The Richest Singers and Songwriters of All Time

4. Herb Alpert — $870 Million

Alpert is a jazz musician and music executive at A&M Records, a record label that he and Jerry Moss founded (“A” is Alpert, and “M” is for Moss). A&M was later sold to PolyGram. Alpert acquired five No. 1 albums and 28 albums total on the Billboard chart, nine Grammy Awards, fourteen albums that went platinum, and fifteen gold albums.

Source: New Music Box

Alpert sold 72 million records worldwide and is the only recording artist to hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart as both a vocalist (“This Guy’s in Love with You” from 1968) and instrumentalist (“Rise” from 1979). He also formed his own bands and wrote songs for artists like Sam Cooke.