Who’s top of the pops?! UK’s music millionaire rich list is out

They’re musical and they’re rich – some people get all the luck. And topping this year’s Sunday Times Rich List of richest music millionaires is… Len Blavatnik (pictured).

Based in London, the Ukrainian-born American is less a musician and more a shrewd businessman, with his wealth estimated at £10bn thanks to investments made through his US-based conglomerate, Access Industries.

It was his purchase of Warner Music Group in 2011 that helped catapult him into ST Music Rich List and his £10bn wealth dwarfs that of the nine runners up.

Coming in at second place with a fortune estimated at £1.4bn is Clive Calder – former boss of the now defunct Zomba Label, which was once home to Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and ‘N’ Sync (yes, you remember).

Claiming bronze is Sir Cameron Mackintosh – the man who brought us Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon – with a wealth put at £1bn. And in at number four are (almost) newlyweds Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevel with a shared £710m.  

Not far behind (in millions that is) comes the all-singing-all-dancing Lord Lloyd-Webber with £640m, and in at number six are men we love to hate, U2 and their £428m.

Behind U2 with £382m is Simon Fuller – who everybody knows because he created the Spice Girls – and behind him is the other Simon everyone knows, because he created the X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, Simon Cowell with £300m.

Which leaves us with new entrants for 2013; Mohammad and Kamaliya Zahoor and their £300m. Who? Kamaliya is a Ukrainian popstar and former Miss World and Mohammad is her hubby. The two rose to fame after being featured in the Fox TV reality shop, Meet the Russians.

And finally, in at number 10 is the man who should really be in at number 1, Sir Elton John and is estimated wealth of £260m.

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