Sting, Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler represent North East in Sunday Times Music Millionaire top 50

Johnson has placed in the Sunday Times Music Millionaire top 50.
Johnson has placed in the Sunday Times Music Millionaire top 50.
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The richest musicians in Britain and Ireland have been announced in a top 50 by the Sunday Times.

And three men, Sting, Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, are flying the flag for our region by placing in the list.

Sting, who was born in Wallsend.

Sting, who was born in Wallsend.

Sting has dropped two places to 10th this year, with a wealth of £185million while Knopfler and Johnson placed at 31 and 36 respectively.

The Dire Straits singer, who grew up in Blyth, is valued at £75m. Johnson is at £65m.

Adele, who has added £35m to her personal fortune in a year, tops the Young Music Rich List of performers aged 30 and under.

The 27-year-old is now worth £85m, and rises to 30th place in the overall 2016 Sunday Times list.

The Rolling Stones – Sir Mick Jagger, worth £235m; Keith Richards, £220m; Charlie Watts, £120m; and Ronnie Wood, £55m - with combined fortunes of £630m, up £40m on 2015, are the wealthiest band in Britain and Ireland, ahead of U2 with a joint fortune of £500m, an increase of £69m on the 2015 Sunday Times Music Rich List. U2 was the highest-grossing rock act last year selling 1.29m tickets worth £66m for 76 concerts.

The list is headed by Sir Paul McCartney, who with his wife Nancy Shevell, shares a joint fortune of £760m, up £30m on last year. American-born Shevell has a £150m stake in her father’s New England Motor Freight trucking operation.

Calvin Harris, the Dumfries-born international DJ, who writes, sings, records, remixes and produces his own music, has seen his personal wealth leap by £25m in a year to rank him at 27 in the 2016 Top 50, worth £95m.

David Bowie’s widow and his filmmaker son by his first marriage to Angie, Iman Abdulmajid and Duncan Jones, join this year’s list with a joint family fortune of £90m, based on the £70m from Bowie’s will, their own wealth and royalties from the chart success of Bowie’s music after his death.

The full list

Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell


Lord Lloyd-Webber




Sir Elton John


Sir Mick Jagger


Olivia and Dhani Harrison


Keith Richards


Ringo Starr


Michael Flatley




Eric Clapton


Rod Stewart


Roger Waters


Sir Tom Jones


Sir Tim Rice


Robbie Williams


Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne


Brian May


Charlie Watts


Roger Taylor


Phil Collins


George Michael


Jimmy Page


Robert Plant


John Deacon


David Gilmour


Calvin Harris




Iman Abdulmajid and Duncan Jones and family




Gary Barlow


Mark Knopfler


Nick Mason


Pete Townshend


Engelbert Humperdinck


Noel and Liam Gallagher


Brian Johnson


Chris Martin


Barry Gibb


John Paul Jones


Sir Cliff Richard


Guy Berryman


Jonny Buckland


Will Champion


Kylie Minogue


Ronnie Wood


Jay Kay


Sir Van Morrison


Peter Gabriel


Mick Hucknall


Ed Sheeran


Bernie Taupin