The annual Sunday Times Rich list is set for release this weekend and boy does it make for some interesting reading. If you’re in the market for a filthy rich husband or a BFF with an actual bank account that isn’t knees deep in an overdraft, keep reading. A girl/boy can dream, right?
While the richest musicians may be kind of out of our league and friendship bracket, with Sir Paul McCartney knocking up earnings of £820 million, the rankings for the top musicians under 30 are certainly more intriguing.
Calvin Harris has become the only new top twenty entry on the 2018 Rich List with 140 million entire pounds in the bank – up a casual £40 million from last year. Anyone else have dollar signs rolling in their eyes? He earns more in an hour than we do all year, TBH.
Whilst Ed Sheeran is climbing his way up the list after a cracking 2017, which saw his second studio album dominate the top ten and headlining Glastonbury marking another career high, the 27-year-old still can’t quite catch Adele. Ed’s earnings top £80 million whilst Adele is Rolling in The Deep with £140 million banked.
Whilst all five members of One Direction stand firm in the top ten of the richest musicians under 30 years of age, Harry Styles out earns his bandmates with £50 million whilst Niall has £46 million, Liam Payne’s and Louis Tomlinson both register with £42 million and former band pal, Zayn Malik sits on £35 million. Fun fact alert: the girls from, Little Mix beat Malik with £40 million – shout out to your ex, Perrie!
2018 marks another first for Rita Ora as she makes the list for the very first time, cashing in £16 million after four top ten hits and lucrative deals with Tezenis, Rimmel and DKNY. What a comeback year it is for Rita and that bank balance!
However fresh from her appearance on Chinese reality TV, Jessie J still beats Rita on the list, with £18 million. Those royalties for writing ‘Party In The USA’ are still paying off as she goes bang bang bang all the way to the bank.
Speaking of the biggest music risers in the list, Robert Watts who compiles the Sunday Times Rich List (what a niche job!), put the meteoric money rise amongst young artists down to sites like Spotify, “Streaming services, the internet and income from endorsements are helping today’s young musicians build an international following – and with it their fortunes – far quicker than the older rockers.”
No need to use the Sugar Daddy app anymore, you’ve just gotta find a way of tracking Calving Harris down. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?