Paul McCartney, Alex Turner, Florence Welch and Sam Smith among Sunday Times’ Music Rich List

Adele tops the richest musicians under 30 list with £50 million

The Sunday Times‘ latest Rich List has been unveiled, with Paul McCartney topping the music list.

Data from the annual rundown of the wealthiest figures in the British industry has been revealed with the former Beatle (plus wife Nancy Shevell) placed at the top of the Rich List of musicians with an estimated fortune of £730m. Andrew Lloyd-Webber came second in the list with £650m, with U2 (£431m), Sir Elton John (£270m) and Mick Jagger (£225m) completing the top five.

Meanwhile, Adele again topped the list of musicians under 30,with the record-breaking singer worth £50m. Other notable names in the list include Marcus Mumford (and Carey Mulligan) joint eighth at £13m with Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and Sam Smith and Florence Welch each at £12m. See the full lists below.

The Sunday Times’ Rich List of musicians:

1. Sir Paul McCartney & Nancy Shevell (£730m)
2. Lord Lloyd-Webber (£650m)
3. U2 (£431m)
4. Sir Elton John (£270m)
5. Sir Mick Jagger (£225m)
6. Keith Richards (£210m)
7. Michael Flatley (£195m)
8=. Ringo Starr (£180m)
8=. Sting (£180m)
10. Roger Waters (£160m)
11. Eric Clapton (£155m)
12=. Sir Tom Jones (£150m)
12=. Sir Tim Rice (£150m)
12=. Rod Stewart (£150m)
15=. David Bowie and Iman Abdulmajid (£135m)
15=. Robbie Williams (£135m)
17. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne (£130m)
18=. Phil Collins (£110m)
18=. Brian May (£110m)
18=. Charlie Watts (£110m)
21=. George Michael (£105m)
21=. Roger Taylor (£105m)
23=. Jimmy Page (£100m)
23=. Robert Plant (£100m)
25=. Enya (£90m)
25=. David Gilmour (£90m)
27. John Deacon (£85m)
28. Noel and Liam Gallagher (£77m)
29. Nick Mason (£75m)
30=. Calvin Harris (£70m)
30=. Mark Knopfler (£70m)
30=. Pete Townshend (£70m)
33=. Gary Barlow (£65m)
33=. Engelbert Humperdinck (£65m)
35=. Barry Gibb (£60m)
35=. John Paul Jones (£60m)
37=. Kylie Minogue (£55m)
37=. Sir Cliff Richard (£55m)
39=. Guy Berryman (£52m)
39=. Jonny Buckland (£52m)
39=. Will Champion (£52m)
39=. Chris Martin (£52m)

The Sunday Times’ Rich List of musicians under 30:

1. Adele (£50m)
2=. Niall Horan (£25m)
2=. Zayn Malik (£25m)
2=. Liam Payne (£25m)
2=. Harry Styles (£25m)
2=. Louis Tomlinson (£25m)
7. Ed Sheeran (£20m)
8=. Ellie Goulding (£13m)
8=. Jessie J (£13m)
8=. Leona Lewis (£13m)
8=. Katie Melua (£13m)
8=. Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan (£13m)
8=. Alex Turner (£13m)
14=. Jamie Cook and Katie Downes (£12m)
14=. Sam Smith (£12m)
14=. Florence Welch (£12m)
17=. Matt Helders (£10m)
17=. Olly Murs (£10m)
17=. Nick O’Malley (£10m)
20. Marvin and Rochelle Humes (£9m)

Paul McCartney inducted his former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame over the weekend (April 18).

Starr had already been inducted as a member of the Liverpool group but became the final Beatle to be inducted as a solo artist in his own right at the ceremony, which took place at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

McCartney gave a speech about Starr as part of the induction process, recalling the drummer first joining himself, John Lennon and George Harrison on stage for the first time. “We got friendly with him, and he used to come in late night when we were playing, and he requested a couple of songs, so we got to know him,” McCartney recalled.

He continued: “And one night our drummer then, Pete Best, wasn’t available, so Ringo sat in. And I remember the moment. I mean, Pete was great, and we had a good time with him. But me, John and George, God bless ’em, were on the front line singing, and now behind us we had this guy we’d never played with before, and I remember the moment when he started to play – I think it was Ray Charles, ‘What’d I Say’, and most of the drummers couldn’t nail the drum part. It was a little difficult to do, but Ringo nailed it.”

McCartney concluded: “And I remember the moment, standing there and looking at John and then looking at George, and the look on our faces was like, fuck you. What is this? And that was the moment, that was the beginning, really, of the Beatles.”
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