Adele's climb to the top of the Rich List


Adele has been named the richest young musician in Britain and Ireland, just five years after she first made the Sunday Times' list of music millionaires under 30.

The singer made her debut on the list in 2011.

Her wealth of £6 million secured her ninth place, behind stars such as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Craig David, Leona Lewis and Katherine Jenkins.

Adele on stage in 2008

But by the following year she was number one, after her bank balance rose to £20 million thanks to her massively successful album 21.

And she has held onto that spot ever since.

She easily topped this year's line-up, just five months after she unveiled her first album since 2011.

Having a quiet few years musically clearly has not affected Adele's earning power, as she now has a personal fortune of £85 million - £35 million up from last year.

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The 27-year-old's wealth also saw her safely into 30th place in the paper's list of the Top 50 music millionaires in Britain and Ireland, above artists including Sir Cliff Richard, Gary Barlow and Kylie Minogue.

After her quiet patch Adele made a blinding return to the spotlight with winning track Hello in October 2015.

In February she made history at the Brits when she picked up four trophies in total - for best female solo artist, Brits global success award, best single for Hello and British album of the year for 25 - an achievement only equalled by Blur in 1995.

Then 25 became the UK's biggest-selling number one album in chart history on release in November and debuted at number one in more than 25 countries around the world, notching up over 15 million global sales.

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Ian Coxon, who has edited the Sunday Times Rich List for 20 years, said he expected Adele's fortune to continue to grow.

"Adele is only 27 so I would see her getting in the main list of the richest 1,000 in a couple of years - she is only £15 to £20 million away now," he said.