Only a select few among us are blessed with musical talent, whether it’s the ability to sing like an angel, or be an absolute rock star with an electric guitar.
There exists 10 individuals across the planet whose musical talent has won them fame and adulation beyond our wildest dreams, not to mention bank balances we could only wish for.
Here are the top 10 richest musicians in the world….
10. L.A. Reid
Net worth: $300 million
A man more famed for his skills as a record executive, Antonio L.A. Reid is a handy drummer himself.
However it’s forming and heading up the record labels LaFace Records, Arista Records and Def Jam Music which has brought him to wider attention.
He was most recently seen on the American X Factor.
9. Keith Richards
Net worth: $340 million
Instantly recognisable as being one of the original members of The Rolling Stones, Richards is rated as being one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
Richards has also made it onto the big screen, playing a small role in the hit film Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and its sequel as the father of the notorious Captain Jack Sparrow.
8. Mick Jagger
Net worth: $360 million
Active for the best part of 55 years, during that time Sir Mick Jagger has risen to the top of the tree when it comes to rock and roll – no mean feat – with his fronting of the band The Rolling Stones wowing rock and roll fans across the world to this day!
Jagger’s romantic life and drug use has only added to his legend.
7. Bernie Taupin
Net worth: $450 million
Taupin may be one of the lesser known figures on this list, but don’t let that detract from his achievements and talent.
You may have heard of some of Taupin’s lyrics on songs such as Tiny Dancer, Candle in the Wind and Rocket Man, as a result of his long-term collaboration with Elton John.
Net worth: $475 million
Singularly, the four members of Coldplay are all talented in their own right, but bring them together and what do you get?
One of the greatest rock bands in recent memory (even if they’re not to your taste, you can’t deny their talent), spawning such hits as Viva La Vida, Trouble and Speed of Sound .
5. Elton John
Net worth: $480 million
Reginald Kenneth Dwight, better known as Sir Elton John, is one of the biggest selling music artists of all time, selling well over 300 million records.
John is also notable for his single Something About The Way You Look Tonight, which is the best selling single of all time having sold 33 million copies!
4. Emilio Estefan
Net worth: $500 million
Grammy award-winning Estefan is known for his work as part of the Miami Sound Machine, as well as his work with fellow Latino artists.
Estefan’s influence spreads well beyond the Hispanic community, where he is held in high esteem.
3. Paul McCartney
Net worth: $730 million
What more can be said about McCartney?
One part of the revolutionary rock band The Beatles, two-time inductee into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 21-time Grammy award winner and a knight of the realm.
Still going strong at the age of 73, there’s no end to McCartney’s musical talents and achievements.
2. Herb Alpert
Net worth: $750 million
For younger audiences, Alpert’s name will most probably be an unfamiliar one, but for older audiences, Herb Alpert has well and truly achieved legendary status, as part of the group Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.
Alpert’s magnificent trumpet playing has gone down in history.
1. Andrew Lloyd Webber
Net worth: $1.2 billion
With music already in his blood, there was only going to be one direction that Lloyd Webber would ever go down during his formative years.
Recipient of many awards over the years, Lloyd-Webber is famed for his work within musical theatre, composing a number of musical and film scores throughout his life.
Popular musicals he’s responsible for include The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and many more.
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