Drummers rarely enjoy the same level of fame as a lead vocalist or guitarist, but as beat setters, their contributions are enough to make or break even the best bands. Talent and wealth are not always correlated (avid music enthusiasts will note the conspicuous absence of drum legends like Ginger Baker and John Bonham on our list) but sometimes, the two collide … as they frequently do on our list. summary of the 20 richest drummers of all time.
20. Travis Barker – Net worth: $ 45 million
First we have Travis Barker, a musician and reality TV personality who rose to fame as a drummer for the pop-punk band Blink 182 but has since collaborated with numerous hip hop artists, founded the rock bands +44 and Box Car Race, and he performed with Antemasque, Goldfinger, and the rap-rock group Transplants. In recent years, Barker has started venturing into ventures outside of music, founding a clothing company, Famous Stars and Straps, and releasing the memoir, Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums. According to the latest estimate, Barker is believed to be worth around $ 45 million.
19. Tre Cool – Net worth: $ 50 million
Next we have Tre Cool (or, to give him his rather more illustrious birth name, Frank Edin Wright III). Tre, or should we say, Frank, rose to fame after being recruited by the punk rock band Green Day as a replacement for their original drummer, John Kiffmeyer. In 1994, Tre’s decision to drop out of high school to focus on the band was truly validated when Green Day’s second album, Dookie, made the band a worldwide sensation. Dookie sold more than 20 million units worldwide, while Green Day’s follow-up albums did little to damage their reputation as one of the best-selling punk bands of all time. Tre Cool is currently believed to be worth $ 50 million.
18. Rick Allen – Net worth: $ 50 million
At the age of 16, British drummer Rick Allen began playing with a band. After deciding that his future lay in music, he dropped out of school and began touring and recording with that same group… a unit known collectively as Def Leopard. Nearly 40 years later, Def Leopard is recognized as one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Meanwhile, Allen is considered one of the most talented drummers of the last century, despite losing one of his arms to infection in the mid-1980s. “The God of Thunder” (as known to his fans) it is currently worth around $ 50 million.
17. Jon Fishman – Net worth: $ 65 million
Jon Fishman has achieved a solid net worth of $ 65 million thanks to his activities with Phish, a band that he and his college classmate Mike Gordon founded at the University of Vermont. As part of Phish, Fishman has released 16 studio albums, 12 live albums, and one compilation album, while their outside ventures (which include working with the Pork Tornado and Jazz Mandolin Project, as well as tours with the Touchpants-based comedy company in Vermont) has done little to damage his reputation or fortune.
16. Carter Beauford – Net worth: $ 65 million
Drummer, percussionist, and songwriter Carter Beauford has collaborated with numerous artists over the years, but is best known as one of the members of the successful Dave Matthews Band. As part of the collective, Beauford has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide (6 of them debuted at # 1 on the Billboard 200 chart). Current estimates suggest that his net worth is in the region of $ 65 million.
15. Bill Ward – Net worth: $ 65 million
In the late 1960s, Bill Ward and Tony Iommi left the band Mythology (with which they had already had moderate success) to join Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler in the newly formed band, Black Sabbath. Aside from a brief period in the 1990s when he was forced to stop performing after a heart attack, Ward has been performing with the band ever since. He also hosts a monthly radio show called “Rock 50.” As of 2019, Ward is believed to be worth $ 65 million.
14. Tommy Lee – Net worth: $ 70 million
As the founder and drummer of the heavy metal band Motley Crue, Tommy Lee has achieved a considerable net worth of $ 70 million. Meanwhile, his personal life …