Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 22 November 2014

McCartney tops musical rich list

Sir Paul McCartney and his wife reportedly share a fortune worth 680 million pounds
Sir Paul McCartney and his wife reportedly share a fortune worth 680 million pounds

Sir Paul McCartney has conquered the charts again - coming top of the Sunday Times Rich List of musical millionaires.

The former Beatle shares a £680 million fortune with his wife Nancy Shevell, according to the researchers who put the list together.

He has topped the list of wealthy musicians every time it has been put together since 1989 when his fortune was estimated at £80 million.

At least some of his fortune comes from his wife - the heiress to a US transport firm - who is said to be worth £150 million alone.

Sir Paul is not the only entry to get a boost in their fortune from their partner - a combined fortune of £200 million puts Victoria and David Beckham in the top 10, while Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow also feature.

Andrew Lloyd Webber was second in the chart with a fortune of £620 million, followed by Irish rockers U2 with £520 million. The full list will be published on Sunday April 21.

Meanwhile, the five members of One Direction have racked up a £5 million fortune each in the last year.

The group, who were put together on the X Factor, stormed the United States in 2012 with their debut album Up All Night.

But they still have a way to go before they catch Adele who tops the Young Music Rich List with a fortune of £30 million.

The singer made £10 million in the last year despite taking much of it off to recover from a throat operation and have a baby according to researchers. New entries to the list of music millionaires aged 30 and under include Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran - who are each worth £5 million.

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