Who Is the Richest Bass Player of Them All?

If you think about it, the answer is pretty obvious.  Who played bass in the Beatles?  Yeah, him.  But what about those below Macca?

The Richest–a site designed to out the one-percenters–has come up with this list of the richest bass players in rock.

  1. Paul McCartney – $1.2 billion.  Yes, BILLION.
  2. Sting – $300 million
  3. Gene Simmons (KISS)- $300 million
  4. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)- $270 million
  5. Adam Clayton (U2) – $150 million
  6. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – $115 million
  7. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) – $80 million
  8. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) – $65 million
  9. Tony Kanal (No Doubt) – $45 million
  10. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) – $40 million

What?  No Geddy Lee?

(Via Ultimate Guitar)


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

5 thoughts on “Who Is the Richest Bass Player of Them All?

  • August 21, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I’m also surprised Mike Anthony from Van Halen isn’t on the list. He’s apparently been a really smart investor.

  • August 21, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Unlike others on the list, #7 JPJ hasn’t cashed in through big money tours starting in the late 80s and beyond. A lot of the people higher on the list have been part of huge Michael Cole-esque payday tours that padded a lot of bank accounts.

  • August 22, 2014 at 10:54 am

    i’m actually quite surprised tony kanal is up there. didn’t think no doubt was quite that big.


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