Classic Rockers Dominate ‘Richest Bassists’ List
by Dave Lifton
August 20, 2014
They hold down the low end, but many of them are living the high life. A new list compiles the Top 10 Richest Bassists in the World, and there are many of our favorites among them.
This countdown can be found over at a website fittingly called the Richest. Unsurprisingly, it’s topped by Paul McCartney, whose net worth is valued at $1.2 billion. In fact, McCartney is so far ahead of the pack that he’s got more money than the next four bassists combined.
There’s a tie for second, with Sting and Gene Simmons both worth $300 million. Two months ago, Sting made news when, while discussing his fortune, said that he will not pass it on to his six children so that they understand the value of a hard day’s work. “I certainly don’t want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses ’round their necks,” he said. “I told them there won’t be much money left because we are spending it! We have a lot of commitments. What comes in, we spend, and there isn’t much left.
Other classic rockers in the Top 10 are Roger Waters (No. 4, $270 million), Adam Clayton of U2 (No. 5, $150 million), John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin (No. 6, $80 million) and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath (No. 8, $65 million).
World’s Richest Bassists
1. Paul McCartney – $1.2 billion
2. (tie) Sting – $300 million
2. (tie) Gene Simmons – $300 million
4. Roger Waters – $270 million
5. Adam Clayton – $150 million
6. Flea – $115 million
7. John Paul Jones – $80 million
8. Geezer Butler – $65 million
9. Tony Kanal (No Doubt) – $45 million
10. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) – $40 million
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Top 10 Richest Bassists in the World
They’re the guys in the background. They might not be the first ones that come to mind and they might not be as popular as their band’s guitarist or vocalist but bassists are important to any band. Some double as singers and many contribute greatly to the creative process as songwriters. Bass plays a much larger role in rock than people may realize. It may not stand out as much as the drums, guitars or vocals do but bass is part of the backbone of any musical group and along with the drums make up the all-important rhythm section.
Bassists are essential to any band’s sound. Though they may not get all the attention or credit they deserve many bassists are responsible for making songs sound whole. The deep tone of a bass prevents songs from sounding empty, something that is sometimes overlooked by fans but is key to every group’s sound none the less.
These are the worlds richest bassists.
1. Paul McCartney — Net Worth: $1.2 Billion
A key member of the Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney crafted some of rock’s most popular songs alongside song writing partner John Lennon while he was a member of the “Fab Four”. With the Beatles McCartney showed his skill as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with memorable contributions such as his piano work on “Let it Be” and “A Day in the Life” and his smooth flowing bass lines on “You Never Give Me Your Money” and “She’s a Woman”. After the Beatles McCartney went on to pursue a solo career, then formed Wings with his wife Linda McCartney. McCartney is highly active in animal rights movements, is a devoted vegan, and is active in anti-landmine and seal hunting movements.