Most musicians will say they got into the business for the love of their craft, but eternal wealth no doubt comes near the top of the list, too. From ’60s rock gods to ’00s pop divas, here are 20 money-spinning stars who have conquered both the charts and the rich list.
20. Lady Gaga ($280 million)
She’s the only woman on the list, and Lady Gaga’s appearance is all the more remarkable given that she only broke through in 2008. Since then, she’s conquered the worlds of pop, TV and fashion with a Golden Globe-winning American Horror Story performance, a “reverse Warholian expedition” of a third album and her infamous meat dress.
19. Sting ($300 million)
Formerly the frontman of The Police, Sting has amassed a $300 million fortune thanks to an equally successful solo career which has encompassed everything from worldbeat to musical theater. However, due to his spending habits, the star has admitted that his six children shouldn’t expect to receive a penny.