In modern society, the rock star lifestyle has been immortalized. After all, who wouldn’t want to travel the world, sell out stadiums, and make more money than most people can imagine?
In most groups, it’s the lead singer who becomes the face of the band and achieves the most notoriety. Moreover, the frontman also tends to be the person who brings in the most cash. With that in mind, we are about to take a look at some famous frontmen who know a thing or two about making money.
10 Steven Tyler ($130 Million)
Steven Tyler has been the voice of the Aerosmith since 1970. The band has a produced a seemingly endless supply of hits over the years including songs like “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," “Livin’ on the Edge,” and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” The band is so big that Walt Disney World even created an Aerosmith–themed roller coaster.
Outside of Aerosmith, Tyler has been a judge on the hit reality show American Idol and also released a solo album in 2016. For all his efforts, based on the info provided by Wealthy Gorilla, Tyler has accumulated a net worth of around $130 million.
9 Axl Rose ($200 Million)
Axl Rose is the only member of the band Guns N’ Roses who has been with the group since it was first formed back in 1985. The outspoken frontman has provided the vocals for legendary singles like “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” “November Rain,” and “You Could Be Mine.” The original lineup, which produced most of the bands best-known songs, parted ways in 1994 due to creative differences. Since that time, Axl Rose has toured with several hired hands using the Gun N’ Roses name.
In 2016, Rose and most of the original cast reunited and began to tour once more. This reconciliation helped add to Roses’ already impressive net worth, which is listed at a cool $200 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
8 Sting ($400 Million)
The English rock star known as Sting was the lead singer of The Police from 1977 to 1984 before embarking on a very successful solo career. The group was behind some of the most well-known songs of the '70s and '80s including “Message in a Bottle,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” and “Every Breath You Take.” Over the course of his career, as both a member of The Police and a solo artist, Sting has sold over 100 million albums.
After decades of success in the music industry, Sting has become one of the wealthiest men in the game. Wealthy Gorilla claims the singer is worth around $400 million.
7 James Hetfield ($300 Million)
As the frontman for Metallica, James Hetfield is arguably the most recognized heavy metal singer in the world. Over the years, as a member of the group, he helped create iconic tunes like “Enter Sandman,” “For Whom the Bells Tolls,” and “One.” Not only is the Metallica star a legendary vocalist, but he is also frequently listed as one of the world’s top guitarists. As of 2017, the group has sold over 58 million records in the United States alone.
The 55-year-old’s long and distinguished music career has been extremely lucrative. According to Wealthy Gorilla, James Hetfield is worth about $300 million.
6 Chris Martin ($120 Million)
At just 42 years of age, Coldplay’s Chris Martin in the youngest member on our list. With the help of his bandmates, the British rock star has created several mega-hits such as “Something Just Like This,” “Fix You,” and “A Sky Full of Stars.” In total, Coldplay has already sold 100 million albums in an era when people are mostly buying singles – thus making the feat all the more impressive.
Despite his relative youth, Chris Martin is worth a fortune. Celebrity Net Worth reports that the Coldplay frontman is worth an estimated $120 million and counting.
5 Bono ($700 Million)
Irish rock band U2 is one of the most recognized bands in the world. They are lead by their charismatic frontman Bono, who has helped them craft a number of international hits like “With or Without You,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” and “New Years Day.” Since the group first got together in 1976, they have won 22 Grammy Awards and sold somewhere in the neighborhood of 170 million records.
Bono is the wealthiest man on our list, and it really isn’t that close. Celebrity Net Worth claims that the U2 frontman in worth a whopping $700 million – nearly double the next wealthiest singer on our list.
4 Anthony Kiedis ($120 Million)
Anthony Kiedis has been the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers since they first got together back in 1983. “Under the Bridge,” “Soul to Squeeze,” and “Californication” are just a few of the popular songs that are commonly associated with the act. In total, the iconic group out of Los Angeles, California has sold well over 80 million albums. Their 1999 release, Californication, sold over 16 million copies alone.
Having been a rock star for decades now, Kiedis has made some serious cash as the face of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Based on info from Celebrity Net Worth, Kiedis’s combined assets are valued at around $120 million.
3 Mick Jagger ($360 Million)
At 75-years-young, Mick Jagger is the eldest member of our list. He has been the lead singer of the Rolling Stones since 1962. The British rock bands extensive list of legendary songs include “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Start Me Up,” and “It’s Only Rock n’ Roll.” The iconic group has sold a whopping 240 million albums worldwide.
Given that the Rolling Stones have been rocking for over 50 years now, it probably won’t surprise anyone to learn that Mick Jagger has made a ton of money over the course of his career. Based on the information provided by Wealthy Gorilla, Jagger is worth about $360 million.
2 Dave Grohl ($280 Million)
Most people would kill to be a part of an iconic rock band. Dave Grohl is one of the few men in the world who can claim to have been a member of two of the most successful bands of his generation: The Foo Fighters and Nirvana. Following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, Grohl went on to become the lead singer of The Foo Fighters. The group has produced hits like “My Hero,” “Times Like These,” and “Everlong.”
Having been part of two popular bands has made Dave Grohl a very wealthy man. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the Foo Fighters frontman is worth around $280 million.
1 Jon Bon Jovi ($410 Million)
Jon Bon Jovi has been the lead singer of the band that bears his last name since 1983. Bon Jovi has produced several iconic songs, including “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and “I’ll Be There for You.” Over the last few decades, the group has sold over 100 million albums. This past March, the band announced they were working on their fifteenth album.
With nearly fifteen albums to his credit, combined with his solo work, Jon Bon Jovi certainly isn’t hurting for money. In fact, he’s the second-wealthiest man our list. According to Wealthy Gorilla, Bon Jovi is worth $410 million.