It seems a bit of an understatement to say that Adele is rather popular. Her latest album, 25, sold over 15 million copies globally and her tours sell out within minutes.
But now, Adele has another accolade to add to her collection as she has been named Britain’s richest ever female musician by the Sunday Times rich list. Their list of the top 50 music millionaires in the UK puts her £85m fortune in 30th place, an increase of £35m from last year.
There is only one female singer on the list (which also includes Ireland), is Irish artist Enya with £91m.
Adele was also put at the top of the Young Music Rich List, which covers those 30 years old and under, for the fifth year running. The boost in her fortune is undoubtedly due to that new album, 25, which was her first new record in four years.
Adele finds herself ranking above some big names on this rich list, as she is above Sir Cliff Richard, Gary Barlow and Kylie Minogue. She is also one of just three women to make it onto this year’s list.
Ian Coxon, the man who has edited the Sunday Times’ rich list for two decades, is confident that Adele’s fortunes will continue to grow: “Adele is only 27 so I would see her getting in the main list of the richest 1,000 in a couple of years – she is only £15 to £20m away now.”
You can see the top ten music fortunes below. If you want to see the full list, it will be published by the newspaper this Sunday.
1. Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell £760m
2. Lord Lloyd-Webber £715m
3. U2 £500m
4. Sir Elton John £280m
5. Sir Mick Jagger £235m
6. Olivia and Dhani Harrison (wife and son of the late George Harrison) £220m
6. Keith Richards £220m
8. Ringo Starr £200m
9. Michael Flatley £198m
10. Sting £185m