When a musician comes up with one hit after the other, they don't just move up the popularity charts, they rake in the bucks and go down in history for raising the bar. Many musicians, during their phases of extreme popularity, made some right decisions and collaborations that allowed them to grow their wealth and be relevant to their fans till date.
If you must have noticed, it’s not easy to become a musician and be successful at that. And these musicians over the years, through their hard work have dominated the music industry and gained a huge fan following – without whom they wouldn’t have earned the several million and billion dollars.
So let’s take a look at the top 10 richest musicians of all time who have made it big all thanks to their music, fans and their business acumen.
Mariah Carey (Net worth: $510 million)
Hard to believe? Well, this is what we mean by "loyal" fans. Even if she hasn’t made new music recently, she still gets to be on this list because the amount of money she earns from her live gigs.
Jay-Z (Net worth: $560 million)
He had to be on the list. You may debate about his connections with the Illuminati, but really, he has won 21 Grammy awards! Doesn’t that say it all?
Bono (Net worth: $600 million)
When you're the lead singer of one of the biggest bands in the world and have been making music and selling records for decades, this Irish musician is considered to be one of the most influential and iconic global figures. Granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, this musician, philanthropist, venture capitalist, businessman sits pretty on this list with a net worth of around USD 600 million.
Celine Dion (Net Worth: $630 million)
The popular singer of the 90s gave us hits such as “My Heart Will Go On”, “I’m Alive”, and so on. She has easily sold over 200 million records globally. With her regular concerts and shows in Las Vegas, it isn't a surprise she is on the list.
Sean Combs (P. Diddy) (Net Worth: $700 million)
Puff Daddy is the real businessman. Beginning as a rapper to launching his music label to making his presence felt in the world of fashion, he has done it all.
Dr. Dre (Net Worth: $780 million)
This popular rapper owns his record company and has played a major role launching artists like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, 50 Cent, and so on. Well, now you get the picture? We are talking big deal, big bucks here.
Madonna (Net Worth: $800 million)
The queen of pop has been in the industry since the 1980s. Throughout her career, she has gone through a fair amount of ups and downs. Nonetheless, she continued making music, reinventing herself each time, touring the world and indulged in business activities and concerts that have helped her bank balance.
Herb Alpert (Net Worth: $850 million)
He is the member of Tijuana Brass Band and is known as Hubert Alpert. He has won nine Grammy awards, 14 Platinum albums, and more than 15 Gold albums. And his total sales worldwide are easily more than USD 72 million dollars.
Paul McCartney (Net Worth: $1.1 Billion)
The Beatles were the pleasant British invasion that got fans all over the world raving about their music, even today. Over the years, Paul McCartney has done many collaborations with artists such as Michael Jackson, Kanye West, and so on. The hard cash though comes from the covers of his songs. Now, his net worth is around USD 1.1 billion.
Andrew Lloyd Webber (Net Worth: $1.2 Billion)
Theatre doesn’t pay, but Broadway does! And if you get it right like Webber and deliver hits such as Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and so on, your net worth could be around USD 1.2 billion.
Still dream of being a musician? Now you know, how high the standard has been set. So, dream big! Also, don’t forget to comment below to let us know who your favorite musicians are.