Ed Sheeran Tops Adele on U.K. 'Rich List'

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Ed Sheeran performs during day 1 of BBC Radio 1's Biggest Weekend 2018 held at Singleton Park on May 26, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. 

Ed Sheeran has another reason to be chuffed. Or rather, 160 million reasons.    

The British singer and songwriter doubled his wealth in the past year to £160 million ($207 million), a pile that sees him leapfrog Adele in the super-rich, superstar stakes.    

The “Shape of You” singer” rolls in at No. 17 on the "Sunday Times Rich List," due to be published this weekend, with Adele coming in at No. 22.   

Sheeran benefited, of course, from his massive Divide World Tour, which visited stadiums around the world throughout 2018, shifting more than a million tickets in Australia alone, a record in that territory. And he’s poised to add to his growing fortune with his forthcoming Justin Bieber collaboration, “I Don’t Care.”    


Adele, meanwhile, hasn’t toured since her 25 trek wrapped up in 2017. But she still managed to rake in £150 million ($194 million) last year, up £10 million ($13 million) from the previous period.  

“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.” comments Robert Watts, who compiles the annual Sunday Times list. “Modest, hard-working and still only 28 we believe he has the potential to become the first British musician to reach billionaire status.”

Sheeran now heads the "Young Musicians Rich List," which ranks the wealthiest artists under 30, a list led last year by Adele.

Another Brit making a mint is chart-topping grime artist Stormzy, who appears for the first time on the "Young Musicians" list with £16 million ($20.8 million). The Londoner is currently leading the Official U.K. Singles Chart for the first time with “Vossi Bop,” and he’s booked to headline Glastonbury Festival this June. 

Sheeran, Adele and Stormzy will feel positively impoverished next to the big-hitters on the music tally, which is ruled once more by musical theater king Andrew Lloyd-Webber with £820 million ($1.06 billion). The top five are all household names the world over, with Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell coming in at No. 2 (with £750 million or $975 million), following by U2 (£583 million or $757 milloin), Elton John (£320 million or $416 million) and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger (£275 million or $357 million), respectively.

The Sunday Times Music Rich List Top 10
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

Wealthiest Young Musicians
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 - £32, Up £8m
9. Rita Ora - £18m, Up £2m
10. Stormzy - £16m, New


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