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Michael Flatley joins U2 on Times Rich List for top earning musicians

High note: Michael Flatley
High note: Michael Flatley

By Alex Green

Former Riverdance star Michael Flatley and Irish rockers U2 have made it into the top 10 of the UK's wealthiest musicians in the Sunday Times Rich List.

The newspaper estimates Mr Flatley's wealth at £204m, placing him one place higher than Sting who is ranked in tenth place at £200m, while U2 come third with £583m.

The number one spot goes to Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber who is worth £820m with Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell in second place with £750m, down £70m on last year.

Two other rankings are connected to the Beatles with the late George Harrison's wife Olivia and their son Dhani Harrison ranked seventh at £250m - one spot above Sir Ringo Starr (£240m).

Sir Elton John is placed fourth with £320m and Rolling Stones' frontman Sir Mick Jagger is ranked fifth at £275m.

Jagger's wealth is £15m higher than bandmate Keith Richards who is ranked one spot lower in sixth with £260m.

Outside the top 10, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has doubled his wealth in the last year, bringing his total worth to £160m.

The 28-year-old is the 17th richest musician in the UK, overtaking Adele who sits at number 22 with £150m to her name.

The songstress, who last month announced her split from husband Simon Konecki after three years, remains the wealthiest female recording artist.

Sheeran also topped the list of wealthiest young musicians, ahead of former One Direction stars Harry Styles and Niall Horan at two and three respectively.

All five former members of the chart-topping boy band feature on the list with Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik appearing at fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

Grime artist Stormzy debuts on the list with a fortune of £16m.

The full lists will appear in this weekend's Sunday Times Magazine.

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