2019, which has placed him on the 17th spot.
16. Bruce Springsteen
Net Worth: $345 Million
Bruce is one of America’s greatest stage performers. Nicknamed “The Boss”, He is an American singer-songwriter renowned for his distinctive voice, plus really lengthy rather energetic stage performances, some which could go on for hours. He is the 16th richest musician in the world with a net worth of $345 million.
Net Worth: $360 Million
The Goddess of Pop, Cher, comes up at number 14 on our list. The American singer and actress are one of many celebs who had gone under the knife. Having one of the most expensive plastic surgeries ever, to the tune of a whopping $1 Million to keep her looking young and fresh, she is no doubt one of the richest music icons of all time.
She became really famous in the ’60s as part of her duo with her husband Sonny, with the couple’s original best selling hit track “I Got You, Babe”. Cher has an estimated net worth of $360 million.
14. Toby Keith
Net Worth: $365 Million
Toby Keith Covel is an American country singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer born July 8, 1961, in Moore, Oklahoma. He released his first four studio albums—1993’s Toby Keith, 1994’s Boomtown, 1996’s Blue Moon and 1997’s Dream Walkin’, plus a Greatest Hits package for various divisions of Mercury Records before leaving Mercury in 1998. Today, he occupies the 14th spot on the list of richest musicians in the world with an estimated net worth of $365 million.
13. Taylor Swift
Net Worth: $360 Million
Taylor Swift is one of the hottest female singers in pop music today. She is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her music which is a reflection of her personal life and the things happening around her. Since her first album debuted in 2006, she’s sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and earned dozens of awards for her singing and songwriting talent.
This year, she is ranked 13th on the list of richest musicians in the world. Taylor Swift is estimated to be worth $360 million.
12. Shania Twain
Net Worth: $400 Million
Shania Twain A.K.A Queen of Country Pop is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time.
Her hit single “Come On Over” is the eighth-best-selling album of all time by claimed sales (40 million). She is worth $400 million, which makes her tied with Taylor Swift.
11. Mariah Carey
Net Worth: $535 Million
Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She holds the record for the longest running number singles which lasted for six weeks and also the third-best musical selling female artist in the United States.
Although there are claims that much of her wealth was as a result of her divorce with ex-husband, Nick Cannon. But, however, not much has been confirmed about that. She is worth an estimated $535 Million.
10. Celine Dion
Net Worth: $450 Million
Still wondering how the legendary Celine Dion is able to make our list? Well, she is the richest female musician in the world, so, that outta count for something! Celine Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer, songwriter, stage performer, and vocalist.
Despite growing up in a poor Roman Catholic family, Celine Dion has managed to beat the odds and rise to become one of, if not the most, successful female singer of all time. She is worth $450 million.
Net Worth: $570 Million
Next on our list is another American songstress, actress, songwriter, and businesswoman, Madonna Louise Ciccone. Aside from her wonderful music career, Madona has made features in several movies over the years which includes the 1995 “Blue in the Face”, and “The Next Best Thing” in 2000. She has an estimated net worth of $570 million.
Net Worth: $600 Million
Forbes recently named Rihanna as the richest female musician in the world. due to the enormous success of her company Fenty Beauty.
Fenty Beauty is said to be worth over 3 billion USD, generating over 3 billion USD.
As of 2019, Rihanna was estimated worth 600 Million USD.
Net Worth: $700
Popular Irish singer, Paul Hewson, who is also the lead singer of the band U2, comes up at number 8 on our list of richest musicians with a net worth of $700 million. He got his famous nickname ‘Bono’ while he was still part of a street gang. He is also an equity holder in renowned social networking brand Facebook, owning 2.3% of the company for $90 million.
6. Dr. Dre
Net Worth: $740 Million
The former member of N.W.A records and Deathrow records, Dr Dre is one music artist that can’t be underestimated for his wealth in the industry despite his little to no singing prowess. Although the rapper has only two studio albums to his name, he was the owner of the world’s top headphone company, Beats by Dre, which he later sold in 2014 to Apple.
His dealing with Apple gave a major boost to his wealth which allows him to rank where he currently is, with an estimated net worth of $740 million.
5. Sean Combs (P-Diddy)
Net Worth: $825 Million
The New York City singer, Rapper, and actor is at number 5 on our list of richest musicians in the world. Over the years in his career, P-Diddy has sold an incredible amount of records which has helped him climb up the rich ladder. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry like Boyz II Men, Usher, TLC, and many more. He is estimated at an incredible $825 million.
4. Herb Alpert
Net Worth: $880 Million
Herb Alpert is an American musician and artist born in California, US, in 1935. He began trumpet lessons at a very young age and was taught how to play the violin by his mum. In 2013, Herb was elected into the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame and awarded the National Medal of Artists. He is estimated to be $880 million rich.
3. Jay Z
Net Worth: $1 Billion
Owner of the record label ‘Rock-A-Fella Record’, Shawn Carter popularly known as Jay Z is at number three on our rich list. He is also the owner of high-end sports bar ’40/40′, which he launched the first in 2003. Jay Z also bought French Champagne Brand ‘Armand de Brignac’ popularly known as ‘Ace of Spade’ which a bottle costs around $400 upwards.
Jay-Z’s net worth is estimated to be worth $1 billion according to Forbes. He is the first hip-hop artist to be worth $1 billion. Jay Z has won 19 Grammy Awards and has sold over 100 million records worldwide.
2. Paul Mc Cartney
Net Worth: $1.2 Billion
Didn’t expect any musician to cross the billion mark yet? Well, Paul Mc Cartney began his career in music with a successful music band ‘The Beetles’. He is the second richest musician in the world. Paul has been recognized twice in the Guinness Book of Records as the most honoured music composer and performer, as well as the most successful songwriter.
He is also a multi-instrumentalist who has co-written a total of 32-songs to arrive at the number 1 on the Billboard Hot Hundred. He has some iconic collaborations with some of the greats in the industry like King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
1. Andrew Lloyd Webber
Net Worth: $1.28 Billion
Andre Webber is the richest musician in the world with a net worth of $1.04 billion. His name is not all that popular around the world, but his music sure is. Some of his hit songs which made top charts include the phantom of the opera, cats, Jesus Christ’s superstar, school of rock, Evita, Joseph, and the amazing technicolour dream coat, plus lots more.
Music is not only the source of wealth for the billionaire musician, but he is also a businessman and the owner of Real Useful Group-Which is one of the largest theatres operating in London. Plus, he also gets profits from every show that is staged on Broadway and around the world.
Here’s a quick recap of the 17 Richest Musicians in the World:
- Andrew Lloyd Webber
- Paul Mc Cartney
- Jay Z
- Sean Combs (P-Diddy)
- Herb Alpert
- Dr Dre
- Celine Dion
- Mariah Carey
- Shania Twain
- Taylor Swift
- Toby Keith
- Bruce Springsteen
- George Strait
- Lady Gaga