21 Richest Musicians of All Time
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley
There is no politician, thinker, painter or poet who raises and moves masses like the musicians. Millions and millions of people connected by a sound, a voice, a song, a melody. Sometimes we see how a musician grows and matures in front of our eyes and we see how he/she leaves his/her mark on the world.. These musicians are immortalized in our hearts, in our history and no matter how many generations they pass, they continue to make trends.
Many of these people are on our list today, where we will see the richest musicians in history and their achievements …
Andrew Lloyd Webber (1.2 Billions)
Webber is a renowned writer, author, composer, producer and director of numerous theather plays such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, an adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera and his biggest success: Cats, that has been for more than 20 years on Broadway. He has produced two soundtracks, 16 musicals, and a Requiem Mass in Latin. His awards include three Tonnys, three Grammys, an Oscar, an Emmy, seven Oliviers and a Golden Globe.
Michael Jackson (850 millions)
Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actor and American philanthropist. Known as the King of POP, he is one of the most emblematic figures of the POP culture. For 4 decades, Michael sold more than 550 million records worldwide, making him one of the best selling and successful artists in history. His album Thriller continues to be the best-selling album in the world with 50 million copies worldwide.
The King of Pop has received endless awards and recognitions throughout his musical career, but among the most prominent are: 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one with The Jackson 5 and another as a soloist. He was included twice in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: in 1997 for the work he did as a member of the band The Jackson 5 and in 2001 for the achievements he had as a soloist. He was also included in The Hall of Fame of Composers in 2002, the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame in 2010. Michael won the Guinness Record as the most successful artist of all time. In addition, he won thirteen Grammy Awards (not counting the Living Legend of 1993 and the posthumous Lifetime Achievement of 2010) 26 American Music Awards and 14 Billboard Awards.
Sean “Diddy” Combs (820 millions)
Sean John Combs, better known as P. Diddy or Puff Daddy is a rapper, singer, actor, choreographer and music producer who won four Grammys. In 1986, he formed the successful company Bad Boy Entertainment, which under the tutelage and eye of Sean, signed artists such as Notorious BIG, Usher, Faith Evans, Lil Kim, 112 and Mary J. Blige and had the opportunity to produce and co-write some songs for artists like: Jay Z, Eminem, Beyonce, Lenny Kravitz, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Destinys Child and Britney Spears
Jay Z (810 millons)
Shawn Corey Carter, better known as “Jay Z” is a rapper, producer and businessman. He has sold approximately 75 million albums worldwide, and has received 19 Grammy awards. He is considered one of the best rappers of all time. Three of his albums, Reasonable Doubt (1996), The Blueprint (2001) and The Black Album (2003), are considered to be milestones in the genre and all three are ranked in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 best albums of all time. As a businessman, Jay Z is one of the owners of the Brooklyn Nets basketball franchise of the NBA, is the creator of the Rocawear clothing line and is co-owner of the 40/40 Club.
Paul McCartney (800 millions)
Sir James Paul McCartney is a British singer-songwriter and composer. He started his musical career as the bassist of the famous rock band The Beatles. McCartney has been recognized as one of the most successful composers and artists of all time. He has sold 100 million albums worldwide and has 60 gold discs that are divided into his solo career and as a member of the Beatles. He has been introduced twice into the Rock Hall of Fame as a member of The Beatles in 1988, and as an individual artist in 1999, and has been recognized with 21 Grammy Awards having won them both individually and with The Beatles. McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr became members of the Order of the British Empire in 1965, and in 1997, he was knighted for his achievements as a British musician.
Madonna (800 millons)
The iconic “Queen of Pop” is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic figures of popular culture. She has sold more than 300 million albums worldwide, setting the world record for “the most successful soloist and greatest musical sales of all time”, included in the Guinness Book of Records. In 2008, she was included into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and that same year Billboard magazine ranked Madonna at number two, behind The Beatles, on Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful soloist in musical history. Madonna is known for continually reinventing her music and image, creating some of the most iconic looks and music videos of popular culture such as “Like a Virgin”, “Material Girl”, “Papa Do not Preach”, “The Island nice »,« Like a Prayer »,« Express Yourself »,« Vogue »,« Frozen »,« Music »,« Hung Up »
Dr. Dre (740 millions)
The rapper and producer is one of the most successful in the genre of hip hop. Winner of 6 Grammy Awards, 3 American Music Awards, 3 BET Hip Hop Awards, 4 Soul Train Music Awards and 1 Billboard Award. Dr. Dre focused on the production of songs and albums for other artists. He co-produced six tracks on Eminem’s album, The Marshall Mathers LP, including the first Grammy-winning single, “The Real Slim Shady.” The album won a Grammy and turned out to be the best-selling rap album of all time, after selling 1.76 million units in its first week, he has also produced artists such as Mary J Blige, Eve, Gwen Stefani, 50 Cent and Beyonce.
Bono (700 millions)
Bono is the lead singer and leader of the U2 rock band and a political activist, especially committed to fight against poverty in Africa. He was nominated twice in a row for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Bono was awarded the title The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. His rock band U2 has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, they have won 9 Grammy Awards, 7 British Awards, 3 Golden Globes, 5 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2005, the rock band U2 was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Jimmy Buffett (550 millions)
Jimmy Buffett is a singer, author, entrepreneur and recently a film producer. His song Margaritaville is number 234 in the list of songs of the century. He owns a minor league of baseball and also owns a chain of famous restaurants called “Margaritaville Cafe”.
Mariah Carey (500 millons)
Mariah Carey is a singer, songwriter, music producer and American philanthropist. Her debut album Mariah Carey (1990) had four consecutive number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 list. Her fourth album Daydream (1995) made history when the second single from the album «One Sweet Day», a duo with Boyz II Men, was kept on the number one spot for sixteen weeks on the Billboard Hot, and currently, it is still the song with more weeks accumulated in the Hot 100. On 2005, she released the album Emancipation of Mimi and the second single, “We Belong Together,” became the most successful single of the decade accordingly to Billboard magazine. Mariah has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, she has won 5 Grammy Awards, 21 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards and 14 Billboard Music Awards. Known as the “supreme singing bird” by the Guinness Book of Records, she is famous for her vocal record of five octaves, her power and vocal ability.
Dolly Parton (500 millions)
Dolly Parton is a singer, songwriter, actress, producer, writer, philanthropist and American businesswoman. She is considered “The Queen of Country music” and one of the best and most influential singers of this genre. For more than four decades, her innovative style has been recognized, particularly for her work on the 1970s and 1980s and for her peculiar voice. She has sold 100 million albums worldwide. In 2004, she was included into the Nashville Composers Hall of Fame and a year later into the Composers Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked her number 73 on its list of the best singers of all time. Among her most acclaimed songs are Jolene and All I can Do, but was her song I Will Always Love You, versioned by R&B artist Withney Houston, which entered the list of the best songs in history according to Rolling Stone magazine. Dolly has 13 country music awards, 7 Billboard Awards y 7 Grammys.
Elton John (480 millions)
With more than 5 decades of career, Sir Elton John (singer, composer, producer and British pianist) has sold more than 300 million albums worldwide, turning him into one of the most successful artists of all time. John is the only artist to keep at least one song on the Billboard Hot 100 for 31 consecutive years, from 1970 to 2000. After the death of Princess Diana, he wanted to pay tribute by rewriting the song “Candle in the Wind” 1997 ” — this version sold more than 33 million copies and is the most sold single in history. He has been awarded with 5 Grammy Awards, 5 Brit Awards, 1 Golden Globe, 1 Tony, 1 Disney Legends, 1 Oscar and The Kennedy Award . In 1994, he was included into the Rock Hall of Fame and the Composers Hall of Fame, as well as a member of the British Academy of Songwriters and Composers. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed him in number 49 of its list of the “100 most influential musicians of the rock and roll era”. In 2013, he was named the most successful singer on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists.
Jennifer Lopez (360 millions)
Jennifer Lopez a.k.a J.Lo, is a dancer, singer, choreographer, actress, record producer, composer, entrepreneur, television producer, fashion designer, perfumer and US philanthropist of Puerto Rican origin. She has sold 80 million records worldwide and has a total of $ 3.4 billion in worldwide box office with all her films, making her one of the most successful and popular artists of today. Among its most outstanding awards are: 10 videos certified in VeVo for reaching 100 million reproductions, it has 2 American Music Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, 5 Billboard Music Awards. In June 2013, she was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was number 7 in the famous list of the Forbes magazine of the Best Paid Women of the Music 2016, with a gains of 39.5 million dollars that year, which turns her into the best paid latina of music.
Mick Jagger (360 millions)
Rock legend and owner of a style unmatched Mick Jagger, is the vocalist, songwriter and co-founder of the group The Rolling Stones, and as if that were not enough, he is a music and film producer, actor and businessman. The Rolling Stones are considered one of the most influential bands in the history of rock, becoming the musical group that built the foundations of contemporary rock. To date, no other rock group has had such a long and successful career as theirs. They were included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and Rolling Stone magazine in 2004 ranked them number 4 among the 50 Best Artists of All Time.
Ringo Starr (350 millions)
The drummer of the British band The Beatles, Ringo Starr has also worked as a singer, composer and actor. Ringo composed some of the Beatles’ most famous hits such as “Do not Pass Me By” and “Octopus’s Garden.” In 2011, readers of Rolling Stone magazine chose Starr as the fifth best drummer of all time. On June 12, 1965, Starr and the other three Beatles were recognized with The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, receiving the insignia from Queen Elizabeth II. In 1988, he and his bandmates were included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He entered the Hall of Fame as a soloist in 2015. He was also included into the Hall of Fame of the Percussive Arts Society in the year 2002. On February 8, 2010, he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Beyonce Knowles (350 millions)
Singer, dancer, actress, model, composer, songwriter, fashion designer, music producer, choreographer, and former member of one of the most successful female music trios in history, Beyonce has managed to stay in first place of every top chart for more than 20 years of artistic career. The R&B female group Destiny’s Child has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide and Beyonce has sold more than 190 million albums as a soloist making it one of the best artists of contemporary popular music. The Recording Industry Association of America recognized Beyoncé as the number one certified artist in the United States during the 2000s and Forbes’ 2014 Celebrity 100 list put her as number one among the top earning artists with a total of 88 million of dollars, becoming the best paid African-American artist in history.
Beyonce has won 22 grammy awards (19 as soloist and 3 with Destiny’s Child), 15 American Music Awards, 15 MTV Video Music Awards, 18 Billboard Music Awards. On March 28, 2006, the so longed-for Star for Destiny’ s Child was placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Gene Simmons (300 millions)
Gene Simmons, is a musician, businessman and actor, better known as the bassist and lead vocalist of the rock band Kiss under the character of The Demon. Kiss has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. They have 30 RIAA gold records by 2015. In 2014, a rock band with its original four members were inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Sting (300 millions)
British singer, songwriter and actor Sting is undoubtedly the former most famous member of the musical group The Police. He has sold with the band and as a soloist 100 million albums. He has won 16 Grammys awards for his work. In 2002, Sting entered the Hall of Fame of the Composers and in March of 2003 The Police was admitted to the Hall of Fame Rock and Roll.
Britney Spears (290 million)
The singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, fashion designer, model and businesswoman Britney Spears, known as “The Princess of Pop”. Her debut album “… Baby one more time” sold more than 30 million copies worldwide earning the title of “the best-selling album of a teenage soloist”. Throughout her musical career, she has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide becoming one of the female artists that has sold more recordings worldwide and the eighth woman in the United States with 34 million certified copies. Spears is also one of the most awarded singers in history, only behind artists like Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston. In 2003, she received a star at the age of 21 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, becoming the youngest singer to receive it. In March 2015, Britney’s Las Vegas residency: “Piece of me” was awarded by the Las Vegas Review-Journal as the Best Las Vegas show, raising nearly $138 million dollars. Among the most recognized awards she has won during her career are: 1 Grammy Award, 4 Mtv Video Music Awards and MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, 8 Billboard Music Award and a Billboard Music Special Millennium Award. 13 Kids Choice Awards, 6 American Music Awards, 9 Teen Choice Awards.
Rihanna (230 million)
Rihanna, is a singer, songwriter, record producer, model, dancer, actress, fashion designer, philanthropist and businesswoman from Barbados. With less than fifteen years of career, Rihanna has managed to sell 275 million albums worldwide, positioned in the list of ten best-selling artists of all time and the artist with the most digital sales of all time. Rihanna managed to place 14 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 list, becoming the third artist to do so. In 2013, the American Music Awards honored her with the “Icon Music Award”. In 2016, the singer received the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. In March 2015, the fashion house Dior announced that Rihanna was chosen as the new image for their brand; becoming the first black woman to be the spokesperson and model of the fashion house. She has won 14 American Music Awards, 5 BET Awards, 12 Billboard Music Award, 9 Grammy Awards and 8 IHeartRadio Music Award.
Adele (200 million)
Adele is a British singer and songwriter. She releases her second album called “21” in early 2011, which becomes a commercial success selling 30 million copies, 16 platinum certifications in the United Kingdom and in America she was awarded with the diamond certification by the RIAA. The album won numerous awards and was acclaimed by the critics as one of the best albums in the last decade. In 2013, she was condecorated with The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles. Adele is the first woman in history to place three singles in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously, and the first to have two albums and two singles in the top five on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 charts at the same time. In 2013, she received an Oscar and a Golden Glove for the best original song for “Skyfall” composed for the James Bond movie that has the same name. According to Billboard, with the release of her third album, Adele has sold more than 100 millions of album worldwide. She has won until 2017, 15 grammy, awards, 9 Brit Awards and 5 American Music Award.