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Adele is U.K.'s top-earning female musician

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Adele is U.K.'s top-earning female musician

Adele is the United Kingdom's richest female musician.

The Hello singer's estimated $122 million (£85 million) has put her in 30th place on The Sunday Times' new Music Millionaires Top 50, but more importantly she has also topped the Young Music Rich List of performers aged 30 and under.

"It is men that dominate the list, and members of male bands by and large," longtime Rich Lists editor Ian Coxon tells the Press Association. "Adele is the exception. No woman has been increasing her wealth like Adele. She's even outstripping young male performers."

Enya remains Ireland's wealthiest female performer with a fortune of $130 million (£91 million).

Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell top the list for the second year running, with a joint fortune of $1.1 billion, up $43 million (£30 million) from last year (15).

Theatre impresario Lord Lloyd Webber comes in second place with an estimated $1 billion fortune and the members of U2 are third with $717 million (£500 million).

Sir Elton John and The Rolling Stones round out the top five and late Beatles star George Harrison's widow Olivia, and his son Dhani, are new additions to the list in sixth place with a family fortune of $315 million (£220 million).

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