Rolling Stones is UK’s richest band

The Rolling Stones are Britain and Ireland's wealthiest band
The Rolling Stones are Britain and Ireland's wealthiest band

The Rolling Stones have been named the wealthiest band in Britain and Ireland.

The rockers have a combined fortune of £630 million – ahead of U2 who are jointly worth £500m.

The Music Millionaires top 50 was released ahead of the 28th annual Sunday Times Rich List to be published this weekend.

The Stones – Mick Jagger, worth £235m; Keith Richards, £220m; Charlie Watts, £120m; and Ronnie Wood, £55m – combined wealth is up £40m on 2015.

However, U2 was the highest-grossing rock act last year selling 1.29m tickets worth £66m for 76 concerts.

Also on the list is Adele, Britain’s richest ever female musician. She has benefited from the worldwide success of her long-awaited third album, 25, released last November. The London-born singer/songwriter is now hard on the heels of Ireland’s wealthiest female performer, Enya, who is worth £91m, up just £1m on 2015.

The 2016 Sunday Times Music Rich 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.