Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Richest Musicians of America Ever 2017. American musicians are among the highest paid in the world. They are creative geniuses whose music has influenced cultures everywhere. When it comes to tracking the earnings of these stars, many of them make huge sums of money. Here is a look at the top 10 richest American musicians of all time.
By the way, Michael Jackson is the only former American musician on this list. He passed away in 2009 but his earning potential was valued at $600 million. Other major American artists (that have also passed away) such as Elvis Presley was valued at $400 million and Prince was valued at $300 million.
Whitney Houston was another former great singer but she was only valued at $20 million. That seems insulting (and odd) for a lady who had so much talent. David Bowie was valued at $230 million upon his passing. The rest of the American musicians presented on this list are alive as of this writing in 2017. Here is a presentation of the top richest American musicians up to this point in time.
List of Top 10 Richest Musicians of America Ever till 2017
Jay Z comes in as the 10th richest musician of America. This music mogul is married to Beyonce Knowles and the have a combined net worth that is over 1 billion dollars. However, Jay Z is worth $550 million (Beyonce is worth $450 million). Jay Z is the owner of Roca Fella Records and he is also the founder of the Rocawear clothing company. He has his hands in sports teams, spirits and startup businesses. He is truly a diversified businessman with lots of ventures.
9. Emilio Estefan
Emilio Estafanis a music producer, singer, actor and businessman. He has a net worth of $575 million dollars. His wife is Gloria Estefan who used to be real popular in the 80s and 90s. Much of his wealth comes from his business ventures as well as his combined earnings with his talented wife. Estefan develops other stars and even performs his songs. He is also a television and advertising genius who has made money from these ventures as well. Estefan also writes books that are top-selling publications.
8. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is a songstress that is worth $750 million dollars. She has been in the business for years and stills looks (and sound) amazing with the passing of time. Mariah has sold over 200 million records and is known for writing music as well as sing it. She is also an actress and was formally married to actor/comedian Nick Cannon.
7. Michael Jackson
When Michael Jackson died in 2009 his net worth skyrocketed to a huge $600 million. It would seem that the king of pop would have made more money over the course of his career. However, it was reported that Michael was bankrupt right before his passing. After he passed the sales for his album exploded and it put more money back into his estate. His children and other family members have received his $600 million inheritance and are living well off. His estate supposedly is worth 2 billion dollars but that fact might not be accurate.
Bono was the man back when U2 was all the rave. U2 was among the best- selling bands in all of history. The group sold more than 100 million records all over the world. Bono made a lot of money from tours. His former group did a 110 shows across the world and had a whopping total of 7,268,430 fans turn out for the events. Bono and his group earned $736 million from this tour.
If U2 were to come out again as a modern artist they would literally beat many of the top rated artists today in terms of record sales, fan base and concert revenue. Some say that Bono is worth over $900 million with everything that he owns. This includes his investments of the 1.5% stake in Facebook. This valuation was supposed to be $700 million in 2011. If that is correct, then Bono is clearly worth about a billion dollars today. He is one of the Top 10 Richest Musicians of America Ever till 2017.
4. Celine Deon
Celine Dion is an award-winning country music singer. She has made some of the greatest songs in the history of the world. These titles include The Power of Love and My Heart Will Go On. Dion is not just loved by American audiences she is also adored by international fans as well. She has fan bases in England, France, Spain and in other parts of Europe. Dion is chartable individual that often gives back to people in need. She has stared the Celine Dion Foundation for this purpose. Dion is worth $630 million and has her own perfume brands and endorsement deals.
4. P. Diddy
Sean Combs is known as P. Diddy and he is a music mogul that has been in the business for many years. He also has a clothing line called Sean Jean and he sells spirits plus helps to create new businesses. Combs made most of his fortune back with Bad Boy entertainment. He also has produced many acts over the years since that time. Sean is a great businessman who has come into his own as a music producer and label owner. He could be the first billionaire in the rap game.
Madonna was the queen of pop back in the 80s and is now well into her 60s. While she is no longer a young and vibrant star she still a very knowledgeable and wise business woman who is worth $750 million dollars. Madonna sold over 300 million copies all over the world and she still does tours. Her music from the 80s still rocks with audiences today. She is truly one of the best entertainers in the history of the planet.
2. Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre exploded onto the music scene with NWA back in the 80s. Now, in the 2010s he is the wealthiest person in hip hop. He has a net worth of $800 million. As an artist he was rated at $550 million dollars. He really made is fortune by selling his Beats products which are headphones and speakers. Beats is well accepted withinthe market and is a name brand product that appeals to many. This deal netted Dre $3 billion and has pushed his value up tremendously.
1. Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert is worth $850 million dollars and this makes him the richest musician on the planet and in all of history. He is arguably the greatest trumpet players in history but his net worth has put him over the top as the highest paid musical entertainer. Herb Alpert’s wealth comes from his record sales. He has sold over 72 million world-wide and has many business endeavors with his partner and long-time friend Jerry Moss. His business endeavors is really what helped to solidify his value as a star. Alpert is well received all over the world for his talent, musical skill and genius with the trumpet.
These are the Top 10 Richest Musicians of America Ever till 2017. These musicians are the best in their field. They are not only smart and talented they are also wise business people who successfully started up business ventures and made wise investments.