Adele tops list of Britain’s richest young musicians

The Skyfall singer has been named Britain's wealthiest musician under 30 for the third year in a row


She might not have released a single since 2012, but that hasn’t stopped Adele from topping this year’s young musician rich list. 


The 26-year-old Oscar winner has beaten the likes of boy band One Direction, with an estimated fortune of £45 million. 

It’s the third year in a row that the Someone Like You and Skyfall singer has sat pretty in the top spot. Adele found herself number one on The Sunday Times’ rich list of British musicians under 30 in 2013 and 2012, too – which is especially impressive considering the last album she released, 21, was back in 2011.  

Scottish DJ Calvin Harris took the second spot in this year’s list, with £15 million less than Adele, while former Girls Aloud band member and X Factor judge Cheryl Cole (who will be returning to the show later this year) came in third with £16 million. 

The members of super successful boy band One Direction – Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – share fourth place on the list, with an impressive £14 million each. Fellow X Factor success story Leona Lewis and Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus follow them with fortunes of £13 million.

Here’s the top 10:  

1. Adele (£45m)
2. Calvin Harris (£30m)
3. Cheryl Cole (£16m)
Niall Horan
=4. Zayn Malik (£14m)
=4. Liam Payne (£14m)
=4. Harry Styles (£14m)
=4. Louis Tomlinson (£14m)
=9. Leona Lewis (£13m)
=9. Marcus Mumford (£13m)T

The annual Sunday Times Rich List is based on identifiable wealth, land, property, shares and other assets like racehorses and art work.