LONDON – Adele becomes UK richest female musician after the release of her best-selling album ‘25′ which added 30 million pounds to the singer’s fortune, which put her top of the Sunday Times newspaper’s young musicians 2016 rich list for performers under 30.
After the release of its worldwide in last November, it boosted the 27-year-old singer’s fortune to £85 million and lifted her to 30th place in the paper’s overall 2016 list of the wealthiest musician in the UK.
Paul McCartney tops the musicians’ rich list for the second year in a row.
The singer made her debut on the under-30s list in 2011 in ninth place, but by 2012, she had secured the top spot, a position she has held onto ever since.
Adele is now ranked at number 30 in the overall UK and Ireland music millionaires list, above Sir Cliff Richard, Gary Barlow, and Kylie Minogue, and up from 43rd place last year.
Top 10 music fortunes
1. Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell £760m
2. Lord Lloyd-Webber £715m
3. U2 £500m
4. Sir Elton John £280m
5. Sir Mick Jagger £235m
=6. Olivia and Dhani Harrison (wife and son of the late George Harrison) £220m
=6. Keith Richards £220m
8. Ringo Starr £200m
9. Michael Flatley £198m
10. Sting £185m
Although many musicians climbed the wealthy ranks over the past year, a few dropped including Cliff Richard, who fell four places despite a 3 million-pound addition to his bank account.
Former Oasis band members Noel and Liam Gallagher were the only performers whose fortune showed a marked decline, the paper said, with a loss of 12 million pounds, dropping them seven places.
The Rolling Stones – with combined fortunes of £630m, up £40m on 2015, were ranked the wealthiest band in Britain and Ireland, ahead of U2 with a joint fortune of £500m.
The newspaper will publish the full Sunday Times Rich List on Sunday.