Last Updated: April 5, 2024
Richest CelebritiesRock Stars
Net Worth:
$250 Million
Jun 2, 1941 - Aug 24, 2021 (80 years old)
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Musician, Drummer, Actor, Record producer, Composer, Film Producer
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What Was Charlie Watts' Net Worth?

Charlie Watts was an English musician, composer, producer, and horseman who had a net worth of $250 million at the time of his death in 2021. Charlie Watts was best known for being the longtime drummer for the Rolling Stones. Widely regarded as one of the best drummers of all time, Watts was a versatile musician who worked as both a composer and a producer. In addition to rock music, Charlie was heavily involved in the production of jazz music – most notably as the drummer for a band called The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie

His financial wealth was largely a result of his ownership of shares in the corporate entities of the Rolling Stones, although he explored other business ventures – including a successful Arabian horse stud farm that he ran with his wife in rural England.

Charlie Watts died on August 24, 2021, at the age of 80.

Early Life

Charlie Watts was born Charles Robert Watts on June 2, 1941, in London, England. Art was always a major focus for Watts, and he displayed artistic talent as a schoolboy. Young Charlie also proved to be a gifted footballer and cricket player. Britain was still recovering from the impact of World War II when Watts was young, especially in the bombed-out ruins of London, where he lived in a pre-fabricated home like many of the war-torn city's citizens.

Charlie fell in love with jazz music from a very early age, and it was this spark that led him down the road toward a professional career in music. He was fortunate enough to receive a drum set as a gift from his parents, and after many hours of practicing with his new acquisition, he enrolled at Harrow Art School.

Joining the Rolling Stones

Despite his skill as a drummer and his passion for music, Watts gravitated more towards graphic design as a career path after leaving art school. However, he still found time to play the drums for various bands in his spare time. Thanks to his involvement in London's music scene, he eventually crossed paths with Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Ian Stewart, and Keith Richards. After spending his youth dreaming of a successful career in music, he joined the Rolling Stones in 1963.


Watts first tasted success as a member of his new band with 1965's release of the hit single "Satisfaction." Widely regarded as one of the best singles of all time, "Satisfaction" quickly topped the US "Billboard" Hot 100 chart, cementing the arrival of Watts and the rest of the Rolling Stones as a force to be reckoned with. After a string of other successful songs like "Paint It Black" and "Ruby Tuesday," Watts was recognized as one of rock's greatest drummers of all time. Charlie was inducted into the "Modern Drummer" Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

Charlie Watts Net Worth

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Rock & Roll Lifestyle

While Charlie was known for a quieter, more restrained lifestyle compared to his bandmates, drugs and alcohol nonetheless became an issue during a period in the 1980s. He spoke about the fact that his reliance on these substances had a notable impact on his family life, and it almost created a rift between him and his wife. His tryst with addiction came after a self-described "mid-life crisis."

Despite all of this, Watts clearly made an effort to reject the stereotypical image of the rockstar that had developed during his time in the spotlight. Charlie rarely talked to the press, preferring seclusion and a private lifestyle instead of soaking up the fame. While his bandmates were taking full advantage of the sexual favors offered by so-called "groupies," Watts remained faithful to his wife – even going so far as to isolate himself in an empty room when the band was invited to Hugh Hefner's famed Playboy Mansion.

Family Life

Charlie met his wife, Shirley Ann Shepherd, before he experienced success through the Rolling Stones, and he married her in 1964. Four years later, the couple welcomed their first and only child into the world – a daughter whom they named Serafina. Their daughter also has one child of her own, a daughter named Charlotte.

Fashion Style

While Watts tended to avoid attention from the press, his fashion style made him hard to miss. Influenced by his early love of jazz, Charlie made an effort to "dress like a gentleman," favoring English suits and wearing them with the utmost confidence.

Publications such as "Vanity Fair" recognized the drummer as one of the best-dressed men in the world, and he was featured as a style icon in "GQ." His sense of style has been described as "understated," and this refined aesthetic helped him stand out among other members of the Rolling Stones – somewhat ironic for a man who preferred to stay out of the limelight.

Illness and Death

In 2004, Charlie's life took a sharp turn when he was diagnosed with throat cancer. This particular type of cancer is linked with smoking, and it seemed as though Watts' decision to give up cigarettes back in the '80s wasn't enough to avoid this fate.

Despite this worrying development, his cancer was successfully treated and went into remission. This allowed the legendary drummer to return to his musical career and rejoin his touring bandmates.

Watts passed away on August 24, 2021, at the age of 80. Though an official cause of death wasn't released to the public, Keith Richards later said that Watts had cancer.

With a deceptively tenacious, driven personality, Charlie made a lasting impression on the musical world. Although content to be overlooked by the media, Watts demanded respect when he felt it was necessary – once punching Mick Jagger in the face for speaking down to him.

With a personality like that, it's no wonder Charlie experienced such incredible success.

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