By definition in this context, an artist is a person who is engaged in a broad spectrum of activities that lead in the creation of art either by way of practising or demonstration. With that definition we can categorise individuals in the industry of performing arts such as music producers, video editors, music writers, musicians, public performers and singers as artists. That’s why the term is more often used in the entertainment industry.
The below individuals have in one way or another played a role in that music you love listening when you’re in good moods or in your low moments, whether writing the lyrics, directing, producing, playing the instrument, or singing their efforts have an impact in industry today. These legends for their many years of hard work they have managed not only to be the best artist of our times but also the top 10 richest artists in the world in 2018.
Net worth $475 million
This UK based rock band founded in 1996 has been one of the greatest bands of rock of all times. The band is comprised of drummer Will Champion, vocalist Chris Martin, bassist Berryman, and guitarist Johnny Buckland. It was until 1998 that they renamed themselves to the current name “Coldplay” and there after what followed was the release of three Eps The Blue Room, Brothers & sisters and safety.
Over the years cold play have won numerous accolades namely eight Brit awards on the category of best British group, 5 MTV video music awards, 3 world music awards, 4 Billboard music awards, 7 Grammy awards, and sold over 85 million records all over the planet
9. Sir Elton John
Net worth $480 million
Sir Elton John is a music composer, a pianist, a song writer and an actor who has made it in the list of most recognized musicians in the Great Britain and outside its borders. He is the second richest artist in UK having a net worth of $480 million. In his 40 years of performing as an artist he made to sell more than 300 million records which made him become one of the most prosperous artist of our current times. His efforts have been recognized globally as he has won 6 Grammy awards, an academy award, Tony award and 4 Brit awards.
Just like many artists out there Sir Elton is a philanthropist where he shares his wealth with the less fortunate in the society, art related projects and other humanitarian causes.
8. Emilio Estefan
Net worth $500 million
Emilio has his roots in Cuba though he is an American musician and a producer as well. Emilio owes his net worth to a prosperous career in acting in both films and television shows, music production and being a musician. During his career he produced and directed many events meant for general market and Hispanic television such as the Latin Grammys and other HBO productions. In 2002 the president by then George W. Bush appointed Emilio in the committee on the arts and humanities where he produced many musical events at the White House.
His work has been recognized globally hence the many accolades he has worn such as Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, song writer of the year award, in 2000 producer of the year and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
$560 million net worth
Madonna is songwriter, a business woman, singer and an actress as well. As of June 2016 Madonna net worth was calculated and summed to be 560 million according to credible sources such as Forbes. She is one lady who has worked hard in the entertainment industry to become one of the most enduring recording artists of the 20th century. She goes by a nickname the “Queen of pop” as she has influenced many artists globally. As of today Madonna has sold more than 300 million records and this made her name written in the Guinness world records book as the best-selling female recording artists. In the United States alone Madonna has sold over 65 million certified albums becoming the second top selling female album artist hence the recognition of best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century by RIAA.
6. Jay Z
Net worth 610 Million
Jaz-z is a hip hop artist, a business man, investor and also the husband to Beyoncé. His real name is Shawn Corey and was born in 1969. Today he has become one of the wealthiest hip hop artist in U.S.A and in the global arena. As the former president of Def Jam Recordings, a co-founder of Roc-A-Fella records and the founder of Roc Nation Jay has become one of the world’s best-selling artists having sold hundreds of millions of his records. Jay-Z wealth has been contributed by his investments in clothing lines, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, TV networks such as revolt and sports agency among others.
5. Dr. Dre
Net worth $ 710 million
Dr.Dre is a rapper, a music producer as well as an investor. He first made his career debut in 1980s when he first joined hip-hop group N.W.A and in 1992 as a solo he released The Chronic which made him rise to fame as one of the best-selling American performing artists in 1990,s. He has overseen the careers of big artists in the industry such as 2Pac, Snoop Doggy, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem among others. He is well known for his company Beats Electronics which produces Dr.Dre Beats headphones and Aftermath Entertainment. Over his career he has won 6 Grammy Awards, BET Hip-hop award for the hustler of the year 2014, 2015, Echo awards for the best hip-hop and urban artist 2016 among others.
4. Sean John Combs
Net worth $750 million
Best known as P. Diddy, or Puff Daddy Sean john is rapper, an actor, business man and a song writer. He is the man behind the success of other artists such as Marie Carey, Lil Kim, Method man, Mary J. Blige among others. In film industry he has appeared in films such as A Raisin in the sun, Making the band II, Mandela Long Walk Of Freedom among others. Other than music and acting Sean John Combs has investments in a clothing line called Sean by Sean Combs, he also owns nearly half of the high end vodka brands the Cîroc Vodka, AQUA hydrate water company is another investment he has a stake on, Delion Tequila company he purchased 50% of the company stake, Blue Fame marketing Agency and a movie production company Revolt film which produced Lawless 2012 movie. Among the awards he has won is three Grammy awards, four BET awards, two MTV video awards, two Billboard awards among others.
3. Herbert Alpert
Net worth $850 million
Born and raised in Los Angeles California Herbert is a musician and a recording executive who more often is linked with the group known as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass or TJB. Some of his accomplishments in the music industry is 5 no 1 albums, 9 Grammy Awards, Grammy lifetime achievement in 2007, national medal of arts from U.S president Barack Obama, 15 gold albums, 14 platinum awards and selling more than 73 million albums all over the globe. His music and trumpet skills makes him one of the most successful musicians of all time. As a philanthropist he has created The Herb Alpert Foundation and the Alpert Awards which are meant to inspire artists and also fund humanitarian causes and environmental projects.
2. Andrew Lloyd Webber
Net worth $ 1.2 billion
Andrew Lloyd Webber is arguably without a doubt the most prosperous musical theater composer of our time. He is famous for his stage and film adaptations of his musicals The phantom of opera 2004, Evita 1996, Cats 1994 and Jesus Christ superstar 1973. He has earned his riches from composing 13 musicals, several film scores, set of variations and a Latin Requiem mass. During his career he has been awarded with three Grammy awards, an Oscar, fourteen Ivor Novello awards, seven Oliver awards and a Golden Globe award. He has also been awarded the prestigious star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has also established Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation which mostly nature’s talents related to art, culture and heritage in the United Kingdom and globally the foundation is involved in charity donations related in fighting AIDS, Cancer and Malaria.
1. Sir James Paul McCartney
Net worth $1.24 Billion
Sir James Paul McCartney tops our list of the top 10 richest artist in the world in 2018. He has a net worth of $1.24 Billion as of 2018. Born in England he is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and a song writer as well. If you knew the Beatles from the 1960,s you would probably recognise Paul McCartney as he was one of them. Today he is a renowned pop musician who has been recognised globally and in history as the most successful composer and performer of our time. His song yesterday is the most copyrighted song in history of mankind. He has written more than 190 charted records, sold more than 100 million singles and albums and McCartney has worn 21 Grammy Awards, 2-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Without forgetting this man has his name written in the Guinness Book of Records as the most honoured composer and performer in music.
As a billionaire McCartney has decided to share his wealth by donating it to charity especially on projects related to poverty reduction, animal rights, music talents, and other humanitarian causes
Artist are one group of people that human needs because they inspire us, change our moods, make us excited, and entertain us. These richest artists 2018 above have reached the heights of being the richest for their hard work in their individual fields which has been recognised globally. They are a reminder to every artist out there that they can make it from that harbour beginning all you need is the push and determination.