Punk rock’s defiant DIY stance, anti-authority attitude, and underground status doesn’t make it the best genre to make money in. Yet somehow some punk rockers have been able to become millionaires a long the way. Even for punk rockers, becoming a millionaire is something that should be respected, because realistically these three punk rockers came up the hard way. They’ve all fought the good fight, and became pre-emininent members of the punk rock community.
1. Ian McKaye
Former lead singer of two groundbreaking hardcore punk bands, Minor Threat and Fugazi, Ian McKaye is a major part of why the Washington D.C. hardcore punk scene is still loved and revered by so many. A supporter of the Riot Grrrl movement, Ian McKaye has never been one to shy away from making strong political statements. He is reportedly worth over twenty million dollars. How he’s been able amass that money being straight-edge and hardcore is a little bit of a mystery.
2. Kathleen Hanna
While Kathleen Hanna, former lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, may not be herself filthy rich, her husband of decades Adam Horovitz definitely is. In 2013 Adam Horovitz, better known as Ad Rock of the Beastie Boys, purchased a Chelsea loft well over two million dollars. Kathleen Hanna is currently enjoying a luxurious existence as a rich New Yorker far removed from her days working as a stripper and squatting with friends because she had no money.
3. Tim Armstrong
Due to the massive mainstream success of Rancid, Tim Armstrong may be the least surprising person on this list, which is why he’s listed at number three. A widely beloved figure in the punk world, he also was instrumental in popularizing ska punk to mainstream kids eager for something different. Tim Armstrong seems to have reaped the benefits of his tumultuous life, starting his own record label Hellcat Records and being worth a reported thirteen million dollars. He also got a large skull tattoo a long the way.