The list of richest New York musicians has not changed in quite some time. However, that doesn’t stop them from being worth close to $5 billion together. Here are the ten richest New York musicians, including both those born there and those who live there.
1. Paul McCartney: $1.2 billion
Sir Paul splits his time between England and the Hamptons and has retained the top spot for quite some time. According to Observer, he:
“recently inked a lucrative deal with Capitol Records for the entire body of post-Beatles music, from his 1970 McCartney album through his decade with Wings to the dozens of solo and collaborative works, including his share of the famed Ebony and Ivory duo with Stevie Wonder”.
Plus, his still-active touring and new music composing activities definitely help.
2. Sean Combs: $750 million
Also known as “Puff Daddy”, “P. Diddy” and “Diddy”, Sean Combs is somewhat all over the place. As Observer points out:
“One minute he’s donating a cool million to Howard University for a scholarship fund; the next he’s facing a late November court date for a 2011 incident in which he and two bodyguards are accused of punching, choking and attempting to rob a paparazzo in Miami Beach on New Year’s Eve 2011”.
He also spends his time touring and kicking up a political fuss.
3. Madonna: $560 million
Never a stranger to controversy, Madonna created a few waves during the recent election. Observer notes that she “offered to perform oral sex on anyone voting for Hillary Clinton. And that was after posting a topless picture on social media in support of the Democratic nominee”.
She also completed her 10th world tour, grossing $169.8 million, making her the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time. Let’s also not forget about Madonna being named as Billboard’s 2016 woman of the year.
4. Jay Z: $550 million
Becoming the first hip-hop artist to ever be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame adds to Jay Z’s list of accomplishments.
5. Mick Jagger: $360 million
A nasty-bout of laryngitis forced the Stones to cancel a couple shows in Las Vegas, but don’t feel too bad for Jagger. He recently bought a multi-million dollar luxury townhouse in New York for his girlfriend, the soon-to-be mother of his eighth child.
6. Bruce Springsteen: $345 million
Having just released his biography, Born to Run, Springsteen is having a fairly good year. Furthermore, like most liberal-leaning musicians, he has started a feud with president-elect Donald Trump.
7. Keith Richards: $340 million
This 74 year old will probably outlive us all. That’s what it seems like, at least. When he isn’t making Netflix specials or releasing a new album with the Stones, he is one of 175 musicians signed on to a new Sheryl Crow album for the “We Are Not Afraid” campaign that raises funds for the refugee crisis. The proceeds all go to Human Rights Watch and the International Rescue Committee.
8. Neil Sedaka: $300 million
Even if you’re not totally familiar with Sedaka, undoubtedly you’ve heard something he has written. The singer-songwriter signed a deal with Round Hill Music this summer to release a collection of his music. It will include songs he has written and co-written, such as Frank Sinatra’s “The Hungry Years”, as well as songs that he recorded himself, like “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”. Sedaka is also preparing for another tour and just released a new CD that includes his first symphony, Joie de vivre
9. Jon Bon Jovi: $300 million
He hasn’t achieved his dream of owning an NFL franchise yet, but he has raked in the money this year by playing gigs and releasing a new album.
10. Sean Ono Lennon: $200 million
He has two iconic parents, but he still manages to go his own way. Especially when it comes to music. Over the summer, he released the debut for his latest band.