Adele earned 40m last year, says Sunday Times Rich List – BBC News

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Image caption Adele is the only solo woman among the Rich List’s richest 20 musicians

A global arena tour and a few million more album sales earned Adele 40m last year, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

The pop star’s fortune rose from 85m to 125m – meaning she’s the richest solo female musician in the paper’s annual wealth survey.

But she’s still only joint 19th in the list of Britain’s richest musicians, which is dominated by older men.

Sir Paul McCartney is in the top spot with 780m with wife Nancy Shevell.

They are followed by West End mogul Lord Lloyd Webber, U2, Sir Elton John, Sir Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards.

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Adele is tied in 19th place on 125m with Queen guitarist Brian May.

The rise in her bank balance was put down to a 122-date global arena tour, which has earned an estimated 138m at box offices, and the continued success of her third album 25, which sold 2.4 million copies around the world in 2016.

The singer will play four sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium this summer – but has hinted that she may not tour again after that, which could limit her future earnings.

The top 20 music millionaires
1. Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell 780m Up 20m
2. Lord Lloyd Webber 740m Up 25m
3. U2 548m Up 48m
4. Sir Elton John 290m Up 10m
5. Sir Mick Jagger 250m Up 15m
6. Keith Richards 235m Up 15m
7. Olivia and Dhani Harrison 210m Down 10m
8= Michael Flatley 200m Up 2m
8= Ringo Starr 200m No change
10. Sting 185m No change
11= Eric Clapton 170m Up 10m
11= Sir Rod Stewart 170m Up 10m
13. Roger Waters 165m Up 5m
14. Sir Tom Jones 160m Up 5m
15. Sir Tim Rice 152m Up 2m
16. Robbie Williams 150m Up 5m
17. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne 140m Up 5m
18. Charlie Watts 130m Up 10m
19= Adele 125m Up 40m
19= Brian May 125m Up 5m

Source: Sunday Times

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