Who Is The Richest Member Of Lynyrd Skynyrd? See Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, And Rickey Medlocke’s 2021 Net Worths
Considered as one of the greatest bands of all time, Lynyrd Skynyrd experienced many unique events during their career, including several lineup changes and even a deadly plane crash, yet none of which didn’t prevent them to release numerous hit songs.
Lynyrd Skynyrd was founded back in 1964 whose initial lineup involved Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, Larry Junstrom, and Bob Burns. After trying using different names, around 1969, they decided to continue with Leonard Skinnerd which was later obtained distinctive spelling ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd.’
Their debut album, ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd,’ was released in 1973 after the lineup changes including Leon Wilkeson on bass, Billy Powell on the keyboard, and Ed King on guitar. The drummer Bob Burns was also replaced by Artimus Pyle. Lynyrd Skynyrd released five successful studio albums with many hit songs, such as ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘Free Bird,’ until the tragic event that changed the course of the band’s career completely.
In 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd members were involved in a terrible plane crash right after their performance in Greenville. The crash caused the devastating deaths of Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and his sister Cassie. After taking a break from the band for a while, Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited with Ronnie’s brother Johnny as their lead singer. Their farewell tour was completed in 2019, however, the band members have been working on a new album which will be released in the near future.
Gary Rossington Net Worth $40 Million
The founding member and lead guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Rossington is the richest member of the band with his net worth of $40 million.
Rossington’s jamming sessions with his friends, Ronnie Van Zant and Bob Burns, turned into a band called My Backyard, later changed to The Noble Five before becoming The One Percent. After settling on the name Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band managed to earn worldwide success with the release of many hit songs, including ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘Free Bird.’
Gary has been the last original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd who is still alive and performing with the band. He has also survived the tragic plane crash that killed his beloved bandmates. In addition to his career with one of the greatest bands of all time, Gary co-founded the Rossington-Collins Band in 1980 and released two albums.
Johnny Van Zant Net Worth $10 Million
The current lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Van Zant has a net worth of $10 million which makes him the second-richest member of the band following Gary Rossington.
Johnny started his music career in the 1970s by playing with the Austin Nickels Band which later changed their name to The Johnny Van Zant Band. After the unfortunate plane crash that killed his brother Ronnie Van Zant, Johnny became the new lead singer and chief songwriter of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
In addition to joining live shows and tours with the surviving Lynyrd Skynyrd members, Johnny has been working on his solo career. He released a solo record titled ‘Brickyard Road’ in 1990 as well as two studio albums with his band Van Zant, which he founded with his brother Donnie.
Rickey Medlocke Net Worth $3 Million
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist and backing vocalist Rickey Medlocke is the third richest member of the band with his net worth of $3 million.
Raised by musician parents, Rickey has been interested in music since he was a little child. He founded the Southern rock band named Blackfoot with his friends Greg T. Walker, Charlie Hargrett, and Jackson Spires in 1969. He also worked with Lynyrd Skynyrd around the same time as a session musician. In 1996, Medlocke became an integral part of Lynyrd Skynyrd after Gary Rossington invited him to join them as the lead guitarist.