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 £85 million (NZ$174.72 million), £35 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 £55 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 £91 million, earning her the 28th spot.

Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell top the list once again, with a joint fortune of £760 million, which is up £30 million from last year.

New York native Shevell has her own fortune in the form of a £150 million stake in her father's trucking business.

Irish rockers U2 share a worth of £500 million landing them in third position, with Sir Elton John ranked fourth with his fortune of £280 million.

The Rolling Stones - Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood - have a combined fortune of £630 million, making them the wealthiest band in Britain and Ireland.

Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell top the list. Photo / John Shearer (Invision/AP)
Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell top the list. Photo / John Shearer (Invision/AP)

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 £220 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 £90 million.

The amount is made up of money left to them in Bowie's will (£70 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 £30 million. This year he is in 27th position with a fortune of £95 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 £45 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 £33 million.

Former member Zayn Malik, who left the band last year to launch a solo career, is behind them with £30 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 £760 million
2. Lord Lloyd-Webber £715 million
3. U2 £500 million
4. Sir Elton John £280 million
5. Sir Mick Jagger £235 million
6. Olivia and Dhani Harrison £220 million
6. Keith Richards £220 million
8. Ringo Starr £200 million
9. Michael Flatley £198 million
10. Sting £185 million
11. Eric Clapton £160 million
11. Rod Stewart £160 million
11. Roger Waters £160 million
14. Sir Tom Jones £155 million
15. Sir Tim Rice £150 million
16. Robbie Williams £145 million
17. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne £135 million
18. Brian May £120 million
18. Charlie Watts £120 million
20. Roger Taylor £115 million
21. Phil Collins £110 million
22. George Michael £105 million
22. Jimmy Page £105 million
24. Robert Plant £103 million
25. John Deacon £100 million
25. David Gilmour £100 million
27. Calvin Harris £95 million
28. Enya £91 million
29. Iman Abdulmajid and Duncan Jones and family £90 million
30. Adele £85 million
31. Gary Barlow £75 million
31. Mark Knopfler £75 million
31. Nick Mason £75 million
31. Pete Townshend £75 million
35. Engelbert Humperdinck £70 million
36. Noel and Liam Gallagher £65 million
36. Brian Johnson £65 million
36. Chris Martin £65 million
39. Barry Gibb £60 million
39. John Paul Jones £60 million
41. Sir Cliff Richard £58 million
42. Guy Berryman £55 million
42. Jonny Buckland £55 million
42. Will Champion £55 million
42. Kylie Minogue £55 million
42. Ronnie Wood £55 million
47. Jay Kay £50 million
47. Sir Van Morrison £50 million
49. Peter Gabriel £45 million
49. Mick Hucknall £45 million
49. Ed Sheeran £45 million
49. Bernie Taupin £45 million