Bill Ward Highest-Paid Drummer in the World

Bill Ward
Bill Ward led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid drummers” released on Tuesday.

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It's been a rough year for the drummer, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 72-year-old Bill Ward has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid drummers for 2020 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 12/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Bill Ward tops annual list of highest-paid drummers

In 2018 it looked like the drummer’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Tuesday (August 11) that Ward is the highest-paid drummer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between July 2019 and July 2020, a nearly $20 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The British drummer-musician has an estimated net worth of $145 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Ward Burger” chain) in London, a Football Team (the “Birmingham Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderward - UK), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Bill) and a fashion line called “Bill Ward Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Bill fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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