The 30 Richest Drummers in the World

By on September 14, 2012 in ArticlesEntertainment

Who are the richest drummers in the world? Most people steer their kids away from learning the drums in favor of less noisy instruments. You may want to reconsider that decision after you find out how rich these thirty musicians became from banging on a drum. As you're about to see, if you want to make a ton of money drumming it helps to be a member of one of the most commercially successful rock bands in the world. The drummers on this list have played in bands like The Beatles, Metallica, U2 and The Rolling Stones just to name a few… Most have had 30+ year careers banging away at the top of the charts and touring the world's stadiums to perform for tens of thousands of adoring fans. So how can you become of the richest drummers in the world? First, take a look these examples and maybe you can find some inspiration, then start practicing!

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***The figures contained in this list were acquired from all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager's fees, agents' fees, and lifestyle.***

The 30 Richest Drummers in the World:

  • #1: Ringo Starr Net Worth – $300 Million (The Beatles)
  • #2: Dave Grohl Net Worth – $260 Million (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
  • #3: Phil Collins Net Worth – $250 Million (Solo, Genesis)
  • #4: Don Henley Net Worth – $200 Million (The Eagles)
  • #5: Lars Ulrich Net Worth – $200 Million (Metallica)
  • #6: Charlie Watts – $170 Million (The Rolling Stones)
  • #7: Roger Taylor – $170 Million (Queen)
  • #8: Larry Mullen Jr – $150 Million (U2)
  • #9: Joey Kramer – $100 Million (Aerosmith)
  • #10: Nick Mason – $100 Million (Pink Floyd)
  • #11: Chad Smith – $90 Million (The Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • #12: Stewart Copeland – $80 Million (The Police)
  • #13: Alex Van Halen – $75 Million (Van Halen)
  • #14: Tommy Lee – $70 Million (Motley Crue)
  • #15: Bill Ward – $65 Million (Black Sabbath)
  • #16: Carter Beauford – $65 Million (Dave Matthews Band)
  • #17: Jon Fishman – $60 Million (Phish)
  • #18: Rick Allen – $50 Million (Def Leppard)
  • #19: Tre Cool – $45 Million (Green Day)
  • #20: Travis Barker – $85 Million (Blink 182, The Aquabats)
  • #21: Danny Carey – $40 Million (Tool)
  • #22: Max Weinberg – $35 Million (Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Conan O'Brien)
  • #23: Mickey Hart – $30 Million (The Grateful Dead)
  • #24: Nicko McBrain – $30 Million (Iron Maiden)
  • #25: Dave Clark – $30 million (The Dave Clark Five)
  • #26: Bill Kreutzmann – $25 Million (The Grateful Dead)
  • #27: Neil Peart – $22 Million (Rush)
  • #28: Taylor Hawkins – $20 Million (Foo Fighters)
  • #29: Tico Torres – $20 Million (Bon Jovi)
  • #30: Questlove – $16 Million (The Roots, Jimmy Fallon)
  • #31: Steven Adler – $15 Million (Guns N' Roses)
  • #32: Liberty DeVitto – $15 Million (Billy Joel)
  • #33: Mick Fleetwood – $8.5 Million (Fleetwood Mac)
Articles Written by Brian Warner
Prior to launching Celebrity Net Worth, Brian spent seven years as the Managing Editor of one of the largest entertainment portals on the internet. Before that, Brian attended Georgetown University where he double majored in finance and marketing. A native of Northern California, Brian currently resides in Los Angeles. Follow him on Google+.
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