One Direction has a lot to learn: This group of grandads is the UK's richest band

 
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The Rolling Stones have a combined fortune of £630m (Source: Getty)

Wild horses couldn't stop the Rolling Stones from being crowned the wealthiest band in Britain and Ireland.

Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood have combined fortunes of £630m, up £40m on 2015.

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It was also a beautiful day for U2, who have a joint fortune of £500m, an increase of £69m on the 2015. They were the highest-grossing rock act last year, selling 1.29m tickets worth £66m for 76 concerts.

Music icon David Bowie's tragic passing earlier this year has put his family on this year's list. They have a joint fortune of £90m, based on £70m from his will, their own wealth and royalties from the chart success of Bowie’s music after his death.

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Adele is also rolling in it having topped the Young Music Rich List of performers aged 30 and under. The 27-year-old singer is now worth £85m, after the release of her third album 25, which helped her rise to 30th place on Music Millionaires top 50.

The overall Music Millionaires Top 50, released ahead of the Sunday Times Rich List which is due out this weekend, was led by Sir Paul McCartney, who with wife Nancy Shevell, shares a joint fortune of £760m, up £30m on last year. Shevell has a £150m stake in her father’s New England Motor Freight trucking operation.

2016

2015

Wealth

Increase

1

1

Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell

£760m

£30m

2

2

Lord Lloyd-Webber

£715m

£65m

3

3

U2

£500m

£69m

4

4

Sir Elton John

£280m

£10m

5

5

Sir Mick Jagger

£235m

£10m

6=

New

Olivia and Dhani Harrison

£220m

£20m

6=

6

Keith Richards

£220m

£10m

8

8=

Ringo Starr

£200m

£20m

9

7

Michael Flatley

£198m

£3m

10

8=

Sting

£185m

£5m

11=

11

Eric Clapton

£160m

£5m

11=

12=

Rod Stewart

£160m

£10m

11=

10

Roger Waters

£160m

No change

14

12=

Sir Tom Jones

£155m

£5m

15

12=

Sir Tim Rice

£150m

No change

16

15=

Robbie Williams

£145m

£10m

17

17

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

£135m

£5m

18=

18=

Brian May

£120m

£10m

18=

18=

Charlie Watts

£120m

£10m

20

21=

Roger Taylor

£115m

£10m

21

18=

Phil Collins

£110m

No change

22=

21=

George Michael

£105m

No change

22=

23=

Jimmy Page

£105m

£5m

24

23=

Robert Plant

£103m

£3m

25=

27

John Deacon

£100m

£15m

25=

25=

David Gilmour

£100m

£10m

27

30=

Calvin Harris

£95m

£25m

28

25=

Enya

£91m

£1m

29

New

Iman Abdulmajid and Duncan Jones and family

£90m

-

30

43=

Adele

£85m

£35m

31=

33=

Gary Barlow

£75m

£10m

31=

30=

Mark Knopfler

£75m

£5m

31=

29

Nick Mason

£75m

No change

31=

30=

Pete Townshend

£75m

£5m

35

33=

Engelbert Humperdinck

£70m

£5m

36=

28

Noel and Liam Gallagher

£65m

Down £12m

36=

43=

Brian Johnson

£65m

£15m

36=

39=

Chris Martin

£65m

£13m

39=

35=

Barry Gibb

£60m

No change

39=

35=

John Paul Jones

£60m

No change

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