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One Direction still topping the charts after Zayn Malik's departure

By Shereen Low

Published 10/11/2015

On song: One Direction
On song: One Direction

One Direction may have lost a member this year, but the chart-topping boyband has not seen their success diminish in the wake of Zayn Malik's departure.

The group - 22-year-olds Niall Horan and Liam Payne, Harry Styles (21) and Louis Tomlinson (23) - have retained their title as Britain's richest under-30s for the third year running in Heat magazine's annual Rich List.

The four-piece beat Daniel Radcliffe, Robert Pattinson and Adele by amassing a combined fortune of an estimated £82.08million, up £4.56m from last year.

Malik (22), who left One Direction in March and announced he has signed a solo record deal with RCA Records in July, made his solo debut on the list in eighth position with estimated individual earnings of around £20.52m.

Actor Radcliffe (26) remains in second place with an estimated £65.8m fortune, while Pattinson is in third spot with £51.04m.

Adele, who is back in the charts with her new single Hello, takes fourth place with £38.1m, ahead of Emma Watson in fifth place with £35.33m.

Ed Sheeran - who has enjoyed success with his second album, x, and his world tour - is 2015's highest new entry, making his debut at number six. The 24-year-old singer has earned an estimated £35.2m.

Belfast Telegraph

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