Still top of the pops at 72: Paul McCartney tops UK’s music rich list

Which other musicians are minted? Here’s the top 10

It is 46 years since the Beatles split up, but Paul McCartney is still at number one – by some measures at least. The 72-year-old pop star has topped the Sunday Times musicians’ rich list with his £730m fortune.

The star, who penned the lyrics “I don’t care too much for money”, for the Beatles’ 1964 number one hit Can’t Buy Me Love, seems to have changed his tune somewhat, amassing an additional £20m in the last year alone, according to the Sunday Times.

The McCartney coffers have also been boosted by the wealth of his wife – heir to a fortune made by her family’s American trucking business, the BBC reports.

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Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger in 2011. Photo Billy Farrell Agency/Rex

McCartney’s fortune keeps him some way ahead of the Rolling Stones stars Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, both of whom also appear in the top ten.

Here’s the top ten from the Sunday Times Rich List of musicians:

1. Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell £730m

2. Lord Lloyd-Webber £650m

3. U2 £431m

4. Sir Elton John £270m

5. Sir Mick Jagger £225m

6. Keith Richards £210m

7. Michael Flatley £195m

=8. Ringo Starr £180m

=8. Sting £180m

9. Roger Waters £160m

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  • Why does every other band report the wealth of their individual members singly, but U2 are allowed to club theirs together?

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