Adele’s £85m fortune has earned her top place in a ranking of the richest young musicians in the UK and Ireland.
It’s the fifth year running that the 27-year-old singer has topped the Sunday Times Young Music Rich List.
Her fortune soared £35m from last year, boosted by November’s release of 25 – her first album in four years.
The singer made her debut on the under-30s list in 2011 in ninth place, but by 2012 she had secured the top spot, a position she has held onto ever since.
Adele is now ranked at number 30 in the overall UK and Ireland music millionaires list, above Sir Cliff Richard, Gary Barlow and Kylie Minogue, and up from 43rd place last year.
She’s one of just three solo women to make it onto the 2016 list.
Top 10 music earners
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 £220m
=6. Keith Richards £220m
8. Ringo Starr £200m
9. Michael Flatley £198m
10. Sting £185m
Earlier this year Adele made history for a solo artist when she picked up four trophies at the Brits, winning best female solo artist, Brits global success award, best single for Hello and British album of the year for 25.
Her album 25 has now sold over 15 million copies, and is the UK’s biggest-selling number one album in chart history.
Adele declined to put the album on music streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music.
Ian Coxon, who has edited the Sunday Times Rich List for two decades, said he expected Adele’s fortune to 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,” he said.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment