Charlie Watts is one of the members of the popular rock band, The Rolling Stones. The English drummer began his music career with the band in 1963, along with Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards. As drummer, graphic artist, record-sleeve designer, and tour-stage designer, Charlie Watts has a current estimated net worth of over $170 million.
Watts has kept his personal life private, unlike other members of the infamous band. He became open about his personal life in the mid-1980s, when his excessive use of drugs and alcohol became an issue. Watts stated that, “[My drug and alcohol problems were] my way of dealing with [family problems]. Looking back on it, I think it was a mid-life crisis. All I know is that I became totally another person around 1983 and came out of it about 1986. I nearly lost my wife and everything over my behavior.” By the end of 2006, Watts received accolades as he was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame and Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. Robert Christgau, a renowned music critic, named Watts as “rock’s greatest drummer.”
Watts’s successful music career is responsible for his impressive fortune, as generation after generation continues to purchase the albums he’s contributed to. Though Watts was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2004, the cancer has since gone into remission, thus allowing Watts to continue touring and recording music with the Rolling Stones. He now lives in Dolton with his wife since 1964, Shirley, where they own a stud farm for Arabian horses.