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The World’s 30 Richest Drummers

Written by Marc Zanotti on August 28, 2012

Celebrity Net Worth had complied a list of who they estimate to be the world’s richest drummers. For this elite list, suffering through a lifetime of ‘stupid drummer‘ jokes – ” What do you call a drummer that breaks up with his girlfriend? Homeless” – has paid off big time. Indeed the last laugh has been had by these multimillionaires who instead of making aggressively mediocre money working some desk job, made a fortune by aggressively beating the shit out of their drum kits.

At a cool $300 million the list is unsurprisingly topped by Ringo Starr, drummer of the world’s most celebrated band in history, The Beatles. Only $50 million behind the number one spot is Phil Collins, who is very closely followed by the highly likeable Dave Grohl, making up the top 3 with an estimated worth of $225 million. Grohl’s Foo Fighter bandmate Taylor Hawkins came in at 27 with a meagre $20 mil.

Other names that stand out on the list include Lars Ulrich who, as pointed out by Loudwire, is still living in luxury despite the efforts of Napster; Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will be in Australia early next year as part of the Big Day Out 2013 lineup; and Travis Barker who will be joining his band Blink 182 when the pop-punk trio come out for Soundwave 2013.

Celebrity Net Worth crunched the numbers based on the following factors…

***The figures contained in this list were acquired from all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents’ fees, and lifestyle.***

Read: The World’s 30 Richest Drummers

1. Ringo Starr – $300 Million (The Beatles)
2. Phil Collins – $250 Million (Solo, Genesis)
3. Dave Grohl – $225 Million (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
4. Don Henley – $200 Million (The Eagles)
5. Lars Ulrich – $175 Million (Metallica)
6. Charlie Watts – $160 Million (The Rolling Stones)
7. Larry Mullen Jr – $150 Million (U2)
8. Roger Taylor – $105 Million (Queen)
9. Joey Kramer – $100 Million (Aerosmith)
10: Chad Smith – $90 Million (The Red Hot Chili Peppers)
11: Travis Barker – $85 Million (Blink 182, The Aquabats)
12: Stewart Copeland – $80 Million (The Police)
13: Alex Van Halen – $75 Million (Van Halen)
14: Nick Mason – $75 Million (Pink Floyd)
15: Tommy Lee – $70 Million (Motley Crue)
16: Bill Ward – $65 Million (Black Sabbath)
17: Jon Fishman – $60 Million (Phish)
18: Carter Beauford – $55 Million (Dave Matthews Band)
19: Rick Allen – $50 Million (Def Leppard)
20: Tre Cool – $45 Million (Green Day)
21: Danny Carey – $40 Million (Tool)
22: Tico Torres – $40 Million (Bon Jovi)
23: Max Weinberg – $35 Million (Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Conan O’Brien)
24: Mickey Hart – $30 Million (The Grateful Dead)
25: Bill Kreutzmann – $25 Million (The Grateful Dead)
26: Neil Peart – $22 Million (Rush)
27: Taylor Hawkins – $20 Million (Foo Fighters)
28: Questlove – $16 Million (The Roots, Jimmy Fallon)
29: Steven Adler – $15 Million (Guns N’ Roses)
30: Mick Fleetwood – $8.5 Million (Fleetwood Mac)

Watch: Dave Grohl & Taylor Hawkins – Drum Solo

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