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Adele tops young musician rich list with £30m fortune as One Direction rack up £25m


Adele is the wealthiest young musician in Britain with an estimated fortune of £30 million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

Boy band One Direction have amassed almost as much as the singer from south London, racking up a combined £25 million fortune in the past year. However, the boys have an estimated individual worth of £5 million each.

Adele’s £30 million fortune follows a mixed year for the singer, who had Oscar-winning success with her Bond theme tune “Skyfall”, but also took time off to recover from a throat operation and have her first baby.

Second to Adele in the under-30s musicians’ rich list is Cheryl Cole, worth an estimated £14 million, followed by former X Factor winner Leona Lewis and singer-songwriter Katie Melua, who are both worth £12 million.

Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine came in fifth, with an estimated £9 million fortune.

New entries to the list of young music millionaires include Emeli Sandé and Ed Sheeran, who are each worth £5 million.

Sir Paul McCartney topped the list of the wealthiest musicians in Britain along with his wife Nancy Shevell.

The couple have amassed an estimated fortune of £680 million in the past year, up £15 million from 2012.

The top five wealthiest musicians in Britain remain unchanged from the 2012 list, with McCartney followed by Andrew Lloyd-Webber (£620m), U2 (£520m), Sir Elton John (£240m) and David and Victoria Beckham (£200m).

The 25th Sunday Times Rich List will be published on 21 April.

The 5 richest musicians under 30 in Britain and Ireland- according to The Sunday Times

1 - Adele - £30 million

2 - Cheryl Cole - £14 million

3 = Leona Lewis - £12 million

3 = Katie Melua - £12 million

5 - Florence Welch - £9 million

The 10 richest musicians in Britain and Ireland- according to The Sunday Times

1 - Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell - £680 million

2 - Andrew Lloyd Webber - £620 million

3 - U2 - £520 million

4 - Sir Elton John - £240 million

5= David and Victoria Beckham - £200 million

5= Sir Mick Jagger - £200 million

7 - Michael Flatley - £191 million

8 - Keith Richards - £185 million

9= Olivia and Dhani Harrison - £180 million

9= Sting - £180 million