Here’s a list of the richest people in music in 2018

Check out the richest under 30 list too

Ahead of the annual Sunday Times Rich List being published this weekend, the top 10 wealthiest music stars and those under 30 have been revealed. Check out both lists below.

This year see Sir Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell remain at the top of the overall music list, with a fortune of £820million after their total worth increased BY £40million over the last 12 months.

Over on the richest musicians under 30 in the UK and Ireland, Adele remains at the top of the list with £140million, with Ed Sheeran rising to second place after making £28million to give him a net worth of £80million. However, this only ranks him at 35th in the overall rich list.


Calvin Harris

Meanwhile, Calvin Harris is the only new entry in the top 20 richest overall with a £140million fortune after making £20million in the last year, while Rita Ora joins the list of the wealthiest young musicians with £16million.

It’s been a successful year for Ora, having presented the MTV EMA Awards of the back of the huge success of her single ‘Anywhere’.

The richest musicians in the UK and Ireland are:

  1. Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell – £820m (Up £40m)
  2. Lord Lloyd-Webber – £740m (No change)
  3. U2 – £569m (Up £21m)
  4. Sir Elton John – £300m (Up £10m)
  5. Sir Mick Jagger – £260m (Up £10m)
  6. Keith Richards – £245m (Up £10m)
  7. Olivia and Dhani Harrison – £230m (Up £20m)
  8. Sir Ringo Starr – £220m (Up £20m)
  9. Michael Flatley – £202m (Up £2m)
  10. Sting – £190m (Up £5m)

The richest musicians under 30 in the UK and Ireland are:

  1. Adele – £140m (Up £15m)
  2. Ed Sheeran – £80m (Up £28m)
  3. Harry Styles – £50m (Up £10m)
  4. Niall Horan – £46m (Up £6m)
  5. Liam Payne – £42m (Up £2m)
    JOINT FIFTH – Louis Tomlinson – £42m (Up £2m)
  6. Little Mix – £40m (Up 16m)
  7. Zayn Malik – £35m (No change)
  8. Sam Smith – £24m (Up £4m)
  9. Jessie J – £18m (Up £1m)
  10. Winston Marshall – £16m (Up £1m)
    JOINT TENTH – Rita Ora – £16m (New Entry)

Rita Ora
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 21: *** EDITORIAL USE ONLY IN RELATION TO THE BRIT AWARDS 2018 *** Rita Ora attends The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Earlier this year, it was reported that Adele made a massive £142million from her last world tour.


In the latest figures released by her company Remedy Touring LLP,  £142million was from ticket sales, T-shirts and other souvenirs – with the company pocketing £70million in profit, and Adele herself £42million.

This is on top of the £9million she reportedly made last year from record sales – with her latest 2015 album ’25’ shifting a massive 22million copies to date.

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