Not only do rock and roll bands get to enjoy fame, adulation and groupies, in some cases they also become very rich. As you will soon see there can be a lot of money in rock and roll. Below is a list of the top five richest rock and roll bands in the world.
The Beatles might have sung the “Best things in life are free” but they also sang “Money is what I want.” Making money is something that the Beatles have excelled at making them the richest bands in the world. Along with being the worlds most well known band their songs have made them fortunes. Of the two living members Paul McCartney has a net worth of $800 million and Ringo Starr has a net worth of $300 million.
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones were formed in 1962 and are considered by many to be the best rock and roll band in history. The band were also key figures in making blues an accepted part of of rock and roll. They were also leaders of the British invasion of bands that were so popular in the United States during the 1960s. Lead singer Mick Jagger has a net worth estimated at $305 million.
The Beach Boys were pioneers whose music become intrinsically linked to youth culture and surfing during the 1960s. Along the way they become one of the most successful bands in history, producing 36 top 40 hits which is the most for any rock band.
Led Zeppelin are considered by many to be rock gods. The band formed in 1968 and consisted of Jimmy Page on guitar, Robert Plant singing, Jon Paul Jones as bassist and John Bonham on drums. There musical style would go on to influence many other bands including U2, another of the worlds richest rock and roll bands.
When the media discovered that U2 singer Bono was partner in a private equity fund and an investor in Facebook, it gave the public some idea of just how much money the band had managed to make. U2 currently have an estimated net worth of £519 million making these Irish lads one of the wealthiest living rock bands in history.