Rock and rap stars — they live the glamorous life. They spend their nights at clubs downing uber-expensive bottles of Cristal and wearing pricey designer duds. So who’s the richest of them all? You might be surprised to discover some of the names that top the list of the 15 richest musicians of all time.
15) Still Rock and Rolling All Nite: Gene Simmons, Worth: $300 Million
Who knew that wearing flamboyant costumes and elaborate makeup could lead to millions and millions of dollars? Well, apparently, Gene Simmons knew. Simmons — arguably, the most famous member of the band KISS has been rocking the stage since 1973.
The mega-popular band has sold more than 100 million albums during its lifespan and, according to Forbes, owns more than 2,500 merchandising licenses. In addition, Simmons also owns the KISS Monster Mini Golf Course in Las Vegas and founded the restaurant chain “Rock & Brews” with band mate, Paul Stanley.
Then there was Simmons’ reality show, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” which ran from 2006 through 2012 and introduced KISS to a whole new generation. In addition, Simmons runs an annual Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy Camp where wannabee rockers can learn how to storm the stage like a pro.