Paul McCartney tops poll of world’s richest lead singers

Former Beatle pips Bono and Elton John to the top spot wth an estimated fortune of £497 million

Paul McCartney has topped a poll of the richest lead singers in the world.

According to wealth calculator website Celebrity Net Worth, the former Beatle is worth an estimated £497 million and tops the poll ahead of Bono with £372 million, US singer-songwriter and business mogul Jimmy Buffett with an estimated £248 million and Elton John with £199 million.

Further down the list, David Bowie clocks into 13th place with an estimated fortune of £133, while Bruce Springsteen is behind him in 14th place with £124 million. Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose is in 17th place with £93 million.


Only two women feature on the list – No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani in 29th place with a net worth estimated of £50 million and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks in 38th place with £40 million.

The top 20 richest lead singers is as follows:

1. Paul McCartney – £497m
2. Bono – £372m
3. Jimmy Buffett – £248m
4. Elton John – £199m
5. Mick Jagger – £189m
6. Gene Simmons – £186m
7. Sting – £180m
8. Phil Collins – £155m
9. Dave Matthews – £155m
10. Prince – £155m
11. Dave Grohl – £140m
12. Rod Stewart – £137m
13. David Bowie – £133m
14. Bruce Springsteen – £124m
15. Don Henley – £124m
16. James Hetfield – £109m
17. Axl Rose – £93m
18. Roger Waters – £90m
19. David Gilmour – £81m
20. Steven Tyler – £81m

Last month, a poll revealed that The Beatles’ Ringo Starr is the richest drummer in the world. The 72-year-old, who released his 16th solo album ‘Ringo 2012’ in January, is worth £190 million, according to