The latest Sunday Times Rich List for musicians is out. And at Number 20 is Sir Tom Jones. The Welsh septuagenarian has made a mint re-selling all the underwear that’s been flung his way throughout his career. Worth £140 million.
19th is Tim Rice. The ‘Ringo’ to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Yoko, Timbo is responsible for keeping Michael Ball in work.
Worth £144 million.
18th is Ringo Starr. Ringo’s not only one of the only remaining Beatles alive, he’s also one of the original Thomas The Tank Engine cast still in work. Worth £160 million.
17th are Denis and Caroline Desmond. No, we’ve never heard of them either but he’s the rock promoter of mega company MCD and she’s a mega socialite. Presumably Hello magazine will be featuring them in their pages soon?
Worth £165 million.
16th is James Palumbo who co-founded the dance empire Ministry Of Sound. He patented the “big fish, little fish” move too. So every time you “reach for the lasers,” he gets £2.
Worth £170 million.
15th is Mr guitar chops himself, Keith Richards. He earns enough to keep him in ridiculous head scarves and magician jackets for years to come.
Worth £175 million.
Joint 13th is Sting. When he’s not making sweet tantric love, the former Gordon Sumner can be found in his shed polishing his vast collection of lutes. Worth £180 million.
Joint 13th are Olivia and Dhani Harrison. The son and widow of the former Beatle had a big earning year with the ‘Living In The Material World’ documentary. Worth £180 million.
Joint 10th is Sir Mick Jagger. Shockingly still earning money, even after the Superheavy album.
Worth £190 million.
Joint 10th is “the Spotify guy” Daniel Ek. We’re pretty sure that his employees are too scared of him to make any “bloomin’ Ek that’s a good app,” style “gags”. Worth £190 million.
Joint 10th are David and Victoria Beckham. With the Spice Girls not reforming for the Olympics, we’re not really sure how these two (footballer/clothes horse and fashion designer/clothes horse), made the list. Still….
Worth £190 million.
Ninth is Michael Flatley. Ireland’s one man Riverdance factory. And also he’s only able to do one pose for any photo taken of him. Worth £192 million.
Eighth is Sir Elton John. New dad Elt has enough money to officially buy several small countries but instead will probably spend the money on diamante encrusted bibs for son Zachary.
Worth £220 million.
Seventh is Simon Cowell. His empire of embarrassment, very white teeth and amusingly off center hair continues to grow from strength to strength.
Worth £225 million.
Sixth is Simon Fuller, aka the man who ate reality TV. He’s also responsible for S Club 7, hence his permanently sad expression.
Worth £375 million.
Fifth is U2. Hey, they made a man say ‘hi!’ to Glastonbury from space! So they deserve their place…
Worth £514 million.
Fourth is Sir. Andrew Lloyd-Webber. The man responsible for filling up London’s West End with tooth-achingly sweet musicals and introducing generations to ‘jazz hands’ pre-Glee. Worth: £590 million.
Third are Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell. The “thumbs aloft” king and Mrs “please, not Heather bloody Mills” Macca have earnt an eye watering sum this year.
Worth £665 million.
Second is musicals impresario Cameron Mackintosh, seen here displaying how much of his massive piles of cash he can hold in his hands. “THIS MUCH!”. Worth £725 million.
First is Clive “How much?!” Calder, founder of Zomba and Jive records, home to Britney. He continued the labels’ power by reselling it to RCA and later Warners. No wonder he’s smiling…
Worth £1.35 billion.