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Gene Simmons Is Worth More Than Dave Grohl, Axl Rose, James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich

If you want to know how much members of KISS, Foo Fighters, Guns N Roses and Metallica are worth, get in here.

If you want to know how much members of KISS, Foo Fighters, Guns N Roses and Metallica are worth, get in here.

It's been a few years since we checked in with Celebrity Net Worth. We checked in back in 2012 when the site compiled a list of the richest rock vocalists. The list doesn't look to have changed much in rankings, but the monetary values have certainly increased.

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Here's how Celebrity Net Worth claims it figures out its list:

The figures contained in this list were acquired from all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents’ fees, and lifestyle.

I must remind you that these figures should be taken with a grain of salt and strictly for entertainment purposes. For the most part, these are guesses. I remember Randy Blythe once joked that he wished he was worth whatever they had him listed as because it was way off. With that said, let's dig in a little.

The richest metal-ish musician on the list is Gene Simmons at $300 million, the same net worth he allegedly had in 2012. It's odd to note that the list also has the entire band KISS worth $300 million as well, but doesn't explain the difference.

Dave Grohl is listed at $280 million, $55 million more than in 2012m, likely helped by the success of his documentaries and the latest Foo Fighters album.

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Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich are listed at $220 million, about $45 million more than a few years ago, which is surprising given all the money the band poured into their movie that bombed. Meanwhile, Kirk Hammett barely makes the list at $140 million. What could the disproportionate wealth be accounted to? Perhaps Hetfield/Ulrich get more royalties since they're listed as the primary songwriters on most tunes?

Surprisingly, Ozzy Osbourne is listed at $220 million as well – a huge jump from the $90 million listed in 2012, likely helped by all the final Black Sabbath reunion shows. Also, I'm guessing this doesn't take into account Sharon's wealth. I would assume Ozzy would be much higher on the list. Tony Iommi is listed at #50, with $140 million, which is no small chunk of change.

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant both came in at $170 million, while Pink Floyd's Roger Waters is listed at $290 million, likely due to Waters huge stadium tour playing The Wall. His former bandmate, David Gilmour, is listed at $160 million.

The biggest shock of the list is that Axl Rose is only listed at $150 million. I guess the guy has a penchant for blowing money, but at the same time, this year's Guns N Roses reunion tour blew every other tour away at the box office. Perhaps that wasn't yet taken into account.

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Paul McCartney still reigns at the top of the list adding $400 million to his wealth. Bono, at #2, added a "measly" $100 million. Here's the full list:

  1. Paul McCartney – $1.2 billion
  2. Bono – $700 million
  3. Elton John – $500 million
  4. Jimmy Buffet- $500 million
  5. Mick Jagger – $360 million
  6. Bruce Springsteen – $350 million
  7. Ringo Starr – $350 million
  8. Keith Richards – $340 million
  9. Bjorn Ulvaeus (songwriter) – $300 million
  10. Dave Matthews – $300 million
  11. Gene Simmons – $300 million
  12. Jon Bon Jovi – $300 million
  13. Kiss – $300 million (not sure the distinction here between the band and Gene)
  14. Sting – $300 million
  15. Roger Waters – $290 million
  16. Dave Grohl – $280 million
  17. Phil Collins – $260 million
  18. Eric Clapton – $250 million
  19. The Edge – $240 million
  20. Rod Stewart – $235 million
  21. Benny Andersson – $230 million
  22. David Bowie – $230 million
  23. James Hetfield – $220 million
  24. Lars Ulrich – $220 million
  25. Ozzy Osbourne – $220 million
  26. Adam Clayton – $200 million
  27. Agnetha Faltskog  – $200 million
  28. Anni-Frid Lyngstad  – $200 million
  29. Don Henley  – $200 million
  30. George Michael  – $200 million
  31. Larry Mullen Jr.  – $200 million
  32. Phish  – $200 million
  33. Robbie Williams  – $200 million
  34. Billy Joel  – $180 million
  35. Bob Dylan  – $180 million
  36. Brian May  – $175 million
  37. Jimi Hendrix  – $175 million
  38. Neil Diamond  – $175 million
  39. Charlie Watts  – $170 million
  40. Jimmy Page  – $170 million
  41. Robert Plant  – $170 million
  42. Roger Taylor  – $170 million
  43. David Gilmour – $160 million
  44. Axl Rose  – $150 million
  45. Bob Geldof  – $150 million
  46. Courtney Love  – $150 million
  47. Nick Mason  – $150 million
  48. Angus Young  – $140 million
  49. Kirk Hammett  – $140 million
  50. Tony Iommi  – $140 million

[via Metal Insider]

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