Sunday Times Rich List reveals Britain's wealthiest musicians, including Rihanna and Ed Sheeran

The Sunday Times reveal their annual list of Britain's super-rich musicians.

The Sunday Times have revealed their annual list of Britain's richest musicians; and it's Rihanna who appears to have brought in the big bucks over the past year. 

The star, who is currently based in the UK, catapults into the richest musicians list as a new entry at Number 3 with her 2020 wealth estimated at £468m, powered by her Fenty cosmetics brand, Savage lingerie line and eight hit albums.

Rihanna sits behind Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Paul McCartney, who rank joint first with £800m each to their name. Webber's wealth has reportedly taken a £20m tumble  due to the impact of COVID-19 on his West End shows, while McCartney's is up £50m following his ongoing world tour and bestselling children's book Hey Grandude! 

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Robert Watts, the compiler of The Sunday Times Rich List, said that Rihanna's entry "typifies the seismic change we’ve seen in the Rich List in recent years. Once dominated by inherited wealth, the bulk of our 1000 entries are now self-made people with modest and even troubled starts in life who are driven to work exceptionally hard.

“Still only 32, if Rihanna remains based in the UK she could well pip Sir Paul McCartney and Lord Lloyd-Webber to be The Sunday Times Rich List’s first billionaire musician."

Completing the Top 5 are Sir Elton John on £360m, up £40m thanks to his farewell tour, and Sir Mick Jagger on £285m. 

At 29 years old, Ed Sheeran tops the list of the world's wealthiest young musicians under 30, with £200m, and places tenth on the overall list. The singer-songwriter is reported to have earned more than £600m from his 255-date world tour, selling nine million tickets.

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Meanwhile, every member of One Direction features in the Top 10 of the young musicians list, led by Harry Styles on £63m, while Little Mix collectively rank fourth on £48m. 

New entries on the young musicians list are George Ezra and Dua Lipa, who share eleventh place with estimated fortunes of £16m. 

View The Sunday Times' Top 40 richest musicians below. The full list of Britain's 1000 richest people will be published on Suday, May 17.

POS

NAME

2020 WEALTH

WEALTH INCREASE/DECREASE

1=

Lord Lloyd-Webber

£800m

Down

£20m

1=

Sir Paul McCartney

£800m

Up £50m

3

Rihanna

£468m

New

4

Sir Elton John

£360m

Up £40m

5

Sir Mick Jagger

£285m

Up £10m

6=

Olivia and Dhani Harrison

£270m

Up £20m

6=

Keith Richards

£270m

Up £10m

8

Sir Ringo Starr

£260m

Up £20m

9

Michael Flatley

£206m

Up £2m

10=

Ed Sheeran

£200m

Up £40m

10=

Sir Rod Stewart

£200m

Up £10m

10=

Sting

£200m

No change

13=

Brian May

£190m

 Up £30m

13=

Roger Waters

£190m

No change

15

Robbie Williams

£185m

Up £10m

16

Calvin Harris

£180m

 Up £15m

17

Eric Clapton

£175m

No change

18=

Sir Tom Jones

£170m

Up £5m

18=

Roger Taylor

£170m

Up £15m

20

Charlie Watts

£165m

Up £10m

21

Sir Tim Rice

£155m

Up £2m

22=

Adele

£150m

No change

22=

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

£150m

No change

24=

Phil Collins

£140m

Up £10m

24=

John Deacon

£140m

Up £10m

26

Jimmy Page

£127m

 Up £2m

27

David Gilmour

£116m

No change

28

Nick Mason

£110m

Up £5M

29

Chris Martin

£105m

Up £3m

30

Robert Plant

£102m

Down £3m

31=

Mary Austin

£95m

Up £6m

31=

Ronnie Wood

£95m

Up £10m

33=

Guy Berryman

£92m

Up £2m

33=

Jonny Buckland

£92m

Up £2m

33=

Will Champion

£92m

Up £2m

36

Pete Townshend and Rachel Fuller

£84m

Up £1m

37

Gary Barlow

£82m

Up £1m

38

Mark Knopfler

£76m

Up £1m

39

Sir Barry Gibb

£75m

No change  

40

Engelbert Humperdinck

£73m

New


Wealthiest Young Musicians 

POS

NAME

2020 WEALTH

WEALTH INCREASE/DECREASE

1

Ed Sheeran

£200m

Up £40m

2

Harry Styles

£63m

Up £5m

3

Niall Horan

£50m

Up £1m

4

Little Mix

£48m

Up £3m

5

Louis Tomlinson

£45m

Up £1m

6

Liam Payne

£44m

Up £2m

7

Zayn Malik

£36m

No change

8

Sam Smith

£33m

Up £1m

9=

Rita Ora

£20m

Up £2m

9=

Stormzy

£20m

Up £4m

11=

George Ezra

£16m

New

11=

Dua Lipa

£16m

New


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