Paul McCartney, Chris Martin, Spotify’s Daniel Ek climb music millionaires list

Simon Cowell, Mick Jagger and U2 also make Sunday Times list

Paul McCartney has claimed to third in the Sunday Times’ annual rundown of the Top 50 Music Millionaires in Britain and Ireland.

The Beatles legend’s £665 million fortune – which has risen by £170 million alone in the past year after his marriage to Nancy Shevell – puts him behind list-topping record executive Clive Calder (£1,350 million) and second-placed theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh (£725 million).

Andrew Lloyd Webber came in fourth (£590 million), followed by U2 (£514 million). Also notable names in the top 10 include Mick Jagger and Spotify founder Daniel Ek, who are in joint 10th place thanks to their reputed £190 million fortunes.

Further down the list, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow join the list of Britain’s 1,000 wealthiest people with their £72 million joint pot, while Take That’s Gary Barlow is in joint 49th place after growing his personal wealth by £12 million in a year to £50 million.

The list is based on identifiable wealth – land, property, other assets such as art and racehorses, or significant shares in publicly quoted companies – and excludes bank accounts, to which the paper has no access.

The full Sunday Times Rich List is published this weekend.

To watch a clip of Paul McCartney talking about the break-up of The Beatles and his 1971 album ‘RAM’, scroll down and click below.