Adele, Simon Cowell, Warner Music Owner Len Blavatnik Rise on U.K. Rich List
LONDON - Adele, Simon Cowell, Paul McCartney and Daniel Radcliffe are among the British entertainment industry figures who saw their fortunes rise last year, according to the annual Sunday Times Rich List.
Published on Sunday by the newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., the list of Britain's 1,000 richest people also includes such new entrants as Coldplay star Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow and two other Hollywood power couples - Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, as well as Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas.
Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who owns a 30 percent stake in soccer club Arsenal, is the new leader of the Rich List with an estimated fortune of $20.3 billion (£13.3 billion).
Second is Russia-born Len Blavatnik, the owner of Warner Music Group, who is the highest riser in terms of wealth on the list. With $16.8 billion (£11 billion, up from £7.6 billion last year), he climbed from the fifth spot on the 2012 list.
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Another entrepreneur is the next highest-ranking entertainment industry figure on the list. Richard Branson ranks 19th this year, down from the 16th spot in 2012. But his fortune rose 3 percent to $5.3 billion (£3.5 billion), according to the list.
Clive Calder, who sold Zomba Records in 2002, ranks 58th (with an unchanged net worth of $2.1 billion), while Richard Desmond, whose Northern & Shell group owns Channel 5 and newspapers, comes in 98th (down from 73rd as his wealth dropped from $1.5 billion to $1.3 billion) in a tie with Lord Sugar, the host of BBC show The Apprentice, who is down from last year's 92nd spot.
Performers on the list include McCartney in the 133rd spot, compared to last year's 124th. His fortune is up 2 percent over the past year to $1.04 billion (£680 million), according to the Sunday Times, which cited his touring income.
In the annual showdown of music competition TV show creators, Simon Fuller this year took place 238 - down from 233 last year - with an unchanged fortune of $571 million (£375 million), while Cowell rose from the 339th spot to the 319th spot with his slightly increased fortune of $380 million.
Overall, the Sunday Times said 88 people on its rich list are from the media/film/music sectors. The finance, real estate and industry sectors have more representatives on the list, but the entertainment industry is ahead of the 65 individuals ranked from the computer/Internet/telecom sectors.
The highest-ranking entertainment personality on the Sunday Times list of the 60 richest young people outside the field of sports is Radcliffe in the 10th spot with an estimated fortune of $91 million (£60 million), up from $82 million last year, which had ensured him the eighth spot.
Spotify founder Daniel Ek ranks sixth with $380 million, Keira Knightley is 17th ($47 million, up 3 percent), and Adele ranks 18th with $45.7 million, a year-over-year gain of 50 percent.
In a separate ranking of richest people in Ireland, U2 are the highest-ranking entertainment industry representatives in the 14th spot with a fortune of $792 million (£520 million), up from £514 million in 2012.
Here is a look at other entertainment figures on the overall Sunday Times Rich List list:
145. Andrew Lloyd-Webber $944 million (£620 million), last year: £590 million, 143th
156. J.K. Rowling $853 million (£560 million), last year: £560 million
268. Queen Elizabeth II $487 million (£320 million), last year: £310 million, 262
288. Mark Burnett, who was born in Essex $450 million (£295 million), last year: £280 million, 282
315. Elisabeth Murdoch and Matthew Freud $388 million (£255 million), last year: £251 mllion, 308
338. Elton John with $366 million (£240 million), last year: £220 million, 345
387. David and Victoria Beckham $305 million (£200 million), last year: £190n million, 395
Mick Jagger last year: £190 mln, 395
427. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas $282 million (£185 million), last year: £185 million, 410
434. Sting $275 million (£180 million), last year: £180 million, 417
485. Ringo Starr $244 million (£160 million), last year: £514 million, 462
777. David Bowie $152 million (£100 million), last year: £100 million, 751
859. Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow $137 million (£90 million), last year: £72 million, 989
932. Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter $122 million (£80 million), new entry
Tied with: Sean Connery, last year: £80 million, 908
956. Christopher Nolan, who was born in London, and Emma Thomas
$119 million (£78 million), new entry
Not listed in the top 1,000:
Rowan Atkinson $113 million
Ridley Scott $107 million
Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher, tied with Liam Neeson $104million
Anthony Hopkins $91 million
Robert Pattinson $69 million
Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz $61 million, new entry
Princes William and Harry $43 million
Emma Watson $41 million
Rupert Grint $35 million