Ringo is richest rhythm rocker
Ringo Starr is the richest drummer in the world, says pop culture analyst website Celebrity Net Worth.
His total value is believed to be $300m, making him $50m richer than Phil Collins, $75m better off than Dave Grohl and $100m wealthier than Don Henley.
Those first four spots are taken by stickmen who’ve also fronted bands, with the top-ten rounded out by Lars Ulrich, Charlie Watts, Larry Mullen, Roger Taylor, Joey Kramer and Chad Smith.
Some big names appear to figure surprisingly low down the chart, including Tico Torres (No22), Neil Peart (No26) and Mick Fleetwood (No30).
CNW say: “Most people steer their kids away from learning the drums in favour of less noisy instruments. You may want to reconsider after you find out how rich these musicians became from banging on a drum.”
The site gathered figures from all available public sources including salaries, property values, royalty statements and endorsements, and removed expenses including tax, management fees and living expenses.
CNW’s drummer rich list
1. Ringo Starr (Beatles): $300m
2. Phil Collins (Genesis): $250m
3. Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters): $225m
4. Don Henley (Eagles): $200m
5. Lars Ulrich (Metallica): $175m
6. Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones): $160m
7. Larry Mullen (U2): $150m
8. Roger Taylor (Queen): $105m
9. Joey Kramer (Aerosmith): $100m
10. Chad Smith (Rd Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot): $90m
11. Travis Barker (Blink 182): $85m
12. Stewart Copeland (Police): $80m
13. Alex Van Halen (Van Halen): $75m
13. Nick Mason (Pink Floyd): $75m
15. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue): $70m
16. Bill Ward (Black Sabbath): $65m
17. John Fishman (Phish): $60m
18. Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band): $55m
19. Rick Allen (Def Leppard): $50m
20. Tre Cool (Green Day): $45m
21. Danny Carey (Tool): $40m
21. Tico Torres (Bon Jovi): $40m
23. Max Weinberg (E Street Band): $35m
24. Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead):$30m
25. Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead): $25m
26. Neil Peart (Rush): $22m
27. Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters): $20m
28. Questlove (Roots, Jimmy Fallon): $16m
29. Steven Adler (Guns n’Roses): $15m
30. Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac): $8.5m
Bubbling under – Les Binks (ex-Judas Priest)