What Was The Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts' Net Worth When He Died?

Rock and roll lost an absolute legend on August 24, 2021, when it was announced that Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts had died at the age of 80. According to Variety, no cause of death accompanied the news, but his spokesperson and the other Stones posted a statement to Twitter lamenting the loss of their dear friend and former bandmate: "It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family."

While he was drummer for one of the most successful bands in the history of rock and roll, Watts was often outshined by the antics of the more in-your-face members of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Still, he was widely considered one of the greatest rock and roll drummers of all time, and was a skilled jazz drummer, as well. While the news of his death is tragic, let's take a look at something positive from Watts' life, such as how handsomely his career drumming for the Stones paid off for him.

Charlie Watts made a fortune drumming for the Rolling Stones

Charlie Watts' career with the Rolling Stones spanned almost six decades, and he was planning on taking it even further. However, as The Guardian reports, in early August 2021, he was forced to back out of the band's upcoming tour in the United States citing his need to recover after a medical procedure. No details were given as to the nature of the procedure.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Charlie Watts' net worth at the time of his death was $250 million. The bulk of his incredible fortune was made through investments in the corporate entities that his legendary band grew to be. Aside from selling concert tickets and owning stock, Watts also ran a stud farm for Arabian horses with his wife before he died. In addition to working with the Stones, Watts was also an avid lover of jazz, and played in a number of jazz bands over the years. In the mid-'80s, he toured the world playing big band swing with the Charlie Watts Orchestra. His last song with the Stones was 2020's "Living in a Ghost Town."