Andrew Lloyd Webber topples Paul McCartney in Sunday Times list of richest musicians

Andrew Lloyd Webber topples Paul McCartney in Sunday Times list of richest musicians

Andrew Lloyd Webber has deposed Paul McCartney in The Sunday Times list of the UK's richest musicians.

Lord Lloyd Webber (pictured), who has written some of the most iconic musicals of the past 50 years including Phantom Of The Opera and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, has an estimated fortune of £820 million, up £80m on last year. 

Last year's No.1 McCartney, whose wealth alongside wife Nancy Shevell has dipped from £820m to £750m over the past 12 months due to the US business owned by Shevell's family filing for bankruptcy in March, sits second in the 2019 list, which includes writers as well as performers. 

Aided by the never-ending royalty stream from The Beatles back catalogue, McCartney is joined in the Top 10 by George Harrison’s wife and son, Olivia and Dhani, (No.7) with £250m and Sir Ringo Starr (No.8), who is worth £240m. 

At No.3 are U2, who are valued together at £583m, up £14m on 2018, while Elton John, currently in the midst of a three-year farewell tour, is at No.4, having gained £20m in the past year to be worth £320m.

The Rolling Stones feature at No.5 (Mick Jagger, £275m) and No.6 (Keith Richards - £260m). The Top 10 is completed by Michael Flatley (No.9, £204m) and Sting (No.10, £200m), while a strong year for Queen, boosted by the success of the Bohemian Rhapsody movie, has resulted in the net worth of the three surviving members' each rising by £25m. Brian May (£160m) is at No.17, Roger Taylor (£155m) is at No.19 and John Deacon is at No.24 (£130m).

We believe Ed Sheeran has the potential to become the first British musician to reach billionaire status

Robert Watts

Sunday Times Rich List compiler

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran is on course to challenge McCartney as the UK's wealthiest performer in the years to come after doubling his wealth in the past year to £160m, making him the richest young musician and placing him at joint 17th in the overall list.

Sheeran's mammoth ÷ world tour has also led to him taking Adele (£150m) for the first time. Adele, who is joint 22nd overall, remains the wealthiest female recording artist in the rankings.

The Top 40 have accumulated wealth of £7.721 billion, up £460m in a year. Only McCartney has seen a fall in wealth since last year, and even then not for musical reasons.

Robert Watts, the compiler of The Sunday Times Rich List, said: “A perfect year for Ed Sheeran has seen the flame-haired singer-songwriter earn more than any other musician has ever done in a year. Modest, hard-working and still only 28 we believe he has the potential to become the first British musician to reach billionaire status.

“Touring continues to be highly lucrative for the Rolling Stones and other long-established acts which have older fans able to pay more for tickets. 

“The remaining members of Queen have earned well from the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic and savvy commercial deals that introduce their music to new generations.”

The 31st annual edition of The Sunday Times Rich List, which reveals the wealth of the 1,000 richest people in Britain, will be published this Sunday, May 12.

The richest musicians

Musicians Rank

 

2019

 

Name

 

2019 wealth

 

Wealth increase/

decrease

 

1

 

Lord Lloyd-Webber

 

£820m

 

Up £80m

 

2

 

Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell

 

£750m

 

Down £70m

 

3

 

U2

 

£583m

 

Up £14m

 

4

 

Sir Elton John

 

£320m

 

Up £20m

 

5

 

Sir Mick Jagger

 

£275m

 

Up £15m

 

6

 

Keith Richards

 

£260m

 

Up £15m

 

7

 

Olivia and Dhani Harrison

 

£250m

 

Up £20m

 

8

 

Sir Ringo Starr

 

£240m

 

Up £20m

 

9

 

Michael Flatley

 

£204m

 

Up £2m

 

10

 

Sting

 

£200m

 

Up £10m

 

11=

 

Sir Rod Stewart

 

£190m

 

Up £10m

 

11=

 

Roger Waters

 

£190m

 

Up £15m

 

13=

 

Eric Clapton

 

£175m

 

No change

 

13=

 

Robbie Williams

 

£175m

 

Up £10m

 

15=

 

Calvin Harris

 

£165m

 

Up £25m

 

15=

 

Sir Tom Jones

 

£165m

 

Up £2m

 

17=

 

Brian May

 

£160m

 

Up £25m

 

17=

 

Ed Sheeran

 

£160m

 

Up £80m

 

19=

 

Roger Taylor

 

£155m

 

Up £25m

 

19=

 

Charlie Watts

 

£155m

 

Up £15m

 

21

 

Sir Tim Rice

 

£153m

 

Up £1m

 

22=

 

Adele

 

£150m

 

Up £10m

 

22=

 

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

 

£150m

 

Up £5m

 

24=

 

Phil Collins

 

£130m

 

Up £10m

 

24=

 

John Deacon

 

£130m

 

Up £25m

 

26

 

Jimmy Page

 

£125m

 

No change

 

27

 

David Gilmour

 

£116m

 

Up £1m

 

28=

 

Enya

 

£105m

 

Up £1m

 

28=

 

Nick Mason

 

£105m

 

Up £13m

 

28=

 

Robert Plant

 

£105m

 

No change

 

31

 

Chris Martin

 

£102m

 

Up £8m

 

32=

 

Guy Berryman

 

£90m

 

Up £8m

 

32=

 

Jonny Buckland

 

£90m

 

Up £8m

 

32=

 

Will Champion

 

£90m

 

Up £8m

 

35

 

Mary Austin

 

£89m

 

New

 

36

 

Ronnie Wood

 

£85m

 

Up £10m

 

37

 

Pete Townshend and Rachel Fuller

 

£83m

 

Up £1m

 

38

 

Gary Barlow

 

£81m

 

Up £1m

 

39=

 

Sir Barry Gibb

 

£75m

 

No change

 

39=

 

Mark Knopfler

 

£75m

 

No change

 

 Wealthiest Young Musicians

Musicians Rank

 

2019

 

Name

 

2019 wealth

 

Wealth increase/

decrease

 

1

 

Ed Sheeran

 

£160m

 

Up £80m

 

2

 

Harry Styles

 

£58m

 

Up £8m

 

3

 

Niall Horan

 

£49m

 

Up £3m

 

4

 

Little Mix

 

£45m

 

Up £5m

 

5

 

Louis Tomlinson

 

£44m

 

Up £2m

 

6

 

Liam Payne

 

£42m

 

No change

 

7

 

Zayn Malik

 

£36m

 

Up £1m

 

8

 

Sam Smith

 

£32m

 

Up £8m

 

9

 

Rita Ora

 

£18m

 

Up £2m

 

10

 

Stormzy

 

£16m

 

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