Paul McCartney tops as wealthiest British musician

“It is the norm now to hear that celebrities are making strategic investment choices and leveraging their fame to contribute to their financial success beyond their primary entertainment careers"
24 April 2024
Photo by Manuel Sardo

According to Upbeat Agency‘s latest findings, Paul McCartney emerges as the wealthiest British musician, boasting a net worth of £1.2 billion.

At 81, McCartney’s prominence endures. His 2022 Got Back tour grossed $105 million, contributing £25 million to his earnings. Elton John closely follows with £650 million from his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.

Sting claims third place with £550 million, expressing his wish for his children to be financially independent. Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones secures the fourth position with £500 million.

Eric Clapton rounds out the top five with £450 million, his wealth extending beyond music due to his passion for art collecting.

Phil Collins and Ringo Starr jointly hold the sixth position with £350 million each, followed by Roger Waters with £310 million.

Tied at eighth place are Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, and Rod Stewart, each with £300 million. Brian May secures ninth with £260 million.

Calvin Harris closes the top ten with £240 million.

CEO of Upbeat Agency, Jordan Bucknell, emphasizes celebrities’ strategic investments, highlighting McCartney’s significant earnings from emerging companies:

“It is the norm now to hear that celebrities are making strategic investment choices and leveraging their fame to contribute to their financial success beyond their primary entertainment careers. A couple of examples include Ryan Reynold and Rob McElhenney investing in Wrexham A.F.C, and Sir Paul McCartney reportedly earning a substantial £1.5 million within a mere 12-month period through investments in emerging companies.”

Source:  

YouGov list of the most famous all-time music artists

IMDB list of 100 greatest British artists of all time

CelebrityNetWorth

Methodology: 

The study includes 169 of the most popular living British music artists, according to a 2024 study by YouGov and IMDB’s list of 100 greatest British artists of all time.

The net worth of each individual was sourced from CelebrityNetWorth, which reports estimates of the total assets and financial activities of celebrities.

The artists were then ranked from highest to lowest net worth.

Full ranking:

ArtistNet Worth (millions £)
Paul McCartney1,200
Elton John650
Sting550
Mick Jagger500
Eric Clapton450
George Harrison400
Phil Collins350
Ringo Starr350
Roger Waters310
Tom Jones300
Robbie Williams300
Rod Stewart300
Brian May260
Roger Taylor250
Calvin Harris240
Adele220
Ozzy Osbourne220
Ed Sheeran200
Ronnie Wood200
Robert Plant200
Jimmy Page180
David Gilmour180
Nick Mason180
John Deacon180
Chris Martin160
Pete Townshend150
Tony Iommi140
Bruce Dickinson130
Gary Barlow125
Harry Styles120
John Paul Jones120
Mark Knopfler105
Cliff Richard100
Jonny Buckland100
Guy Berryman100
Will Champion100
Martin Gore100
Peter Gabriel95
Van Morrison90
Roger Daltrey90
Dave Gahan80
Zayn Malik75
Niall Horan70
Liam Payne70
Louis Tomlinson70
Noel Gallagher70
Geezer Butler70
Elvis Costello70
Bill Ward65
Annie Lennox60
Mick Hucknall60
Howard Donald60
Morrissey50
Boy George50
John McVee50
Mark Owen50
Damon Albarn45
Sam Smith45
Thom Yorke45
Mike Oldfield45
Jason Orange45
Geri Halliwell40
Kate Bush40
Cheryl Tweedy40
Susan Boyle40
Ian Gillan40
Adrian Smith40
KK Downing40
Andrew Ridgeley40
Seal40
Sade40
Dua Lipa35
Phil Selway35
Roger Glover35
Bonnie Tyler30
Emma Bunton30
Mel C30
Rita Ora30
Jessie J30
Ellie Goulding30
Steve Harris30
Lulu30
Jonny Greenwood30
Bernard Sumner30
Mick Fleetwood30
Nicko McBrain30
Florence Welch28
Stormzy25
Alex James25
Colin Greenwood25
Ed O’Brien25
Robert Smith25
Andy Bell25
Katherine Jenkins21
George Ezra20
Fatboy Slim20
Noddy Holder20
Mark Ronson20
Mick Jones20
Peter Hook20
Glenn Tipton20
Craig David18
Rick Astley16
Ritchie Blackmore16
Ian Hill16
John Wetton16
Dido16
Dave Murray15
Paul Simonon15
Sharleen Spiteri15
Lisa Stansfield15
James Blunt14
Neil Tennant14
Johnny Marr14
Rob Halford14
Chris Lowe12
Billie Piper12
Ray Davies12
Jon Anderson12
Alison Moyet10.5
Kimberley Walsh10
Lewis Capaldi10
Leona Lewis10
Shirley Bassey10
Tony Hadley10
Gary Kemp10
Ricky Wilson10
Clean Bandit10
Sophie Ellis-Bextor10
Bill Bruford10
Paul Weller10
John Cale10
Charli XCX10
Perrie Edwards9
Duffy9
Amy Macdonald9
Liam Gallagher8
Jade Thirlwall8
Charlotte Church8
Mike Joyce8
Paul Cook8
Steve Jones8
Ian Brown8
Bruce Foxton8
Emeli Sande8
Alexandra Burke8
Mel B6
Olly Murs6
Dave Davies6
M.I.A6
Joss Stone6
Tom Fletcher5
Stacey Solomon5
Jools Holland5
Jarvis Cocker5
Lily Allen4
Martin Kemp4
Sam Fender4
Richard Ashcroft4
Siouxsie Sioux4
Dizzee Rascal3.5
Will Young3
Paloma Faith3
Pixie Lott3
PJ Harvey3
Kerry Katona2
Andy Rourke2
Anne-Marie1
Johnny Rotten0.5