UPDATE: We’ve finally updated our previous “World’s Richest Singer list” (December 5, 2018) that was originally published in 2012. While the original post was for singers in bands, our updated post is focused on singers regardless of whether they are part of a group or are a solo act.
METHODOLOGY: We researched various net worth sites and after vetting through a number of them, we used Celebrity Net Worth, The Richest, and Bankrate to calculate estimated net worth for singers around the world.
Note that we excluded rappers from this list. We’ll save those rankings for another day.
Net Worth: $245 Million
“Work, work, work, work, work, work.” Rihanna’s steady grind has helped her amass a fortune at the young age of 30.
She also has been romantically linked to Saudi Arabian businessman Hassan Jameel whose family has a reported net worth of $245 million.
Net Worth: $260 Million
Shakira began her music career at the age of 13 and has not stopped since. Although it’s been a number of years since “Hips Don’t Lie” was released, the Colombian singer has continued a successful career both in and out of music.
23. Katy Perry
Net Worth: $270 Million
When you’re estimated to be worth $270 million, it’s not a big deal to bid $50,000 to go on a date with your boyfriend. And although she started her career as a gospel singer her shift to more mainstream music led her to become one of the world’s biggest pop stars.
22 Tom Jones
Net Worth: $275 Million
The Welsh singer who’s last album ‘Long Lost Suitcase’ was released in 2015 comes in at #22. With a career spanning over six decades, Jones has amassed a net worth nearly $300 million.
21. Nana Mouskouri
Net Worth: $280 Million
One of the most popular artists from Greece, Mouskouri has released over 200 albums over her career.
20. Garth Brooks
Net Worth: $285 Million
Although Garth Brooks’ career took off in the early ’90s, he’s managed to stay relevant and amongst the world’s richest artists. According to the RIAA, Brooks is the best-selling solo artist of the 20th century in America.
19. Justin Bieber
Net Worth: $285 Million
Over the years Justin Bieber has been in the news more for his dating than his music as his last album, ‘Purpose,’ was released in 2015. Even so Bieber remains popular as evidenced by his 100+ million Instagram followers.
18. Lady Gaga
Net Worth: $288 Million
Lady Gaga scored another #1 album with her last solo album ‘Joanne.’ The multi-talented artist also proved her acting chops with many critics praising her performance in “A Star Is Born.”
17. Julio Iglesias
Net Worth: $300 Million
The Spanish heartthrob has amassed a net worth of $300 million over his wide spanning career. Iglesias is arguably the most successful Spanish male artist of all time.
16. George Strait
Net Worth: $313 Million
The “King of Country” has sold over 100 million albums and according to Forbes earns $1.4 million per show.
Net Worth: $333 Million
With a return to Broadway with “The Cher Show,” the “Goddess of Pop” could soon be moving up the ranks of this list. A career that began in the early ’60s has seen Cher achieve success as a musician, actor, and model.
14. Taylor Swift
Net Worth: $340 Million
Taylor Swift is one of the youngest singers on the list. Although still under 30 years old, Swift has sold over 40 million albums and received 10 Grammy Awards.
13. Toby Keith
Net Worth: $363 Million
Labeled “Country Music’s $500 Million Man” by Fortune, Keith has sold over 40 million albums and charted 20 number one hits.
12. Shania Twain
Net Worth: $375 Million
The Canadian singer is the best-selling female country artist in history with over 100 million records sold. This is despite taking major hiatus between albums. Twain’s last studio album ‘Now’ was released 15 years after her previous album ‘Up!’
11. Jennifer Lopez
Net Worth: $380 Million
Jennifer Lopez has come a long way from her days as a Fly Girl dancer on ‘In Living Color.’ While dancing was her start in the entertainment world, she became a household name from music and film. Lopez has reportedly sold over 80 million albums and her films have grossed nearly $3 billion.
10 Barbara Streisand
Net Worth: $385 Million
Barbara Streisand is the highest-selling female recording artist of all time with over 150 million albums and singles sold around the world. Streisand has also achieved massive success as an actor as evidenced by her Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.
9. Johnny Mathis
Net Worth: $400 Million
Johnny Mathis turned 83 years old in 2018 and celebrated by embarking on a nationwide tour. Mathis has created music in multiple genres including pop, Brazilian, Spanish, soul, blues, country, and disco.
‘Johnny’s Greatest Hits’ is one of the most popular albums of all time and stayed on the Billboard Top Albums chart for 490 straight weeks.
Net Worth: $425 Million
Beyoncé first became a pop sensation as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child. While the trio was one of the most successful female groups of all-time, Beyoncé reached another level of stardom when she released music as a solo artist.
Beyoncé has sold over 100 million albums globally and has won 22 Grammy Awards.
7. Victoria Beckham
Net Worth: $450 Million
In the 90s, Victoria Beckham rose to fame as “Posh Spice” in the female group the Spice Girls. The Spice Girls went on to sell over 80 million records around the world, making them the highest selling female group of all time.
In 2008, Beckham launched her fashion line and by 2012 it was reportedly generating over £60 million in annual sales.
6. Mariah Carey
Net Worth: $452 Million
Known for her five-octave vocal range, Mariah Carey has sold over 200 million albums globally.
In 2018, Carey has been touring in the U.S. performing her 18 number one singles and in 2019 she will be on an international tour.
5. Dolly Parton
Net Worth: $500 Million
One of country music’s biggest stars, Parton has reportedly composed over 3,000 songs in her career.
Parton’s music is featured throughout the Netflix series ‘Dumplin’ which was released on December 7, 2018.
4 Gloria Estefan
Net Worth: $500 Million
Gloria Estefan path to success began as she became the lead singer of Miami Sound Machine. The group is most known for the global smash “Conga.”
Estefan has reportedly sold 115 million records worldwide.
3. Celine Dion
Net Worth: $627 Million
French-Canadian Celine Dion has won five Grammy Awards and has sold over 200 million records around the world. Dion became a pop superstar and true household name in 1992 with the release of her duet with Peabo Bryson on the theme to Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.’
Net Worth: $743 Million
The “Queen of Pop” has shown no signs of slowing down as she announced a new album would be released in 2019. With over 300 million albums sold globally, Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time.
1. Herb Alpert
Net Worth: $850 Million
Jazz musician Herb Alpert has five number #1 records and nine Grammy Awards. Alpert is also the “A” in “A&M” Records which was later sold to Polygram Records. At one point A&M Records was the largest independent record label in the world.
Original Post (September 13, 2012):
The Celebrity Net Worth website is trying to drum up some buzz by releasing lists of the richest musicians at respective positions in a band. While those who are hankering to know the world’s richest banjo player are currently out of luck, the list has just gone up for the richest lead singers in the world. The website says that all of its information was obtained from publicly available records about an artist’s salaries, record sales, real estate holdings, endorsement deals, divorces and royalties while subtracting taxes, business fees and lifestyle expenses. In something that should surprise no one, former Wings member Paul McCartney heads the list, and is worth nearly a billion dollars. U2’s Bono could at one time have had the top spot, but somebody invested a bit too much money in Facebook stock. Possibly the least (or most, depending on your point of view) heartening piece of information on the list is that Scott Stapp and Chad Kroeger have both made more money in the rock game that Rush frontman Geddy Lee. The list of the first fifty follows. [NME]
#1: Paul McCartney Net Worth – $800 Million (The Beatles)
#2: Bono Net Worth – $600 Million (U2)
#3: Jimmy Buffett Net Worth – $400 Million
#4: Elton John Net Worth – $320 Million (Solo)
#5: Mick Jagger Net Worth – $305 Million (The Rolling Stones)
#6: Gene Simmons Net Worth – $300 Million (KISS)
#7: Sting Net Worth – $290 Million (The Police, Solo)
#8: Phil Collins Net Worth – $250 Million (Genesis, Solo)
#9: Dave Matthews Net Worth – $250 Million (Dave Matthews Band)
#10: Prince Net Worth – $250 Million
#11: Dave Grohl Net Worth – $225 Million (Foo Fighters, Nirvana on drums)
#12: Rod Stewart Net Worth – $220 Million
#13: David Bowie Net Worth – $215 Million
#14: Bruce Springsteen Net Worth – $200 Million (The E Street Band)
#15: Don Henley Net Worth – $200 Million (The Eagles, Solo)
#16: James Hetfield Net Worth – $175 Million (Metallica)
#17: Axl Rose Net Worth – $150 Million (Guns N’ Roses)
#18: Roger Waters Net Worth – $145 Million (Pink Floyd)
#19: David Gilmour Net Worth – $130 Million (Pink Floyd)
#20: Steven Tyler Net Worth – $130 Million (Aerosmith)
#21: Jon Bon Jovi Net Worth – $125 Million (Bon Jovi)
#22: Anthony Kiedis Net Worth – $120 Million (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
#23: Sammy Hagar Net Worth – $120 Million (Van Halen)
#24: Robert Plant Net Worth – $120 Million (Led Zeppelin)
#25: Bruce Dickinson Net Worth – $115 Million (Iron Maiden)
#26: Eric Clapton Net Worth – $115 Million (Cream, Solo)
#27: Brian Johnson Net Worth – $90 Million (AC/DC)
#28: Ozzy Osbourne Net Worth – $90 Million (Black Sabbath, Solo)
#29: Gwen Stefani Net Worth – $80 Million (No Doubt, Solo)
#30: Eddie Vedder Net Worth – $80 Million (Pearl Jam)
#31: Bob Dylan Net Worth – $80 Million
#32: Brian Wilson Net Worth – $75 Million (The Beach Boys)
#33: Michael Stipe Net Worth – $75 Million (R.E.M.)
#34: Trey Anastasio Net Worth – $75 Million (Phish)
#35: Joe Elliott Net Worth – $70 Million (Def Leppard)
#36: Peter Gabriel Net Worth – $70 Million (Genesis, Solo)
#37: John Fogerty Net Worth – $68 Million (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
#38: Stevie Nicks Net Worth – $65 Million (Fleetwood Mac, Solo)
#39: Roger Daltrey Net Worth – $65 Million (The Who)
#40: Chris Cornell Net Worth – $60 Million (Soundgarden, Audioslave)
#41: Mark Hoppus Net Worth – $60 Million (Blink 182)
#42: Tom DeLonge Net Worth – $60 Million (Blink 182)
#43: Chris Martin Net Worth – $60 Million (Coldplay)
#44: Billie Joe Armstrong Net Worth – $55 Million (Green Day)
#45: Liam Gallagher Net Worth – $50 Million (Oasis)
#46: Zack de la Rocha Net Worth – $50 Million (Rage Against the Machine)
#47: Vince Neil Net Worth – $50 Million (Motley Crue)
#48: Steve Perry Net Worth – $45 Million (Journey)
#49: Jon Anderson Net Worth – $45 Million (Yes)
#50: Maynard James Keenan Net Worth – $45 Million (Tool)