The entertainment sphere makes the most talented and hardworking people rich and famous. It also gives them a chance to earn millions of dollars and become the wealthiest men and women in world music. We have created a selection of the top 20 richest musician in America now. Who is the richest musician in America? Who are the other wealthy singers and artists? Let us look at the Forbes richest musicians in 2018.
Forbes started to count the net worth of famous hip hop musicians in 2011. And for the first time since that time, Jay-Z got the crown of not just the wealthiest hip-hop singer but also the richest musician in America in 2018.
According to forbes.com, Jay-Z’s net worth is approximately 900 million U.S. dollars (as of 2018). It makes him the real king of hip-hop and music overall.
Who are other people from the top 20 richest musician in United State of America? What are their names?
Top 20 richest musicians in the United States of America
You already know who is the richest musician in America right now according to Forbes. Now let’s outline all other names from the top 20 wealthiest of world music in 2018.
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1. Jay-Z – 900 million U.S. dollars
The husband of Beyonce, Jay-Z is currently number one. His net worth is considered to be the highest among all other musicians of different genres. The hip-hop artist makes his money not just by making music, recording songs, and performing on stage.
The richest musician in America Jay-Z has values of interest in D’Usse cognac, Roc Nation empire, Armand de Brignac and Tidal companies. The happy family life and success in business have earned Jay-Z 900 million USD (in 2018), as reported by Forbes.
2. Diddy (Puff Daddy) – 820 million U.S. dollars
This American musician is also wealthy, but he was ranked number two in 2018. His businesses are blooming too, and earnings are increasing, but his wealth is not as high as that of Jay-Z.
Diddy’s revenue comes from cable TV (Ciroc and Revolt), beverage industries (DeLeon) and other businesses. While being placed in the second position, Diddy is still one of the wealthiest musicians in the world and America. forbes.com estimates his net worth at approximately 820 million USD for 2018.
3. Dr. Dre – 770 million U.S. dollars
This famous American rapper is also one of the Forbes richest musicians in 2018. The 53-year-old musician has many successful businesses including his companies Beats Electronics and Aftermath Entertainment.
He has worked with many successful and wealthy artists, including Eminem, Snoop Dog, 50 Cent and many others. As a result, his net worth has grown to 770 million USD, according to Forbes top 5 hip hop musicians with the biggest fortune.
4. Madonna – 590 million U.S. dollars
The queen of pop music Madonna has been on stage for many years. The world fell in love with her songs back in the 1980s. Besides making her music and performing on stage, this incredible woman has made herself. No wonder that Forbes added her to the selection of the Richest Self-Made Ladies in the USA (Madonna’s placed at the 26th position).
The businesswoman and American singer’s net worth reached 590 million USD in 2018.
5. Mariah Carey – 520-535 million U.S. dollars
The famous American singer, actress, songwriter, and producer is a successful businesswoman. Mariah Carey became popular in the 1990s when she released several hit albums. Her comeback into the world music was successful in 2005 when she presented the top ‘The Emancipation of Mimi' album, which won three Grammy awards.
6. Dolly Parton – 500 million U.S. dollars
The famous queen of country songs has been on stage for more than 40 years. Dolly Parton’s most known hit is ‘I will always love you’ which was covered by Whitney Houston in the film ‘Bodyguard.’ The living legend of country and bluegrass music has received 9 Grammy Awards, 3 American Music Awards, and many other prizes.
7. Gloria Estefan – 500 million U.S. dollars
This American singer was born in Cuba but built her career in the USA. She is one of the top musicians of all time because she sold more than 100 million records across the globe. Thus she is one of the top 20 richest musicians in the United States of America.
According to forbes.com, Gloria and her husband Emilio Estefan had estimated net worth from 500 to 700 million USD back in 2015. We haven’t found any updates on her wealth for 2018 though.
8. Bruce Springsteen – 460 million U.S. dollars
The famous American songwriter and singer who is better known as ‘The Boss.’ Bruce Springsteen leads a popular E Street Band. Many Americans love his folk-style and rock songs. The most recognized albums released by this musician are ‘Born in the USA’ and ‘Born to Run.’
Forbes estimated the singer’s net worth at about 460 million USD in 2016. It hasn’t updated the information about the current wealth of this superstar for 2018.
9. Barbra Streisand – 400 million U.S. dollars
This 76-year-old country singer makes a bunch of money from her music. She earns millions at her tours and shows. She received the top U.S. civilian honor award four years ago, in 2015 (it is called The Presidential Medal of Freedom). Besides, Forbes notes that back in 2016 she managed to gross more than 40 million USD by doing just 14 shows.
The impressive net worth of this incredible woman in the world music has placed her at the 48th position at the list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women. Besides, according to Forbes, the country singer’s net worth estimates at 400 million USD.
10. Johnny Mathis – 400 million U.S. dollars
The songs of this American man have been in more than 70 Billboard charts. Johnny Mathis sold approximately 350 million records, which makes him another legend in the world music. He was also called one of the top-selling musicians of the twentieth century.
According to celebritynetworth.com, the legend’s net worth estimates at 400 million USD.
11. Jennifer Lopez – 380-400 million U.S. dollars
Well-known far beyond Hollywood, Jennifer Lopez has proved to be an influential singer, dancer, and movie star. This American pop music star earns about 40 million U.S. dollars a year. She has been a part of numerous popular shows including the American Idol and Shades of Blue. The woman knows how to look impressive and do business.
12. Toby Keith – 360 million U.S. dollars
County music is not just famous in the USA, but it also makes its top singers wealthy. Toby Keith produces records and sings since the 1980s, even though his first album was released in 1993. The hit song from that album was called ‘Should’ve Been a Cowboy.’ Thanks to that popular tune the country singer became famous all over the United States of America.
According to therichest.com, Toby’s net worth estimates at about 360 million U.S. dollars.
13. Beyonce – 355 million U.S. dollars
The queen of the wealthiest musician in America Jay-Z, his wife Beyonce Knowles is ranked at the 53rd position on the list of the wealthiest self-made ladies in the USA. The American singer was also ranked as one of the highest-paid female musicians in 2018 by Forbes.
She has businesses with her husband, impresses everyone with her songs and enjoys an incredible life as a successful woman, a beloved wife, and a happy mother. Based on Forbes reports, Beyonce has a net worth of approximately 355 million U.S. dollars.
14. George Strait – 326 million U.S. dollars
This famous and one of the wealthiest musicians in the USA is also an actor. George Strait’s career began in the early 1980s. He introduced an exciting mixture of bluegrass and western motives. His music is recognized and loved by many fans. Unlike some of the wealthiest musicians who have several businesses not related to music, George makes most of his money by touring.
According to therichest.com, the net worth of George Strait estimates at 326 million U.S. dollars.
15. Taylor Swift – 320 million U.S. dollars
The fantastic American singer is ranked at number 60 on the Forbes’ list of wealthiest U.S. self-made women in 2018. The tour organized that year by Taylor Swift (it was called ‘Reputation’ Stadium Tour) has been named the top-gross in the history of the United States of America because its revenue reached more than 266 million U.S. dollars. Isn’t it impressive?
Her wealth has reached 320 million U.S. dollars. It made Taylor Swift one of the top 20 richest musicians in America last year.
16. Cher – 305 million U.S. dollars
The incredible woman, singer, businesswoman, and actress Cher made her music career in the 20th century. Cher's songs were big hits in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1990s. Also, it should be noted that she has numerous awards for both her acting and singer career. Her most incredible album ‘Believe’ was released in 1999.
According to therichest.com, Cher’s net worth estimates at approximately 305 million U.S. dollars.
17. Lady Gaga – 275 million U.S. dollars
This richest musician in America rose to fame in 2008 when she presented her first album ‘The Fame.’ It quickly became the world's hit and conquered many fans from across the planet. Millions of people keep singing Lady Gaga's ‘Just Dance’ and ‘Bad Romance’ songs these days. Besides, her latest achievements include the release of the romantic drama ‘A Star is Born’ movie in 2018.
According to therichest.com, the famous female musician’s net worth is approximately 275 million U.S. dollars.
18. Master P – 250 million U.S. dollars
Rappers prove that their music style is loved by modern teens and plays a significant role in nowadays world music. Master P is another rapper on our list of the top 20 richest musicians in America. His hip hop songs and business skills earn him so much money.
According to therichest.com, the net worth of one of the wealthiest American musicians is 250 million U.S. dollars.
19. Eminem – 210 million U.S. dollars
Who doesn’t know this successful rapper? If Jay-Z, Diddy and other world music representatives have their businesses, Eminem makes his fortune by selling his songs and albums. His incredible music career has made him the top-seller among all rappers of all time.
According to celebritynetworth.com, Eminem’s wealth estimates at 210 million U.S. dollars.
20. Britney Spears – 200-215 million U.S. dollars
The pop princess Britney Spears is still on stage. She looks in shape and tours a lot. Britney came into limelight in the late 1990s when her ‘Baby One More Time’ album debuted and impressed teens from all over the world. The 2000s were also great for her.
These are the top 20 richest musicians in the United States of America now, based on their net worth. They are wealthy, successful, make good music and entertain the whole world with their fantastic tunes.
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