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Paul McCartney tops the music rich list (cue more confused Kanye fans)


Clearly, that leg up from Kanye did him the world of good.

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In news that will surprise absolutely no one, Sir Paul McCartney, along with wife Nancy Shevell, has been named the UK's richest musician, with a fortune of £730m, a sum which would enable him to buy approximately 73bn Penny Lanes.

The annual Sunday Times Rich List reveals the 40 wealthiest musicians, and also the 20 richest musicians under the age of 30.

It's pretty much business as usual, literally, at the top end of the charts, with Andrew Lloyd-Webber taking the runner-up spot, and U2's giveaway of Songs of Innocence not affecting their paychecks (Apple reportedly stumped up what they would have earned from sales anyway). Old favourites, Elton John and Mick Jagger rounded out the top 5.

Somehow, Michael Flatley is still 7th, with £195m.

Calvin Harris is a notable new entry at number 30, with a fortune of £70m - a sum which will only increase given the rumoured £400,000 a show he's receiving for his three year residency with Las Vegas' Hakkasan Group - nice work if you can get it.

Meanwhile, Adele tops out the 'youngsters', with £50m, despite rarely playing live, ahead of the four One Direction members and Zayn who tie in joint second with £25m each (expect Zayn's future earnings to go in one direction). Sam Smith, with just one album under his belt, is already in joint 14th, with £12m in the bank, showing the power of American sales, while Jessie J occupies joint 8th, with a £13m fortune, showing that there truly is no justice in the world.

Check out the full lists below.

The Sunday Times Top 40 richest musicians in the UK:

1. Sir Paul McCartney & Nancy Shevell (£730m)
2. Lord Lloyd-Webber (£650m)
3. U2 (£431m)
4. Sir Elton John (£270m)
5. Sir Mick Jagger (£225m)
6. Keith Richards (£210m)
7. Michael Flatley (£195m)
8=. Ringo Starr (£180m)
8=. Sting (£180m)
10. Roger Waters (£160m)
11. Eric Clapton (£155m)
12=. Sir Tom Jones (£150m)
12=. Sir Tim Rice (£150m)
12=. Rod Stewart (£150m)
15=. David Bowie and Iman Abdulmajid (£135m)
15=. Robbie Williams (£135m)
17. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne (£130m)
18=. Phil Collins (£110m)
18=. Brian May (£110m)
18=. Charlie Watts (£110m)
21=. George Michael (£105m)
21=. Roger Taylor (£105m)
23=. Jimmy Page (£100m)
23=. Robert Plant (£100m)
25=. Enya (£90m)
25=. David Gilmour (£90m)
27. John Deacon (£85m)
28. Noel and Liam Gallagher (£77m)
29. Nick Mason (£75m)
30=. Calvin Harris (£70m)
30=. Mark Knopfler (£70m)
30=. Pete Townshend (£70m)
33=. Gary Barlow (£65m)
33=. Engelbert Humperdinck (£65m)
35=. Barry Gibb (£60m)
35=. John Paul Jones (£60m)
37=. Kylie Minogue (£55m)
37=. Sir Cliff Richard (£55m)
39=. Guy Berryman (£52m)
39=. Jonny Buckland (£52m)
39=. Will Champion (£52m)
39=. Chris Martin (£52m)

The Sunday Times Top 20 richest musicians in the UK under 30:

1. Adele (£50m)
2=. Niall Horan (£25m)
2=. Zayn Malik (£25m)
2=. Liam Payne (£25m)
2=. Harry Styles (£25m)
2=. Louis Tomlinson (£25m)
7. Ed Sheeran (£20m)
8=. Ellie Goulding (£13m)
8=. Jessie J (£13m)
8=. Leona Lewis (£13m)
8=. Katie Melua (£13m)
8=. Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan (£13m)
8=. Alex Turner (£13m)
14=. Jamie Cook and Katie Downes (£12m)
14=. Sam Smith (£12m)
14=. Florence Welch (£12m)
17=. Matt Helders (£10m)
17=. Olly Murs (£10m)
17=. Nick O'Malley (£10m)
20. Marvin and Rochelle Humes (£9m)



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