You can't have a successful rock band without a drummer. Drummers are what really add the beat and pizazz to a group, they're kind of like the backbone of any musical act. Maybe they don't get as much screen time or publicity as their lead vocalists, and they tend to not be the "face" of the group, but that doesn't make them any less important, or successful. We're taking a look at some of the richest drummers in the world as of 2019.
Pretty much everyone included is from a classic rock and roll group. There are newer acts with drummers who come close to making the list but ultimately, they can't quite it when it comes to respecting the drummers who laid the groundwork for them to follow.
10 Chad Smith - $90 million
You may know him as the guy who looks freakishly like Will Ferrell, or as you should recognize him, as the drummer of the mega-popular band, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Smith joined the group back in 1988 and in 2012, Red Hot Chili Peppers made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Smith is one of the most popular and sought after drummers in the world which explains his astonishing net worth of $90 million. In addition to playing for Red Hot Chili Peppers, he is also the drummer of another hard rock group known as Chickenfoot. In 2018, Smith started his own music radio talk show on SiriusXM along with music editor, Lyndsey Parker.
9 Joey Kramer - $100 million
Joey Kramer is the legendary drummer for famous rock group Aerosmith. In addition to being the band's long-time drummer, Kramer also has writing credit on several of Aerosmith's songs such as "The Hand That Feeds," "Closer," and "Kings and Queens." His net worth is estimated to be approximately $100 million. As for the equipment he uses, Kramer's drumsets are all signature and as of 2014, from Pearl Drums.
Aerosmith formed in 1970 and along with Kramer consists of Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton, Joe Perry, and Brad Whitford. Past members include Ray Tabano, Jimmy Crespo, and Rick Dufay. Aerosmith is still together in 2019 and they are looking to put out a new album in the near future.
8 Roger Taylor - $170 million
Queen has been in the headlines quite a bit lately after the monumental success of last year's Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. Rami Malek, who played Mercury, even took home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. But did you know Queen's drummer, Roger Taylor, is actually incredibly wealthy and has a current net worth of $170 million?
Taylor has been a member of Queen since the band's early days and continues to be a drummer for them now even with the changes. He still performs with the band plus Adam Lambert. In April of this year, Taylor released a new single and an additional version of it was released in with a harder rock edge.
7 Don Henley - $200 million
As one of the founding members of the American rock band known as the Eagles, Don Henley is also one of the most notable drummers of all time. His net worth is at an estimable rate of $200 million, which is none too shabby when you look at the legacy of him and the Eagles in the business of rock and roll. He, Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner were the founding members of the Eagles.
These days, Don Henley is the only founding member that remains along with two new members, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit. After the death of founding member Glenn Frey, Henley stated he didn't know if the band would perform again but they returned to touring 2017.
6 Charlie Watts - $200 million
Charlie Watts has been a member of the Rolling Stones since 1963. He is the long-time drummer of the band among the other members, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Woods. Former members of the band include Brian Jones, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman, and Ian Stewart. These days, the Stones are still touring although earlier this year Jagger had to undergo heart surgery.
The band had to postpone many dates of their tour but have plans to resume at the end of the summer. For Watts' contributions to the musical world and his legacy in rock and roll, he was included on Rolling Stones' list of 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time, ranking at number twelve.
5 Phil Collins - $250 million
Phil Collins is a multi-talented artist with a finger in every pot. He not only drums but also sings, writes songs, acts, and he's a record-producer too. Not to mention the fact he plays multiple instruments. But his drumming is particularly legendary. Collins has been proclaimed one of the greatest influences on drumming in the entire music industry.
Taylor Hawkins, the notable drummer of the Foo Fighters, is among the many drummers in the industry who have cited Collins as one of the heroes and greatest influences. Also worth mentioning is the fact Collins is left-handed and all of his equipment is specially tailored to him. He is fond of using Gretsch drums.
4 Dave Grohl - $280 million
Odds are, even if you aren't really big into the world of rock and roll, you've probably heard the name Dave Grohl before. Grohl is the founder of the Foo Fighters, who have been around since 1994. However, before that, he was the drummer of Nirvana.
The band disbanded after the tragic death of Kurt Cobain and from there Grohl moved on to form his own bad. He has also toured with Queens of the Stone Age. His drumming skills helped get him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his former bandmate, Kurt Cobain. The Foo Fighters released their ninth album in 2017.
3 Lars Ulrich - $300 million
You don't get much more hardcore than Metallica, and that's where you can hear the incredible drumming skills of Lars Ulrich. Not only is he the band's drummer but he's also the co-founder. He and James Hetfield formed Metlicca in 1961 and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
They're planning on releasing the eleventh album, although there is no firm time in place for when fans can anticipate the release. The band is frequently touring. Beyond his work in Metallica, Ulrich has also dabbled in acting. He briefly appeared in the 2010 comedy, Get Him to the Greek, and had a role in the HBO film, Hemingway & Gellhorn.
2 Larry Mullen Jr. - $300 million
As the co-founder and drummer of the internationally famous rock group, U2, it should come as no surprise that Larry Mullen Jr. would have an astronomical net worth of $300 million. While not quite as high as a few others on this list, it's still an incredible amount of money that your average rock fan will probably never see in their lifetime.
Mullen Jr. is best known for his militaristic style of drumming which helped make him stand out even when he was a young boy. U2 was founded in 1976 and Mullen Jr. has been part of it since its earliest days.
1 Ringo Starr - $350 million
It should come as no surprise that Ringo Starr, worldwide famous drummer of the international supergroup, the Beatles, has a staggering net worth of $350 million. Not only did Starr serve as the group's drummer, but he also sang lead vocals on occasion and was credited with writing the song "Octopus's Garden" and "Don't Pass Me By," in addition to receiving co-writer credit on other songs.
These days, Starr is still performing solo, although not as much as he used to. He released a new single in 2017 called "Give More Love," which was followed up by his nineteenth album of the same name.