Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Bono Among Rock’s Wealthiest Frontmen

When it comes to singing for your supper, it’s legacy artists like Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Bono who can afford the priciest dinners in the world, according to a recent ranking of music’s richest lead singers compiled by

Generating the numbers using “all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements” minus “a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents’ fees, and lifestyle,” the website found that former Beatles frontman Paul McCartney is the king of bank accounts with a staggering net worth of $800 million. That number is all the more impressive considering the $48.6 million he paid out to ex-wife Heather Mills in their 2008 divorce settlement.

Just behind McCartney is U2 singer Bono, whose $600 million lands him in second place, followed by  Jimmy Buffett, sitting on a cool $400 million from his legion of devoted “Parrotheads,” who pack his concerts and two restaurant franchises.

Elton John and Mick Jagger round out the list’s Top Five, worth $320 million and $305 million, respectively.

At-rock hero Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) just missed the Top 10 at #11 with $225 million, while metal god James Hetfield comes in at #17 with earnings of $175 million from fronting Metallica.

–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local


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