Irish acts among richest in Britain and Ireland

Irish acts among richest in Britain and Ireland

Irish acts have come out amongst the richest acts across there and the UK, with the likes of U2, Enya and Van Morrison all featuring in The Sunday Times Rich List’s 50 wealthiest musicians in Britain and Ireland.

Even though Enya has not released a hit single since 1995, the Donegal singer-songwriter is the richest woman on this list, with a worth of £91 million.

This puts her way ahead of Adele, whose three albums have sold millions worldwide, who is listed with £85 million in the bank.

Irish acts among richest in Britain and Ireland

The reclusive star still rakes in millions after her work on the Lord of the Rings Soundtrack, and only released her first album in eight years, Dark Sky Island, last year.

Meanwhile U2 came third on the overall list, behind Lord Andrew Lloyd- Webber and Sir Paul McCartney, with a near combined fortune of £500 million. Michael Flatley is the second-highest Irish artist, in ninth place with £197 million.

Sir Van Morrison is joint 47th with Jay Kay of Jamiroquai on £50 million.

Meanwhile, in business The Sunday Times Ireland rich list has revealed that Primark owners, Hilary Weston and family, are the country’s wealthiest for the eighth year in a row.

They also own Brown Thomas, Loblaws and Selfridges, and their €14.1 billion (£11b) fortune amasses entrepreneur Denis O’Brien’s €4.74 (£3.7b) into second place. The amount of billionaires in Ireland dropped this year, from 13 to 12.

New entries to the list include golfer Rory McIlroy and Boris Bus producer William Wright of Ballymena.

In the list for the UK and Ireland overall, Russian tycoons David and Simon Reuben come out on top for the first time with a wealth of £13 billion.

Three days after her 90th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II comes in at 319th place with a wealth of £340 million (€436.28 million).


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