So many amazing and successful metal bands have shaped the music industry, as they have become a huge part of the culture in their ways. And during their journey, some of them sure have made a much more impact on people’s lives that earning them also a fortune. So, let’s see the metal bands that have the highest net worth in the world.
Richest Metal Bands in the World
Even if it seems hard to determine the impact of metal music in our lives, since there are lots of disagreements among people, it still has a huge place somehow in our lives. Metallica, KISS, Iron Maiden, and many more metal bands have been shaping the music industry for a long time, no doubt. Besides the metal music still growing fan base since the very first day, other bands have stripped down themselves, making everyone love them, even the ones who don’t even like listening to metal music at all.
So let’s see the top of those bands, who made millions by getting into everyone’s life with their tasteful music. Here are the top 15 metal bands that have the highest net worth.
- Net Worth in 2021: $20 Million
Formed in 1995, Slipknot has always been paid attention for its aggressive style of music, chaotic live shows filled with energy, along with the member’s attention-grabbing styles. And like their music, the nu-metal band has an enormous fan base following them as it also keeps growing still.
Debuting with its self-titled album in June 1999, Slipknot released 6 studio albums, 2 live albums, 1 compilation album, 1 demo album, 25 singles, 5 video albums, and 27 music videos, so far. And their albums mostly hit the tops on charts all around the world, along with selling over 30 million worldwide, as well.
And today, the beloved nu-metal band Slipknot’s net worth seems to be $20 million.
- Net Worth: $25 Million
Formed in 1983, Megadeth is one of the “big four” American thrash metal bands, helping change the taste of metal music and its history. The regarded metal band’s current members are Dave Mustaine as the lead vocal and guitarist, Kiko Loureiro as the guitarist and back vocalist, and Dirk Verbeuren as the drummer.
Megadeth released 6 live albums, 6 video albums, 7 compilation albums, 15 studio albums, and many more, as the regarded band has also become one of the biggest thrash metal bands worldwide, selling almost 40 million records all around the world.
And today, the widely regarded metal band Megadeth’s net worth seems to be around $25 million.
- Net Worth in 2021: $33 Million
Formed in 1979, Exodus is a thrash metal band consisting of guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, bassist Jack Gibson, drummer Tom Hunting, and lead vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza. Although the band had been through some lineup issues, like many, it didn’t hold it and its members to gain their success and regard, sharing their music along the way, as well. The regarded band is also among the “big eight” of thrash metal, along with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, Overkill, and Death Angel.
Throughout its ongoing career, Exodus released 11 studio albums, 3 live albums, 2 compilation albums, 3 video albums, 11 music videos, and 8 singles, selling more than 5 million album copies worldwide.
And today, the regarded thrash metal band Exodus’s net worth seems to be $33 million.
- Net Worth: $39 Million
Formed in 1981 by rhythm guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker, Anthrax was one of the first thrash metal bands emerging from the East Coast. Also considered as one of the leaders of thrash metal, the band has consisted of the rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Frank Bello, vocalist Joey Belladonna and lead guitarist Jonathan Donais, since 2013, after several lineup changes had happened.
Debuting with Fistful of Metal in 1984, Anthrax released 11 studio albums, 6 live albums, 7 compilation albums, 10 video albums, 6 extended plays, 26 singles, and music videos, selling over 10 million records worldwide throughout its career.
And today, one of the leaders of thrash metal band Anthrax’s net worth seems to be $39 million.
- Net Worth: $45 Million
Formed in 1981, Slayer is also among the “big four” bands of thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax, for its fast and aggressive musical style. The band’s last lineup consisted of co-lead guitarist Kerry King, Araya, drummers Jon Dette and Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, before it disbanded in 2019.
Throughout its career, Slayer released 12 studio albums, 2 live albums, a box set, 6 music videos, 2 extended plays, and a cover album, selling over 20 million worldwide. And the members have retired in 2018, after making their final world tour.
And today, the regarded thrash metal band Slayer’s net worth seems to be $45 million.
10- System of a Down
- Net Worth: $70 Million
Formed in 1994, the beloved heavy metal band System of a Down currently consists of members Serj Tankian on the lead vocals and keyboards, Daron Malakian on the guitar and vocals, Shavo Odadjian on the bass and backing vocals, and John Dolmayan on the drums. The regarded heavy metal band also won Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2006.
Achieving commercial success with the release of its five studio albums, System of a Down had debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with three of those albums. Throughout its career, it released 5 studio albums, 19 singles, and 13 music videos, selling more than 40 million album copies worldwide.
And today, the beloved heavy metal band System of a Down’s net worth seems to be $70 million.
9- Avenged Sevenfold
- Net Worth: $100 Million
Formed in 1999, Avenged Sevenfold consists of lead vocalist M. Shadows, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Zacky Vengeance, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Synyster Gates, bassist and backing vocalist Johnny Christ, and drummer Brooks Wackerman.
The successful band is best known for the diverse rock sounds that they used on their albums. Debuted with Sounding the Seventh Trumpet with using a metalcore sound on the album, Avenged Sevenfold had actually evolved its self into heavy metal with its third album and first major-label release, City of Evil. And so far, Avenged Sevenfold released 7 studio albums, 1 soundtrack album, 1 live album, 2 compilation albums, 31 singles, 2 video albums, and 26 music videos, topping most charts worldwide.
And today, the beloved heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold’s net worth seems to be $100 million.
8- Judas Priest
- Net Worth: $100 Million
Formed in 1969, Judas Priest is one of the most iconic metal bands along with considered also one of the greatest metal bands of all time. The regarded heavy metal band’s current line-up consists of lead vocal Rob Halford, lead guitarist Richie Faulkner, guitarist Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis.
Throughout its ongoing career for many years, Judas Priest released 18 studio albums, 6 live albums, 7 compilation albums, 29 singles, 10 video albums, and 21 music videos, selling almost 50 million albums worldwide along with 12 million copies in the United States.
And today, the iconic metal band Judas Priest’s net worth seems to be $100 million.
- Net Worth: $120 million
Formed in 1993, the nu-metal band Korn’s current lineup consists of rhythm guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer, bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, lead guitarist, and back-vocal Brian “Head” Welch, lead singer Jonathan Davis, and drummer Ray Luzier.
Debuted with the self-titled album in 1994, Korn first caught its mainstream success with Follow the Leader (1998) and Issues (1999) albums, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200. The successful nu-metal band released 13 studio albums, 3 live albums, 8 compilation albums, 7 video albums, 3 extended plays, 45 singles, 10 promotional singles, and 50 music videos, selling over 40 million records worldwide throughout its ongoing career.
And today, the successful metal band Korn’s net worth seems to be $120 million.
6- Black Sabbath
- Net Worth: $140 million
Formed in 1968, Black Sabbath’s main lineup was Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, and Geezer Butler. As they broke up and then reunite several times, the famous metal band announced its final disbandment after their nineteenth and final studio album, titled 13.
Throughout their 38-year career, Black Sabbath had released 8 live albums, 16 compilation albums, 7 video albums, 1 EPs, and 30 singles including their 19 studio albums. And after their reunion, the admired band has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide.
And today, the widely regarded metal band Black Sabbath’s net worth seems to be $140 million.
5- Iron Maiden
- Net Worth: $150 million
Formed in 1975, Iron Maiden is one of the few 1980s musicians still making music consisting of Steve Harris as the bassist, back-vocal and keyboardist, Dave Murray as the lead and rhythm guitarist, Adrian Smith as lead and rhythm guitarist, back-vocal, studio keyboardist, Bruce Dickinson as the lead vocalist and the pianist, Nicko McBrain as the drummer, and Janick Gers as the rhythm guitarist.
Iron Maiden released 17 studio albums, 7 compilation albums, 20 video albums, 4 EPs, 13 live albums, 5 box sets, 46 singles, and many more things so far that have been sold more than 200 million copies worldwide.
And today, the famous metal band Iron Maiden’s net worth seems to be $150 million.
- Net Worth: $200 Million
Formed in 1990, Tool consists of Maynard James Keenan as its lead singer, Adam Jones as its guitarist, Danny Carey as its drummer, and Justin Chancellor as its bassist. The band’s style is mostly described as a style-transcending act and part of progressive rock, psychedelic rock, and art-rock among alternative metal, as Tool broke into the scene with heavy metal music but later switched to an alternative metal sub-genre.
Debuting with its third album, titled Ænima, in 1996, Tool released 5 studio albums, 1 box set, 2 extended plays, 4 video albums, 15 singles, and 8 music videos, selling over 13 million.
And today, the regarded metal band Tool’s net worth seems to be $200 million.
3- Ozzy Osbourne
- Net Worth: $220 Million
Coming to prominence as the lead vocalist of the legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne has also launched his own solo heavy metal band.
Ozzy Osbourne released 12 studio albums and reached success around the world with over 50 million record sales.
And today, the solo metal band of talented musician Ozzy Osbourne’s net worth seems to be $220 million.
2- Mötley Crüe
- Net Worth: $235 Million
Formed in 1981, Mötley Crüe consists of Nikki Six as the bassist, Micky Mars as the lead guitarist, Tommy Lee as the drummer, and Vince Neil as the lead singer, who also are remained together unlike most of the other bands.
Mötley Crüe released 2 box sets, 3 EPs, 3 live albums, 8 compilation albums, 9 video albums, 9 studio albums, and 30 singles, along with 32 music videos, selling more than 100 million copies all around the world since 1981.
And today, the beloved metal band Mötley Crüe’s net worth seems to be $235 million.
- Net Worth: $1 billion
Formed in 1981, Metallica is best known for its aggressive and loud music, as it is also one of the most successful and richest bands worldwide. Alongside Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer, Metallica is also one of the “big four” of thrash metal band, consisting of the lead vocal James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bassist Robert Trujillo.
Metallica released 10 studio albums, 8 live albums, 3 extended plays, 43 singles, 10 video albums, 42 music videos, a soundtrack album, a collaboration album, and 3 box sets. The legendary metal band had broken many records, including selling more than 125 million albums worldwide.
And today, the legendary metal band Metallica’s net worth seems to be $1 billion, which makes it the richest metal band in the world.