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Classic Rockers Dominate ‘Richest Bassists’ List

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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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