Roger Waters was born on September 6, 1943 in Great Bookham, Surrey, England, putting him at 72 years of age. He has a fairly decent estimated networth of $270 million as of 2016.
In 1965, Roger Waters co-founded the band Pink Floyd. He participated as the bassist. Syd Barret took the lead role in the band as front-man, guitarist, and songwriter. He became mentally unstable and agreed to leave the band in 1968. Waters went on to be the songwriter, lyricist, and co-lead vocalist, practically taking Barretts place and ensuing dominant role in the band.
The album, “Dark Side of the Moon”, Pink Floyd’s 8th album, was written solely by Waters. It went on to be one of the most successful rock albums ever. It sold over 40 million copies all around the world, and became the entire world’s second best selling album. This was just the start. “The Wall”, their 11th album, was written almost entirely by Waters, and sold over 23 million copies. In 2013 it came to be considered one of the top three best selling albums in America of all times. In 1982 a drama/horror film was produced based on this album, and Waters himself wrote the screenplay.
The album, “The Final Cut” was Pink Floyd’s last collaboration. Waters wrote all of the lyrics and even the music for the album. He imposed criticism of the Conservative Party government of the time, and even mentioned Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher flatly by name. David Gilmour, one of Pink Floyd’s guitarist, didn’t have any material worth input at the time, so he asked Waters to delay the recording. Waters refused, and this caused conflict between the band, and Gilmour’s name was basically erased from production credit. Rolling Stone magazine rated it five stars, and considered it in quote “art rocks crowning masterpiece”. This piece was viewed as a “Roger Waters solo album”. Good for the Waters, not so good for the band. Every bit of events in this timeline lead to Roger Waters leaving Pink Floyd and preforming solo, where he continued to make millions and amass a nice fortune for himself.