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Great Gatsby author (and Minnesotan) F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “The rich are very different from you and me,” to which his friend and rival Ernest Hemingway dryly replied, “Yes, they have more money.”
Read on to discover the story of 25 people who are very different from you and me: the richest singers of all time.
25 Richest Singers of All Time
He started from the bottom – or at least as Wheelchair Jimmy – but there’s no denying the success of Drake. The legendary rapper has amassed a net worth of almost $250 million.
He’s gained wealth from many different business ventures, including his own record label, liquor brand, and many lucrative endorsements. Must have been “God’s Plan.” So to speak.
He’s got 99 problems, but not being able to afford whatever the heck he wants ain’t one.
The superstar rapper and entrepreneur has a net worth of $2.5 billion and was crowned hip-hop’s first billionaire by Forbes in 2019.
The Queen B herself is next on our list of richest singers of all time.
With the curtains closing on her Renaissance tour, Beyonce’s net worth soared 20% in the last year to $540 million.
The only thing more extensive than her bankroll is the list of songwriters and producers on her albums.
Seductive, salacious Rihanna is more than just a pretty face. From being an international pop sensation to owning multiple successful businesses such as Fenty, any sucker knows that Rihanna is among the richest singers of all time.
Currently, she has a net worth of 1.4 billion dollars, becoming America’s youngest self-made billionaire in 2022.
5. Dolly Parton
There’s one thing we know for sure about Dolly Parton: she has big, big…wads of cash.
Obviously one of the richest singers of all time, she’s starred in box-office smashes and been at the helm of top-notch albums that have amassed her nine Grammys. She’s clearly worked hard for her wealth and has rightfully gained her financial success.
Many have speculated that Dolly Parton could have achieved billionaire status if she hadn’t constantly given her money in many philanthropic endeavors.
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6. Paul McCartney
The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has amassed a net worth of $1.2 billion.
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7. Taylor Swift
Love her or hate her, you can’t deny that perpetual-17-year-old Taylor Swift is an icon of our time. The “ME!” singer has a net worth of over $1.1 billion, a testament that the pop star has perfected her craft.
As her Eras tour continues, we’re most definitely certain that Taylor Swift‘s financial success will continue even more.
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Madonna, the Queen of Pop, is next up on our list of rich singers.
Aside from her music career, the “Vogue” singer diversified her income through various sources, including art collections, real estate, and a successful career in acting.
With a net worth of $850 million, Madonna solidly secures her position as one of the most affluent musicians globally.
9. Celine Dion
Another prominent artist on our list of richest singers of all time is the one and only Celine Dion.
According to Forbes, the singer has a net worth of $480 million, which she earned from her long career, her residency in Las Vegas, and investments in different ventures, such as restaurants, nightclubs, and real estate.
10. Mariah Carey
All I want for Christmas is to never hear Mariah Carey sing a Christmas song ever again, but the diva earns a staggering $3 million annually solely from her massive hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
Mariah Carey’s net worth of $520 million is well-deserved, though, if only for her zillion-octave voice.
11. Ariana Grande
The Grammy-winning pop sensation was born into wealth, but she has carved out a distinct identity for herself through her successful music career, partnerships, and business ventures.
As a result, she has accumulated a noteworthy net worth of $240 million.
12. Kanye West
A list of rich singers would not be complete without the impossibly controversial Kanye West.
Like Jay-Z, his wealth comes from his music and success in business, investing, and real estate. His net worth is $400 million.
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13. Katy Perry
Katy Perry has firmly etched her place in pop culture history, if only for the twirly things on her tatas in that one video. It’s no surprise that she has amassed considerable wealth.
Most recently, the “Ur So Gay” singer sold her music rights to Carlyle-Backed Litmus Music, which boosted her net worth to an estimated $340 million, making her one of the richest self-made women in America.
14. Lady Gaga
Another icon on our list of richest singers of all time is Lady Gaga.
With a handful of acclaimed albums, her own make-up line, and other creative investments, the Academy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman piled up a well-deserved net worth of over $150 million.
She also had a surprisingly good halftime show at the Big Game a few years back.
15. Dr. Dre
From being a high-school dropout to becoming one of the few rappers to achieve millionaire status, Dr. Dre’s story is the embodiment of rags to riches.
In addition to his thriving music career, his net worth experienced a significant boost through the success of his headphones company, Beats.
The “Forgot About Dre” rapper currently sits at an impressive net worth of over $500 million.
16. Barbra Streisand
EGOT winner Barbra Streisand is next on our roster of rich singers. She has accumulated a net worth of over $400 million in her six-decade-plus career.
17. Elton John
Though he’s come close to losing it all, classic rock superstar Elton John is still doing pretty well for himself.
The British singer, composer, and songwriter has a net worth of over $550 million thanks to his songwriting credits, performances, and trendsetting fashion style.
Next on our list of richest singers of all time is Cher, whose net worth is over $360 million. She’s had hits in almost every decade since the 1960s, in addition to a successful acting career.
19. Jennifer Lopez
Singer and fashionista Jennifer Lopez lands the coveted #19 spot on our richest singers list. Her net worth is a staggering $400 million.
On top of her highly successful musical and acting career, the singer also made millions from numerous partnerships with luxury brands like Versace, Gucci, Coach, and many more.
20. Victoria Beckham
Pop-sensation-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham is clearly living a luxurious life. Combined with David Beckham, they have half a billion dollars of net worth.
The former Spice Girls member continues to enjoy a steady income from her past as a pop artist and her foray into the world of fashion.
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21. Julio Iglesias
Julio Iglesias is another monumental artist on our list of richest singers of all time.
The singer, songwriter, and former football (erm, soccer) player accumulated an astounding $600 million net worth thanks to selling 260 million records worldwide and having seven platinum albums.
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22. Herp Albert
Trumpeter, composer, producer, singer, record company executive: Herp Albert has done it all.
As co-founder of A&M Records, Alpert signed top-selling artists like The Carpenters, earning him a whopping net worth of $850 million.
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The rapper, initially known as the guy who said “uh” and other such phrases as he rode Biggie‘s coattails, has a net worth of $1 billion, making him one of the few rappers who were able to achieve such a prestigious status.
24. Justin Bieber
Next up is the Biebs. An icon from the age of 15, he has come a long way, and now boasts a net worth of $300 million.
25. Diana Ross
Diana Ross of the Supremes and a supremely successful solo career wraps up our list of the richest singers of all time.
Hailing from Detroit, this iconic figure boasts a net worth of $250 million, accumulating her wealth from singing, acting, and more.
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