Joss Stone, 17, joins ranks of the music millionaires

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Joss Stone's musical success has made her a very real fortune. The soul singer from Devon, aged 17, is one of an elite of young music millionaires, which also includes the Beatles heirs Dhani Harrison and Sean Lennon.

Joss Stone's musical success has made her a very real fortune. The soul singer from Devon, aged 17, is one of an elite of young music millionaires, which also includes the Beatles heirs Dhani Harrison and Sean Lennon.

Since her singing career began, Stone has earned £5m, making her one of the highest new entrants in the rich list compiled by The Sunday Times. Coldplay, the Beckhams, Charlotte Church and Will Young have also made it on to the list of music millionaires aged 30 and under.

Stone, who won the award for British female artist of the year at this year's Brits, where she duetted with Robbie Williams, has sold nearly five million copies of her two albums.

She has also netted a lucrative deal to appear in an advert for Gap in the US. The Sunday Times predicted that her personal wealth could rise "spectacularly" in the next year thanks to booming record sales.

Stone has sold nearly five million copies of her first two albums. Her first album of original material, Mind Body and Soul, a follow-up to her debut album of cover versions, entered the charts at No 1 when it was released in September 2004, making her the youngest solo female artist to have a UK No 1 album.

A spokesman for Stone said the figure was guesswork. He said: "I'm not in a position to divulge or even have knowledge of Joss's actual earnings; however it seems to be conventional music business wisdom that income for artists is about £1 per album, and she has sold just shy of five million albums."

At the top of the rich list is Dhani Harrison, the son of the late Beatle George Harrison, who inherited a £140m fortune. At a concert in memory of his father at the Albert Hall in 2002, Harrison played acoustic guitar alongside Eric Clapton and the two surviving members of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

John Lennon's youngest son Sean, a musician in his own right, is the highest new entry at number three, with a personal wealth of £20m.

The Beckhams, who qualify because of former Spice Girl Victoria's singing career, come in at number two with £75m between them. David Beckham's sponsorship deals on top of his income from Real Madrid helped to boost the couple's wealth by £10m compared to the previous year.

Coldplay's Chris Martin and his fellow band members Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion are each estimated to have a personal fortune of £10m

Charlotte Church is said to be worth £6m, as is the television presenter Denise Van Outen, who starred in the stage musical Chicago.

The Pop Idol winner Will Young is worth £8m, while the runner-up Gareth Gates, with a personal fortune of £5m, shares joint 14th place with Stone and fellow pop stars Daniel Bedingfield, Shaznay Lewis and the former Spice Girl Mel B.

POP'S HIGHEST YOUNG EARNERS

1 Dhani Harrison (£140m)

2 David and Victoria Beckham (£75m)

3 Sean Lennon (£20m)

4= Guy Berryman (£10m)

4= Jonny Buckland (£10m)

4= Emma Bunton (£10m)

4= Will Champion (£10m)

4= Ronan Keating (£10m)

4= Chris Martin (£10m)

10 Craig David (£9m)

11 Will Young (£8m)

12= Charlotte Church (£6m)

12= Denise Van Outen (£6m)

14= Daniel Bedingfield (£5m)

14= Gareth Gates (£5m)

14= Mel Gulzar (£5m)

14= Shaznay Lewis (£5m)

14= Joss Stone (£5m)

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