Michael Flatley still makes more money than Adele, Sting and Ringo Starr
But Paul McCartney is the richest musician in the U.K.
Worth over $1.1 billion, former Beatle Paul McCartney edged out Andrew Lloyd Webber to top the Sunday Times’ Rich List of Musicians. But the biggest surprise name might be Michael Flatley. The Lord of the Dance earned £195 million, or $293 million in U.S. dollars, placing him ahead of such major names as Adele (who topped the young musicians rich list), Sting and McCartney’s former Beatles collaborator Ringo Starr.
But it’s McCartney who rules the list. He added $30 million to his net worth to grab the top spot among the 1,000 wealthiest musicians in Britain, with a little help from wife Nancy Shevell’s $225 million stake in her family’s trucking business. U2, Elton John and Mick Jagger round out the top five.
In the past year, McCartney collaborated with Kanye West and Rihanna on “FourFiveSeconds,” took the stage at SNL 40 and continued to perform as a solo artist. He’s embarking on an international tour and will touch down in the U.S. for shows at Firefly and Lollapalooza music festivals.
Here’s a breakdown of the top 10, with money in U.S. dollars.
1. Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell ($1.1 billion)
2. Lord Lloyd-Webber ($977 million)
3. U2 ($648 million)
4. Sir Elton John ($406 million)
5. Sir Mick Jagger ($339 million)
6. Keith Richards ($316 million)
7. Michael Flatley ($293 million)
8. Ringo Starr ($270 million)
8. Sting ($270 million)
9. Roger Waters ($241 million)
The Times will publish the full list on April 26.