There are many, many people out there who have a great singing voice. There are only a few, however, who have an extraordinary talent that is bankable to boot. These are the ones who have risen above having to play in bars and at bar mitzvahs to make ends meet and fill up major venues. They are the richest singers of 2020. All figures in US dollars.
15. Mariah Carey (net worth: $300 million)
14. Katy Perry (net worth: $330 million)
With several awards to her name, numerous hits, an autobiographical movie and these days a gig as an American Idol judge, she probably doesn’t regret giving up on her teenage dream of having a gospel career.
13. Ringo Starr (net worth: $350 million)
He went on to have a successful solo career which has earned him another induction – in addition to his induction as a member of the Beatles – in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’s also had some acting success, earning a Daytime Emmy in 1989.
13. Mick Jagger (net worth: $360 million)
Celebrity Net Worth estimates Mick Jagger’s worth at $360 million. In addition to his work with the Stones, he has a moderately successful solo career and also acts in and produces movies.
12. Toby Keith (net worth: $365 million)
However, it’s his business ventures that have made him truly rich: in addition to his own clothing line, he also owns the popular Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill chain of restaurants.
11. Jennifer Lopez (net worth: $400 million)
In addition, her line of fragrances is a huge success that has paved the way for other celebrity fragrances.
11. Beyoncé (net worth: $400 million)
She’s also launched several business ventures, including her own fashion and fragrance lines; and holds equity in hubby Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service. Forbes says that Beyoncé is worth $400 million.
11. Barbra Streisand (net worth: $400 million)
She’s also the only woman to have won a Golden Globe for Best Director. Oh, and she’s had a number one album in each of the last six decades.
11. Johnny Mathis (net worth: $400 million)
New York and music won and he’s made more money than he ever would have made as an athlete: $400 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He’s done 12 TV specials, wrote a cookbook and he still performs.
11. Shania Twain (net worth: $400 million)
As one of the celebrities who have struggled with Lyme disease, in 2004 she had to retire from performing and had to retrain her voice. She chronicled her comeback in the reality series Why Not? with Shania Twain, has appeared as a guest judge in several other reality series, has worked as executive producer and is touring again.
10. Jon Bon Jovi (net worth: $410 million)
9. Victoria Beckham (net worth: $450 million)
However, most of her money comes from her career in fashion: not only as a model, but also as a designer with her own label. Posh Spice may be one of the stars who regret their plastic surgery, but her sense of style has paid off big time.
8. Bruce Springsteen (net worth: $500 million)
His 1984 album Born in the USA shot him to superstardom and became one of the top selling albums of all time. The Boss has also earned plenty of money through touring and, more recently, a concert residency on Broadway. Celebrity Net Worth says that Bruce Springsteen has a net worth of $500 million.
7. Gloria Estefan (net worth: $500 million)
She has written two children’s books, one of which was a bestseller; she also co-wrote a cookbook. She’s the co-owner of several restaurants and two hotels, has a stake in the Miami Dolphins and is still performing and racking up the awards. Celebrity Net Worth estimates her wealth at $500 million.
6. Elton John (net worth: $500 million)
He counts five Grammys, an Oscar, a Tony and a Golden Globe among his many awards and is known for a flamboyance Lady Gaga can only dream of. Wealthy Gorilla says he’s worth $500 million. However, he is one of those millionaires who won’t leave a lot of money behind: he's an avid giver to charity.
5. Madonna (net worth: $570 million)
Guinness World Records calls her the bestselling female recording artist of all time. Her tours are legendary and she’s the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time too. Her film career has been marked by box office flops but also a Golden Globe. She is also a noted businesswoman with a record label, fashion lines, children’s books, movie production, health clubs and lucrative endorsement deals to supplement her income.
4. Dolly Parton (net worth: $600 million)
The singer has never forgotten her roots, though, and is known as one of the world’s most generous millionaires.
3. Bono (net worth: $700 million)
He co-owns the Clarence Hotel in Dublin, serves on the board of private equity firm Elevation Partners and owns a vast real estate portfolio. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has $700 million to his name.
2. Celine Dion (net worth: $800 million)
Once she started releasing English-language albums, she became an international superstar with a penchant for some of the most memorable outfits throughout her style evolution. In addition to record sales, she’s made much of her money from touring and what became the highest-grossing concert residency of all time. Her business ventures include co-founding the restaurant chain Nickels as well as a popular nightclub. In addition, she owns a line of fragrances.
1. Paul McCartney (net worth: $1.2 billion)
In addition to his work with the Beatles, he’s also had great commercial success with Wings and as a solo artist: he has 18 Grammys and a knighthood to his name, not to mention all the other awards and accolades. He also owns an extensive music publishing catalogue that includes the rights to popular musicals like Grease and Annie.