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Musical millionaires: Lady pop stars dominate in young rich list, but male rockers lead overall

By | Published on Thursday 11 April 2013

Paul McCartney

In an industry that is still, in many ways, male dominated, it’s interesting, is it not, that the ‘top ten British musical millionaires under 30 years old’ list is dominated by female performers, led, of course, by Adele, but also featuring Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua and Florence Welch.

And while the One Direction boys, each thought to be worth about £5 million, now appear in the Young Music Millionaires Top 20 within the latest Sunday Times Rich List report, their combined fortune still wouldn’t match Adele’s wealth, which the newspaper now reckons to be in the region of £30 million. Good times.

Though, of course, if you move over to the all-ages musical rich list, it’s the old men who still dominate, with Victoria Beckham and Olivia Harrison the only ladies in the top ten, and both reliant in one way or another on a man for some of their fortune (the former being bundled with other half David in the list). In fact you have to go down to 26 to find a sole musical lady in that list, where you will find Enya of all people with her estimated fortune of £87 million. Who knew that the Orinoco mainly flowed with cash?

The 2013 Top 20s of wealthy British musicians, according to the Sunday Times, which will publish the full Rich List (in which we’ll also be able to see industry people as well as artists) on 21 Apr, are as follows…

Top musical millionaires (followed by estimated fortune)
1. Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell – £680m
2. Andrew Lloyd-Webber – £620m
3. U2 – £520m
4. Elton John – £240m
5. David and Victoria Beckham – £200m
5. Mick Jagger – £200m
7. Michael Flatley – £191m
8. Keith Richards – £185m
9. Olivia and Dhani Harrison – £180m
9. Sting – £180m
11. Ringo Starr – £160m
12. Roger Waters – £150m
13. Tim Rice – £149m
14. Tom Jones – £145m
15. Eric Clapton – £140m
16. Rod Stewart – £130m
17. Phil Collins – £115m
18. George Michael – £105m
18. Robbie Williams – £105m
20. David Bowie – £100m
20. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne – £100m

Young musical millionaires (followed by estimated fortune)
1. Adele – £30m
2. Cheryl Cole – £14m
3. Leona Lewis – £12m
3. Katie Melua – £12m
5. Florence Welch – £9m
6. Charlotte Church – £8m
6. Jessie J – £8m
8. Lily Allen – £6m
8. Nadine Coyle – £6m
8. Duffy – £6m
8. Jonathan (JB) Gill – £6m
8. Marvin Humes – £6m
8. Aston Merrygold – £6m
8. James Morrison – £6m
8. Nicola Roberts – £6m
8. Oritsé Williams – £6m
17. Niall Horan – £5m
17. Zayn Malik – £5m
17. Liam Payne – £5m
17. Emeli Sandé – £5m
17. Ed Sheeran – £5m
17. Harry Styles – £5m
17. Louis Tomlinson – £5m