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Adele is Britain's richest female musician

Press AssociationPress Association 20/04/2016

Adele has been named Britain's richest ever female musician - but is one of only three solo women to make it onto a new list of the top 50 wealthiest pop stars in the British Isles.

The Hello singer is estimated to be worth STG85 million ($A156.34 million), STG35 million up from a year ago, putting her in 30th place on the Music Millionaires Top 50 list from The Sunday Times.

She is also ranked at the top of the Young Music Rich List of performers aged 30 and under this year.

Australian singer Kylie Minogue is worth STG55 million and is at position number 42. Minogue is tied alongside Coldplay's Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion, and The Rolling Stones's Ronnie Wood.

Enya is still Ireland's wealthiest female performer with a fortune of STG91 million, earning her the 28th spot.

Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell top the list once again, with a joint fortune of STG760 million, which is up STG30 million from last year.

New York native Shevell has her own fortune in the form of a STG150 million stake in her father's trucking business.

Irish rockers U2 share a worth of STG500 million landing them in third position, with Sir Elton ranked fourth with his fortune of STG280 million.

The Rolling Stones - Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood - have a combined fortune of STG630 million, making them the wealthiest band in Britain and Ireland.

New additions to the list are former Beatles star George Harrison's widow Olivia, and his son Dhani, in sixth position with a combined family fortune of STG220 million.

David Bowie's widow Iman Abdulmajid, and his son Duncan Jones (from his first marriage), are also new with a joint family fortune of STG90 million.

The amount is made up of money left to them in Bowie's will (STG70 million), as well as their own personal fortunes and royalties from his music since his death.

DJ Calvin Harris has more than tripled his wealth since landing on the list in 2014 with a fortune of STG30 million. This year he is in 27th position with a fortune of STG95 million.

Apart from Adele, the likes of Ellie Goulding and Florence Welch both feature on the Young Music Rich List of performers aged 30 and under.

Ed Sheeran also features on the list, but has made the move to the Top 50 list for the first time, with a fortune of STG45 million.

One Direction's four members - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne - are all in joint third position with a fortune of STG33 million.

Former member Zayn Malik, who left the band last year to launch a solo career, is behind them with STG30 million.

The Music Millionaires list is released ahead of the 28th annual Sunday Times Rich List which will be published this weekend. The full list charts the wealth of the 1000 richest people in the United Kingdom and Ireland's 250 richest.

The list is based on identifiable wealth which includes property, land, assets and shares in publicly held companies, but excludes bank accounts.

*The full list of The Sunday Times's Top 50 music millionaires, listing Britain and Ireland's richest performers and composers.

1. Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell STG760 million

2. Lord Lloyd-Webber STG715 million

3. U2 STG500 million

4. Sir Elton John STG280 million

5. Sir Mick Jagger STG235 million

6. Olivia and Dhani Harrison STG220 million

6. Keith Richards STG220 million

8. Ringo Starr STG200 million

9. Michael Flatley STG198 million

10. Sting STG185 million

11. Eric Clapton STG160 million

11. Rod Stewart STG160 million

11. Roger Waters STG160 million

14. Sir Tom Jones STG155 million

15. Sir Tim Rice STG150 million

16. Robbie Williams STG145 million

17. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne STG135 million

18. Brian May STG120 million

18. Charlie Watts STG120 million

20. Roger Taylor STG115 million

21. Phil Collins STG110 million

22. George Michael STG105 million

22. Jimmy Page STG105 million

24. Robert Plant STG103 million

25. John Deacon STG100 million

25. David Gilmour STG100 million

27. Calvin Harris STG95 million

28. Enya STG91 million

29. Iman Abdulmajid and Duncan Jones and family STG90 million

30. Adele STG85 million

31. Gary Barlow STG75 million

31. Mark Knopfler STG75 million

31. Nick Mason STG75 million

31. Pete Townshend STG75 million

35. Engelbert Humperdinck STG70 million

36. Noel and Liam Gallagher STG65 million

36. Brian Johnson STG65 million

36. Chris Martin STG65 million

39. Barry Gibb STG60 million

39. John Paul Jones STG60 million

41. Sir Cliff Richard STG58 million

42. Guy Berryman STG55 million

42. Jonny Buckland STG55 million

42. Will Champion STG55 million

42. Kylie Minogue STG55 million

42. Ronnie Wood STG55 million

47. Jay Kay STG50 million

47. Sir Van Morrison STG50 million

49. Peter Gabriel STG45 million

49. Mick Hucknall STG45 million

49. Ed Sheeran STG45 million

49. Bernie Taupin STG45 million

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