The old joke goes “what did the drummer get on his SAT? Drool.” But hey, it doesn’t matter how smart you are if you’re rich. Chances are your favorite drummer isn’t on this list, but celebritynetworth.com has just published a list of the 30 richest drummers in the world, and there are a handful of rock/metal artists on it. The list was made using publicly available information, including salaries, real estate holdings, record sales royalties, and endorsements. They then subtracted taxes, managers and agents’ fees, and “lifestyle,” whatever that means, to come up with a net worth.
Not surprisingly, The Beatles’ Ringo Starr tops the list at $300 million. Dave Grohl is worth $225 million, good enough for #3 on the list. That’s about 10 times more than Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who still makes the list at #27. The first metal drummer to appear on the list is Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, who at #5 is worth $175 million. Alex Van Halen is worth $75 million, good enough for #13 and two slots ahead of Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, who’s worth $70 million.
Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward came in at #16, and is worth $65 million. Tool’s Danny Carey came in at #21, worth $40 million. That makes him the only drummer to appear on both this list and Metal Sucks’ list of the top 25 modern metal drummers that ran earlier this year. Other notable inclusions are former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, who’s worth $15 million, good enough for #29. While many fanboys consider him the best drummer ever, Rush’s Neil Peart is “only” worth $22 million, or #26 on the list. And Def Leppard’s Rick Allen was #19 on the list, with a $50 million net worth. That’s $50 million per arm!
The full list can be seen here.