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

£760m

Lord Lloyd-Webber

£715m

U2

£500m

Sir Elton John

£280m

Sir Mick Jagger

£235m

Olivia and Dhani Harrison

£220m

Keith Richards

£220m

Ringo Starr

£200m

Michael Flatley

£198m

Sting

£185m

Eric Clapton

£160m

Rod Stewart

£160m

Roger Waters

£160m

Sir Tom Jones

£155m

Sir Tim Rice

£150m

Robbie Williams

£145m

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

£135m

Brian May

£120m

Charlie Watts

£120m

Roger Taylor

£115m

Phil Collins

£110m

George Michael

£105m

Jimmy Page

£105m

Robert Plant

£103m

John Deacon

£100m

David Gilmour

£100m

Calvin Harris

£95m

Enya

£91m

Iman Abdulmajid and Duncan Jones and family

£90m

Adele

£85m

Gary Barlow

£75m

Mark Knopfler

£75m

Nick Mason

£75m

Pete Townshend

£75m

Engelbert Humperdinck

£70m

Noel and Liam Gallagher

£65m

Brian Johnson

£65m

Chris Martin

£65m

Barry Gibb

£60m

John Paul Jones

£60m

Sir Cliff Richard

£58m

Guy Berryman

£55m

Jonny Buckland

£55m

Will Champion

£55m

Kylie Minogue

£55m

Ronnie Wood

£55m

Jay Kay

£50m

Sir Van Morrison

£50m

Peter Gabriel

£45m

Mick Hucknall

£45m

Ed Sheeran

£45m

Bernie Taupin

£45m