Is Roger Waters Richer Than David Gilmour? See Pink Floyd Icons’ Net Worths In 2021
Distinguished for their unique philosophical lyrics and ostentatious stage performances, Pink Floyd has become one of the most commercially successful bands of all time by releasing game-changer records like ‘The Dark Side of the Moon‘ and ‘The Wall.’
Back in 1965, Pink Floyd was founded by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright. In 1967, the band released their debut studio album, ‘The Piper at the Gates of Down,’ which was the only record made under the leadership of Barrett. Soon later, David Gilmour joined the band as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist by replacing Syd’s position.
With the release of their second album, ‘A Saucerful of Secrets,’ Roger Waters also began improving his songwriting skills which helped to become the primary lyricist of Pink Floyd in the following years. The band achieved mainstream success with the release of ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ followed by ‘Wish You Were Here,’ ‘Animals,’ and ‘The Wall.’
Around 1979, Pink Floyd members started to fall apart due to personal tensions. First Richard Wright decided to leave the band and he was followed by Waters. David Gilmour continued playing as Pink Floyd along with Nick Mason. Even though Richard later rejoined the band, Roger didn’t play with them again except for the reunion show at Live 8.
Following the breakup, Waters and Gilmour were involved in various disputes over the ownership of Pink Floyd’s name and copyright issues mainly due to a complex contract they had signed previously. As a result of the lawsuit filed by Roger, he was allowed to keep certain intellectual properties’ lucrative rights. Both Waters and Gilmour also pursued their own solo careers which brought them a certain amount of fortune. Yet, Roger seemed to be doing better than his former bandmate financially, even though he had trouble getting equal shares from Pink Floyd.
Roger Waters Net Worth $310 Million
The co-founder and bassist of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters has a net worth of $310 million which makes him the 18th richest rock star in the world right after Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.
When he founded Pink Floyd along with Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright, Roger performed mainly as the bassist of the band. However, particularly after Barrett left, Waters started to focus on songwriting and became the main lyricist and conceptual leader of Pink Floyd in the following years.
Due to personal tensions and creative differences between band members, Waters decided to leave the band in 1985. After his departure, Roger got into a legal battle with David Gilmour over the use of Pink Floyd’s name which was settled in court later in 1987.
Besides his successful career with Pink Floyd, Waters also released several solo records and performed one of the most famous shows in history, ‘The Wall – Live in Berlin.’ The Pink Floyd members reunited for a special performance at Hyde Park in London as a part of Live 8. Roger also invested in other fields except for music, such as the business entity he formed with Shakira. The two successful artists paid $16 million to purchase an island in the Bahamas.
David Gilmour Net Worth $180 Million
Pink Floyd co-lead vocalist and guitarist David Gilmour seemed to be earning quite less than his former bandmate Roger Waters since he has a net worth of $180 million while Roger has almost double.
Around the time when Syd Barrett’s mental condition started to deteriorate, David Gilmour met Pink Floyd members in London. He joined the band as guitarist, yet later, replaced Barrett’s place as the lead singer. After releasing several successful records, Waters left the band leaving the leadership position to Gilmour.
The band released their first album after Waters left, ‘The Division Bell,’ in 1994. Besides his career with Pink Floyd, David pursued his solo career as well. He released four solo studio albums, ‘David Gilmour,’ ‘About Face,’ ‘On an Island,’ and ‘Rattle That Lock.’ The talented musician was also the owner of a company named Intrepid Aviation that collects antique aircraft. However, he sold the company later for an undisclosed price.