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 Shevell780mUp 20m
2.Lord Lloyd Webber740mUp 25m
3.U2548mUp 48m
4.Sir Elton John290mUp 10m
5.Sir Mick Jagger250mUp 15m
6.Keith Richards235mUp 15m
7.Olivia and Dhani Harrison210mDown 10m
8=Michael Flatley200mUp 2m
8=Ringo Starr200mNo change
10.Sting185mNo change
11=Eric Clapton170mUp 10m
11=Sir Rod Stewart170mUp 10m
13.Roger Waters165mUp 5m
14.Sir Tom Jones160mUp 5m
15.Sir Tim Rice152mUp 2m
16.Robbie Williams150mUp 5m
17.Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne140mUp 5m
18.Charlie Watts130mUp 10m
19=Adele125mUp 40m
19=Brian May125mUp 5m

Source: Sunday Times

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