Most of us probably know some friends who love to play the guitar and some of us might even play it themselves. However, it’s highly unlikely that any guitar player you personally know does it as more than just a hobby. While it might be difficult to strike it rich as a guitar player, many people have done just that. Today, we are diving into the world of music by taking a look at some of the highest-paid guitarists in the entire world. Whether they’re part of a world-renowned band or just a single artist who loves the guitar, one thing is for sure - these people are rolling in millions!
10 Tom Petty
Taking tenth place on today’s list is American guitarist and songwriter Tom Petty, with a net worth of about $95 million. This impressive musician is known for his place in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, a hot band of the ‘70s.
Over his lifetime, Petty sold more than 80 million records and got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Not only did he play the guitar in a band, but he also released several solo albums that made the top charts. Some of his top hits included “I Won’t Back Down,” “Into the Great Wide Open,” and “Free Fallin’.”
9 Angus Young
Next up on the list, with an impressive net worth of 140 million dollars, is Australian guitarist Angus Young. Most famous for his constant membership in the band AC/DC, fans loved Young’s energetic performances. He and his band reached world-wide fame and was honorably inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the early 2000s.
His iconic guitar skills created the foundation for some of the most famous songs of the ‘80s. Some of AC/DC’s greatest hits included “Highway to Hell,” “Back in Black,” as well as “Blow Up Your Video.” Young’s guitar of choice was a 1968 Gibson SG.
8 Dave Grohl
As a member of the famous band Nirvana, Dave Grohl hauls in a solid number of 280 million bucks. This American guitarist is also a member of the rock band Foo Fighters as well as Scream. Following Kurt Kobain’s death and Nirvana’s subsequent disbanding, Grohl continued to produce music.
His favored genres include punk rock, grunge, heavy metal, hard rock, and alternative rock. As a talented guitarist, he was the key to many fan favorites, such as “Bleach,” “Pocketwatch,” and “Nevermind.” The esteemed musician enjoys using many different guitars, though his all-time favorite seems to be a cherry red Gibson.
7 Dave Matthews
In 7th place on today’s list belongs to South African guitarist Dave Matthews, who holds a solid 300 million dollars as his worth. His styles of music include blues-rock, adult contemporary, acoustic rock, as well as alternative rock. Matthews is both the lead guitarist and the lead singer of his band, appropriately named the Dave Matthews Band.
His works became hugely popular in the early 2000s, causing him to sell more than any other act in the entirety of America. Some of his most famous works include “Gravedigger,” “Some Devil,” and “Under the Table and Dreaming.” His preferred guitar was the Martin Steel 6-String Acoustic.
6 Eric Clapton
Also at 300 million dollars worth is British guitarist Eric Clapton, who is best known for his three-time induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With a passion for rock and blues, Clapton is known for showing deep emotion during his beautiful performances.
More impressively, Clapton won second place in Time Magazine’s list of the best guitarists to ever live. Although he participated as a member of the bands Yardbirds and Cream, Clapton also released plenty of solo hits that achieved various levels of popularity. Fan favorites include “Layla,” “Crossroads,” and “Tears in Heaven.”
5 David Howell Evans
With 340 million dollars to his name, David Howel Evans is up next on this list of very, very wealthy guitarists. Evans, better known as his stage name “The Edge,” is an Irish musician known for both his solo records and his participation as lead guitarist in the band U2.
He is still currently very active, having just done a tour called “Experience + Innocence” in 2018. Early on during his membership with U2, some of the Edge’s friends gave him the iconic nickname due to the angular shape of his head. As a guitarist, he is most known for his low chiming style that fans came to love.
4 Keith Richards
Tied with Evans at 340 Million is Keith Richards, an English guitarist known for his dedication to the Rolling Stones. In fact, he was the co-founder! Richards is the man behind the iconic songs “Paint it Black,” “Ruby Tuesday,” and “Happy.”
He has a deep passion for rock and roll as well as blues and shares a deep friendship with the infamous Mick Jagger. Fans describe Richards’ guitar playing as incredibly blunt and direct with a wonderful twist on the chords and rhythms. His main guitar of choice was the Harmony Meteor, though he also showed preferences for the Gibson Les Paul.
3 Bruce Springsteen
Five-hundred million big ones. That’s the worth of American guitarist Bruce Springsteen, who’s known as the leader of the E Street Band and as a solo artist. In the ’70s, Springsteen released the world-famous album “Born to Run,” propelling him to stardom. Fans love him not only for his highly energized performances but also for his beautiful, politically and socially conscious lyrics.
His other hits include “Thunder Road,” “Jungleland,” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-out.” A passionate artist of classic rock, blues, as well as country, Springsteen’s music covers a diverse range of emotions and topics. His earlier music remains popular even today!
2 Toby Keith
At a draw with Springsteen’s 500 million dollars is another American guitarist, Toby Keith. Focused only on country music, this cowboy continuously tops charts all over the continent. In fact, many know him as the best country singer and guitarist of the world.
Some of Keith’s greatest hits include “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” “How Do You Like Me Now?!,” and “Unleashed.” Multiple huge name-brand companies have picked up on his talent, including Dreamworks, Mercury Nashville, as well as Show Dog-Universal. If you’re wondering what he does with all that cash, Keith provides support and donations to a non-profit organization that helps children with cancer.
1 Jimmy Buffett
Finally, taking the gold for the highest-paid guitarist in the world is Jimmy Buffett at 600 million dollars! This American guitarist also doubles as a businessman, singer, and actor, with his primary focus on country and rock. Buffett has a unique, laid-back rock and roll music style that his fans absolutely adore. Some of his greatest hits include “Knee Deep,” “Silver Wings,” plus “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere.” His iconic persona was developed during his time in Key West, and his work has appeared on countless top charts throughout his very successful career. One thing’s for sure, Buffett definitely loves to party, and his fans love it too!