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Ringo Starr, Dave Grohl And Travis Barker Top World’s Richest Drummers List

To quote the legendary James Brown, “Give the drummer some!” Or in the case of this list from running down the richest beat-keepers in the world, give the drummers a whole lot, as in a fortune.

Creating the list from a dubious equation that considered “salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements” minus” taxes, manager’s fees, agents’ fees, and lifestyle,” the rankings still sound entirely believable. The drummers that make the financial cut all come from the biggest bands in the history of rock.

Cruising to Number One is Ringo Starr of the Beatles at $300 million, followed closely by Phil Collins of Genesis with $250 million. Making an impressive showing at Number Three is Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters with a whopping $225 million, which makes a lot more sense when you consider his corner of the Nirvana market.

From Grohl, the list is a Who’s Who of rock royalty, including Lars Ulrich of Metallica (#5, $175 million), Travis Barker of Blink-182 (#11, $85 million) and Danny Carey of Tool (#21, $40 million).

The list only considers drummers who are still alive, but it would be interesting to see how much the estates of John Bonham of Led Zeppelin and Keith Moon of the Who are worth, and where they would stack up on this chart.

Among the drummers to squeeze into Top 30 are Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead (#24, $30 million), Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters (#27, $20 million) and Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses (#29, $15 million).

–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local


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