Music producers make a ton of money and probably have one of the coolest jobs possible. The most successful music producers get to work with music legends and be a part of revolutionizing the music industry. The decisions they make can totally change the music landscape and usher in incredible new trends. Their behind-the-scenes work can help catapult new musicians into fame and help established musicians take their work to a whole new level. Not all music produces rise to the top of the heap, though. Only the best and brightest make big bucks and big waves in the industry, leaving all of the aspiring music producers in the dust. Here are twelve of the most financially successful music producers of all time, ranked in order of how much they’re worth:
In 2016, Dr. Dre’s net worth was estimated at $710 million. This makes him the richest music producer ever. This is largely due to Apple’s acquisition of Dre’s Beats headphone line in 2014. But make no mistake Dr. Dre was still one of the biggest producer ever without his Beats sale. He has produced albums for Tupac, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem. Everything Dr. Dre touches turns to gold.
George Martin was the producer that brought the world the Beatles. He also worked with other a-list singers like Elton John, Kenny Rogers, and Celine Dion. When he died earlier this year, his net worth was around $410 million.
Rick Rubin, the founder of Def Jam Records, and one of the previous presidents of Columbia Records has a lot of clout in the music production industry. He’s produced albums for LL Cool J, Kanye West, Johnny Cash, Jay Z, Weezer, Lady Gaga, Shakira, and countless other big names. His estimated net worth is $400 million.
The legendary Quincy Jones is one of the richest people in the music industry and rightfully so. He has produced for notable acts such as Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, and Frank Sinatra to name a few. Quincy Jones has a net worth of approximately $350 million. And money is not all he has to show for hist accomplishments, he’s also won 27 Grammys, the most of any producer.
Max Martin bursted into the music scene in the mid 90s as a producer for pop acts like the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and NSYNC. Since then he’s stayed on the radar producing records for more recent acts like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. Throughout his immensely successful career Max Martin has amassed an estimated net worth of $250 million.
The founder of the Motown record label, Berry Gordy, has worked with too many music legends to count, including the Jackson 5, the Supremes, the Temptations, and Stevie Wonder. His net worth is around $345 million, so it’s safe to say he’s done pretty well for himself.
Robert John Lange
You’ve probably heard him called by his nickname, “Mutt” Lange. Lange is a British producer who’s worked with AC/DC, Def Leppard, Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, Muse, and Michael Bolton, among others. He even used to be married to Shania Twain, which didn’t hurt his credibility in the industry. Lange’s net worth is an estimated $225 million.
In case you didn’t know, Jimmy page founded and played guitar for Led Zeppelin. He also produced several of their albums and has been involved in several other music production projects. He even collaborated with Puff Daddy. His net worth is around $170 million.
Phil Spector’s life took a turn for the worst in the early 2000s when he was convicted for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. Before that, he had a wildly successful career as a music producer working with the likes of Leonard Cohen, the Beatles, the Righteous Brothers, and the Ramones. His net worth clocks in at around $100 million.
Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production team behind the Neptunes, who have worked with Jay Z, Kelis, Kid Rock, Moby, Prince, the Backstreet Boys, Ludacris, Rage Against the Machine, Busta Rhymes, and Britney Spears, to name a few. Williams’ net worth is estimated to be around $80 million.
Butch Vig, the famed former drummer of the band Garbage, is the music producer behind Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and numerous other projects from bands like Green Day and Jimmy Eat World. His net worth is around $60 million.
Alan Parsons is another British music producer who worked with the Beatles and was even involved in the production of Pink Floyd’s game-changing The Dark Side of the Moon. His band, The Alan Parsons Project also achieved some major critical acclaim while they were active from 1975 to 1990. Alan Parsons’ net worth is around $30 million.
Linda Perry first made a name for herself in the 90s as the lead singer of 4 Non Blondes. After 4 Non Blondes split up, Linda Perry launched a highly successful career in music production, and she’s produced songs for Pink, Christina Aguilera, and other big names. Her net worth is around $18 million.
Albini has produced albums for Nirvana, Pixies, Leftover Crack, and numerous other critically acclaimed bands. Albini’s net worth would probably be much higher if he didn’t turn down royalties from the albums he produces for ethical reasons. He still has about $10 million to his name, though.