2022’s richest rock bands: 7 legendary groups’ net worths, ranked – from The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Queen, to alt-rockers Blink-182, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, U2 and heavy metal band Metallica

U2’s Bono, RHCP’s Anthony Kiedis, The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, Metallica’s James Hetfield and Queen’s Brian May made bank through music ... but how much exactly? Photos: Getty Images, AFP, EPA, Shutterstock

Rock music has had a huge cultural impact since its introduction in the 1950s. The genre became one of the most popular in the Western world and to this day continues to influence the music and fashion scenes.

Needless to say, rock ‘n’ roll is not dead. On the contrary, it’s still very much alive … and rock bands are still making bank through their music. STYLE even featured seven of the richest groups in 2022 – let’s take a look back at who the wealthiest member is among them all …


Musicians Tom DeLonge, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 pose at a press party in West Hollywood, California, in 2011. Photo: TNS

Iconic American rock band Blink-182 is back in the mainstream music scene with the release of its latest single Edging. The group also recently announced a reunion with vocalist Tom DeLonge, a soon-to-be-released album, and an upcoming world tour.

Travis Barker joined Blink-182 as a drummer in 1998. Photo: @travisbarker/Instagram

Throughout the years, its past and present members have also amassed quite a fortune along with their success. Here’s who has the most wealth to show today of its current line-up.

Who’s the richest Blink-182 band member? Net worths, ranked

Pink Floyd

British rock band Pink Floyd. Photo: SCMPOST

Dad rockers of the world, rejoice – the legendary Pink Floyd have returned for the first time after nearly three decades away. The rousing anti-war plea “Hey Hey, Rise Up!” released this year marks the British band’s first new music since 1994’s “The Division Bell”. While it’s been touted as an unprecedented one-off in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it still sent music fans scurrying down the white rabbit hole of the band’s 55-year history.

David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright in 1988. Photo: AP

The band’s collective net worth is nearly US$800 million. Here’s who came out on top when it came to cash flow.

Who is the richest Pink Floyd member? The band’s net worths, ranked


Singer Freddie Mercury of the rock group Queen, performs at a concert in Sydney, Australia, in 1985. Photo: AP

Queen has ruled music charts and fans’ hearts for decades.

Founded in 1970 and led by theatrical frontman Freddie Mercury, the band originally comprised guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor. Sadly, Queen’s monumental success came to a standstill when Mercury died at the age of 45 in 1991 after suffering from bronchial pneumonia resulting from Aids complications.

Musician Brian May (left) of Queen and singer Adam Lambert perform at the Forum in July 2014, in Inglewood, California. Photo: AFP

From 2019 to 2022, Adam Lambert, May and Taylor, without Deacon (who has retired), went on the global The Rhapsody Tour, suffering a few hiccups and rescheduling amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Although their tour recently ended, May has indicated that there’s a “strong possibility” they’ll be hitting the stage again in 2023, possibly in the US, he told Variety in November.

So, considering its 50-plus years of history, who is the richest member alive of Queen today according to Celebrity Net Worth?

Who is the richest member of rock band Queen? Net worths, ranked

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

(Left to right) Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante and Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony for The Red Hot Chili Peppers on March 31, in Hollywood, California. Photo: TNS

As one of the world’s greatest rock bands, RHCP has sold over 80 million albums, collected six Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, per NBC Los Angeles. Last year, the band sold its music catalogue to UK investment company Hipgnosis for US$140 million. Its songs, mostly written by its members, generated US$5 million to US$6 million yearly, according to Variety.

Anthony Kiedis, singer from the American rock group Red Hot Chilli Peppers, performs in their first Eastern-European concert in Budapest, in 1996. Photo: Reuters

All RHCP members became multimillionaires, mostly from their successful music careers. But who is the richest, according to Celebrity Net Worth estimations?

Who’s the richest member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Net worths, ranked


(Left to right) Metallica members Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett. Photo: @metallica/Instagram

Founded in 1981 in Los Angeles, Metallica significantly influenced other musicians and millions of fans alike with its heavy and thrash metal music. After more than four decades, it is still one of the highest-earning bands in the world, selling over 150 million albums worldwide, per Rock Off Mag. Forbes estimated that the legendary musicians made US$400 million from their WorldWired tour alone, which began in 2016.

James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo of Metallica perform at Soldier Field in June 2017, in Chicago. Photo: TNS

The band currently has a net worth of US$1 billion combined, per Metal Shout. But who’s the wealthiest member of Metallica as of 2022?

Who is the richest member of heavy metal band Metallica? Net worths, ranked

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. Photo: @historyrock_/Twitter
The band may have sold more than 240 million records, but the real money is clearly on the road, with the 147-night A Bigger Bang tour of 2005-2007 still ranked as the world’s fourth-highest-grossing ever, behind Guns N’ Roses, U2 and top-earner Ed Sheeran.

Its No Filter US outing last year became the highest-earning tour of the year, grossing over US$130 million – or nearly US$10 million a night.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones kick off their US tour, a month after the death of drummer Charlie Watts, in St. Louis, Missouri, US, in September 2021. Photo: Reuters

The Richest reports that the band is now worth over US$1.45 billion, but who is the richest Stone? Here’s a list of the Stones ranked based on their net worths.

Who’s the richest Rolling Stones member? The band’s net worths, ranked


(Left to right) Musicians Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr. and The Edge from U2 arrive for the 45th Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, on December 4. Photo: AFP

Few bands can say that they’ve stuck together for nearly half a century (with the exception of 60-years-plus-and-still-going The Rolling Stones), but rock ‘n’ roll band U2 members Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. met in their youth 46 years ago – and they’re still going strong to this day with performances, music and even a rumoured world tour or Vegas residency in 2023.

(Left to right) The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform at the Gocheok Sky Dome in December 2019, in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: TNS

Financially, they’re now collectively worth about US$1.8 billion, according to The Richest, but which band member is the wealthiest in 2022?

Who’s the richest U2 band member? Net worths, ranked – from Bono to The Edge

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  • The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen, Blink-182, RHCP, U2 and Metallica continue to rake in cash even when some of them have stopped the music
  • Blink-182 has an upcoming world tour; Pink Floyd released its first song since 1994, ‘Hey Hey, Rise Up!’; Queen may perform in the US in 2023 and RHCP sold its music catalogue for US$140 million