The World’s Richest Drummers

This isn’t a phrase you’ll see in many places–but it’s a recent headline at Celebrity Net Worth.

No prizes for guessing the richest timekeeper.  Ringo Starrr is poorest of the Beatles (alive or dead)–but he’s still a freakin’ Beatle.  I’m surprised his fortune isn’t more than a mere $300 million.

After that, though, you may run into trouble.  I wouldn’t have guessed that Phil Collins is #2 ($250 million), but when you think about it, that makes sense.  The guy did sell a squidillion records with Genesis and a solo artist.

Dave Grohl at #3?  Sure, although drumming is definitely secondary to what he does now.  But he’ll still suit up behind the kit for anyone who asks.  I don’t begrudge him any of his estimated $225 million.

Curious about the rest of the guys in the Top 30?  Where’s Lars from Metallica?  Larry from U2? And the guy from Phish is worth how much?

  • #1: Ringo Starr Net Worth – $300 Million (The Beatles)
  • #2: Phil Collins Net Worth – $250 Million (Solo, Genesis)
  • #3: Dave Grohl Net Worth – $225 Million (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
  • #4: Don Henley Net Worth – $200 Million (The Eagles)
  • #5: Lars Ulrich Net Worth – $175 Million (Metallica)
  • #6: Charlie Watts Net Worth – $160 Million (The Rolling Stones)
  • #7: Larry Mullen Jr Net Worth – $150 Million (U2)
  • #8: Roger Taylor Net Worth – $105 Million (Queen)
  • #9: Joey Kramer Net Worth – $100 Million (Aerosmith)
  • #10: Chad Smith Net Worth – $90 Million (The Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • #11: Travis Barker Net Worth – $85 Million (Blink 182, The Aquabats)
  • #12: Stewart Copeland Net Worth – $80 Million (The Police)
  • #13: Alex Van Halen Net Worth – $75 Million (Van Halen)
  • #14: Nick Mason Net Worth – $75 Million (Pink Floyd)
  • #15: Tommy Lee Net Worth – $70 Million (Motley Crue)
  • #16: Bill Ward Net Worth – $65 Million (Black Sabbath)
  • #17: Jon Fishman Net Worth – $60 Million (Phish)
  • #18: Carter Beauford Net Worth – $55 Million (Dave Matthews Band)
  • #19: Rick Allen Net Worth – $50 Million (Def Leppard)
  • #20: Tre Cool Net Worth – $45 Million (Green Day)
  • #21: Danny Carey Net Worth – $40 Million (Tool)
  • #22: Tico Torres Net Worth – $40 Million (Bon Jovi)
  • #23: Max Weinberg Net Worth – $35 Million (Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Conan O’Brien)
  • #24: Mickey Hart Net Worth – $30 Million (The Grateful Dead)
  • #25: Bill Kreutzmann Net Worth – $25 Million (The Grateful Dead)
  • #26: Neil Peart Net Worth – $22 Million (Rush)
  • #27: Taylor Hawkins Net Worth – $20 Million (Foo Fighters)
  • #28: Questlove Net Worth – $16 Million (The Roots, Jimmy Fallon)
  • #29: Steven Adler Net Worth – $15 Million (Guns N’ Roses)
  • #30: Mick Fleetwood Net Worth – $8.5 Million (Fleetwood Mac)

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.

2 thoughts on “The World’s Richest Drummers

  • August 29, 2012 at 4:14 am
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    Who estimated this list? A freshmen Economics class at Bonghit Community College?

    I gotta think Neil Pert, Stewart Copeland, and Mick Fleetwood have more money than Travis Barker!

    And I was under the impression Adler doesn't have a pot to puke in!

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  • August 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm
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    Some of those are quite surprising at how much or how little they have. Nick Mason only $75 million? I would have thought more…

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