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The Sunday Times Rich List has revealed the richest names in music in 2017 – with Adele’s earnings growing by £40 million and Sir Paul McCartney topping the list with a fortune of £780million.
The full Sunday Times Rich List will be published this Sunday, but the initial list of the top 20 millionaires in music shows who’s earned the most money over the last 12 months.
While McCartney tops the list, and ranks above the likes of U2, Elton John and Sting, Adele is the only female in the top 20 – and is the wealthiest under-30 musician in the UK.
The study found that her fortune had increased by a massive £40m over the last year – due to the sales of her record-breaking album 25 and recent world tour.
“What a year for Adele,” said Robert Watts, compiler of The Sunday Times Rich List, said. “Such strong record sales and a busy touring schedule propel her into our main list for the first time.
“Still in her 20s, if Adele’s career lasts as long as many of the other entries in our list, she has the potential to be the highest-earning British musician of all time.”
Check out the full top 20 below
1. Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell: £780m (Up £20m)
2. Lord Lloyd-Webber: £740m (Up £25m)
3. U2: £548m (Up £48m)
4. Sir Elton John: £290m (Up £10m)
5. Sir Mick Jagger: £250m (Up £15m)
6. Keith Richards: £235m (Up £15m)
7. Olivia and Dhani Harrison: £210m (Down £10m)
8= Michael Flatley: £200m (Up £2m)
8= Ringo Starr: £200m (No change)
10. Sting: £185m (No change)
11= Eric Clapton: £170m (Up £10m)
11= Sir Rod Stewart: £170m (Up £10m)
13. Roger Waters: £165m (Up £5m)
14. Sir Tom Jones: £160m (Up £5m)
15. Sir Tim Rice: £152m (Up £2m)
16. Robbie Williams: £150m (Up £5m)
17. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne: £140m (Up £5m)
18. Charlie Watts: £130m (Up £10m)
19= Adele: £125m (Up £40m)
19= Brian May: £125m (Up £5m)