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Paul McCartney, Adele Tops on "Sunday Times" Rich List

Image courtesy of Credit: Brantley Guiterrez (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Credit: Brantley Guiterrez (via ABC News Radio)

Out of all the musicians in the U.K., which ones have the biggest bank account?  It likely won't surprise you to learn that Paul McCartney and Adele top the list.

According to the annual Rich List, published by the Sunday Times , Sir Paul is the richest person in the music industry in the U.K., with a staggering $1.045 billion-dollar fortune.  However, he didn't earn all that money himself: his wife, Nancy Shevell , is an heiress who brought a reported fortune of over $230 million to their marriage.  But even without that extra cash, Paul has topped the Rich List's "music millionaires" section every year since it was introduced in 1989.

Other musicians who made the top 10 this year include U2, in at #3 with a fortune of just under $800 million; Elton John , who at #4 is worth just under $370 million; and Sting, who's in at #9 with a fortune of $277 million.  Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones are also in the top 10, as are Olivia and Dhani Harrison , the widow and son of the late Beatle George Harrison .

On the Times' Young Music Rich List, a special ranking for younger musicians, Adele is #1, with an estimated fortune of $46 million.  The Times says she made over $15 million last year alone, despite the fact that she stayed out of the spotlight, didn't release a new album and didn't tour.  

The members of One Direction are also on that list, with fortunes of just under $8 million each.

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