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Rock Stars Who Lost All Their Money

When you're a popular rock star, the success can seem endless. Churning out hit after hit means fans, fame, and enough money to keep you set for life. But with all that cash comes a million ways to lose it. There have been plenty of rockers who should have been rolling in it, who suddenly find themselves broke or even in bankruptcy court.

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Rock Stars Who Lost All Their Money

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    Rockers Who Lost All Their Money

    Rockers Who Lost All Their Money

    When you're a popular rock star, the success can seem endless. Churning out hit after hit means fans, fame, and enough money to keep you set for life. But with all that cash comes a million ways to lose it. There have been plenty of rockers who should have been rolling in it, who suddenly find themselves broke or even in bankruptcy court.

    Rock Stars Who Are Surprisingly Poor

    Rock Stars Who Are Surprisingly Poor

    It's easy to assume that every single rock star out there is rolling in cash. After all, we've heard them on Spotify, seen them rock out on stage night after night, and witnessed them grace the cover of magazines (well, header images of online articles). Someone that visible and audible just has to have a pretty sizable fortune, right?

    Musicians Who Are Poorer Than You Thought

    Musicians Who Are Poorer Than You Thought

    Musicians don't make what they used to. In the age of Spotify streaming, album sales are abysmal. If you're reading The Atlantic, 2012 was the year indie rock died because that's when we realized Cat Power wasn't making millions as the face of Chanel. In fact, she was flat-out broke, and so were some of our favorite artists of all time. Conor Oberst and Grizzly Bear, who spent their careers in the upper echelons of Pitchfork fame, were being priced out of New York City and struggling to afford health insurance.

    Rappers Who Lost All Their Money

    Rappers Who Lost All Their Money

    Rap, more so than other forms of music, tends to have an expectation of a certain expensive lifestyle artists have to follow. When you write songs about how much money you spend all the time, you have to display those things in real life. So the rap lifestyle is full of stereotypes like heavy gold chains, flashy cars, and private jets. For a lot of the most successful rappers, that lifestyle is sustainable while also putting money away for a rainy day. But rap is also filled with former stars who go completely broke.

    Actors Who Are Poorer Than You Thought

    Actors Who Are Poorer Than You Thought

    Hollywood is all about glamour, and part of that image is money and the lifestyle it affords — and there is a lot of money out there for actors. According to Forbes, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson earned nearly $90 million in 2019 alone, while Robert Downey Jr. earned about $55 million from his work on a single film (Avengers: Endgame). Even actors who aren't quite so famous can do pretty well for themselves — union scale for a day's work on a television show, for example, is $1,005.

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