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The latest list of the world’s richest rock stars

The rich keep getting richer, especially those artists who scored big by selling their catalogues. Then there are Beatles, Stones, and members of U2, of course. All figures in US dollars.

  1. Paul McCartney, net worth $1.2 billion
  2. Bono, $700 million
  3. Bruce Springstein, $650 million (He sold his catalogue last year for somewhere between $500-550 million.)
  4. Jimmy Buffet, $600 (The Parrotheads are very good to him.)
  5. Elton John, $500 million (His never-ending farewell tour could end up being the highest-grossing tour of all time.)
  6. Keith Richards, $500 million
  7. Mick Jagger, $500 million
  8. Eric Clapton, $450 million
  9. Jon Bon Jovi, $410 million
  10. The Edge, $400 million
  11. Adam Clayton, $400 million
  12. Gene Simmons, $400 million
  13. Sting, $400 million (He also sold his catalogue last year.)
  14. Bob Dylan, $375 million (Hmm. After his catalogue sale, I thought he’d rank higher.)
  15. Larry Mullen Jr, $350 million
  16. Lars Ulrich, $350 million
  17. Ringo Starr, $350 million
  18. Dave Grohl, $320 million
  19. Roger Waters, $310 million
  20. Anni-Frid Lungstad (one of the “A’s” in ABBA), $300 million
  21. Björn Ulvaeus (gimme a “B” in ABBA), $300 million
  22. Dave Matthews, $300 million
  23. James Hetfield, $300 million
  24. Phil Collins, $300 million
  25. Robbie Williams, $300 million

(Via MSN)

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