Ed, Rita and Calvin are raking it in

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Image caption Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora and Calvin Harris are worth £236m combined

Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora and Calvin Harris have all risen up the Sunday Times Rich List after enjoying huge chart success.

Sheeran made £28m last year – taking his total estimated wealth to £80m.

But that still only puts him at 35th on the list of the UK’s richest musicians, which is dominated by golden oldies. Sir Paul McCartney is top on £820m.

Calvin Harris is the only new entry in the top 20 on £140m, up £20m. And Rita Ora has joined the list of the wealthiest young musicians, with £16m.

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Richest musicians in UK and Ireland
RankNameEstimated wealthAnnual change
1.Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell (above)£820mUp £40m
2.Lord Lloyd-Webber£740mNo change
3.U2£569mUp £21m
4.Sir Elton John£300mUp £10m
5.Sir Mick Jagger£260mUp £10m
6.Keith Richards£245mUp £10m
7.Olivia and Dhani Harrison£230mUp £20m
8.Sir Ringo Starr£220mUp £20m
9.Michael Flatley£202mUp £2m
10.Sting£190mUp £5m

Adele is worth £140m, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, an increase of £15m on last year, meaning she stayed at the top of the rich list for young musicians.

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Richest musicians under 30 in UK and Ireland
RankNameEstimated wealthAnnual change
1.Adele£140mUp £15m
2.Ed Sheeran£80mUp £28m
3.Harry Styles£50mUp £10m
4.Niall Horan£46mUp £6m
5=.Liam Payne£42mUp £2m
5=.Louis Tomlinson£42mUp £2m
7.Little Mix£40mUp 16m
8.Zayn Malik£35mNo change
9.Sam Smith£24mUp £4m
10.Jessie J£18mUp £1m
11=.Winston Marshall£16mUp £1m
11=.Rita Ora£16mNew Entry

Source: Sunday Times

As well as having four UK top 10 singles in the past 12 months, Rita Ora has appeared in the Fifty Shades films and has had lucrative deals with Adidas, lingerie firm Tezenis, Rimmel, DKNY and Marks & Spencer.

Robert Watts, who compiles the Sunday Times Rich List, said: “For years our music millionaires list has been dominated by older acts, such as the Rolling Stones and Sir Elton John, who have an older audiences able to pay a premium to see their favourite acts.

“But some of the biggest risers over the past year have been amongst younger acts such as Ed Sheeran, Adele and Calvin Harris.

“Streaming services, the internet and income from endorsements are helping today’s young musicians build an international following – and with it their fortunes – far quicker than the older rockers.”


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