The Richest Lead Singer in the World is Paul McCartney

September 12, 2012 By:
The Richest Lead Singer in the World is Paul McCartney

Not surprising, but Paul McCartney, lead singer of arguably the number one band of all-time, is also number one in terms of moolah.

The rest of the list is a who’s-who of rockers from today and yesteryear—huge fortunes built on international tours and millions upon millions of records sales that’ll have you crying into an ATM. Just take your debit card pin code, multiply it by 100,000 and now you’re roughly in the ballpark of these lead singers’ overall earnings.

Compiled by Celebrity Net Worth, they rank the overstuffed piggy banks of vocalists for heavy hitters like Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, and other illustrious names who have “Greatest Hits” albums owned by dads everywhere.

According to the site, “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.”

Here’s the Top 10:

1. Paul McCartney of The Beatles – $800 million

2. Bono of U2 ­– $600 million

3. Jimmy Buffett – $400 million

4. Elton John – $320 million

5. Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones – $305 million

6. Gene Simmons of KISS – $300 million

7. Sting of The Police – $290 million

8. Phil Collins of Genesis – $250 million

9. Dave Matthews of Dave Matthews Band – $250 million

10. Prince – $250 million

Other names further down include Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, David Bowie, Michael Stipe, Chris Martin, Jack White, and…Scott Stapp of Creed.