John was well ahead of the second-place-getter, Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who donated £10.3 million ($14.7 million) to her two charities, The Lumos Foundation and the Volant Charitable Trust.
Other musicians to make the list include Ringo Starr, who raised and donated more than £6 million ($8.5 million) through an auction of Beatles memorabilia, and Coldplay, which donated £1.7 million ($2.4 million). One Direction joined Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor in the list, jointly at No. 10, having each donated £1.1 million ($2.4 million).
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The weekend newspaper tracked the donations of more than 300 of those who will appear in its forthcoming "Sunday Times Rich List".
The "Sunday Times Giving List" top 10
1. Sir Elton John
2. JK Rowling
3. David Beckham
4. Martin Lewis
6. Ringo Starr
7. Jamie Oliver
8. Rory Mcllroy
9. Colin Montgomerie
10= One Direction
11= Brian May / Roger Taylor